Tag Archives: diamonds and sapphires

The Jewelry Insider

September 24, 2008

Break out your checkbooks, music fans. A diamond and sapphire brooch worn by Elton John is on the auction block in London tomorrow. The 1930s Art Deco piece was worn by Sir Elton in his 1988 music video, “I Don’t Wanna Go on With You Like That.” A photograph of him wearing the piece during the filming of the video accompanies the lot.

The brooch, which is expected to fetch over $20,000, is shaped like the letter “J” and has brilliant-cut and baguette-cut diamonds and oval-cut and circular-cut sapphires.

“Diamonds have an enduring appeal,” Jean Ghika, Bonhams’ UK director of jewelry, said Tuesday. “They provide timeless elegance in a fast-moving fashion arena and in many instances maintain their worth.”

An 11-carat emerald-cut diamond ring by De Beers that auctioneers say could go for as much as $593,000 is among the other items being sold. Economic crisis? What economic crisis?

For those of you who miss music videos with narrative through lines dramatized through interpretive dance (or heck – just music videos), check out the old Elton MTV gem on You Tube here. Playing the synthesizer in a long-tailed suit never looked so cool.

The Jewelry Insider

September 12, 2008


To every thing there is a season. And to every fashion hound, there is the Pantone color report – the authority on what hues are hot each season. Yup. These are the folks who tell us “orange is the new black” or “fuschia is so fall 1995”. Seem a little nutty? There is method to their madness.

Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week to collect feedback on prominent colors used, their color inspiration and color philosophy. Fall 2008 is all about Blue Iris, Royal Lilac and Shady Glade, and Spring 2009 will feature Palace Blue, Lavender and Super Lemon.

Super Lemon? Got it.

But how do we bedazzle our studied wardrobes with jewelry the Pantone people would be proud of? Think Created Sapphires. Sapphires are not just blue; they come in a rainbow of colors. Maybe not Super Lemon or Salmon Rose – but certainly yellow, pink, purple – even green.

Created Sapphires have the same physical and chemical properties as the natural gem with the bonus of being nearly flawless. No joke. They are genuine sapphire stones just created in a lab rather then being mined from the earth, saving you thousands of dollars you can now spend on that off-the-shoulder cocktail dress.

Check out these created sapphire looks on Jewelry.com and for a look at the complete Pantone Spring 2009 color report, click here. It’s free!

SPRING 2009:

PANTONE 18-2328 Fuchsia Red
PANTONE 15-1626 Salmon Rose
PANTONE 18-4043 Palace Blue
PANTONE 14-5714 Lucite Green
PANTONE 14-0754 Super Lemon
PANTONE 16-0435 Dark Citron
PANTONE 15-3817 Lavender
PANTONE 16-6339 Vibrant Green
PANTONE 16-5804 Slate Gray
PANTONE 14-1307 Rose Dust

FALL 2008:

PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris
PANTONE 18-3531 Royal Lilac
PANTONE 18-5624 Shady Glade
PANTONE 18-4525 Caribbean Sea
PANTONE 18-1550 Aurora Red
PANTONE 18-1015 Shitake
PANTONE 18-1435 Withered Rose
PANTONE 19-3938 Twilight Blue
PANTONE 16-1448 Burnt Orange
PANTONE 14-1036 Ochre

The Jewelry Insider

August 6, 2008

Diamonds, sapphires, gold, gowns, Scarlett, Penelope…is there such a thing as too much beauty? The red carpet literally beamed this week at the LA premiere of Woody Allen’s latest film, Vicky Christina Barcelona, as the two gorgeous A-listers gave photogs the answer to their collective dreams. You gotta hand it to Woody – he sure knows how to pick ‘em. The film, shot in (you guessed it) Barcelona, is one of a few Woody Allen flicks to be filmed outside of his native New York, and Oscar is already buzzing.

The ladies dazzled in a picture of contrasts. Scarlett in a long, red Monique Lhuillier gown and a Sonia Boyahian statement necklace that sparkled in a series of gold chains and lockets. (Ms. Boyahian is a friend of the star’s, who also designed her engagement ring to hunky actor, Ryan Reynolds. We’ll be keeping our eye on her). Penelope’s long, dark locks were perfectly complemented by a classic, black Herve Leroux gown and Chopard diamond and sapphire gems.

As if there wasn’t enough eye candy, Ms. Cruz’s current love interest, Oscar-winner and dreamboat, Javier Bardem is ALSO in the cast. Oi! It’s just too much. The press was prohibited from asking them about their relationship on the junket, but the Jewelry Insider hears that wedding bells are in their future. Maybe they can do a double ceremony with Scarlett and Ryan? We mere mortals can only take so much.

The Jewelry Insider

May 25, 2008

At the New York premiere of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Indie’s other half looked surreally stunning in a delicate pink dress…..
Calista Flockheart has the ‘ethereal’ look down to a tee. Eschewing the bold colors seen of late, she stayed true to the more neutral shades that only a few can pull off. And she can.

A pair of pink sapphire earrings with a diamond splash would be the perfect accessory for such a delicate look. And, if you’re looking for something on the lighter side, what could be more perfect than a pink sapphire angel pendant like this one from Jewelry.com.