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Feeling Blue

jessica biel tiffJessica Biel in a Tiffany archives-inspired brooch in platinum, from the 2013 Blue Book Collection brooch of round and cushion-cut diamonds inspired by a design from the French Crown Jewels

The name Tiffany and Co. (www.tiffany.com) conjures up images of Audrey Hepburn in a chic black Givenchy, clutching a pastry and cup of coffee peering in the window, little blue boxes, and for me (because I worked at a jewelry store on fifth avenue a few blocks away from Tiffany) crowds of tourists gathering outside on a Saturday morning long before they open.

Gwyneth-Paltrow-In-Ralph-Lauren-Tiffany-Co-Blue-Book-Ball  Gwyneth Paltrow in a Tiffany butterfly brooch with black opals, Montana sapphires and diamonds in platinum, from the 2013 Blue Book Collection.

“Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young in New York City in 1837 as a “stationery and fancy goods emporium,” the store initially sold a wide variety of stationery items, and operated as Tiffany, Young and Ellis in Lower Manhattan. The name was shortened to Tiffany & Co. in 1853 when Charles Tiffany took control, and the firm’s emphasis on jewelry was established.” [1]

“Tiffany’s celebrated Blue Book, the jeweler’s annual publication that showcases the latest and most spectacular jewels in all their glamour and brilliance, has been arriving in customers’ mail boxes since 1845. It is the first mail order catalogue to be distributed in the U.S. The Blue Book archive forms a detailed chronology of Tiffany’s role in the evolution of American design. Early Blue Books showcase lavish diamonds, including French and Spanish crown jewels reset in exquisite Tiffany settings, which marked the first appearance of major gemstones in the U.S., and an astonishing array of jewels that won gold medals at the great world’s fairs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These are followed by Blue Books that feature the platinum age of diamonds in the 1920’s, Cocktail-Style jewelry in the 1940’s and 1950’s, and dazzling creations in every era since.” [2]

Sarah-Jessica-Parker-In-Vintage-Vicky-Tiel-Tiffany-Co-Blue-Book-Ball  Sarah Jessica Parker in a Tiffany necklace with a round tanzanite and diamonds in platinum, from the 2013 Blue Book Collection.

This past Friday night, Tiffany & Co. launched their 2013 Blue Book Collection and celebrated at their Blue Book Ball. Held at Rockefeller Center in New York City, it was a celebrity packed event where stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carey Mulligan, Kate Hudson, Jessica Biel, Michelle Williams and Carolyn Murphy among others looked their best in what else, but Tiffany & Co. jewels!

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[1] “Tiffany & Co.” n.d., <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiffany_%26_Co.&gt; (accessed April 21, 2013).

[2] “Tiffany & Co. For The Press n.d., < http://press.tiffany.com/ViewBackgrounder.aspx?backgrounderId=30 >(accessed April 21,2013)

 
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Posted by on April 21, 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.

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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.

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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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Breakfast at… Costco?

tiffany picBreakfast at Costco probably consists of a greasy sausage/egg/cheese combo on a soggy roll, eaten at a cafeteria table in the food court. It definitely wouldn’t include Audrey Hepburn in a chic black Givenchy delicately nibbling on a pastry, instead think Roseanne Barr in flannel.

So, it’s no surprise what a huge deal it was when Tiffany & Co. found out that Costco had reportedly been selling diamond engagement rings as Tiffany baubles. A customer at a California Costco noticed the in-store signs advertising Tiffany sparklers at discounted prices and she called the blue box jewelers to tip them off. Tiffany estimates that after years of these misleading sales practices, there are potentially thousands of Costco customers that think they own a genuine Tiffany rock.

Well, bet they’re pissed!

In the jewelry industry you will often hear a round diamond in a simple six prong setting referred to as a “Tiffany” setting, but this seems to run a lot deeper. Personally, I’ve never understood the allure of a Tiffany diamond, I mean no one knows what color box it came in when you’re wearing it! Why pay an incredible mark up, just so you can tuck an empty blue box in your underwear drawer for years? The real way to buy a diamond is from a guy in a grungy little office in a walk up building on 47 street.

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Pinky Tuscadero

morganite heart

Pink diamonds. Which one of us wouldn’t want one of those? But, the real question is, who could actually afford one? A better option for most of us, especially, if you buy your own jewelry (like I always do, unfortunately) is Morganite. Morganite is a gorgeous pale, peachy, blush pink color, that is affordable and often found in large sized stones.

I’m going to try not to get too gemologisty on you, but it is part of the Beryl family of gemstones. This is really interesting (ok, maybe I just find it interesting because I’m secretly a gemology nerd), because the most well known Beryl stones are Emerald and Aquamarine,( which are green and blue) and could’nt be further from Morganite. They are often referred to as pink Emeralds or pink Beryl and have been found in Brazil, Madagascar and Namibia, among others. “The gem entered the American market in 1911 when Tiffany & Co. introduced it and named it in honor of J.P. Morgan.” (1)

The sherbety pink stones look especially yummy set into rose gold, like my ring above, because it helps to intensfy the color. I’m usually NEVER a heart person, meaning I don’t like heart shaped jewelry and stones, but I fell in love with the color (and you will too) and just had to have it. There’s no better time of the year than Valentines Day to check it out, and while you’re at it –

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Oh, and I couldn’t resist the Pinky Tuscadero reference, being a life long Happy Days fan!!

(1) www.gemsociety.org/info/gems/morganite.htm

 

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