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Birthstone Jackpot

Anniston leighton dia Jennifer Anniston wearing Fred Leighton diamonds at the 2013 Oscars (www.fredleighton.com)

Happy diamond month to all of you lucky April babies! You’ve hit the birthstone jackpot! No semi precious tourmaline (October) or Peridot (August) for you, you’ve got the best of the best! And just in case you don’t already know everything there is to know about your super sparkly birthstone, lucky for you I feel like nerding out a bit today.

The history and lore of diamonds date back to ancient times. In fact, the word diamond comes from the ancient Greek word adamas, meaning indestructible and unbreakable. Few things in the world inspire as much lust in women as diamonds do. Some women even want to get married just for the ring, save yourself the trouble and buy your own diamond! Trust me, it’s easier…

There have been many famous diamonds throughout history that have inspired stories and rumors. Undoubedtly one of the most famous is the Hope Diamond.

hope  The famous Hope Diamond http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nmnh/hope.htm

” According to the legend, a curse befell the large, blue diamond when it was plucked (i.e. stolen) from an idol in India – a curse that foretold bad luck and death not only for the owner of the diamond but for all who touched it.

Whether or not you believe in the curse, the Hope diamond has intrigued people for centuries. It’s perfect quality, its large size, and its rare color make it strikingly unique and beautiful. Add to this a varied history which includes being owned by King Louis XIV, stolen during the French Revolution, sold to earn money for gambling, worn to raise money for charity, and then finally donated to the Smithsonian Institution. The Hope diamond is truly unique.” (1)

So, of course we all know the basics, the four c’s – color, cut, clarity and carat weight. The fact that diamond is the hardest gemstone on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, rated a 10. This means that diamonds can scratch any of the gemstones below it including ruby, sapphire and emerald. This is important to remember when storing your jewelry, to prevent pieces from being damaged.  And the nitty gritty, that diamonds are formed when carbon is exposed to extremely high temperature and high pressure, over millions of years, deep inside the earth, they aren’t actually made from coal!

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(1)Jennifer Rosenberg, “The Curse of the Hope Diamond”, n.d., <http://history1900s.about.com/od/1950s/a/hopediamond.htm&gt; (accessed April 5, 2013)

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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Jewelry Lust

fragmentsIn a city like New York that’s full of interesting stores, with more popping up every day, it’s difficult to narrow it down to one favorite. But, I have and my current obsession is Fragments (www.fragments.com). Located in Soho, Fragments is a fantastic store with an eclectic mix of fashion and fine jewelry.

Founder and CEO Janet Goldman has been quoted as saying “I’m attracted to anything sparkly and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll”.  Her design philosophy is apparent in the well curated collections they carry from independent up and coming designers, as well as more established names. Fragments originally started off specializing in high end costume jewelry and gradually added fine jewelry to the mix.

They now feature over 50 designers and pieces ranging from a fun $60 faceted crystal and macramé bracelet to jaw dropping engagement rings, for couples looking for something other than a six prong Tiffany (www.tiffany.com) setting.

Some of designers whose pieces I’ve been lusting after are-

Catherine Angiel (http://catherineangiel.com/) whose collection of dark and moody Goth meets rock n’ roll pieces are all made in New York.

sword earrings

Stella Flame (http://www.stellaflame.com/) with her Byzantine inspired, jewels that look like they we’re found in a far off bazar.

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Sutra (http://www.sutrajewels.com/) whose pieces feature juicy colored opals and other organic shaped gemstone slices have recently been seen on Jennifer Hudson at the 2013 Oscars.

85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

A visit to Fragments is a must on your next trip to Soho! And so is a visit to my website –

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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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Chain Gang

louise Brooks It’s probably a safe bet to say that long  chains ,diamond or otherwise, are going to start popping up all over the place (probably so much so, that eventually the sight of one will make me want to strangle myself with it), after Best Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence dazzled in a diamond one on the Red Carpet last Sunday.

Diamond chains, popularized during the Edwardian and later Art Deco period evoke a 1920’s flapper style when worn long. They can also be layered with other pieces to put a new twist on any pendant or necklace you already have in your collection can be wrapped around the neck multiple times, depending on the length and can even be wrapped around the wrist as the ultimate layered bracelet look.  In recent years, Tiffany & Co. has brought this look to the forefront of style with their Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard collection.

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When I worked at a super-high end Madison Avenue Red Carpet estate jeweler to the stars, we carried an amazing collection of diamond chains, everything from a delicate 20″ 5 carat chain, to a whopping 100″ 120 carat diamond and platinum dazzler. And yes, they are pricey, but at any carat weight they are such a versatile and wearable, everyday piece. That’s right, I said it, EVERYDAY.  Let’s be honest, using the “everyday” tactic to convince yourself to splurge on an expensive piece of jewelry, doesn’t work. Well, at least it doesn’t work for me. Probably because I love EVERYTHING way too much, sure I’ll wear the new piece for a week straight, but, I’ve yet to wear something every day. I love to change my jewelry all the time and show it all some love. So, the moral of my rambling is, just buy it and enjoy it and don’t make yourself crazy. You don’t have to become one with your new bauble.

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Another option if you like the long chain necklace look, but you might want something in a color, or maybe aren’t looking to make a major investment, you can get a similar look with a faceted semi precious beaded chain. Some gemstones that are often found styled this way are Spinel (which is a sparkly black stone that looks like black diamonds), tourmaline (which is mined in every color of the rainbow) or labradorite (which is a neutral greyish champagne color). Try something new and it might just become your signature !

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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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Oscars Baby!!!

Well, the Oscars have come and gone, but the looks shown on the red carpet will be setting trends for at least the next year. So, here’s a round up of last night’s 2013 Oscar red carpet jewelry looks.

85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals  Zoe Saldana looked elegant and sexy with long, swingy Harry Winston stiletto diamond earrings finished with large pearl teardrops and an edgy wrap around diamond snake ring.

jenn aniston oscars  Jennifer Anniston sparkled in her typical all – American casually elegant way. She accessorized her red Valentino with diamond chandelier earrings and multiple diamond bracelets she wore layered, all from Fred Leighton, THE estate jeweler to the stars.

jenna dewan  I am so obsessed with Jenna Dewan, its nuts! I think part of it might be because she’s a brunette and I love seeing brunette celebs, it seems like almost everyone is a blonde, or some variation of blonde. She is so absolutely gorgeous and looked fabulous accenting her black lace Rachel Roy dress and green, cat eyes with unbelievable Irene Neuwirth hanging earrings, of colorful, fiery opals surrounded by diamonds. Irene Neuwirth (www.ireneneuwirth.com) has become one of my favorite jewelry designers lately. I love that she features black and white opals in her pieces. We’ve been seeing a lot of her jewels on the red carpet lately, remember Busy Philips at the Sag awards last month? (https://fromtheashesvintagejewels.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/snooze-actors-guild-awards/ )

Jennifer-Hudson-oscars-2013-8  Jennifer Hudson also wore opal earrings last night. Her long dangling drops from Sutra added a great pop of color near her face. The bluish green opals were surrounded by diamonds and we’re a younger, cooler look than a big diamond piece.

In the “Excuse me I have to stifle a yawn category” there’s a tie –

chastain oscars  amy adams oscars  Jessica Chastain looked simple and elegant, but not exciting wearing Vintage 1960’s Harry Winston, including a yellow gold and diamond braided style bracelet and a simple cluster earring. Amy Adams could have used a little more bling to brighten up her beautiful, but blah colored pale green Oscar De la Renta confection. She choose hanging pear shaped diamond drop earrings and a woven style diamond bracelet, both by Mouawad.

jenn lawrence  ann hathaway  Best Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway both accented their rear views with sparkling diamonds, on the red carpet. Jennifer Lawrence wore a long diamond bead chain by Chopard, draped down the back of her dress. I like the idea, but I don’t think it worked with the silhouette of her gown. The dress was too voluminous for the delicate chain. I think the long chain would have worked better over a more fitted shape. Anne Hathaway accented her dress with a Tiffany necklace of diamond clusters hanging down her back.

918450-jacki-weaver  I loved Jacki Weaver’s  whimsical yet edgy Stephen Webster (www.stephenwebster.com) dangling crescent moon and star earrings. They didn’t work with the dress, but we’re a nice change for the red carpet. I think they would have been better suited for a simple black dress, so the jewels and clothing would not compete. Because we all know you choose the jewelry first and work the outfit around it! Oh wait, that’s not what everyone does, ok, well that’s what I do!

bullock  I LOVE hair jewelry and Sandra Bullock added some sparkle to her simple dark locks in the form of a Harry Winston diamond brooch worn to pull her hair back.

jenn garner oscars  Jennifer Garner had on a phenomenal 19 century looking Neil Lane blackened, cushion cut diamond fringe necklace and simple hanging diamond drops. It was a hipper alternative to a modern looking super sparkly bright white piece. There’s also more of a casual, easy elegance to a blackened piece of jewelry, when you know what you’re doing this is the piece you wear.

19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals  Helen Hunt was beautifully accessorized in a fun and unique Martin Katz multi strand, liquid looking diamond necklace that sparkled like crazy under the lights. She also wore bracelets, earrings and a brooch on the back of her H&M gown all from Martin Katz, totaling a whopping $700k!!

85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals  Catherine Zeta Jones paired her sparkly gold Zuhair Murad gown with giant yellow gold, diamond and brown cabochon stone Lorraine Schwartz earrings. The earrings we’re interesting and I do love to see color on the red carpet, but the overall look was a bit too monochromatic for me, between her hair, skin tone, dress and jewelry. A bright green stone would have really given the whole look a kick in the ass.

I don’t know about you, but all of this talk about jewelry is giving me the jewelry buying bug, not that I need much convincing. Well, if you feel like doing a little shopping too, check me out at

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