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FrontRunners: Auto Show
TMB Art Metal ( www.tmbartmetal.com ) —a London company that produces sculpture and jewelry incorporating metal from vintage cars, airplanes, and...
FrontRunners: Men Only
The Harry Winston Men by Thom Browne collection ( www.harrywinston.com ) can add subtle sparkle to your wardrobe. Many of the gold rings, cuff links...
Feature: Forces of Nature
To reach the island of Nengo Nengo, one of Robert Wan’s seven French Polynesian pearl farms, we fly southeast from Tahiti’s capital of Papeete for...
Jewelry: Diamond Anniversary
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel stunned her audience in 1932 with an extravagant and arty presentation of diamond-studded jewelry in her Paris apartment. Her...
2008 Private Preview: Titan Treasures
Francis Mertens contends that you cannot create truly innovative designs if you try to make them from traditional precious metals. "Gold and platinum...
Feature: Jaded Beauty
The anxiety becomes palpable in the city of Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Burma), each March and November, when Asian stone dealers convene for the...
2008 Private Preview: Diamond Dynasty
Kwiat, a Polish surname that is pronounced "kwee-ot," might not be a marketing firm’s preference for a brand moniker, but the Kwiat family is...
Jewelry: Rock Art
“Collecting rare, colored diamonds is like building an art collection,” says Thierry Chaunu, president and chief operating officer of Leviev. “One...
Jewelry: Star Power
At the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, artisans competed for awards that would proclaim their...
Robb Design Portfolio: Spin Doctored
Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof pairs his elaborate, jeweled sculptures with timekeeping mechanisms in a manner that preserves uncluttered pedestals for...
FrontRunners: Prime Cut
In September, at his Salt Lake City shop, Daniel Paillasseur will display the black diamond for which he named his jewelry brand, Korloff ( www...
Best of the Best 2007: Diamonds: Graff
Graff Using only magnifying loupes and their intuition, diamond mogul Laurence Graff and his top gemologists spent two hours assessing the value of a...
Best of the Best 2007: Pearls: Les Perles de Chanel
Les Perles de Chanel While she was dancing the Charleston one night in 1925, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel broke her opera-length strand of pearls,...
Best of the Best 2007: Colored Gems: Hemmerle
Hemmerle Once he had what he wanted, Stefan Hemmerle abruptly left the convention center hosting February’s annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show and...
Best of the Best 2007: Pearls
Golden South Sea pearls are prized for their extreme rarity; no more than 2 percent of the pearls produced by gold-lipped oysters near Indonesia and...
Best of the Best 2007: Colored Gems
At last fall’s Paris Biennale, Cartier (800.227.8437, www.cartier.com ) unveiled its latest high-jewelry collection, which reinterprets some of the...
Best of the Best 2007: Diamonds
The ethereal diamond creations of Carnet by Michelle Ong (+852.2805.0113, www.carnetjewellery.com ) command attention without overpowering the wearer...
Feature: Singing the Blues
While he was a gem buyer for Tiffany & Co., Harry Platt presumably was not easily impressed by a stone’s beauty. But when a Tanzanian gemologist...
Jewelry: The Divine Mrs. M.
In the inner circles of the rarefied jewelry realm, she is known simply as Mrs. M., a mysterious moniker that suits a fiercely competitive buyer and...
FrontRunners: Secrets of the Rose
In 1477, Austrian archduke Maximilian I (not yet head of the Holy Roman Empire) presented Mary of Burgundy with the first recorded diamond engagement...
Style: Block Busting
At the sale of actress Ellen Barkin’s jewelry collection last October at Christie’s in New York, the overflow crowd in the auction room barely could...
Icons & Innovators: Bulgari: Out of the Heavenly Blue
Only a truly incredible stone is given a name to mark its place in gemological history. Two years ago, a miner in Sri Lanka uncovered such a gem, a...
Jewelry: The Showstopper
Lorraine Schwartz arrived at a recent Christie’s jewelry auction in New York City wearing a long strand of large lavender jade beads, a chunky ivory...
Jewelry: Karma Lounge
Since 1852, India’s Kasliwal family has adorned maharajas as well as European and Middle Eastern royalty with opulent jewels crafted at its Gem...
Jewelry: Vintage Vanguard
Jewelry designer Renee Lewis offers a simple explanation for why she appoints her elaborate designs with only antique diamonds, most of which were...
FrontRunners: Sea to Shining Seas
Chhaya Kapadia, founder of Maya Jewels (212.473.2291, www.mayajewels.com ), may classify her company’s designs as “contemporary Indian jewelry,” but...
Jewelry: Tribal Treasures
For nearly two decades, Lisa Black, a New York native living in Australia, learned about tribal antiquities and oceanic art from her husband, Robert...
Feature: Great Balls of Fire
Ten years ago, opal dealer Mark Tremonti heard that an exceedingly rare black opal had been unearthed in Lightning Ridge, the remote mining region in...
Jewelry: Soft Touch
Even a piece as voluptuous as the diamond-covered butterfly brooch that Lina Fanourakis recently sculpted manages to exhibit the understated...
Jewelry: Yankee Swap
Nearly a decade ago, fourth-generation jeweler Walter McTeigue resigned his position as Harry Winston’s buyer for diamonds, gemstones, and estate...
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