Jewelry

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...
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...
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...
Paolo Costagli was so taken with emeralds that in the late 1980s he left his native Italy to search for the finest examples of the gems in the mines of Colombia. For two months he labored underground...
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...
Woolly mammoths died out about 10,000 years ago, but their tusks have been resurrected as fashion accessories. J.W. Cooper ( www.jwcooper.com ) has used the tusks, which are in fact elongated teeth,...
Apparently we humans are not the only creatures that hanker for jewelry. The Million Dollar Lure , created by Mac McBurney of MacDaddy’s Fishing Lures ( www.macdaddysfishinglures.com ) in California...
The jewelry and watch house Van Cleef & Arpels ( www.vancleef-arpels.com ) has given its flagship boutique in Paris a lavish makeover. The shop, located below the firm’s jewelry atelier at 22...
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...
An extremely rare, 25-carat green diamond, one of the largest of its kind. The cushion-cut stone is set in a gold ring by Swiss jewelry house de Grisogono that features an additional seven carats of...
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...
Ralph Esmerian adeptly maneuvers around the piles of papers, boxes, and books that cover virtually every surface in his office in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center. Even beneath his desk, dish towels...
The tiny Stephen Russell boutique on New York’s Upper East Side is a destination for those seeking extremely rare period jewelry, though its treasures are anything but antiquated. “This doesn’t look...
Like an art expert advising on the acquisition of a masterpiece, a jewelry consultant will educate you about the quality, rarity, and value of a particular gemstone, or help you find an antique piece...
Even when abetted by the most advanced pearl-farming methods, an oyster’s chances of producing a high-quality South Sea pearl are no better than about 200 to 1. The Paspaley pearl farms, located...
A diamond usually is coveted for its brilliant sparkle, the result of light reflecting off the dozens of precisely positioned facets that a diamond cutter has made. But not everyone believes that...
Mish Tworkowski has no use for a high-profile Madison Avenue storefront. Instead, the New York jewelry designer has clients visit him in his 1890s townhouse, which is fronted by a delightful garden...
Yossi Harari says he is a student of ancient Ottoman, Etruscan, and Hellenistic art, and those influences are readily apparent in his jewelry designs, including his new collection, Yossi Couture. The...
In jewelry, color is usually expressed in gems or enamel, which can be too heavy and fragile,” says New York designer Kara Ross, who spent more than a year experimenting with titanium for her latest...
John Hardy and other designers would like you to give them a hand, or more precisely, a wrist, so that they can help you overcome your aversions to wearing jewelry. Hardy, David Yurman, and Jacopo...
Like many of her peers, jewelry designer Michelle Ong regards jewelry as an art form rather than as a fashion accessory. In her case, the art involves the irreverent use of precious gems in...
James de Givenchy enjoys presenting clients with designs that include stones they never before have seen, rarities such as fiery orange mandarin garnets or scintillating green tsavorite. “I simply...
One of Samuel Getz’s prized possessions is a rare 10-carat chrome tourmaline that looks like a green emerald but is far rarer. Nevertheless, it represents a bargain compared to a similarly sized...
Brazil’s H. Stern has the inside track on the native country’s flourishing colored gem supply, possessing first dibs on such highly coveted stones as Paraíba tourmaline, alexandrite, cat’s-eye...

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