Jewelry

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...
Somewhat decadent and remarkably relevant to contemporary styles, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Pierres de Caractère collection flaunts some of the world’s finest and rarest gems, including chunky, grape-...
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...
The designs of fourth-generation Indian jeweler Viren Bhagat are influenced by his country’s rich jewelry heritage, but they also are contemporary enough to appeal to India’s newly minted tycoons...
Nicholas Varney’s latest work emphasizes what he calls the “deconstructionism” of jewelry, which he likens to a movement in the art world. “I’m stepping away from traditional representation and...
A highlight of the latest high jewelry collection from Chopard is a flowing necklace made of 15 rare, cushion-cut emeralds totaling more than 100 carats. Chopard spent more than a year collecting the...
Cartier’s Caresse d’Orchidées par Cartier, a collection of 36 high jewelry pieces unveiled last fall that portray the exotic beauty of orchids, likely will establish the flower as one of the jewelry...
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...

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