A MODERN FAIRYTALE BY AISHA BAKER AND HOONIK CHANG

WHAT IF YOU WERE GIFTED A PRESENT SO BEAUTIFUL YOU HOLD YOUR BREATH WHILE UNWRAPPING IT. SO DELICATE YOU DARE NOT BLINK WHILE WATCHING ITS ALLURE UNFOLD. SO TEMPTING YOU WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN THE VERY MOMENT YOU’VE LOOKED AWAY.
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The ‘Cadeau’ series by the expert jewelry duet Aisha Baker and Hoonik Chang is a one-of-a-kind, limited-edition marvel, a Present to a modern woman, accomplished and realistic yet still enchanted by the magic lingering in the world.

The fairytales are anything but forgotten. Reinvented by the artistic duo through precious and peculiar materials, imaginative and eccentric designs, perfect asymmetry and advanced techniques, they take a physical form of colorful, delicious, exuberant and happy pieces. Red, pink, yellow, blue, gold and white, little crowns, hearts, lips and stars—the castles, clear skies, princesses, romantic stories we were told as kids, still alive at the back of our minds.

The ribbons of the Cadeau Pink earrings, a ‘present’ in yellow gold, enamel, diamonds and lemon quartz, wrap around the sublime fantasies hovering in the air, swinging to the gentle footsteps of a modern woman, open to the beauty and art of enchantment.

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JEWELRY & ART. SOME THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM BY BEA BONGIASCA AND GUIM TIO

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THE CLASH OF FRESH IDEAS AND UNORTHODOX CREATIVITY IN THE JEWELRY BY BEA BONGIASCA AND PAINTINGS BY GUIM TIO, TWO YOUNG, FUN AND STANDOUT ARTISTS…
Two young artists, clever and ironic, playful and honest. Their sense of humor and attitude break through the surface of their creations: the punny wordplay and ideas behind Bea’s collections, the way Guim refurbishes fashion images and inhabits his imaginary landscapes with faceless, miniscule human figures.

By mixing and matching her fondness for Eastern aesthetics with Western cosmopolitan tastes, the Milanese jewelry designer Bea Bongiasca jazzes up her intercultural philosophy and imprints a whimsical, perky and young style into her witty collections ‘No Rice, No Life’, ‘Fluoricultural’, ‘You’re So Wine!’, ‘A Golden Lesson’, ‘Happy Go Cola’.

‘Colorful, pop and ironical’ are the three words Bea chooses to define her creative ideology. Using the knowledge she gained during her trips across Asia, she dove into artistic studies, picking jewelry over sculpture. The result is a petite, adorable fantasy world and a micro-sculpture from a carefree dreamland in every piece. Gold and colorful enamel wines, adorned with vibrant gems, create an illusion of smooth and soft movement. They wrap around your fingers, gently sway in your ears, dynamic and lively, breezy and sweet. New lines, new playful approach to jewelry, bold pop look with a good feminine sense of humor,—to lift your spirits!

The Barcelonan painter Guim Tió Zarraluki performs a reverse—darkly humorous, tragicomically provocative—cosmetic surgery on images from fashion magazines: the images are treated with chemicals and oil pastels, altering the beautiful, pop-cultural faces, photoshopped to perfection,  resulting in anonymized, abstract, disturbing portraits with bulgy eyes, grotesque noses and animalistic smiles, or even completely covered in multicolored stripes or bubbles, leaving only a small part of the original image untouched. Like an allegory of people undergoing excessive cosmetic surgery: becoming someone (or something) else in their eloquent attempts to look like a made-up, nonexistent ideal. 

Guim’s landscapes, on the other hand, breathe melancholy and serenity, loneliness and peacefulness. Depending on your personality or mood, you may see them as sad or happy, depressing or cool. In the field, in a hammock, at a midnight gas station, in the middle of a lake, at a lighthouse, under the turquoise skies, in the malachite water, on the khaki grass and salmon sand, at the foot of the asphalt grey mountains, little humans are lost—or found?—amidst colossal spaces.

Two young, colorful, full-blooded artists. Bea—the eponym of joy and vitality, sublime and effortless femininity, and Guim—the messenger of the true nature of things, so eerily appealing and borderline spooky, both ingenious in their sense of beautiful and humorous, in the way they see art. 

Look closer. What do you see?

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THE GOLD OF THE GLOBES: STATEMENT NECKLACES AND STUD EARRINGS

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THE RED CARPET OF THE GOLDEN GLOBES: THE SCENE AND THE SPOTLIGHT FOR THE DAZZLING PEOPLE, FLAWLESS AND CONTROVERSIAL, SECRETLY ADORED AND OVERTLY CRITICIZED BY MANY. BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE OR DESPITE. WEARING DESIGNER MASTERPIECES AND SETTING TRENDS FOR THE COMING YEAR.
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From the very beginning of its history, jewelry has showcased status. Produced from rare or difficult-to-mine materials, requiring time-consuming, intricate—to the point of being hazardous—techniques, fine jewelry has always been the trademark of importance, position in the hierarchy.
The pharaohs and queens of Ancient Egypt adored themselves with exquisite jewels made from precious metals, gems and colored glass, while commoners wore jewelry made from rocks, clay, animal teeth and shells. Today the spectrum of materials has broadened immensely and can include all of the above in one piece. Yet, gold and diamonds, sapphires and pearls retain their unshakeable position in the representation of beauty.

Fine, luxurious jewelry is meant to be noticed, even when it comes in the shape and size of tiny, minimalist diamond or pearl stud earrings. Let alone the shiny, filigree, classic and modern, subtle and chunky statement necklaces, screaming for attention: Look at me! Notice me!
Statement necklaces of all sorts, from classical beauty to chunkier modern pieces, and stud earrings of all shapes and colors, from simple diamond drops to complex ornaments, was a palpable trend at the Golden Globes 2020.
No wonder.

Statement necklaces are the ornate, sophisticated frames, drawing attention to the neck, face, hair of the wearer. Stud earrings, no matter if diamond, pearl or metal, will serve forever and work with everything—an easy and painless solution for any occasion.
Look at her, notice her! A gorgeous woman floats through a stunned crowd, making all heads turn. A wealth of little pearl drops shining in her ears, bringing immense, clean light to her face.

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NEW BOUCHERON CHAINS – A GAME CHANGER IN LUXURY JEWELRY

HOW CAN SOMETHING AS TRIVIAL AND MUNDANE AS A HEADPHONE JACK TRANSFORM INTO AN ITEM ADMIRED AND DESIRED BY MANY…
THE BOUCHERON JEWELERS HAVE MIXED A COCKTAIL OF IMAGINATION, MODERN DESIGN AND A DROP OF MAGIC – TO RESTYLE THIS LOW-KEY OBJECT INTO AN ICONIC CHAIN OF OUR TIME.

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The allure of the new Boucheron chains lies both in their contemporary minimalism and in their straightforward paradoxicality: inspired by a plain headphone jack, the magnetic chain clasp is now in the spotlight of attention rather than carefully hidden on the periphery of the precious piece.

Besides, it is fun!

These playful multi-functional chains, which come in white and yellow gold, with or without diamonds, can be worn in endless ways and combinations: as necklaces, bracelets, headpieces or even belts, as standalone pieces or combined with each other and other jewelry. Their design makes them easily matchable with any outfit—formal or informal, evening or casual, while their flexibility makes them perfectly adjustable to the shape of the body.

Available in short and long versions, this innovative jewelry untethers your imagination and breaks new ground for reinventing the ways luxury jewelry may be worn. Try it on—and you can feel the music moving up and down the supple chains, in infinite circles, embracing your neck and waist, coiling and uncoiling around your wrists, the golden melody flowing along with your mood.

Take a closer look at these ingenious creations at the Moda Operandi trunk show.

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HERMÈS CARRÉ CLUB: HOW THE MAGIC HAPPENS 

IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE IN PARIS AT THE END OF NOVEMBER OR BEGINNING OF DECEMBER, YOU ARE IN LUCK! EVEN IF YOU HAD PLANS TO BE SOMEWHERE ELSE, YOU MIGHT NOW RETHINK THEM.
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From November 29 to December 8, the Carreau du Temple market in Paris will host a “Hermès Carré Club” exhibition, dedicated to the creation and design of the legendary Hermès scarves and fabrics.

Every Hermès scarf is a perfect square. But do not make a mistake thinking: ‘It is only a scarf, a rectangular piece of textile’. There is nothing ‘only’ about Hermès. From the first scarf in 1937 and up to this day, the amount of hard work invested in these heavenly light and deceptively material creations is unfathomable. The legend has it that the process of making one scarf, from conception to the final stitches, may take up to a year and a half.

Timeless Hermès scarves have become true artworks, admired, avidly collected and sought after like the most valuable jewelry. Every scarf tells a tale: from traditional hunting motifs to arabesques and fantastic, illusory modern designs. When you have it on, you are wearing a piece of art, a silky dream, an accessory of true actresses, aristocrats and queens.

If you have ever wondered how the Hermès masterpieces are borne, this exhibition offers a one-of-a-kind, perfect chance. You will visit workshops and discussion groups, see the silky Hermès fabrics, witness the creation of a Hermès scarf, meet the designers, learn the art of tying a scarf, while listening to live music at the Carré Cafe. You can even buy your first—or twenty-first!—Hermès scarf to start, or supplement, your collection.

The Hermès Carré Club exhibition is open from November 29 to December 8 at the Carreau du Temple, 4 rue Eugène-Spuller, 3rd arrondissement, Paris. Free entry, on reservation (open from November 19), every day from 12 pm to 8 pm. The exhibition also offers late evening visits—until 10 pm—on Friday, November 29; Thursday, December 6; and Friday, December 7.

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The VHERNIER Universe: nonconformist, ALLURING JEWELRY SCULPTED FOR MODERN WOMEN

A rare opportunity to get hold of atemporal, sophisticated, futuristic Vhernier pieces at the Moda Operandi trunk show. Shop your favorite pieces online.

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Started by a sculptor and a connoisseur of jewelry back in 1984, this tradition of the house of Vhernier is carried on by the highly skilled master goldsmiths of the house up to this day.

Each piece of jewelry is shaped like a miniature modern structure, a one-of-a-kind avant-garde building, with an eye toward the environment where it will be exhibited. Like the graceful Italian architectural masterpieces are developed bearing in mind their surroundings, the precious pieces of Vhernier jewelry are crafted with the view of the wearer’s body and the ambient space.

The soft, geometric shapes, the flowing twists, the most unexpected blending of diamonds and ebony, rose gold and jet, titanium and kogolong, the precision of stonesetting pay a tribute to the unique style and intricate technology, classiness and confidence, futuristic beauty and innovation. The sophisticated, experimental, unorthodox spirit of the Milanese house brings its jewelry beyond the realm of reality and fashion.

The pieces themselves are often impressive in size but never heavy or overbearing, their clean lines and laconic fluidity laying the foundation for the recognizable style. This distinctive Vhernier paradox echoes the dual nature of a modern woman: strong yet graceful, captivating yet subtle.

A classy woman that is wearing cool chic Vhernier pieces can never be forgotten….

Illustration by INKYCUBANS

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Strength of the Sea: Jewels Evoking the Ocean

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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.

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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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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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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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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More than Picasso’s muse

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Tate Modern is rightly celebrating the work of the incredible but often forgotten Dora Maar.

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Picasso immortalised her in his 1937 painting Weeping Woman, but Dora Maar was always more than her tears. So here at The Jewelry Icon we are delighted that the Tate Modern has a new exhibition showcasing the work of this talented and progressive artist. In the 1930s, her provocative photomontages became celebrated icons of surrealism, and that has been too easily forgotten.
To be with a person as remarkable as Picasso, you probably need to be a big character yourself and there’s no doubt that the gorgeous and strong Maar stood up to him. But after he left her for a younger mistress, heartbroken Maar went into tailspin and lived the rest of her life alone until her death in Paris in 1997. It’s fair to say, as many have, that the decision to dedicate her life and love to Picasso, marked the end of her artistic career. Was it the wrong step?

TATE MODERN: Dora Maar Exhibition

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Inspired By Lucrezia Buccellati

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DIOR MINI D

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HOW I LOVELOVELOVE  La Mini D de DIORr SATINE….

 

 

 

The intricate stiches of the Milanese mesh steel bracelet invoke the supple threads of a satin ribbon. And as ever with the artist Eleri Mills you can see how the landscape of her rural Welsh childhood has inspired her work: the threads here recall the summer fields of Powys, where she was born, and import them into a watchmaker’s vernacular. From afar, they look like a painting. Close up, the detailing will take your breath away. The watch’s delicate ornamental stone dials are beautifully embellished with gold bezel and crown. In short, this timepiece is a beautiful marriage of Swiss watchmaking expertise with Dior fine jewelry.

Here I wear the watch with a Chaumet Ring Serp from Terres d’Or collection: an oval-cut yellow sapphire weighing 12.36 carats from Ceylon round yellow sapphires, lacquer, and brilliant-cut diamonds.

 

 

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