Jewelry

Jewelry designer Nina Runsdorf (212.382.1243) scours the diamond market for nontraditional stones—thin slices or rough rocks—that give her pieces a modern look. "Organic-looking diamonds lend...
De Beers, the mastermind behind diamond marketing for the past century, intends to change the way we value this coveted stone. The company’s latest creation, inspired by ancient Egypt’s Queen...
Jewelry designer Katey Brunini’s latest collection, Spirit Animals, features a menagerie of hand-carved, jeweled animal figures that also serve as talismans and symbols of protection. After a recent...
Diamonds are most commonly found in white and variations of white, which make stones colored lime green and bright orange highly coveted collectibles. Jewelry designer Christian Tse seeks out these...
"You never know what’s inside a geode until you crack it open," says jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald ( www.kimberlymcdonald.com ; available at Bergdorf Goodman, 212.?753.7300 ). "Each rock is so...
Manhattan jeweler Stephen Russell (212.570.6900, www.stephenrussell.com ), known for its exceptional period pieces, has moved a few doors down Madison Avenue into a boutique at the corner of 76th...
The Bernard K. Passman gallery on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, known for its artistic use of black coral, unveiled a collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and a series of sculptures made of the...
The South Sea pearl company AUTORE transforms the classic gem from the sea into imaginative jewelry creations. Inspired by the Great Barrier Reef, its latest collection brings to life colorful jewel-...
Last December, at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York, the auctioneer’s gavel came down on an astonishing bid of $82,000 for a pair of earrings made of baroque keshi pearls and diamonds,...
Known for his collection of rarefied estate jewelry, Lee Siegelson of Siegelson (212.?832.?2666, www.siegelson.com ) is not concerned with a jewel’s provenance, signature, or commercial appeal; he...
When, in 2005, jeweler Viren Bhagat acquired an exceptional 17th-??century, 70-?carat carved emerald, he envisioned the Mughal-era jewel as the centerpiece of an emerald-bead necklace. Over the...
Jacques Cartier, of the cartier jewelry house, and Jacques Arpels, of Van Cleef & Arpels, both traveled throughout Asia in the early 20th century, journeying from Paris to destinations as diverse...
Much the same way that haute couture clients can meet with fashion designers to review the latest collections and customize their selections, patrons of Manhattan jeweler Faraone Mennella are welcome...
To introduce L’Atlantide (Atlantis), its latest high-jewelry collection, Van Cleef & Arpels hosted a party, last November in Hong Kong, at which it tried to re-create the collection’s namesake...
For 12 days last fall, at its expansive gallery in Manhattan’s hip Meatpacking District, the Phillips de Pury auction house presented 45 works by French jewelry designer Frédéric Zaavy. Each piece...
Jacques Cartier, the grandson of the Paris jewelry house’s founder, Louis-François Cartier, returned from his first journey to India, in 1911, with a cache of colorful gemstones and some new ideas...
TMB Art Metal ( www.tmbartmetal.com ) —a London company that produces sculpture and jewelry incorporating metal from vintage cars, airplanes, and boats—has fashioned cuff links from components of...
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...
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel stunned her audience in 1932 with an extravagant and arty presentation of diamond-studded jewelry in her Paris apartment. Her fresh, modern, celestial-themed designs were a...
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, and other pieces in this series from jewelry...
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—...

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