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The Jewelry Insider

March 7, 2011

When most of us jewelry hounds think of a black diamond ‘ring‘, we conjure images of the rock Carrie got from Big in the last Sex And The City flick or something Kat von D is likely to sport on her wedding day, right?

But Gresso is giving us another interpretation to put on the covet list:  an iPhone 4 bedazzled with 6 carats of black diamonds (and 13 carats of white diamonds for good measure).

The luxury mobile phone manufacturer unveiled the new “iPhone 4 Black Diamonds for Lady” targeted squarely at the superior sex for an unamed sum and in limited quantities available online or with the official Gresso dealers.

The ear candy is encased in 200-year-old African Blackwood, combined with black and white diamonds, platinum and 18K rose gold with black diamond edging.

Going by carat-count alone, we’re talking hundreds of thousands for a tricked-out text machine that you’re likely to leave on the bathroom counter of your local watering hole or forget in the airport lounge or…(insert your own missing phone horror story).

But you’ll look fabulous while you try to navigate your way to the nearest Starbucks.

The Jewelry Insider

February 14, 2011

While the whole “Lady Gaga arriving in a big egg” stunt felt a little (um) tired to me, the jewelry fashion was refreshingly fun at the 2011 Grammy Awards, with huge earrings, creative cuffs, statement rings, yellow gold and menfolk in layered looks ruling the night in the trend department.

Here are a few highlights to get the jewelry juices flowing…

I FINALLY had a 2011 lower-jaw-drop moment when I spotted this crazy cuff on Glee diva, Lea Michele. It’s by red carpet staple, Lorraine Schwartz, who is also responsible for my second favorite look of the night:

this yellow gold and diamond serpent cuff on Kim Kardashian.Yay!

I also have to applaud Miley Cyrus and Ciara for the winning the “More Is More” award. Maybe it’s because I’ve been so starved for over-the-top jewelry looks this year, but I was happy to see this much sparkle on these young stars.

 

Big earring looks dusted the sparkling shoulders of everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Snooki:

 

 

 

 

 

 

And as for the fellas? The usual suspects disappointed (Lil Wayne, Diddy) but Seal, Lenny Kravitz and Adam Lambert all rocked the layered necklace look that won the approval of the Twitter Crew (click here to review our fun-filled chat).

 

With so many folks getting in touch with their inner wacky (Gwenyth? What are you smoking, sister?) I’m sure the Oscars are going to feel like a quaint evening sipping tea by comparison. But I’m ready. Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is a jewelry wasteland so far…. And I’m starving for more!

 

The Jewelry Insider

December 24, 2010

 

Since it’s Christmas Eve, I thought I’d take a moment to send out one more subtle ‘hint’ to Santa, since I’ve been nothing but nice this year.

I. WANT. A. BLACK. DIAMOND!!!!!!!!!

See? Coal is cool this year, Mr. Kringle.

Merchandisers and marketers used to have to work hard to make black diamond jewelry appealing to folks outside of tattoo parlors and vampire support groups. But this year? The stone finally crossed over, and it’s never going back.

Celebrity designer, Stephen Webster, now litters his lines with the look. It was the best part of Sex And The City II. And many celebs – from Katy Perry to Christina Aguilera – are sporting them on the red carpet.

And the best part? Black diamonds are surprisingly affordable compared to white ice.

Here are a few of my favorite black diamond looks right now – all of them ready for their Christmas close up. Or how about a great New Year’s surprise?

So here’s hoping we all find big things in little boxes under the tree this year. And fellas? The New York Times reports that jewelry is the ‘go to’ purchase for all you last-minute shopper types (aka: all men).

TICK…TOCK…

Merry Christmas, Jewelry Hounds!

Gaga for VMA Jewelry Fashion

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Jersey Shore meatheads met Gaga’s meat couture at the 2010 VMA Awards last night. And while the jewelry trends weren’t as bodacious as the Lady’s fashion choices – there were some highlights worth sharing.

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First – the Franc Ferdinand-designed meat dress. Not even Cher in her iconic black sequined unitard could upstage this Peta-angering Gaga statement. Thoughts?

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I’ve always been a ‘black-diamond Betty’ – and any MTV event is the perfect time for the dark side to shine.

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Hoops have been a mainstay on these less formal red carpet events – and the VMA white carpet was no exception.

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And my favorite overall look went to the lovely Selena Gomez – in a Reem Acra silver frock (love the pockets!) with blue gemstone detail and Baccarat jewelry, including what look like sapphire drop earrings and a chunky sapphire cocktail ring. Something about the silver and blue really works, right?.

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And now for a little non-jewelry VMA musing. While I LOVE that Gaga is pushing buttons with her fashion choices – I kinda miss that tried and true VMA train wreck from yesteryear. There’s no Courtney Love faux pas to count on or some drunken grunge dude climbing the sets. The EARNEST, barefooted Taylor Swift/Kanye West ‘controversy’ just isn’t working for me.

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Maybe I’m just cranky that the runway looks from Fashion Week so far aren’t giving me any gawk-worthy jewelry to crow about. But we’re only half-way through…stay tuned.

Celebrity Black Diamond Blitz


Black diamond jewelry has always been a sexy statement, but it hasn’t been in the spotlight much until Sex And The City 2.

While I won’t give away the plot for those of you who are waiting cringe your way through it in the safety of your own home – I’ll just say that one character receives a five carat, 18k black diamond ring designed by Itay Malkin worth $10,000 (pictured above). And now black diamond engagement ring sales are going through the roof, according to Gemvara’s Cheryl Kremkow.

But there have been other celebrity black diamond sightings this summer:

Christina Aguilera is always in black and white diamond ice from her jewelry guru, Stephen Webster, and wore a pair of black diamond drop earrings to the MTV Movie Awards.


Kim Kardashian’s former love, Reggie Bush, showed up the 2010 ESPY Awards in black diamond stud earrings – a supercool statement to celebrate his Superbowl win with the New Orleans Saints.


And Lauren Conrad lit up her Mandalay mini at The Hills finale afterparty with a black diamond ring by Cheryl Lynn Greenspoon, according to Luxist.

So what is a black diamond?

Most black diamonds are actually white or colorless diamonds that become black after exposure to a widely used and extremely safe radiation treatment. The dark color fully penetrates the stone and will not fade over time. This process not only results in a black diamond but is also used to create every color of the diamond rainbow – from red to green, purple to even brown. Natural black diamonds are extremely rare and are not often seen in the jewelry world.

Here are a few of my favorite black diamond gems from Jewelry.com:

Or click here to shop their entire stash of affordable black diamond dazzlers.

Paris Haute Couture Fall/Winter – A Jewelry Recap


As promised, jewelry hounds, here is a recap of all the jewelry worth drooling over from the 2010 Fall/Winter Paris Haute Couture shows.

Today, Haute Joaillierie lit up the Place Vendome – including Chanel’s feathery diamond collection (remember Diane Kruger rocking this look at Cannes?):

Dior’s Bollywood-inspired jewels:


and Van Cleef & Arpels’ Les Voyages Extraordinaires collection:

Catwalk carats included these crazy cuffs from Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel show:



Armani’s sculptural styles made from metal and wood:


And these mirrored fairy tale creations from Jean Paul Gaultier’s collection:


But this is just a small sampling of the sparkle. You can find a complete gallery of Paris Fashion Week finds on the Jewelry.com Facebook Page. In the meantime, how amazing is that Dior serpent ring? I gotta say it again: ‘ J’adore Dior!

Weigh in with your favs!

The Jewelry Insider

June 14, 2010

Jewelry hounds, mark your calendars. I just got word that my favorite jewelry sample sale site, JewelClub, is launching a rare vault sale where they’re knocking off 25% on 18 select styles.

That’s 25% off WHOLESALE!

Um, yeah. Now that I’ve got your attention…

The sale will start this Thursday, June 17th but will only last a few days (through Monday, June 21st) – and like most big discount sales the inventory is limited and may go quickly.


I have only seen this teaser piece to whet your whistle – it’s a three-stone bridal ring that’s over $3,000 off the suggested retail price. (insert lower jaw-drop here)

But brides and grooms aren’t the only audience they’re targeting; they assure me there will be trendy pieces, jewelry box staples and colorful creations all ripe for the picking.


So be sure to sign up on www.jewelclub.com, using the code: INSIDER (if you haven’t already) to get in the loop on this super sale. I won’t steer you wrong on this. Their prices are as low as a Mariah Carey neckline.

The Jewelry Insider

May 25, 2010


High fashion, diamond jewelry, Liza Minnelli – three of my favorite things lit up Radio City Music Hall last night to celebrate the debut of Sex And The City 2. And while rumor has it the fashion in the film is a bit disappointing (don’t quote me – haven’t seen it yet), the fab four of the female franchise all rocked the red carpet in style.


Let’s start with SJP – a vision in bright yellow Valentino, newly blonde locks and a sun-kissed look that screams, “I’m a big star”.


She is a fan of the layered diamond bracelet (see her 2010 Oscar ensemble for more), and used the look here since the dress’s neckline didn’t support a statement piece.


I kindof love the yellow flow here – it’s a surprise without being annoying (like that controversial flower hat contraption she wore to the London premiere of the first movie. No, SJ. We haven’t forgotten.)


Kim Catrall channeled old Hollywood glam in a metallic Naeem Khan gown with elegant diamond drop earrings and a diamond bracelet to match.


Cynthia Nixon kept things simple in a strapless black Carolina Herrera frock with a bejeweled leaf embellishment and black and white diamond drop earrings.


And my personal favorite – this Audrey Hepburn-esque vision in pink – Kristin Davis in a vintage Jean Desses dress from the 1950s made current by some diamond Fred Leighton drop earrings. Yay.


Who was your favorite of the foursome? Are you a ‘Carrie’? A ‘Miranda’? A ‘Charlotte’? Or a ‘Samantha’? Weigh in!

Jewelry at the TV Land Awards


Diamonds and gems are usually the highlight of any red carpet event in my book, but at the TV Land Awards? It’s always the cast of characters that are the most memorable.


Where else can you find the likes of The Hoff rubbing elbows with Isaac from The Love Boat?

Or Glee’s Jane Lynch posing with Charo.

Or Anne Coulter arm and arm with… Jimmie “Dynomite” Walker from Good Times???? Does it get any better than that????

Well, it was comforting to see pretty pearls on our favorite TV moms, Mrs Partridge and Mrs “C”.

And former Charlie’s Angel, Cheryl Ladd looked lovely in a David Meister black jersey cocktail dress with diamond hoops to die for.

Earring statements shined bright on other TV Land stars, including Taxi’s Marilu Henner, Charlie’s Angel, Jacklyn Smith, and little Vicki from The Love Boat, Jill Whelan (memba her?)

While necklaces have been a veritable no-show on the red carpet these days, Joyce DeWitt(!) from Three’s Company wore a simple diamond statement to light up the final seconds of her 15 minutes of fame.

Clearly, I enjoyed the people watching far more than the jewelry this time around. But where else can you find Blondie getting an icon award or Tom Hanks slumming it with the remnants of the Bosom Buddies cast? It’s a pop culture diva’s dream come true!

The TV Land Awards will air in all their glory on April 25th.

Am I dating myself with these star sightings? Who wore your favorite TV Land look?

It’s a Dog Eat Diamond World


Man’s best friend met girls’ best friend when a hungry Golden Retriever named Soli snarfed up a whopping $20,000 diamond at a jewelery store outside of Washington DC.

Zoikes! That’s some Scooby snack…

A diamond dealer brought the big rock to the store but he dropped it as he got it out to show owners Robert Rosin and George Kaufmann, and in an instant, Soli had gobbled up the three-plus carat rock.

They called a vet who advised them to let the diamond follow nature’s course, which meant Kaufmann had to track Silo’s every, ummm, ‘movement’.

“It was not that pleasant. I followed him. I had to pick up his stuff. I went through the things. I can understand what it was like in the old Gold Rush because I felt like I had just hit pay dirt,” Kaufman told the AP.

Talk about a diamond in the ‘ruff’. (buh-duh-dum).

Pay dirt apparently happened after three days and the diamond has since been reunited with its rightful owner. All’s well that ‘ends’ well.

Has your pet ever devoured a diamond or other family jewel? My only jewelry disasters have been self-inflicted, I’m afraid. Weigh in!