Magic Mirror On The Wall, Who Is The Fairest Of Them All?

08.08.2012 § 1 Comment

Photos by Peter Lippmann for Marie Claire 2

A Very Fine Candy Necklace

13.06.2012 § Leave a comment

The enchanting Collier Délices d’Été by Fabergé, 18 carat white gold and features 1,139 multiple colored sapphires, opals and diamonds totaling 192.79 carats.

Image: Fabergé.com

The Friendship Bracelet

11.06.2012 § 1 Comment

1. Honorine Jewels Silk Thread “Pompom Bracelet” 2.  Aurélie Bidermann “Copacabana Bracelet” 3. Marni Cobra Stitch Bracelet

Images: Fahisolista ; Beso ; Net à Porter

Time Is Precious

02.05.2012 § Leave a comment

Corum‘s fantastic Miss Golden Bridge Watch via Luxist

One Art

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster,

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three beloved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

– Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) a disaster.

Elizabeth Bishop

Cameos

27.04.2012 § Leave a comment

Amazing Kasanga earrings by Garnazelle in what seems to be 18kt yellow gold shell and diamonds via Vogue.fr

Paraíba Tourmalines

24.04.2012 § Leave a comment

Only discovered in 89, Paraíba Tourmalines are stars among gems. Extremely sought after for their unique electric-blue color also referred to as neon blue, Paraíba Tourmalines haven’t stopped fascinating precious gem collectors since their very first appearance in the Batalha Mines of the Paraíba state of Brazil.

A fine Paraíba Tourmaline from Mozambique weighing approximately 7.58 carats

If their common name “Paraíba” tells us their origins, their gemological name “Cuprian Elbaite” Tourmalines reveals the element responsible for their color, namely copper. Today Cuprian Elbaite is mined in Brazil: Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte ; but also in Mozambique and Nigeria. Cuprian Elbaite is found in several different colors depending on the presence of other chemical element. For example, high levels of manganese combined with low levels of copper will create an Intense Purple color. The reverse combination of high levels of copper and low levels of manganese is the reason for this beautiful and fascinating turquoise blue color known only to Paraíbas.

Lumina Earrings by Amsterdam Sauer in 18-kt white gold with Paraiba tourmalines and diamonds.

I find this set of earring by Amsterdam Sauer very beautiful because they show the range of hues in Paraíbas.  A fine Paraíba Tourmaline is referred to as “neon blue”, which means that its color must be deeply saturated with beautiful green-blue hues (the bluer the more valuable) and a strong “neon” glow. The most beautiful specimens of  Paraíba Tourmaline in color clarity and size are still found in the Batalha Mines where they were originally found.

Beware: It has been noted that imitations Paraíbas (non-copper-bearing blue and green tourmalines) are sometimes sold as genuine Paraíba Tourmalines. Also know that Cuprian Elbaite can be heated to reach turquoise blue colors. Therefore, make sure you buy Paraíbas in reputable places and as a general rule if you wish to purchase a gem of greater value, always let it certified in a serious gemological laboratory such as GIA. If the gem already has a certificate, verify its authenticity with the laboratory in question.

Images: Farlang and Amsterdam Sauer

24 Karat Gold Tattoo…

22.03.2012 § 1 Comment

I’m obsessed with these pure gold temporary tattoos developed and patented by Genefinity as Golden Sin Jewels… Like most temporary tattoos you just need to humidify the paper protection and remove it after 30 seconds and apparently the thin film of gold or silver lasts between 3 to 7 days on your skin… They are not available online yet, click here to see where you can get them.

Image via: 10x

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