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The Jewelry Insider

December 2, 2010

Update: Royal jewelry is all the rage these days. Sotheby’s got WAY more than the expected $4.5 million for this highly anticipated sale. How does $12.5 million strike you?  And that stunning panther bracelet went for a whopping $7 million all by itself. Meow!


When it comes to the world of purchasing uber-jewelry, there are jewelry auctions …and there are Jewelry Auctions.

Sotheby’s is holding an event in the latter category this fall when the world can bid on 20 pieces from The Duchess of Windsor’s haute couture jewelry collection.

The Duchess, formerly American socialite Wallace Simpson, was the woman behind King Edward the VIII abdicating the British throne back in 1936, creating a royal scandal so huge, Fergie’s cornucopia of connundrums looks like chump change.

Thankfully for jewelry lovers, the Duke lavished his beloved with beautiful baubles throughout their lives (he abdicated the throne, not the royal bank account) and commissioned some of the world’s most talented jewelry designers to do his bidding.

Here is just a sampling of the stash that Sotheby’s expects will bring in upwards of $4.5 million.

This Cartier diamond bracelet is expected to garner a $350,000-450,000 pound pay day.


According to Luxist, Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s High Jewelry Director, created this realistic onyx and diamond panther bracelet designed in 1952. It’s considered one of the best of her “three dimensional “great cat jewels.


Jeanne Toussaint also created this flamingo brooch, decorated with rubies, sapphires, emeralds, citrines, and diamonds. It is listed with an estimate of 1,000,000-1,500,000 pounds ($1,520,000- $2,300,000) – and it’s my personal favorite, in case you’re doing some early Christmas shopping.


To celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary, The Duke commissioned this emerald, ruby and diamond brooch by Cartier that incorporated their initials. This piece is expected to realize 100,000-150,000 pounds ($152,000- $230,000).


The full auction, which includes 16 additional gems from the Windsor collection will take place in London on November 30th.

Which one of the Windsor wonders would you like to take home to your jewelry box?

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!

Jewelry Joins the Parisian ‘Haute’ World


Jewelry used to be the under-appreciated step-sister of the Parisian Haute Couture world – that apex of fashion events that brings the best and the brightest to the shores of the Seine twice a year.

To even be allowed to use the term “haute couture,” one has to follow a Miss Manners’ rulebook full of do’s and don’ts – with very few designers making the cut (only seven houses are showing this week, for example).

But this year, jewelry brands are finally allowed to show alongside the frocks – a first for the buttoned-up world of high fashion (see Nick Foulkes’ informative article in Newsweek for an in-depth look at the topic).

Van Cleef & Arpels, Chanel and Dior are among the select few to join the ‘haute’ crowd. And while the haute joaillerie can be seen by appointment only, it doesn’t stop the looky-loo in me from wondering what on earth could be in the coffers for those who can afford the best the jewelry world has to offer.

Here is a link to a previous ‘haute’ offering from Dior that’s at the top of my covet list and a few shots of pieces from the Paris jewelry shows earlier this year.

Want more? Stay tuned for a recap of my favorite Paris Couture runway jewelry looks tomorrow – including some crazy cuffs from Chanel and fairy-tale sized necklaces from Jean Paul Gaultier.

Yum!