Adorable Box

31.01.2011 § 1 Comment

Queen Marie Antoinette of France inherited from her mother, Empress Maria Theresia, the most impressive collection of Japanese lacquerware boxes and developed the collection later herself.

I would love this sweet little dog to guard my earrings. If you are in Paris and interested, the collection is divided in three parts exposed at Versailles, the Louvre and the Musée Guimet.

Picture: www.maria-antonia.justgoo.com

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N°5 Backwards

30.01.2011 § 3 Comments

I love it when necklaces fall in a nude back… Do you recognize where the picture comes from?

Who Said Pearls are for Good Girls?

23.01.2011 § 3 Comments

Christina Aguilera in Burlesque
The last empress of China: Dowager Cixi
Pigs and Pearls

Pictures: Google Images

Golden Globe Awards

18.01.2011 § 1 Comment

I’m probably the last person talking about those but here’s a very good picture of Kelly Osbourne wearing beautiful Kimberly McDonald earrings. I must say I didn’t really/really didn’t like her dress but this picture gives an amazing illusion.

The earrings look like they are made of little amethyst geodes and diamonds. I find them very elegant, especially when they are worn with a little black dress (lets pretend it’s another one). It seems like Golden Globes Evening was more of a statement jewelry evening than usual and Kimberly McDonald definitely works well in this area.

Picture: Kimberly McDonald Page on Facebook

Something Indian

11.01.2011 § 3 Comments

A PAIR OF IMPORTANT INDIAN KADAS : Each anklet set with a series of twelve rose-cut diamond flowerheads on the convex edge to a gold and dark blue enamel background, the sides with floral and foliate polychrome enamel on a white ground to a central line of green and gold decoration, opens by way of screw fitting, Jaipur, 19th century, 694.4 and 687.5 grams, 12.5 cm diameter, 3.3 cm wide

In my Dream Jewelry Box, I want this gorgeous pair of Kadas sold at Christie’s Geneva Sale last November. I advise to enlarge the picture, the enameled details are stunning. I was thinking of including these beautiful pieces in an Indian Style File but they really deserved their own post. The more I look at them the more I want them…

Pictures: http://www.christies.com/

New Year Demantoïds

04.01.2011 § Leave a comment

As you may know, the January Birthstones are Garnets. The Garnets group includes incredibly many species and varieties. The most valued of Garnets are Demantoïds!

The inside of a Demantoïd looks like a magical New Year’s Eve fire work. These are actually called horsetail inclusions and are what influence the price of a Demantoïd. The nicer the inclusions are, the more valuable this gem is. The color of a Demantoïd can vary from yellowish green to intensive green to emerald green. They are usually small sized, the biggest reach 3 carats rarely more, and they are really pretty…

Peridot, Seed Pearl and Demantoïd garnet ring sold at Christie’s on the 18 – 19th of December 2008 in
New York, Rockefeller Plaza

When the very first Demantoïds were discovered, in 1853 in the Ural Mountains along the Bobrovka River, their particular green color and diamond-like luster (which inspired the name) became immediately treasured by gem lovers. Peter Carl Fabergé’s use of Demantoïds in his jewelry made it a particularly popular gem until the revolution.

The Fabergé Sadko Sea Horse brooch with “alexandrites, green demantoid garnets, Paraíba tourmalines, tsavorites, shaded with violet sapphires, yellow and violet diamonds wrapped in white diamond seaweed.

When communism has led Demantoïds just like other gems to be forgotten and mines in Russia were closed, the rest of the world had to start searching elsewhere for the “Ural Pearls”. Today Demantoïds are mined in Namibia, California, Italy, China, Korea among few others.

During my gemological studies in Idar Oberstein, I had the opportunity to visit Lind Granat. Among the hundreds of beautiful Rhodoliths, Pyrops, Almandines… so many species and varieties… I was shown some extremely pretty Demantoïds which made me dreamy for the rest of the day!

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