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 →
The stunning pure gold artefact was set with red gemstones and dates from the 7th century. It may have originally held a relic such as bone from a Disciple or fragment of the Cross.
Measuring just over an inch long, the finely decorated 18 carat gold is worth at least Â£25,000 ($50,000). The red stones are among the world’s most ancient gems and were used by ancient Greeks .
The anonymous finder discovered the 1,400-year-old cross just 12 inches beneath the sod on a farm in Nottinghamshire. He handed the find to a coroner who declared it as treasure trove at an inquest. This means the finder will get half the proceeds of a sale. He is likely to split his earnings with the farmer.
The Regent 1609 AD is the first Backes & Strauss limited edition timepiece. The name of the luxury watch pays tribute to English astronomer Thomas Harriett who made the first drawings of the moon, before Galileo.
The Backes & Strauss 1609 AD watch showcases an original and luxurious moon phase indicator, which presents a representation of a 17-star constellation, depicted in round brilliant diamonds.
Produced in collaboration with Geneva’s Franck Muller Watchland, which manufactures the movements and completes assembly, Backes & Strauss watches sparkle with diamonds set in 18k gold cases shaped to accentuate the multifaceted gems’ play of light.
Established in 1789, Backes & Strauss is famed for being the world’s oldest diamond company and every Backes & Strauss watch has at least one diamond, set by hand into the crown.
The Regent 1609 AD is currently on display in the Harrods Fine Jewellery in London until it is officially launched in October 2008. The model will be limited to 219 pieces (in two sizes) and available in different diamond combinations, from Â£17,000 ($34,000).
Le Coffret de Victoire Collection for Dior, released a few months ago, has some of the most unusual and original rings crafted from the finest gems, ores and materials.
Created by designer Victoire de Castellane, the collection includes rings with skulls, cameo rings, floral rings and even a food dog on a pillow as well as an angler fish. Those sealife creations perfectly match a nautical summer ! (iconique)
After 14 years spent designing costume jewellery for Chanel with Karl Lagerfeld, Victoire was appointed in 1998 by Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, as designer of the first ever collection of Fine Jewellery for the house of Dior.
Her creativity is enhanced by using precious stones she is so fond of since her childhood days when she used to play with her grandmotherâ€™s jewels.
You can visit Dior website to see the entire collection.
Shot by famous celebrity photographer Avinash Gowariker, the cover of Kohl, a recently launched ITP lifestyle magazine targeting Asian women, features Indian actress Katrina Kaif, who is the star of many Bollywood hits and was voted the Sexiest Woman by a famous international magazine.
Thanks to the alliance with an established UAE-based jeweler Damas, the face of the magazine comes dipped in 91 grams of gold and festooned with 622 diamonds. Total 86 hours were invested by Damas craftsmen to hand-apply layers of gold leaf to a specially-treated gold-edition of the exclusive magazine.
The special edition of the magazine was unveiled for the very first time at an official press conference on 24 June, in the Borders outlet in Mall of the Emirates. It is said to be the world’s most expensive magazine and worth over $10,000.
The magazine is set to be showcased at many of the Damas stores throughout the GGC till October and is anticipated to undergo auction for the Rashid Pediatric Therapy Centre in October 2008.
Dior has launched two new watches , La D creation and Christal Midnight Blue rubber.
Designed exclusively by John Galliano for Dior, The Christal Midnight Blue rubber watch has a 33mm stainless steel case and a blue mother of pearl dial set with 36 diamonds. , the stainless steel bracelet is set with 117 diamonds, and the registers are set with pyramid-cut, scratch proof blue sapphire crystal. The model is produced in a limited edition of 500, priced at Â£3,150 ($6,200).
The La D creation from Victoire de Castellane, artistic director of fine jewelry at the Dior house, has an 18K rose gold case with a mother of pearl dial and an 18k rose gold in-set spiral of 55 pink diamonds, while the bezel is made up of a further 76 diamonds off set against a black satin strap. This watch is a limited edition of 15 and sells for Â£14,900 ($29,800)
They both have been available from Dior boutiques and selected retailers since May 2008.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Parisian jeweler Boucheron, they have teamed up with Parisian Chocolatier La Maison du Chocolat to recreate the unique style of a Boucheron snake necklace – but in chocolate!
So is it something to wear or something to eat ? The chocolate version is truly a work of art though and itâ€™s not all chocolate: the gold snake skeleton necklace is coated and decorated with chocolate which covers the chocolate gold skeleton, carrying a 20.08 carat fancy brown tinted yellow diamond! Continue reading →
The F.P. Journe Centigraphe Souverain is a pretty incredible piece of haute horlogerie. a first and foremost the creme de la creme of chronographs.
“Perhaps you have super-human reflexes and would like to measure the speed of an asteroid caroming through the atmosphere?” With the Centigraphe, you can do that, thanks to an exceptional manually wound chronograph movement
This complex mechanism features three subdials, each of which are marked with a time scale, and a tachymeter. Continue reading →
Bvlgari have expanded the Bvlgari Diagono watch collection with a luxurious new limited edition model.
The Bvlgari Diagono Retrograde Calendar Moonphase watch features a 42mm case made from brushed and polished 18K rose gold, a bezel engraved with the iconic Bvlgari-Bvlgari signature, and an intricate dial that showcases multiple textures and polished and faceted indexes.
The watch displays the moon phase on a half dial at the bottom of the display and the rose gold sectors at 9 and 3 o’clock show the day of the week and the date. Continue reading →