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The Jewelry Insider

January 21, 2009

Before the excitement of this week’s Inauguration festivities fades into history, I thought it wise to share a way you can capture the feeling forever – in jewels.

The celebs came out in droves to the endless Inaugural Balls, wearing gowns, updos and baubles a kimbo. Get their Inaugural looks for less and kickoff your own fashion administration in style. Yes you can! We haven’t seen Ashley Judd in a while, but her classic red carpet style is always a winner. Her pearl-drop earrings fit in perfectly with the doyennes of DC , and these white sapphire and pearl drops will impress any economic advisor at only $85 from Zales.

The celebs came out in droves to the endless Inaugural Balls, wearing gowns, updos and baubles a kimbo. Get their Inaugural looks for less and kickoff your own fashion administration in style. Yes you can! We haven’t seen Ashley Judd in a while, but her classic red carpet style is always a winner. Her pearl-drop earrings fit in perfectly with the doyennes of DC , and these white sapphire and pearl drops will impress any economic advisor at only $85 from Zales.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Lopez put the pesky marriage rumors to rest, as she and hubby Marc Anthony make a snuggly showing. Her champagne and black diamond earrings glittered as much as her resurfaced wedding ring. Pop the bubbly for your own pair in 10 karat gold!

 

 

 

 

 

Maura Tierney rocked the rotunda with her interlocking circle style. These golden eardrops give you two DC trends in one with a cultured pearl drop to help them come full circle.

 

 

 

 

 

Earth tones warmed up Gloria Ruben’s multi-colored gemstone look at the Creative Coalition Ball – and let’s face it, anything involving heat in a DC winter is a welcome sight. These smoky quartz, garnet, and citrine earrings keep the home fires burning and the ball gowns glowing. And the best part? They’re on sale!

 

 

 

 

 

Last but certainly not least is a diamond look worn by our First Lady, who danced the night away at what seemed like an endless ball circuit. Luckily, she had a capable partner to give her a hand.

The Jewelry Insider

June 24, 2008

The truth of the matter, is that when it comes to award shows, the trials and tribulations of the red carpet are more often than not more interesting than the actual award ceremony itself. The stars parade down the carpet flashing super-white smiles, throwing a sultry look or two for the camera and gush about their getup, that they ‘just threw on an hour ago’. And, like most other things in Hollywood, ‘the this old thing?’ is pure make-believe. Every nominee, attendee or ‘friend of’ spends days preparing for their golden moment. From plastic surgery, to body treatments, a veritable army offensive of choosing the dress and mini-battalion doing their hair and make-up, nothing about the evening is last minute. When they say, ‘this old thing’ they’re more than likely referring to a vintage designer piece that certainly hasn’t been sitting at the back of anyone’s closet.

For the designers and jewelers, the publicity of dressing a star is worth hundreds of thousand dollars. Photos of the beaming celeb bedecked in their wares are printed and aired around the world, showing us all that they are the choice of the ‘those in the know’. Remember JLo and the infamous green Versace dress, split deliriously down the middle and magically hovering in place over her last few bits of concealed dignity. After that night, who hadn’t heard of Versace.
Over the years, the pressure on companies to dress the stars at these events has become so intense that a few wheeling-dealing celebrities and their stylists have discovered a lucrative side business – Cash for Clobber. Some rather underhanded stylists have taken to charging companies before they will even consider their clothes or jewels as possibilities for the A-list mannequins. Others are outright demanding ‘rent’ space. Quite simply charging companies to ‘rent’ space on the celebrity on which they can ‘display’ their jewels – it certainly gives a new meaning to ‘shelf space’.

A few years ago, this practice of hiring celebrity shelf space hit the headlines when, according to TimesOnline (a London-based newspaper), Hilary Swank returned the jewels she had borrowed from Harry Winston to wear at the 2005 Oscars (the year she won the Best Actress award) as Chopard was offering to pay her a reported $90,000 to wear its gems instead. The L.A. Times had early commented that both Swank and Charlize Theron had returned their loaned Harry Winston jewels just 24 hours before the start of the 2005 Golden Globes after allegedly receiving “6 figure checks” from Chopard to wear its designs to the event.

This practice, is by no means ubiquitous, there are still, thankfully, plenty of stars that wear the jewels they love with not a ‘rent’ contract in sight. And there remains plenty of jewelry that’s so spectacular that the stars themselves fight over who gets to host them for the night. In this diamond issue, we look back at some of the incredible jewels of award ceremonies past. Even if the movie bombed or the star has since plummeted down to earth, their jewels and gowns remain as icons of awe.

Big Baubles You Are Beautiful

According to Style.com the days of the ‘It’ bag could be numbered. The fashion bible has decreed there’s a new Golden Calf in town – the need-it-now bauble.

More and more houses—Bottega Veneta and Burberry to name just two—are entering the jewelry arena. And they’re not doing so quietly: Chunky statement pieces are the trend. Fall was a gem of a season for necklaces in particular,’ says the online trend dictator.

While I love the runway looks, just trying wearing some in the real world. Some thing is most definately lost in translation. Runway looks aren’t meant to be taken ‘as are’. If they were – the streets of Milan, New York and London would like some art-house movie set in another dimension.

Still the message is clear. Big is better. From necks to wrists, fingers to ears – pile ’em on and pile ’em high

The Jewelry Insider

April 30, 2008

So naturally colored diamonds are generally extremely, incredibly, OMG how much, expensive. A pretty little (and I mean little – just one carat) fancy colored red diamond would, more or less, set you back a cool million. Pinks are more affordable – any A-lister Hollywood heavyweight can afford a three-plus carater pink, and any average Wall-Street Hedge Funding Joe can afford a nice fancy yellow.
For the remaining 95% of us fancy colored diamonds are considered a day-dream material, along with a yacht in the South of France and cellulite-free thighs. But, a few know a secret – that is how almost anyone can own their fancy colored gem. Black and champagne diamonds are not only much less expensive than their pink/red and blue counterparts – they’re also one of the hot-hit trends of the year.

Kat De Luna was seen sporting a rather cute black and white diamond necklace at the Latin Music awards a couple of weeks ago.

If you want to start off simple, then JCPenney might just be the place to start at. Black, white and champagne diamonds in a ring that’s good enough to drink.

The Jewelry Insider

April 28, 2008

Any beauty queen worth her (meant ‘my’) weight in salt knows that all she really wants after winning Ms Galaxy et al, is to look after children and bring about world peace. Not that I’m going to start disparaging those more beautiful than myself, ok I am (why break a habit of a lifetime?) but please beautiful people – it’s much easier and more realistic if you just buy a piece of peace.
I may have a inherent dislike for those genetically-gifted in the looks department but I spotted one former uber-model wearing a rather chic peace pendant and promptly decided that in this case I”ll make an exception – and follow in a model’s footsteps.
Found this diamond peace for $99. (Well, I do get out of bed for less than $10,000) – at Jewelry.com for Zales.

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April 27, 2008

Ever wondered how much the super-rich are prepared to pay for their diamonds? Well, they’re ready to lay down some serious cash for chance to out-bling the Jones’ on Billionaires Row.
A rare and flawless blue diamond recently set a record as the most expensive jewel of its kind ever sold. The gem, which is 6.04 carats and sparkles with an unusual blue hue, is almost as breathtaking as the price it fetched at auction in Hong Kong. It went for a whopping $7.98 million, or about $1.32 million per carat. Because blue diamonds are so rare, they sell for around ten times comparable regular white diamonds sell for.
But, if you prefer your diamonds big and colorless, an upcoming auction in Hong Kong may have that special something. A 101.27-carat stone, the largest white diamond to appear at auction for 20 years will go under the hammer in late May and is expected to fetch in excess of six million dollars.
If you think those two diamonds are, well, somewhat exorbitant, then you obviously weren’t at the 1990 auction in which a 101.84-carat pear-shaped diamond, sold for $12.7 million dollars. The diamond was bought by famed diamond house Mouawad and named the Mouawad Splendor. The gem resurfaced in 2005 hanging between the ‘assets’ of supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Mouawad had teamed up with Victoria’s Secret to create their 2005 Fantasy Bra – aptly named the ‘Sexy Splendor’.

The Jewelry Insider

April 27, 2008

Ever wondered how much the super-rich are prepared to pay for their diamonds? Well, they’re ready to lay down some serious cash for chance to out-bling the Jones’ on Billionaires Row.
A rare and flawless blue diamond recently set a record as the most expensive jewel of its kind ever sold. The gem, which is 6.04 carats and sparkles with an unusual blue hue, is almost as breathtaking as the price it fetched at auction in Hong Kong. It went for a whopping $7.98 million, or about $1.32 million per carat. Because blue diamonds are so rare, they sell for around ten times comparable regular white diamonds sell for.
But, if you prefer your diamonds big and colorless, an upcoming auction in Hong Kong may have that special something. A 101.27-carat stone, the largest white diamond to appear at auction for 20 years will go under the hammer in late May and is expected to fetch in excess of six million dollars.
If you think those two diamonds are, well, somewhat exorbitant, then you obviously weren’t at the 1990 auction in which a 101.84-carat pear-shaped diamond, sold for $12.7 million dollars. The diamond was bought by famed diamond house Mouawad and named the Mouawad Splendor. The gem resurfaced in 2005 hanging between the ‘assets’ of supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Mouawad had teamed up with Victoria’s Secret to create their 2005 Fantasy Bra – aptly named the ‘Sexy Splendor’.

The Jewelry Insider

April 26, 2008

Daffodil, Mango, Blue Lagoon and Daiquiri Green – I don’t mean flowers, fruit, sea and a cocktail – these are the colors for spring/summer 2008. Forget the dusty shades or subdued pastels, color this summer means bright, bold and blaring.
The fashion world is showering summer-time shoppers with two distinct color palettes this season: juicy, fruity brights that are eye-popping and peppy, or natural neutrals that aim to tap into our eco-consciousness. After all, what’s hotter than being GREEN.
There’s no room in the middle Mary. According to designer Michael Kors, this rush to color-up is a reflection of the nightly news. He explained to reporters at his candy-colored Spring/Summer 2008 show, that his prescription for a population fretting over the war, the economy and the election was to put them in something ‘delicious.’
Most of us though, aren’t going to be too confident leaving the house dressed head-to-toe in daffodil yellow or hot-pink and according to the experts, we shouldn’t run to buy neon green burqa any time soon. Mixing colors with neutrals is the way to go, adding strong splashes of the neon lights to tan-hued prints.
For fail-safe splash of color, simply dress up a print or floral blocked shift dress or skirt with a colorful necklace and ring.
Now that’s what I call Gemalicious.

The Jewelry Insider

April 26, 2008

Daffodil, Mango, Blue Lagoon and Daiquiri Green – I don’t mean flowers, fruit, sea and a cocktail – these are the colors for spring/summer 2008. Forget the dusty shades or subdued pastels, color this summer means bright, bold and blaring.
The fashion world is showering summer-time shoppers with two distinct color palettes this season: juicy, fruity brights that are eye-popping and peppy, or natural neutrals that aim to tap into our eco-consciousness. After all, what’s hotter than being GREEN.
There’s no room in the middle Mary. According to designer Michael Kors, this rush to color-up is a reflection of the nightly news. He explained to reporters at his candy-colored Spring/Summer 2008 show, that his prescription for a population fretting over the war, the economy and the election was to put them in something ‘delicious.’
Most of us though, aren’t going to be too confident leaving the house dressed head-to-toe in daffodil yellow or hot-pink and according to the experts, we shouldn’t run to buy neon green burqa any time soon. Mixing colors with neutrals is the way to go, adding strong splashes of the neon lights to tan-hued prints.
For fail-safe splash of color, simply dress up a print or floral blocked shift dress or skirt with a colorful necklace and ring.
Now that’s what I call Gemalicious.