Butterflies in Flight


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.

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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 latest collection, Marquetry, is a conscious celebration of the country’s most precious resource: the Amazon rainforest.


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.”






“The woman is the most perfect doll that i have dressed with delight and admiration.”

“The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.”


“Never use the word “cheap”. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.”

“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.”

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”

“Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.”

“I am a fashion person, and fashion is not only about clothes — it’s about all kinds of change”

“I want everyone to wear what they want and mix it in their own way. That, to me, is what is modern.”

“A respectable appearance is sufficient to make people more interested in your soul”


“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you “

“People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory.”

“Clear thinking at the wrong moment can stifle creativity.”


“We live in a dark and romantic and quite tragic world.”

“Dieting is the only game where you win when you lose!”

“Don’t look to the approval of others for your mental stability”

“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”

“People who say that yesterday was better than today are ultimately devaluing their own existence.”

“When people talk about the good old days, I say to people, ‘It’s not the days that are old, it’s you that’s old.’ I hate the good old days. What is important is that today is good.”

“Music gives color to the air of the moment.”


“I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth.”

“Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am the happy victim of books.”

“I love classic beauty. It’s an idea of beauty with no standard.”

“I like to reinvent myself — it’s part of my job.”

“Normally, I don’t recommend me for wedding dresses – they all get a divorce.”

“I will not talk about that. I like to read biographies, history, philosophical things like this. But it’s for my private use, and not for making people say, Oh, how clever this stupid man is. I don’t make intellectual conversation. I’m very superficial. I’m just a fashion designer. Fashion designers look at fashion magazines, right?”

“Why should I stop working? If I do, I’ll die and it’ll all be finished. ‘m lucky to work in the most perfect of conditions. I can do what I want in all kinds of areas. The expenses are not expenses. I would be stupid to stop that. Work is making a living out of being bored.”


Everyday Luxury: Vhernier


What better way is there to show how much you love a jewelry house than to wear their pieces every day? I’ll admit, I’m ready to wear Vhernier every single day. Their pieces are simple, but bold and eye-catching statements of strength and elegance.

As much as jewelry is a way of channeling our creativity and aesthetic, it’s can also direct and symbolize our mood and feelings. Vernier’s strong, structural, architectural jewelry gives me a sense of determination and technology that vibes perfectly with the modern world we live in. They’re little architectural masterpieces.

Here we present a couple of Vhernier classics and a new piece that channel this sensibility. The Vhernier Abbraccio is on the left and Tourbillion on the right. They’re both designed to be worn on the right hand (per Vernier’s attention to design and detail), but the Abbraccio can be worn on the left as well.



Writing That Sparkles

Maison Chaumet Presents ‘Brillantes Ecritures’ Exhibition,22nd February – 1st April 2019, Paris


Chaumet shows that jewelry and literature are a natural pairing.

The maison’s fans will know that throughout its history Chaumet has been a source of inspiration to men and women of letters. From Balzac to Dumas, Wharton to Rostand, Collette, Olga Picasso and Alfred de Musset, the list is long and distinguished. Now Chaumet is telling the story of its fascinating links with writer clients and literary figures in Brillantes Ecritures, an exhibition that brings together romantic novels, society columns, historic jewels and archive documents.

From February 22 to April 1, at 165 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris


Reflections on St. Valentine’s Day 2019

Love is complex, and while St. Valentine’s Day simplifies it into gifts, chocolate and flowers. The Jewelry Icon brings another lens to the endeavor.


We have to admit, the ranks of The Jewelry Icon are filled with skeptics. One might think that because we cover the most incredible jewelry, and so often the creation and history of such pieces is associated with love and passion and grand families, that we would be taken with the idea of St. Valentine’s Day. But that’s not quite the case. It’s not about love – we live for love, whether with lovers or children or family. It makes the world go round. But it’s the total commercialization of the holiday that we object to, the idea that someone needs to bring something expensive home for the holiday or they “don’t love me.” That’s just not true and it’s an unhealthy way to look at relationships. So, we have some ambivalence. But we do still love jewelry, so check out a few of our favorites for this year and remember that love isn’t like the movies and is about more than romantic love: it’s the glue that binds people together.






With the creeping years I get increasingly attached to my jewelry. Treasured rings, bracelets and necklaces  almost become  my companions. I remember special occasions when I wore them, what I was thinking and feeling at the time, the jewelry tells stories.

When it comes to my absolute favorite pieces, like my vintage Alhambra, I’m so attached I live in fear of losing them. This is jewelry that I want to pass on to my children. All of which means I find this article in the New York times fascinating: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/fashion/jewelry-personal-stories.htmlIn Jewelry, Their jewely has become part of these people, and I understand that.

Spirited and quirky, Van Cleef’s spirited Lucky Charm is another piece that might well find its way into my family’s jewelry box.


In a moon mood

In a moon mood at Dior timepieces…



We’re on moon watch (it’s a pun!) here at The Jewelry Icon with the Dior VIII Montaigne Clair de Lune. With celestial patterns appearing on runways for several years now, we can’t help but wonder if a broad shift is afoot toward a more heightened sense of spirit and connection to the astral realm.

The moon itself has long been linked to the subconscious, emotional self. Associated with “yin” energy, mankind also hasn’t been able to help an association with femininity and mystery. Harnessing these ideas, the moon print has appeared in recent collections by trailblazers like Marine Serre and has filtered its way across the landscape, but we can’t help but return to some time-honored favorites in our exploration of the pattern.

Enter the Dior VIII Montaigne Clair de Lune. Bringing celestial and moon patterns to a timepiece is such a profound marriage, with the sky having been our timekeeper for millennia. The 36mm watch itself is stunning, with fine diamond-studded gold astrological embroidery – it’s elevation of the elevated.




A woman wearing de Grisogno will always light up a room



Dense and luminous, this jewelry has been designed for the strong and confident woman who doesn’t want to go unnoticed. Mr Gruosi loves and worships her, and for this he makes her sparkle with jewelry that speaks the language of the stars.

Forget girl power: de Grisogono’s Cosmic Creations collection is about woman power…


DIOR Grand Bal Miss Dior


Dior’s latest Grand Bal Miss Dior watch collection brings together the gentle beauty of Dior’s flowers and the timeless luxury of the timepiece brand.

The Dior Grand Bal collection has recently unveiled two new pieces inspired by the magic and beauty of flowers.

These two new “Dior Grand Bal Miss Dior” timepieces are equipped with the unique “Dior Inversé 11 1/2” caliber, which features an oscillating weight placed on top of the dial. For these pieces, per the floral theme, they embellished with beautiful flower petals.

With this movement, the weight and the dial take on the allure of a blossoming flower – one in shades of pink recalling the joy of spring, and the second in blue tones echoing the nighttime reflection of moonlight on petals.

These light floral motifs are set off with sparkling diamonds on the bezel. These 3D effect petals give life to the timepiece and evoke the charms of Christian Dior’s famed garden. The matching strap lining and pink or blue sapphire crystal case-backs are final, personal details only known to the wearer.

These two pieces are a fine tribute to Monsieur Dior’s passion for flowers as well as the famous “Miss Dior” dress, one of the Maison’s first Haute Couture dresses. They are available in a limited edition of 88 pieces.


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