When Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection went up for auction at Christie’s in late 2011, Bulgari bought up $20 million worth of their creations. Smart move – the value of pieces rapidly appreciated in the actress’ keeping. This summer they will exhibit several of these special gems in honor of the 50th anniversary of Taylor’s film [...]
One of my dearest friends, Cindy Chao, has made history by becoming the first Taiwanese artist to enter the permanent collection of the Smithsonian. Pretty impressive considering her company, The Art Jewel, has only been around since 2004! The piece she generously donated to the lauded museum? Her Masterpiece Royal Butterfly brooch, which is valued [...]
I love a chunky cuff, and so does Emily Deschanel! Her Badgley Mischka gown was embellished at the top, but plain black from the shoulders down, so the 60 carats of sapphires on the Plukka Hera cuff ($8,300 at Plukka) were completely essential for the look to succeed.
I’m just wrapping up a trip in Florence for the Luisa via Roma Firenze 4ever event. I’m sad to be saying ciao to such breathtaking art and architecture (and delicious food!), but the good news is that I can take a little of Italy home with me thanks to Alessandro Dari’s Florentine-inspired designs. The goldsmith [...]
Given the recent controversies over Karlie Kloss‘ Indian headdress at the VS fashion show and No Doubt’s cowboys and Indians-themed music video (both incidents were pulled from tv and the Internet), I’m surprised no one has gotten up in Elise Dray‘s Native American-inspired pieces. Victoria’s Secret, on the other hand, publicly apologized for its “racist” [...]
No one does animalia jewels quite as elegantly as Boucheron. Their pieces are not like the tacky Judith Leiber variety – these animals sparkle with life (and with the finest quality gems!). The Parisian family dynasty has been creating jewels and perfume for around 150 years (they were acquired by Gucci at the start of [...]