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The Jewelry Insider

November 2, 2010

Does it get any more extreme than Kanye West replacing his entire bottom row of teeth with real diamonds? Yes, jewelry hounds. Yes, it does.

A new trend has emerged that has diamond divas putting real platinum gems – on their eyeballs.

(And you thought vajazzling was the final frontier.)

According to Trendhunter, eye surgeons at the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery have been implanting tiny pieces of jewelry called “JewelEye” under the surfaces of eyes as far back as 2004.

The procedure involves inserting a 3.5 mm (0.13 inch) wide piece of specially developed jewelry (the range includes a glittering half-moon or heart) into the sclera – or the white part of the eye. And here’s the heart-warming video to prove it.

But there is plenty of other ‘eye candy’ available that doesn’t involve the pleasantries of peeper piercing.

Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek has an eye catching line of bejeweled contact lenses. And I mean ‘eye catching’ literally.

And D-lister divas, Lisa and Brittny Gastineau, have a popular jewelry line with the Hollywood set that features the eye shape throughout.

Or you can eyeball these little ditties for your next night at the asylum…um, I mean…on the town.

So. What do you guys think of the eye candy trend? Edgy or ‘Ay, yay, yay’?

Bathroom Bling Breaks Price Records



Care to powder your nose with pure platinum? Or visit ‘the throne’ in real 24 karat gold? Now the precious metals that are fixtures in our jewelry boxes are literal fixtures in our, ahem, little girls rooms.

Luxist reports some of the most expensive bathroom tiles on the market today can be yours for a mere $615 per 2′ x 2′ square. The pieces are a reproduction of Gustav Klimt’s famous work “The Kiss” and use pure 24 kt gold and platinum as well as colored ceramic to bring the romantic piece to a bathroom near you. Pure gold and platinum tile fittings are also available for borders and space fillers.

Imagine what they could do with ‘The Scream”.

The craftsmanship involved in creating the tiles involved a three-year planning process that culminated with 17 separate firings in the kiln according to Luxist. The limited edition pieces are available through British tile experts, Original Style.

Would you put precious metals in the ‘WC” if you could afford it? Or is the bling best left to rooms with more, um, aspirational undertones?

The Jewelry Insider

March 3, 2010


So no one wants to go to prison – particularly if you’re a gazillionaire rapper. But Lil’ Wayne apparently has luck and bad dental hygiene on his side these days as the sentencing hearing for his gun possesion charge dating back to 2007 has been postponed twice – and for two bizarre reasons.

The first was emergency dental work – a whopping 8 root canals – scheduled due to decay caused by his signature blinged out grill – a diamond, gold and platinum masterpiece worth a reported $150,000! Weezy – get the floss out dude!

No word yet on whether LW will get to bring his bling in the big house (Riker’s no less), as there are rules about bringing in valuables that can later be traded for cigarettes and the like.

So March 2nd was the re-scheduled sentencing date post oral surgery, but in a bizarre turn the courthouse caught on fire that morning causing yet another delay. According to Rolling Stone, it remains unclear whether Lil Wayne’s next hearing will be moved to another venue or postponed until a later date.

The Jewelry Insider

September 17, 2008

If your purse strings loosen at the sight of platinum and diamonds, have we got a bauble for you. Cate Adair, costume designer for Desperate Housewives, and luxury jewelry company, Kwiat, have created the “Platinum Clutch” in honor of the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Some lucky celeb will walk the red carpet with this platinum, one-of-a-kind bag bejeweled with Kwiat diamonds. It’s valued at more than $500,000, so best not to leave it in the ladies’ room during commercial breaks. Yikes.

Known in fashion circles as the next Kate Spade, Adair explains, “The idea for the Platinum Clutch came to me when I was giving a lecture about the importance of accessories in defining television and movie characters.” What school is this and where can I sign up? She goes on to say, “I realized I could combine my two passions – luxury handbags and the luxury, rarity and durability of fine Platinum – to create the ultimate accessory.” Ultimate indeed.

The clutch will make a post-Emmy appearance at the new Kwiat flagship store on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue. The 1,000-square-foot boutique opened on September 4th and showcases a wide variety of Kwiat’s diamond jewelry collections, with pieces ranging from $2,500 to more than $1 million.

In the meantime, we’ll be waiting to see what lucky lady they choose to babysit the purse to end all purses on the red carpet this Sunday. We’re guessing Winona Ryder isn’t on their A-list.

Retro Glam Radiates

  If you’re famous, wealthy, both or simply have a Vanderbilt or Rockefeller ancestor then chances are you’re lucky enough to own (or at least borrow) the occasional piece of vintage jewelry. Swanning down the red carpet at the uber-chic Costume Gala were some seriously wonderful platinum vintage jewels by Fred Leighton. Tilda Swinton was wearing a platinum and diamond “starburst” bracelet from the 1940’s, and a platinum with coral “star” brooch that was formerly in the collection of Diana Vreeland. While the ever-gorgeous Ellen Barkin went totally retro with clip brooches from the 1930’s, earrings from the 1920’s and a buckle bracelet from the 1920’s. If you don’t have a rich aunt, access to a jeweler’s private collection or a chubby bank account, there’ are still plenty of ways to get the retro-glam look at a sliver of the price. Try these diamond vine pieces from Jewelry.com. Mix this diamond pendant by Jewelry.com for Macys with jeans and a tee and your ready for afternoon tea at the Astors. Don’t forget to complete the retro-glam look with this vintage style ring by Jewelry.com for Zales at just $399.

Retro Glam Radiates

  If you’re famous, wealthy, both or simply have a Vanderbilt or Rockefeller ancestor then chances are you’re lucky enough to own (or at least borrow) the occasional piece of vintage jewelry. Swanning down the red carpet at the uber-chic Costume Gala were some seriously wonderful platinum vintage jewels by Fred Leighton. Tilda Swinton was wearing a platinum and diamond “starburst” bracelet from the 1940’s, and a platinum with coral “star” brooch that was formerly in the collection of Diana Vreeland. While the ever-gorgeous Ellen Barkin went totally retro with clip brooches from the 1930’s, earrings from the 1920’s and a buckle bracelet from the 1920’s. If you don’t have a rich aunt, access to a jeweler’s private collection or a chubby bank account, there’ are still plenty of ways to get the retro-glam look at a sliver of the price. Try these diamond vine pieces from Jewelry.com. Mix this diamond pendant by Jewelry.com for Macys with jeans and a tee and your ready for afternoon tea at the Astors. Don’t forget to complete the retro-glam look with this vintage style ring by Jewelry.com for Zales at just $399.