On March 23rd, online jewelry retailer Bidz.com will auction off a gold and diamond tiara designed by the late Gianni Versace to benefit the Aid for AIDS charity, with an opening bid of $699,000 US Dollars.
The one-of-a-kind tiara, which contains over 1,200 diamonds and is worth an estimated $3 million, has been worn by celebrities including Madonna, Amber Valletta and Donatella Versace.
The Versace Tiara, also known as the Tiara, won the prestigious De Beers Diamonds International Award in 1995.
Place VendÃ´me is a jewelry case for all the jewels of the world.
What is more symbolic to a tourist in search of French expertise than this Parisian square, where high-end jewelry brands intermingle?
For travelers, we present Le monde de VendÃ´me (The World of VendÃ´me), a documentary film with the â€œactorsâ€ of Place VendÃ´me, that will be broadcasted on all AirFrance long-haul flights beginning the 1st of April 2009.
Here is, exclusively for LUXUO readers, the preview to this superb film:
I know there are alot of pet lovers on here. Check out this new high end jewelry line for pet lovers: Diamond Dog New York.
Diamond Dog New York is a Collection featuring exquisitely designed charms, rings, earrings and chains set in 18k white gold and matte yellow gold.
Encrusted with micro-paveâ€™ White, Brown and Black Diamonds, hand-cut Black Onyx and Sparkling Pink, Blue and Yellow Sapphires, make Diamond Dog New York a fine jewelry line that is exceptionally beautiful and tasteful. Via: Momist
London designer Carri Vacik has unveiled a stunning new line of jewelry.
Whether itâ€™s the gorgeous cocktail rings, of breathtakingly colourful gemstones set in lavish gold bezels, or the sparkling and sleek Firebird collection of earrings, this line is a real treat.
The designer’s inspiration is highly eclectic, ranging from Ancient Egypt to Hollywood of the late 1950’s. For this collection, inspiration was drawn from the East and particularly India. Continue reading →
Mattia Cielo, a young Italian designer, presents something completely revolutionary in the world of jewellery.
His industrial design-inspired pieces are dynamic, so they sparkle with light and movement.
â€œMovement is the alchemy which quickens the matter of these creatures.
A breath of life frees these rings, bracelets and necklaces from their immobility as magnificent objects to transform them into totems, into word and sign, into emotion and energy freed from the confines of three-dimensional space able at last to give voice and generate new emotions, new energyâ€, said Mattia Cielo.
For 2009 Valentineâ€™s Day, Rock Candy, a Hong Kongâ€™s multi-discipline brand name specializing in fashion jewelery, has presented a lovely collection full of color, imagination and originality.
Using the finest of materials, Rock Candy creates glamour and chic pendants, like sweet Mr. Robbotto, his 18k gold iconic dolly with sapphires and diamonds, a jewel for play and remember childhood, in a funny mood.
Piaget, legendary Swiss luxury watchmakers and jewellers, has again launched in 2009 his love-themed jewelry, for Valentineâ€™s Day: Heart & Charms.
The prestigious collection includes a new Piaget small Heart pendant in 18-karat white gold set with 46 round brilliant diamonds. The center of this easy to wear asymmetrical heart is made from pink mother of pearl.
The pendant makes a perfect match with an exquisite bracelet wrought from 18-karat white gold.
Louis Vuitton have launched two new patented diamond cuts based on their iconic monogram flowers – a rounded-cut flower diamond, and a pointed-cut flower diamond.
The cuts which are patented took over three years to develop. The LV diamonds have between 61 and 77 facets, and are set into various pieces of jewelry, including a necklace with 108 carats of diamonds retailing at $4 million.
Brooches, rings and necklaces featuring the monogram cut diamonds will also be available. The collection has been named “Les Ardentes”, which translate as “the blazing.”
The world’s third largest cut diamond, otherwise known as the “Incomparable Diamond,” went on display this weekend at the Royal Ontario Museum. It weighs in at 407.08 carats, has been graded ‘flawless’ by the Gemological Institute of America, is kite shaped and has a beautiful golden yellow color, all of which combine to create its very unique and individual beauty.
It was found as an 890-carat rough diamond by a young girl in the Mbuji-Maya district of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the early 1980s as she played in a pile of rubble from a nearby diamond mine.
The diamond was bought and sold numerous times prior to being acquired by Mr. Samuels and Mr. Glick. Mr. Samuels, a master cutter charged with cutting the diamond, initially hoped to break the record for the largest cut diamond in the world. It was determined, however, that size would be sacrificed for perfect clarity. Following four years of study and cutting, the 407- carat Incomparable Diamond emerged along with fourteen other “satellite” diamonds cut from the one 890-carat rough diamond. Five of these â€œsatellitesâ€ are to be exhibited alongside the Incomparable Diamond.
The diamond will be on display until March 22nd of next year as part of the museum’s The Nature of Diamonds engagement. “The Nature of Diamonds,” running from Oct. 25 to March 22, is billed as “the most wide-ranging exhibition ever developed on the allure of diamonds.” It looks at the geologic origins of diamonds, how they are mined, their cultural significance and uses in science and technology.
Best known for his unique frozen sculpture portrait, ‘Self’, British contemporary artist, Marc Quinn, rose to the challenge of producing sculpture on a wearable scale. This project was intended for a niche gallery market.
His strawberry jewel piece was studded with 600 diamonds representing a textured iced, diamond pip surface, and was worked in 18K white gold. The design was made in a limited edition of 10 strawberries, each priced at Â£28,200 ($56,400 – approx). Continue reading →
Ultra-luxury Swiss watchmaking house Audemars Piguet has launched two new stunning watch and necklace sets.
There are two sets of matching 18K white gold and diamond watches and necklaces for women, the Coup de Theatre and Carnet de Bal. Both watches use the AP calibre 2046 movement with manual winding (18 jewels) that beats at a frequency of 21 600 vph and provides 42 hours power reserve.
The “Carnet de Bal” series (above) was inspired by flower arrangements, creating a glittering floral spray of diamonds along the wrist and around the neck. The 18-carat white gold timepiece includes 481 gems of varying cuts totaling 59.53 carats. The matching necklace has 1,039 round, brilliant, marquise, pear, and baguette-cut diamonds.
â€œCoup de Theatreâ€is a more modern design with 853 brilliant cut diamonds for an astounding 123 carats in the watch. The gorgeous choker is dripping with 1,673 gems weighing in at 204 carats.
Words cannot describe how glamorous the effect is !
Victor F. Scharstein has given shape to his dream of 30 years in the form of this bejeweled Art Of War which is a truly stunning piece of beauty, like none you have seen before.
This one-of-a-kind set features rhodium and gold chess pieces that move over a jeweled ebony board. To raise the bar of luxury, the designer has ornamented every piece with precious rocks like diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires.
The board stands on two yellow gold feet encrusted with diamonds and two white gold feet with rubies. Even the â€œArt Of Warâ€ words on the Chinese version on the board are etched out of 14 carat gold. The case that is supposed to house this uber-exclusive chess set is pimped with gold samurai characters and stands on 8 solid gold balls.
The estimated cost to create this luxury chess set is $50,000 but if you are interested, you will have to contact the maker, as the price will be disclosed only on request.
Louis Vuitton recently released their latest jewelry collection called 1001 Nuits, or 1001 Nights.
One of the pieces I like best in the collection is the Louis Vuitton 1001 Nights Bracelet -$725.00.
There are also other items included in the 1001 Nights Collection that are worth checking out like the earrings, necklace, ring and the hair barrette. All the pieces are made of Gold finished brass with Swarovski crystals.
1001 nights earrings – $515
1001 nights necklace – $560
1001 nights ring – $355
1001 Nights Hair Barrette – $355
All of the items are available for purchase online (eluxury.com)
It took 10 years for Japanese jeweler Mikimoto to find just the right pearls for this necklace. The 18-inch-long strand is composed of 27 perfectly matched, perfectly round White South Sea pearls (extremely rare AAA quality cultured pearls 15.06 x 17.24 mm in diameter) and bears a “heart-stopping” luster, Mikimoto says.
The South Sea White cultured pearl is distinguished from all other pearls by its magnificent, satiny luster. MIKIMOTO South Sea White cultured pearls have a subdued, opalescent appearance which changes slightly under different light conditions.
This spectacular piece is complemented by a gorgeous art deco oval clasp with 11.92 carats of diamonds. It’s on sale for $1 million and available for a limited time at MIKIMOTO New York.
A Japanese boy looks at a 10 cm (4 inch) model of Japan’s rocket-powered boy Astro Boy encrusted with diamonds, rubies and emeralds worth about 100 million yen ($828,720) displayed at a Tokyo department store April 7, 2003.
Artist Osamu Tezuka, considered the father of Japan’s animation or “manga” industry, created Astro Boy as a serialised comic strip in 1951 and set his character’s birthday far in the future-April 7, 2003.
Set in futuristic Metro City, “Astro Boy” tells the story of a young robot created by a scientist to replace the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving father’s expectations, the robot embarks on a journey before he returns to save the city and reconcile with the man who had rejected him.
Summit Entertainment plans to distribute Imagi Studios’ computer-animated feature “Astro Boy” worldwide in 2009.
Graff’s Lesotho Promise necklace was designed from the 603 carat Lesotho Promise diamond stone, the 15th largest rough diamond ever recovered, found in the Letsenf diamond mine in the African country of Lesotho.
It was sold to Graff and its partner polishing company Safdico for $12.36 million in October last year.
Graff who cut the diamond into twenty six smaller diamonds ranging from .52 carats to the impressive 76.41 carat pear shaped at the tip of the necklace. Continue reading →