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The Jewelry Insider

March 3, 2011

The celebrity emerald jewelry trend that started with Angelina Jolie’s Oscar jewels in 2009, expanded to Julianne Moore’s Bulgari beauties in 2010 and peaked at this Sunday’s Academy Awards with Reese Witherspoon and Annette Bening (deep inhale)…well, it continues to bring in fashion’s biggest stars.

Gossip Girl‘s Blake Lively was every bit the sartorial siren when she attended a Chanel-hosted dinner in her honor last night at New York’s La Grenouille in Chanel Haute Couture (’09), ballet-inpsired Louboutin pumps and STUNNING emerald earrings by (who else?) Lorraine Schwartz!

While I should find something snarky to say about the emerald earring trend wearing out its welcome – the truth is? I love it. And with Lorraine Schwartz behind so many of the dazzling looks – what’s not to love?

The price points for one. So here are a few great Sample Sale emerald RING selects I found on JewelClub for all you Dorothy wannabes who want to take a trip to Emerald City without pawning your ruby slippers. (This Dorothy wants that cocktail ring with the black and white diamonds. Just sayin’).

 

Cushion-cut Created Emerald Ring. Orig Price: $279. JewelClub Price: $95.97
Created Emerald Ring with Created Sapphires. Orig Price: $359 JewelClub Price: $122.99
Geunine Emerald Ring with White and Black Diamonds Orig Price: $1079 JewelClub Price: $349.81

Jewelry Sparkles at Dior and Bulgari Bashes

When two of the most celebrity-friendly fashion houses celebrate themselves, they usually have plenty of A-list wattage on-hand to turn up the star power.

Case in point? The Dior Store re-opening in New York City last night, that featured the likes of Amy Adams and Natalie Portman in black and white with minimal sparkle and Liv Tyler in a feathery frock with a funky statement necklace.

The 57th Street flagship store was closed for the past five months for a complete makeover, WWD reports. Architect Peter Marino aimed to bring the spirit of the Parisian flagship on Avenue Montaigne to New York with a look inspired by the residential feel of a Paris hotel.

The jewelry jaw-drop award, though, had to be the chunky emerald earrings worn by Wendi Murdoch (yup, wife of Rupert). With a household income like theirs, you can bet your assets those puppies are real. Wow.

Alas, my favorite Dior girl, Charlize Theron, was nowhere to be found. Maybe because Natalie Portman is the new face for their new perfume, Miss Dior Cherie? Hmmm…

Across the pond in Paris, the venerable Italian jewelry house, Bulgari, continued to celebrate their 125th year with the opening of ‘125 Years of Italian Magnificence Bulgari au Grand Palais.’

On display until mid January will be some 600 shiny baubles, including famous jewelry worn by the biggest movie stars of the century, including the stunning diamond and emerald brooch Elizabeth Taylor wore at her first wedding to Richard Burton, alongside sparklers worn by style icons Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly.

Bulgari’s A-list spokesmodel, Julianne Moore, was there to celebrate in what appear to be peacock-inspired gemstone earrings, along with celebs Juliette Binoche, Lenny Kravitz and Clive Owen.

Dear, Santa: All I want for Christmas is a jewelry spokesmodel contract. Love, Laura

Julianne Moore: Bvlgari’s Blingy Beauty

When Julianne Moore bared all for the Bvlgari Serpenti campaign last year, I was – shall we say – skeptical about her choice to add ‘jewelry spokesmodel’ to her resume. Why does a serious, successful actress need to get naked to peddle high-end jewelry?

The answer, of course, was – she gets to peddle (aka wear and probably OWN) some of the most beautiful baubles on the block. And since they’ve always got her in her birthday suit (what better way to wear 50+ carat emerald earrings?), she’s certainly reminding Hollywood that she’s still viable leading lady material.

So I’m over my concern. Ms. Moore knows EXACTLY what she’s doing. Even though the city of Venice banned her lion-laden campaign ads for being to ‘lewd’. (Italians? Not appreciating nudity? What gives?)

Just look at the jewelry she gets to wear – like this latest entry from Bvlgari’s recent ‘Save The Children’ event in Rome earlier this week.

The emerald earring choice just keep on giving…

What do you think of Ms. Moore’s new career as the jewelry world’s lucky leading lady? Sell-out or smart cookie?

The Jewelry Insider

May 12, 2010


If April birthday girls have it best with the diamond as their designated birthstone, May certainly comes in a close second.

The emerald is May’s birthstone, and if you’ve been following the red carpet the past few years, you’ll notice stars like Angelina Jolie and Julianne Moore are making us all green with envy as they bring the bauble back into the spotlight.

Emerald is a green variety of the mineral, beryl, and has been prized for thousands of years for its lush green hues and rare beauty. Throughout the ancient world, emerald symbolized eternal hope, rebirth and the arrival of spring – and some cultures believed the gem rewarded its owners with love, intelligence and eloquence.

The ancients ascribed numerous magical and mystical properties to this precious green gem. In ancient Rome, for example, emeralds were believed to have a soothing effect on the soul. Modern scientists have since shown this myth to have some basis in fact: tests indicate that the human eye is more sensitive to green than any other color.

Middle Age seers used emeralds to foretell the future, as well as to ward off evil spirits and cure ailments ranging from bad eyesight to infertility. The stone was also said to improve memory and bring great wealth to its wearer.

Derived from the Latin word for green, “smaragdus”, emerald is also the traditional gift of choice for couples celebrating their 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.

The finest emeralds have traditionally come from Colombia; both the Incas and Aztecs mined rich emerald deposits in the rugged Andes Mountains. But Russia’s Ural Mountains also have produced top-quality gems. Brazil is by far the world’s largest producer of emerald, with a wide range of sizes and quality.

Emerald’s precious green color is caused by small amounts of chromium and enhanced by traces of iron. Emeralds come in a variety of light and dark shades – often with subtle background hues of other colors like yellow, blue, brown or gray. Generally, the purer and richer the green, the more valuable the emerald.

The gem ranks 7.5-8 on the Mohs hardness scale. This means that emerald, while relatively hard, can still be scratched, chipped or split fairly easily. Most emeralds have numerous flaws, or “inclusions”, which weaken their structure. Flawless emeralds are exceptionally rare, and therefore command great prices (in some instances, higher than diamonds).

Take that April!

Visit Jewelry.com for a bevy of birthstone bling – including hundreds of emerald styles for your favorite May birthday girl. And be sure to watch their Daily jewelry giveaway for your chance to nab one – for free!

The Jewelry Insider

January 20, 2010


If the Awards Season red carpet is any indication, teardrop-shaped jewelry is a big trend for 2010. From the AMAs to the Golden Globes, Hollywood divas and the stylists who stalk them are choosing the teardrop earring, in particular, to make a statement.

Teardrop-cut stones are a great way to get a big look for less, and Jewelry.com’s retail partner, Sears, has several great styles I found that fit both the fashion bill and your budget.

These sterling silver, CZ show-stoppers are priced to bring tears to your eyes at only $59.99. Perfect for formal wear or even jazzing up the proverbial little black dress.

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Courtney Cox caused jaws to drop with her black sapphire teardrop Golden Globe earrings, and these smokey topaz/brown diamond danglers give the same look for a lot less.

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And how cool is this teardrop necklace made from Champagne crystals and marcasite? Even cooler? The price – at only $89.99. Way to go, Sears!

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And don’t forget to click ‘I Want to Pay Less’ on every product page for additional discounts available only to Jewelry.com members.

There’s no more tears, jewelry hounds, with options like these!

The Jewelry Insider

January 17, 2010

Update: I was able to confirm that yes, indeed, these are the very same emerald earrings Julianne Moore wears in the Bulgari campaign. All $3 million dollars worth! Holy jaw drop!

Well, jewelry hounds – we have another emerald earring red carpet jaw-dropper. Julianne Moore just showed on the 2010 Golden Globe red carpet with (what I assume) are the Bulgari emerald earrings she wears in their latest campaign. And, as I expected, they are even MORE magnificent than Angelina Jolie’s emerald earring stunners at the Oscars last year – if that’s possible.

These Bulgari masterpieces are 115 carats (!) of pure Colombian emerald bliss, folks. I die!

Stay tuned for more Golden Globe coverage…the A-listers are still on their way!

The Jewelry Insider

December 23, 2009

Like Charlize Theron for Dior, Julianne Moore is entering the luxury lexicon of jewelry spokesmodel-dom, appearing in famous watch and jewelry brand, Bvlgari’s, latest campaign peddling their ‘Serpenti’ line, among other styles.

Almost as jaw-dropping as her nude photo shoot is the pair of Colombian pear-shaped emerald earrings she’ll wear, weighing 52.86 and 62.32 carats each. The stunning emeralds were part of Bvlgari’s first retrospective exhibition at Il Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome earlier in the year.

Dare I say that they rival Angelina’s emerald Oscar earrings from Lorraine Schwartz? I’m just saying…

The Serpenti collection is designed around snakes and scale shapes – a slithering genre that’s trending big for 2010 (including Brangelina’s line for Asprey). Bvlgari touts the new collection as a return to the design aesthetic that made the brand famous to begin with, with the A-lister ads (called “Eccentric Charisma”) set to debut in February.

Does Julianne Moore’s tasteful nudity and amazing emeralds make Bvlgari more attractive? I’ve always admired her talent, but have never taken her for the ‘spokesmodel’ type – so it’s a surprise they would choose her out of all the other ‘sell-outs’, I mean, serious actresses out there.

What do you guys think?

The Jewelry Insider

July 27, 2009


Jewelry hounds, I need your peepers. Is it me or is Nicky Hilton wearing THE SAME emerald earrings that Angelina Jolie made famous at the Oscars this year? The horror!

The giant teardrop-sized stunners are cut in the same shape as Angelina’s green gems, but I quite simply can’t imagine anyone who would want to trod that same hallowed jewelry ground. Especially someone low-key like Paris’s younger sib.

Hilton was walking the red carpet of sister Paris’s narcissistic, I mean, self-titled documentary, Paris, not France last week when the emeralds made their appearance.

It is possible that Lorraine Schwartz accessorized both Angelina and Nicky with the same emeralds, but any stylist worth their salt would surely know that repeating a history-making jewelry moment – and one made by Angelina Jolie no less – is anything but a wise choice in today’s shark-infested fashion waters.

Mon Dieu!

What do you guys think? Are they the same earrings? Or are they look-alikes? Regardless, should she have steered clear of the fashion faux-pas or are the emerald earrings fair game for anyone who wants to be a…well..wannabe?

The Jewelry Insider

February 24, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s face it. We’re all still drooling over Angelina Jolie’s jaw-dropping emerald earrings. Am I right?

We’re all wondering how much they cost – and most importantly – how on earth can we afford a pair of our own?

While I am still researching the Lorraine Schwartz price for those jewelry hounds who are gluttons for punishment – I have great news for folks who want to get the same Angelina emeralds for a fraction of the price!

The new Jewelry.com has a brand new feature called, Celebrity Style, where they focus on important celebrity looks you can get for a lot, lot less. Angelina’s emeralds, Kate’s diamonds, Heidi’s earrings and more are featured in the freshly posted Oscar feature.

Check it out here!