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The Robb Reader: Laurence Graff
At a London auction in December, Laurence Graff—the founder of Graff Diamonds International—paid about $25 million for the 300-year-old Wittelsbach...
2009 Luxury Preview: Cartier High Jewelry and Chanel Fine Jewelry
Fascinated by the chimera of Greek mythology, Louis Cartier—a scion of the French jewelry house—commissioned in 1922 a jeweled bangle carved from...
FrontRunners: Rocks on a Roll
Two exceptionally rare colored diamonds will be the highlights of Christie’s New York Jewelry Sale ( www.christies?.com ) on October 15 in Manhattan...
Jewelry: A Cabinet of Curiosities
Parisian Lydia Courteille’s career as a jewelry designer began with the purchase of a temperamental antique watch that would frequently stop,...
Robb Design Portfolio: Sheer Rocks
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...
FrontRunners: In Rare Form
Jewelry designer Nina Runsdorf (212.382.1243) scours the diamond market for nontraditional stones—thin slices or rough rocks—that give her pieces a...
Jewelry: Standout Chameleon
In the late 1950s, an expert at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)—the world’s leading nonprofit institute devoted to gemological research...
FrontRunners: Golden Opportunities
Manhattan jeweler Stephen Russell (212.570.6900, www.stephenrussell.com ), known for its exceptional period pieces, has moved a few doors down...
Robb Design Portfolio: Mineral Riches
"You never know what’s inside a geode until you crack it open," says jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald ( www.kimberlymcdonald.com ; available at...
From Sea to Sculpture
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...
Passion for Pearls
The South Sea pearl company AUTORE transforms the classic gem from the sea into imaginative jewelry creations. Inspired by the Great Barrier Reef,...
Jewelry: Pearl Visions
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...
Best of the Best 2008: Jewelry: Viren Bhagat
When, in 2005, jeweler Viren Bhagat acquired an exceptional 17th-??century, 70-?carat carved emerald, he envisioned the Mughal-era jewel as the...
Best of the Best 2008: Jewelry
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...
Rising from the East
Jacques Cartier, of the cartier jewelry house, and Jacques Arpels, of Van Cleef & Arpels, both traveled throughout Asia in the early 20th century...
Jewelry: Golden Boys
Much the same way that haute couture clients can meet with fashion designers to review the latest collections and customize their selections, patrons...
Feature: Making Waves
To introduce L’Atlantide (Atlantis), its latest high-jewelry collection, Van Cleef & Arpels hosted a party, last November in Hong Kong, at which...
Jewelry: Block Busters
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...
Jewelry: Indian Passages
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...
FrontRunners: Auto Show
TMB Art Metal ( www.tmbartmetal.com ) —a London company that produces sculpture and jewelry incorporating metal from vintage cars, airplanes, and...
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...
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: Rock Art
“Collecting rare, colored diamonds is like building an art collection,” says Thierry Chaunu, president and chief operating officer of Leviev. “One...
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...
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...
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...
Jewelry: Star Power
At the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, artisans competed for awards that would proclaim their...
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...
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