Jewelry

Men’s jewelry design is always a challenging proposition because while men desire a distinctive style, most won’t wear anything glittering or shiny. Designer Mads Kornerup of Copenhagen created a...
George Frederick Kunz was the Indiana Jones of his day. Kunz—who in 1879, at age 23, became Tiffany & Co.’s first chief gemologist—climbed the Ural Mountains of Russia, explored the African...
In ancient Egypt, scarab beetles symbolized resurrection; in the hands of the Parisian jeweler Lorenz Bäumer ( www.lorenzbaumer.com ), the sacred insects have been reborn as luminous brooches with an...
The bracelet, ring, and earring designs in Brazilian jeweler H. Stern’s new Ancient America Collection ( www.hstern.net ) subtly represent animals that were symbolic to pre-Columbian cultures. The...
Renowned French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels was recognized for several design and technical innovations over the past century, and its glorious heritage is being celebrated with an elaborate...
The story line could have been lifted from a fable, or perhaps a Mel Brooks film: During the renovation of a venerable Moscow mansion in 1990, workers opened up a wall and discovered a cache of old...
To create each of the earrings and rings in the Cora Tahitian Pearls collection ( www.corainternational.com ), jewelers at New York diamond house Cora carved out a niche in the delicate surface of a...
It was a spectacle of otherworldly beauty, a celestial dance of shooting comets and blazing meteorites. If Chanel designed the universe—and for one night at the planetarium at Paris’s Musée du quai...
Jewelry for men isn’t an easy proposition. Most men don’t want sparkly jewels, but they’re seeking distinctive, masculine pieces, and designer Todd Reed has captured that wearable style in his new...
At first glance, it would appear that the Tiny Jewel Box ( www​.tinyjewelbox.com ) in downtown Washington, D.C., was given that name in jest. Comprising all six floors of a historic and protected...
The 40-piece Oscar Heyman 100th Anniversary Collection ( www.oscarheyman.com ) celebrates the jewelry house that for the last century has been creating showpiece designs for retailers including...
Through its upcoming Ramekins 4-Day Culinary Retreat ( www.ramekins.com ), Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn in Sonoma, Calif., is offering access to some of the region’s most influential...
In a city bursting with both new luxury boutiques and architectural landmarks, Harry Winston still made a conspicuous statement with the recent opening of its Shanghai store—the jeweler’s largest...
Known for finding dazzling, colorful gemstones and setting them in voluminous one-of-a-kind designs, Milan-based Pomellato has introduced its sixth-annual Pom Pom collection ( www.pomellato.com )...
Photo #1. From top: Mikimoto 18-karat white-gold ring with a baroque black South Sea cultured pearl and diamonds, $48,000 (888.701.2323, www.mikimotoamerica.com ); Arunashi titanium ring with a South...
Masterpiece London, the prominent annual art, antiques, and design fair held June 28 through July 4, will have its largest showing of jewelers to date, including vintage dealers Kentshire, Fred...
Viren Bhagat has been called the JAR of India: Like JAR, the legendary yet elusive jewelry designer Joel Rosenthal of Paris, Bhagat produces very few pieces for a select group of buyers. And while he...
Leave it to a fashion house to see fine jewelry through a different lens: Without the constraints of a jewelry heritage, Chanel Fine Jewelry created a series of daring new designs with its 2011...
Harry Winston looked no further than its robust archives for inspiration for Ultimate Adornments, its most ambitious collection in decades. Some of the 40 elaborate, one-of-a-kind pieces recall...
When Greg Kwiat took over as CEO of the storied vintage jeweler Fred Leighton two and a half years ago, he knew that keeping up the inventory of rare collectible jewelry would be a challenge. "It...
To say that this 11-carat fancy intense-blue diamond is one of a kind is almost an understatement. Less than 0.3 percent of all diamonds are blue, and because of this gem’s extraordinary size and...
With 11 sugarloaf-cut emeralds, 2,000 diamonds, and more than 18 months of work, Taiwanese designer Cindy Chao created this exquisite Equinox cuff (price upon request). It is one of just eight...
When Beverly Hills designer Martin Katz meets with a gem dealer, he typically asks, "What do you have that is weird and different?" Rather than seeking traditional sapphires, diamonds, and rubies,...
Cartier’s famous panther first slinked onto the scene in 1914, in a drawing commissioned by Louis Cartier to decorate an invitation. But it was not until the 1930s that Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s...
The German jewelry house Hemmerle seems to know no boundaries when it comes to raw materials, freely mixing aluminum, wood, and lava stones with exceptional gemstones and diamonds. "We have lifted...
Fifth-generation Roman jeweler Alberto Petochi created his first collection around his family’s heirlooms: three rare Roman coins. The New York–based entrepreneur had the three coins re-created by...
Tateossian, known for its wide variety of cuff links, from playful animals to serious gemstone designs, opened its fifth store in London—a sleek space right on Chelsea Harbour in Imperial Wharf—where...
A nearly 35-carat diamond called the Beau Sancy—one of the most important historic diamonds ever to come to auction—will be the showstopper at the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale at Sotheby’...
Striking in its simplicity and purity of form, the Cartier Juste un Clou collection ( www.cartier.com ) revives Aldo Cipullo’s industrial nail designs in a series of 18-karat-gold rings and bracelets...

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