Jewelry

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 530 miles over the South Pacific. Nengo Nengo is...
The anxiety becomes palpable in the city of Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Burma), each March and November, when Asian stone dealers convene for the government-run auctions of rough jadeite. The sales...
Francis Mertens contends that you cannot create truly innovative designs if you try to make them from traditional precious metals. "Gold and platinum are heavy and thus limiting in what you can make...
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 understandably attached to it. Though hardly a household...
“Collecting rare, colored diamonds is like building an art collection,” says Thierry Chaunu, president and chief operating officer of Leviev. “One incredible painting on the wall is not enough, just...
At the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, artisans competed for awards that would proclaim their creations the finest examples of their respective...
Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof pairs his elaborate, jeweled sculptures with timekeeping mechanisms in a manner that preserves uncluttered pedestals for the artworks. Among his new wristwatches is one...
In September, at his Salt Lake City shop, Daniel Paillasseur will display the black diamond for which he named his jewelry brand, Korloff ( www.korloff.fr ). Paillasseur had viewed the then-110-carat...
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 seller of some of the world’s most expensive...
In 1477, Austrian archduke Maximilian I (not yet head of the Holy Roman Empire) presented Mary of Burgundy with the first recorded diamond engagement ring. Such rings remained uncommon until 1948,...
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 keep track of the blistering-paced—and unforeseen—...
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 600-plus-carat sapphire. Bulgari purchased the raw...
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 bangle embedded with rubies, and a gray diamond...
Since 1852, India’s Kasliwal family has adorned maharajas as well as European and Middle Eastern royalty with opulent jewels crafted at its Gem Palace of Jaipur. In November, the family-owned company...
Jewelry designer Renee Lewis offers a simple explanation for why she appoints her elaborate designs with only antique diamonds, most of which were cut prior to the invention of the light bulb. “I...
Chhaya Kapadia, founder of Maya Jewels (212.473.2291, www.mayajewels.com ), may classify her company’s designs as “contemporary Indian jewelry,” but her new Seven Seas collection spans the waters of...
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 the Australian Outback. He quickly flew to the...
For nearly two decades, Lisa Black, a New York native living in Australia, learned about tribal antiquities and oceanic art from her husband, Robert Bleakley. He is the former director of the tribal...
Even a piece as voluptuous as the diamond-covered butterfly brooch that Lina Fanourakis recently sculpted manages to exhibit the understated character that defines her work. The gold from which...
Nearly a decade ago, fourth-generation jeweler Walter McTeigue resigned his position as Harry Winston’s buyer for diamonds, gemstones, and estate jewelry, and purchased a dairy farm in the Berkshires...
Italian jeweler Paolo Piovan’s diamond pavé snake bracelet sinuously wraps around the wearer’s wrist before culminating at a large ruby head tipped with a yellow diamond tongue. Such flamboyance is a...
Cartier recently invited Italian designer Ettore Sottsass to comb through the 1,200 watches, clocks, pens, bracelets, rings, and necklaces in its corporate collection and select items that appealed...
During what was supposed to be a routine gem deal in Brazil in 1989, miner Heitor Barbosa emptied the contents of his bag onto the table in front of gem dealer Marcelo Bernardes and spread out about...
As you walk through the grand doors of Bruce Hoeksema’s VBH gallery (212.717.9800) on Madison Avenue in New York City, it becomes readily apparent that this is no ordinary store. The former Valentino...
After spending 20 years behind the scenes designing jewelry for high-profile retailers such as Asprey in New York, Sharon Khazzam (516.482. 1213) has stepped to the fore with her Rare Jewel...
“Do you want to see magic?” asks jewelry designer John Hardy as he reaches deep into his pocket and pulls out a vibrant orange rock the size of a large grape. The nearly translucent stone radiates...
Only the cognoscenti are aware that the venerable British crown jeweler Garrard has opened its first American salon—signage is limited to a discreet nameplate on the doorbell at 133 Spring St. in the...
Michelle Ong’s artistic jewelry designs, formerly available only through a private appointment or at auction, can now be found at her recently opened Carnet salon ( carnet@carnetjewellery.com ) in...
When a Park Avenue socialite grew disenchanted with her multimillion-dollar collection of jewelry, most of which sat dormant in a vault, she turned to Alexandra Kindler-Mulitz for guidance. As a...
From powder to fuchsia, pink is the color of the moment in fashion and accessories. But with fine jewelry, pink is both au courant and classic. While viewing the world through rose-colored glasses,...

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