Boardroom Fairy Tales: The Return of the Tiara

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You may only associate tiaras with princesses and fairy tales, but they’re making a comeback. We suspect it’s a conflation of the global elite’s creative play coupled with newly reinvigorated female empowerment, but tiaras have found their way into the jewelry cabinets and even boardrooms (!) around the world.

Regardless their use (the boardroom example is real – one Chinese businesswoman is said to occasionally don a tiara during special business gatherings), tiaras are always a statement, an exclamation point – and a distinctly feminine one at that.

One jewelry house notably has tiaras on lock: Chaumet has made tiaras for over 200 years, with their oldest example dating to 1811.Chaumet was commissioned to create a tiara for Empress Josephine in the late 19th century and has over 3,000 tiaras in its archive; they continue to produce a limited number every year, may of which are special orders for powerful women looking for something special. In a world seeking differentiation and distinction, the elegant tiara is again taking its place as queenmaker.

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Strength of the Sea: Jewels Evoking the Ocean

With the rich diversity of colors and natural materials available for designers and creators, it’s no wonder the ocean plays such a central role in many collections – especially for the summer. Here you’ll find some of our favorites.

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The strength and enigma of the ocean have been my main sources of inspiration for several weeks now. Watching waves through my window has been my primary landscape, and seeing such power and variation paired with such stillness and repetition has me in something of a trance. It’s amazing how something so technical – the translation of wind and tide into such visible, obvious power – can yield such inspiration and beauty.

The gorgeous photography of Andrea Hamilton has proven to be compelling company for this too, her work capturing the ocean’s power and movement so fully that I can feel it.

In line with these meandering summer thoughts, I’ve picked up the most gorgeous drop earrings from Amrapali. The color play of their deeply colored blue-green tanzanite stones is unforgettable.

To pair with some of these pieces check out an awesome great summer dress by Johanna Ortiz, and a few additional fine jewelry pieces, including Amrapali, Wendy Yue, Lizzie Fortunato, Yi Collection, Matteo x Muzo.

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Turn Up the Heat: 2019 Summer Essentials

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MK’s picks for a happy and glamorous summer 2019.

More and more, people are rediscovering the joys of traveling light. I think back to my younger days and how I would pack suitcases full of beautiful things for my summer holidays, only to lug them around and be faced with my own frustration when I would get home, unpack, and see how many of my things went unused…

Luckily, over the years I have learned and my bags have become smaller and smaller. I’ve learned to pare down and prioritize, and I can see more clearly things I can’t go without. This year I can’t resist my favorite Johanna Ortiz swimsuits and those very summery, casually chic strappy dresses from Graces of London. I’ve also found some gorgeous and beautiful hats at Moda Operandi (to, you know, keep the sun away and my skin healthy and glowing). I’ve also added in a few precious jewelry pieces from Silvia Furmanovich and Federica Rettore for good measure, since I am a jewelry lover after all!

Cosmetics/Beauty: The beauty department is especially tough in the summer, since the threat of the sun makes it feel like we need everything. But I have some essentials that I’ve decided I can’t do without. Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 45 is probably one of the best products in the market. Very easy to apply, leaves your skin with such a soft, velvety effect. They have a SPF 15 tinted moisturizer, too, which I love. Cheek Gelee offers a very natural, summery effect. For the evenings I use a tiny drop of their illuminator as well.

Philip Kingsley is the best product for hair that I have found so far – elasticizer is a must for the summer, in case you swim a lot and your hair is inevitably exposed to the sun. You may also enjoy their after sun scalp mask and weatherproof hair spray. I picked up a few of my favorite shampoos for the summer: Re-Moisturizing Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, Moisture Extreme Hydrating Shampoo – are the best one. They can seem a little heavy, but are better in the long run for hair that is constantly wet, sandy, and being washed.

And finally, I can’t do this summer without l’Artisan Parfumeur’s Bana Banana fragrance. It’s light and gentle with a very peculiar ingredient – banana?! – that blends surprisingly and beautifully with Jasmine. Give it a try!

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David Morris : [The London Jeweler]

THE NAME DAVID MORRIS IS SYNONYMOUS WITH HIGH BRITISH JEWELRY, THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE GEMSTONES AND SUBTILE TASTE

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Leading ladies have dazzled wearing his designs in no less than 14 James Bond movies. And the British luxury jeweller that is David Morris continues to attract celebrity clients in scores. Oh, and get commissions from royal families: a David Morris creation was seen on the bonnet of the vintage Aston Martin car chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their wedding day.

What is it about this London designer whose creations form part of the permanent exhibition of the Jewellery Room at the V&A. What is distinctive about this London brand, with its workshop on Bond Street, that has made it a destination for dealers in big coloured gems the world over?

I think it’s what is best described as the jewelry’s softness. Although there aren’t many men with golden guns milling around, there are plenty of James Bond girls in the world! And David’s jewelry is perfect for them: the spirit and soul of Bond style with constantly original takes on the genre.

These are some of my favourite David Morris pieces, all of which can be purchased online. Hakan Arblom’s illustrations showcase them beautifully.

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Feeling emotional

NIKOS KOULIS’ LATEST COLLECTION IS A BRILLIANT RETHINKING OF THE SNAKE CHAIN 

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I am not usually a fan of the snake chain. When I try one on, it never feels quite right.
Until I came across Nikos Koulis’ take on the snake chain I presumed this was because it was a style of jewelry best suited to women in their 20s. But the Greek jeweler who won the the Best in Gold category at this year’s Couture Design Award has changed my mind.
I love the knot silhouettes in his latest collection Feelings, and the way white and yellow gold are woven around diamonds and black enamel. It’s very cool indeed. Inspired by the designer’s childhood memories of the boat ropes he would see while walking though island ports, ‘feelings’ are exactly what this sensitive, creative collection elicits in me, too.

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Christie’s Important Jewels Auction June 12, 2019

#DONTMISS the Auction is today!

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SALE OVERVIEW: Christies Important Jewels Auction
The London Important Jewels sale on 12 June features a beautiful array of period and modern pieces ranging from £1,000 to £350,000. The auction also features fine coloured gems and diamonds, Art Déco jewels and a grouping of modern creations from the foremost jewellery maisons including Bulgari, Cartier, Graff, Harry Winston, Lacloche, Schlumberger, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels amongst others.
I’m wearing Art Deco Diamond Earrings, Chanel Diamond ‘Camelia’ ring, elegant George III diamond ear pendants.

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Offer an olive branch

Luz Camino’s beautiful brooch is a timely reminder of how important it is to conserve the olive tree

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The health properties of olive oil’s unique molecule oleuropein are staggering. It can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, help guard against cognitive decline and even prevent cancer. But the beautiful tree whence it all comes, a tree long associated with wisdom, its branches a symbol of peace, can’t cope with the changing climate and rain fall brought by global warming. Its green fruit are literally withering on the vine.
This cool brooch, crafted in silver, enamel and olive tree wood, and designed to resemble an actual olive branch, is a beautiful and salutary wake-up call. It is so important to conserve this ancient tree that has been considered sacred since ancient times.

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Living the high life

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Smoking weed is now so on trend you can find marijuana motifs in high jewelry, but I remain a stubborn CBD enthusiast…

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Marijuana is now very on trend with creative types — all the taboos that once surrounded it have vanished like (pot!) smoke.
However, I remain a hemp girl and I’m not interested in drugs in any shape or form.  But this doesn’t mean I don’t understand why marijuana motifs have found their way into the high jewelry: the plant’s leaves are just beautiful, and that green hue can look amazing.
And being a wellness freak means I am duly fascinated by CBD, the compound which is found in hemp, and which has many widely reported health properties including an anti-inflammatory and relaxing effect on the nerves and muscles. This marvelous thing is not most definitely not to be confused with THC, the compound found in cannabis!
Thanks to great companies such as Hempen (www.hempen.co.uk) which makes its seed and moisturising oils from organic hemp, there are now some great creams, patches and even edible products on the market. Here are some for you to click on:

In other words, there are plenty of alternative ways to achieve that thing called tranquillity of the mind!

To add on, the green hue of the cannabis sativa plant can look pretty amazing in a piece of jewelry. See below my findings:

Some of the great jewelry and beauty products available online. Just click on my findings…

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The Jewel in the Crown

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The most important jewelry exhibition since Elizabeth Taylor’s is going under the hammer…

On 19 June the Maharajas and Mughal Magnificence sale at Christie’s will auction almost 400 pieces of spectacular Indian jewellery and bejewelled objects in what the auction house describes as “the most important jewelry sale since Elizabeth Taylor’s collection was auctioned in 2011.”
Spanning five centuries the Al Thani collection showcases the history of Indian jewelled art, much of with royal provenance having been passed down through generations of Maharjas. Its sheer scale, charts new territory for Christie’s and pieces such the 1907 Diamond Turban Ornament and gemstones yet to be turned into jewels, including a 52.58-carat D-colour, Internally Flawless diamond known as the ‘Mirror of Paradise’, are so valuable that museums, the natural home for these world-important pieces, cannot afford to acquire them at such short notice.
Which means, in turn, that the New York auction, to feature pieces by prestigious houses including Cartier, Bulgari and Mauboussin and revered contemporary jewellers JAR and Viren Bhagat, will be a melee of the world’s super wealthy to see who can bag first them for their personal collection.

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Dauphin: Cultivated, Contemporary, Cool

Dauphin creates jewelry for today’s woman…

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I love the clean, structural lines of Dauphin’s work. It exemplifies what I am looking for in jewelry, and what I personally like to wear. So I was delighted to hear this cool house is working with Modus Operandi, the platform that enables women to pre-order designer pieces straight off the runway.
In her latest collection, the French designer who spent more than a decade at ballet school, injects her diamond wave earrings and pendants with a kinetic energy: this is passionate jewelry that moves with the body.
She has said elsewhere that her work is more than decoration and ornamentation. And I couldn’t agree more. This is jewelry for the contemporary woman who is feminine yet strong, free not fashionable.

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ALIGHIERI [ Perfect Imperfection ]

Italian literature and Swiss sculpture inspire London jewelry…

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When I first came across London designer Rosh Mahtani’s perfectly imperfect jewelry my thoughts turned immediately to the extremely tall and slender figurines of Alberto Giacomo, one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century.
The Swiss artist once said of his trademark eroded surfaces that he was not sculpting the human figure but the “shadow that is cast”. I see that same sensibility in the gold-plated pieces of Alighieri, a collection Mahtani says was inspired by the Divine Comedy.
(All the slides are shoppable, beautiful Alighieri jewelry is available for you online)

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Chanel High Jewelry collection : Coromandel [ Something to screen about]

“I’m like a snail. I carry my house with me. Two Chinese screens, books everywhere. I’ve never been able to live in an open house. The first thing I look for is screens,” Coco Chanel

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Her precious 17th and 18th century Coromandel screens, discovered in the 1910s, were everything to Coco Chanel. They followed her from residence to residence, and were also constantly on the move in her various homes, detaching, reducing, masking and magnifying doorways, fireplaces and mirrors according to her needs and desires. For Coco, décor was a poetic landscape in which she liked to lose herself across the oceans and the centuries.

The imaginary world of Coromandel is the inspiration for this poetic collection of 59 pieces that is designed around the floral, animal and mineral themes depicted on the Chinese screens. Coco’s signature flower, the Camellia, birds just about to take flight and the French fashion designer’s love of crystal and gemstones – as they appear in the screens, they feature in the jewelry. It is ingenious and hypnotic!

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Pearls and roses are always appropriate [Jackie Kennedy]

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Both fragile, both feminine and both eternally beautiful, roses and pearls are a natural pairing.

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In my world Pearls and Roses symbolise love and loyalty. Just ask Oscar Wilde. The other day I was reading The Nightingale and the Rose to my daughter, his heartbreaking children’s story in which a nightingale observes an emotionally distraught college student lament the absence of a red rose among the myriad of plants before him. The red rose, he wails, is needed to win over the hand of his true love.
“Mummy, what if there really were no more roses in the world!” exclaimed my daughter. “What would we do?”
“That’ll never happen,” I replied, but in truth she got me thinking. How would we cope with a world without roses and pearls?

So many perfumes and beauty products are created from this beautiful flower. I decided to dedicate a short post to them and to my favourite pearls.
Cruelty-free, vegan Chantecaille’s superb, concentrated Rose de Mai rose face oil and cream, is one outstanding example. And Chantecaille’s rose water is on the list too. It’s the best, purest rose water I have ever tried.

And I certainly don’t want to contemplate a world without my favourite Mizuki pearls! In the skilled designer hands, these orbs are transformed in highly modern and sculptural ways, perfectly reinvented for the contemporary woman. And of course, nothing flatters the complexion like pearls.

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Butterflies in Flight

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American artist J.Louis’ dreamy interpretation of the female form evokes Van Cleef’s billowing of a butterfly’s wings beautifully.

It can take a lifetime to find your style, but at the tender age of 26 I think J. Louis has already got it.
The expressive faces of his peaceful feminine figures are married beautifully with abstract blocks of raw colour, and when I first came across his work my thoughts turned immediately to Van Cleef & Arpels’ Between the Finger ring and earrings.

I love that the emblem of the butterfly in flight continues to provide design inspiration for the maison’s stunning additions to its spring 2019 collection. And I also love how the deep blue of lapis lazuli contrasts with the warmth of yellow gold and the glitter of diamonds in these pieces: iconic Van Cleef & Arpels asymmetry inspired by nature.

@thejlouis @vancleefarpels

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Nature’s Calling

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GETTING INSPIRED BY SILVIA FURMANOVICH’S BOTANIC JEWELRY.

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It has long been said that women are more in tune with nature than men. This theory certainly bears fruit when it comes to Silvia Furmanovich. It was really exciting to marry her leaf and flower-inspired designs with the natural contours of a woman’s body.

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Screenlife [CHANEL COROMANDEL HIGH JEWELRY COLLECTION]

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I’ve selected my favorite pieces from Chanel’s Coromandel collection.

Coco Chanel said that when she looked at her Coromandel screens in the evening she saw doors opening and knights setting off on horseback. When I look at this jewelry in the morning I see Spring in the Loire Valley, or even Provence.

The motifs so dear to Coco Chanel are reworked beautifully in these gems. I’ve selected a few very special pieces from Chanel’s Coromandel collection for this post. They are a mesmerizing blend of the architectural, art deco, contemporary and they also say Spring has sprung!
The Fleur de Nacre and Horizon Lointain earrings are, and I use this word carefully, unique. The mineral theme of Horizon Lointain ring has the same well balanced design and the Vibration Minerale pieces are so playful and, well, alive. They hum with life. A beautiful blend of timeless savoir-faire of the Chanel Fine Jewelry workshop with the vigour of youth.

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Silvia Furmanovich’s Marquetry

Silvia Furmanovich is a powerhouse of Brazilian jewelry. Her work is famously rich and sumptuous, incorporating organic material while exploring global culture and staying evocative of her native Brazil. Her collection, Marquetry, is a conscious celebration of the country’s most precious resource: the Amazon rainforest.

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The collection was inspired by Furmanovich’s encounters with artisans of the Amazon, where she was introduced to their innovative and environmentally conscious approaches to the decorative arts. Marquetry, the classical furniture inlay decoration technique, is brought to an entirely new level with this collection, which leverages all-nautral dyeing techniques and renewable woods to create individual jewelry pieces that are light, wearable, and detailed beyond belief.

These native woods are reclaimed from the forest floor, not cut from living specimens. The incredible colors and textures can be traced back to artisans’ deep knowledge of the environment, a knowledge that can be obtained only from generations of time spent living in what most of us would consider an “untamed” environment, observing the effect of natural phenomena on wood. For example, some colors in the collection naturally occur when wood is submerged in water for a prolonged period.

“Pairing the tones and textures of indigenous salvaged wood with rare and precious gems, gold and diamonds creates a beautiful effect,” she says. “I love the mixture of materials. I don’t have a prejudice against using common materials like seashells or pieces of wood with gold and diamonds. I want to make something that matches what I’m looking for; it doesn’t have to be ‘precious’. Mixing precious with common is beautiful.”

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