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31.10.2011 § Leave a comment

Tom Binns

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Jewelry Christmas Gift Ideas For Him&Her

29.10.2011 § Leave a comment

October isn’t even over yet, but today we ate the first mandarins of the season and they gave me a really strong Christmas feeling.. So I prepared a little list of Jewelry gift ideas for Him&Her. The good thing about jewelry is that it comes at all prices, even diamonds: yes you can buy a diamond for 20$, it’s going to be a really really tiny one but still a diamond.

1. A Charm

Set it on a pretty gold chain for her ; for him a simple and elegant leather band. Lucky, sentimental, spiritual, romantic, remembrance or just funny, charms can be made out of almost any small thing, like an old coin for example.

Anchor Charm by Tiffany’s & Co with round brilliant diamonds in platinum

2. Message Jewelry

Message jewelry, or inspirational jewelry, has become quite trendy in the last years. It is quite versatile: words, names, places, dates, small quotes… ANTYÉ-PARIS specializes personalized message jewels. Her pieces are pretty and for all ages or genders.

Leather bracelet with sterling silver personalized medallion by ANTYÉ-PARIS

3. A Diamond

Diamonds come in all prices, shapes, sizes and colors. My only advise is to look for a diamond dealer with a good reputation and to learn the basics of diamond grading before buying. If you are in Europe, you are very welcome to visit us at VHENY Diamonds in Antwerp.

5.30 cts Fancy Brownish Yellow Cushion Diamond we had at the office

4. A Precious Object

Mystery clocks, intaglio gem seals, precious jewelry boxes, beautiful pens, carved gem bookends, silverware, the list is endless…

Chimera Mystery Clock, Cartier New York, 1926 in Gold, platinum with Citrine (dial), Agate (Chimera), nephrite (waves), Onyx, Coral, Rose-cut diamonds, Pearls, Emerald cabochons, Red and black enamel

5. An Acrostic Jewel

Who knows acrostic jewels? Acrostic jewels are made of gems, using the first letters of their name to create a word or phrase. It’s creative and always lets one discover beautiful new gemstones. For example: LOVE in blues and greens

Lapis-Lazuli – boulder Opal – Vermarine – Euclase

6. Something Engraved

Engraving always makes a jewel (or an object) more special. Remember the cracker jack prize scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Pictures: Google Images, ANTYE-PARIS, VHENY Diamonds, Tiffany’s & Co. Video: Youtube

My Halloween Costume

26.10.2011 § 1 Comment

Bat Girl Dome double finger ring by nOir Jewelry in solid brass plated in Gunmetal with Cubic Zirconia

Picture: nOir Jewelry


24.10.2011 § Leave a comment

Sophia Loren

Glamor is also wearing your nice jewelry at home. There shouldn’t have to be a special occasion for jewelry, don’t you think? What is your definition of glamor?

For The Hopeless Romantic…

22.10.2011 § 1 Comment

Don’t you think charm bracelets are the most sentimental of all jewels? By sentimental I mean reflecting the sentimental personality of the one wearing it, not an symbol of love like the engagement ring. Having a reminder of important moments, people you love, a whole life really… I don’t have a charm bracelet but it is my latest obsession. I like jewelry that has a meaning, a story, that symbolizes, because in many ways it brings strength. I find the following Liz Taylor and Duchess of Windsor charm bracelets quite inspiring…

Liz Taylor’s Charm Bracelet which will be auctioned at Christie’s New York this December
Duchess Of Windsor’s Charm Bracelet auctioned in November 2010 at Sotheby’s London
Elizabeth Taylor’s Charm Necklace which will be auctioned at Christie’s New York this December

Images: Google

Hello Prince Charming

20.10.2011 § Leave a comment

Lydia Courteille‘s Frog Ring: yellow gold and rhodium, pink sapphires, diamonds and green garnets.

Pictures: Google Images

Harry’s New York

14.10.2011 § 1 Comment

Skyscraper by Harry Winston, Cabochon Sapphire and Diamond Ring from the New York Collection

You probably already have seen this ring many times. The first time I saw it, I wasn’t so sure about the cushion-cut cabochon “sugarloaf” shape of the sapphire, but I really grew fond of it with time. Cabochons* are so often underestimated. In this Skyscraper Ring, the very modern and simple perspective of the gem allows a particularly interesting view “inside” the sapphire, which I must say is a gem full of wonders when you look at it more carefully with a loupe… It sounds a little nerdy, but you’d be amazed… Maybe I’ll write a post about Sapphire inclusions one day!

* gems that are polished but not faceted – different types of cabochon exist

Picture: Harry Winston

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