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Bulgari Serpenti Watch and More: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury to Auction Iconic Jewels

Mon, 20 Oct 2014

By Erika Winters

Bulgari Serpenti turquoise and white enamel watch to be auctioned • Image: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury will be auctioning this Bulgari Serpenti watch on November 27. Image courtesy of Dreweatts & Bloomsbury.


UK-based auction house Dreweatts & Bloomsbury will be auctioning a selection of iconic jewels from renowned jewelers including Bulgari, Jean Schlumberger, and Seaman Schepps, in London on November 27.


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Video: Patek Philippe Unveils World's Most Complicated Watch, the Grandmaster Chime

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

By Erika Winters

Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 • Image: Patek Philippe


Renowned watchmaker Patek Philippe is commemorating its 175th anniversary with a collection of limited-edition commemorative timepieces. And one of the collection's watches, the incredible Grandmaster Chime, has been billed as the most complicated and elaborate wristwatch in the world.


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Graff Debuts $55 Million "Hallucination" Diamond Watch at Baselworld 2014

Thu, 27 Mar 2014

By Erika Winters

From the $500 million Hair & Jewel campaign to the most expensive watch in the world, Graff Diamonds plays on our wildest diamond fantasies--this time at Baselworld 2014. The iconic jeweler has unveiled a $55 million multicolored diamond watch at the Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show, which opened today.


Graff Diamonds Hallucination multicolored diamond watch
Graff Diamonds unveiled the $55 million "Hallucination" on the opening day of Baselworld 2014 • Image Graff Diamonds


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Oscar Jewelry! Best Looks from the 2014 Academy Awards

Tue, 04 Mar 2014

By Erika Winters

While there were many gorgeous looks at the 2014 Oscars, we adored the amazing statement jewels worn by Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Charlize Theron, and other luminaries. We were ready for bold looks following the tamer ensembles from the 2014 Golden Globes, and we were not disappointed.


2014 Oscar winner Cate Blanchett in Chopard


Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) stunned on the red carpet in opal and diamond earrings from Chopard. Perfection! WireImage


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Christie's Hong Kong Presents Online-Only Jewelry Sale

Mon, 24 Feb 2014

By Erika Winters

Christie's Hong Kong has announced "Statement Jewels," an online-only sale comprising 80 jewelry lots with a wide range of prices--estimates start at HK $2000/ US $250. The sale--which goes live on Tuesday, February 25, and runs through Thursday, March 6--will take place at www.christies.com/statementjewels.

Lot 64 • A pair of ruby and diamond earrings • Christie's

Lot 64 • A pair of ruby and diamond earrings • Estimate: HK$40,000–60,000 / US$5,000-7,500


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"Cartier: Style and History" Exhibition Opens in Paris • Video

Tue, 10 Dec 2013
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By Erika Winters

Cartier Foliates Tiara made for the Countess of Essex in 1902
The Cartier "Foliates" tiara, made for the Countess of Essex in 1902, is on display at the "Cartier: Style and History" exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. Image: N. Welsh, Cartier Collection


The "Cartier: Style and History" exhibition has opened at the Grand Palais in Paris, allowing visitors an intimate look at some of the world's most renowned jewels by the legendary house. An array of tiaras--including the Cartier "Foliates" tiara, shown above, and the "Halo" tiara worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day--are on display in addition to Grace Kelly's engagement ring from Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

From the Grand Palais:

Perhaps because it has been eclipsed by its famous name and the sparkle of its diamonds, too little is known even now about the rich and complex history of this great house of jewellery. Yet Cartier has played a key role in the history of the decorative arts. Its creations--from the classicism of the "jeweller to kings" to the radical inventions of style moderne--offer a fascinating testament to the evolution of taste and social codes.

Blouin Artinfo published an in-depth look at the exhibition, including highlights from the show and the video below.

From Blouin Artinfo:

Billed as the biggest jewelry exhibition ever held, “Cartier: Style and History” opened December 4 at the Grand Palais in Paris to convey an art historian’s perspective on the evolution of Cartier’s creations--with a focus on the role of women within historical and social contexts from 1847, when the house was founded, to the 1970s.


Cartier: Style and History • December 4, 2013–February 16, 2014

Exhibition Location: Grand Palais • 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris


Watch Blouin Artinfo's video on the "Cartier: Style and History" exhibition. Video requires Flash. Watch at YouTube.



More jewelry exhibitions:

Go: Jewels by JAR at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950–1990

Visit The Museum of London to See The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels



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For Your Library: "Masters of Dreams" Jewelry Documentary with 13 Legendary Jewelers

Thu, 21 Nov 2013

By Erika Winters

If you haven't seen Masters of Dreams, a stunning documentary featuring 13 renowned jewelers, you're in for a treat. The film explores the brands' histories and the unique design techniques used to create their luxurious jewels. Through design, the jewelers continue to evolve while expressing their "brand DNA" and the heritage and artistry of their companies.


Masters of Dreams explores 13 jewelry brands in a stunning documentary
Masters of Dreams explores 13 jewelry brands in a stunning documentary. Image: A designer for Graff works on a necklace with diamonds and sapphires.


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Elizabeth Taylor Biopic "Burton and Taylor" Premieres Tonight on BBC America

Thu, 17 Oct 2013

By Erika Winters

If you survived the train wreck called "Liz and Dick" starring the infamous Lindsay Lohan, you're in luck. A new biopic on our beloved grand dame of jewels premieres tonight, October 16, at 9:00 p.m./8:00 p.m. Central on BBC America. And this time the 90-minute drama, which aired on BBC 4 last July, stars Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter, Dominic West of The Wire, and jewels by Cartier.


Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton


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Video: Graff's Half-Billion Dollar "Hair & Jewel" Campaign

Wed, 09 Oct 2013

By Erika Winters

Graff has debuted its "Hair & Jewel" campaign featuring $500 million in rare diamond jewels in the most haute coiffure to date. A throwback to the 1970 original "Hair & Jewel" photograph that launched Graff's global brand, the campaign celebrates the iconic jeweler's 60th year in the business in addition to the opening of Graff's 40th store.


Graff's Half Billion Dollar 'Hair & Jewel' Campaign


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Rolex Watches, $98,000 Diamond Rings: There's More for Your Life...at Sears?

Tue, 23 Jul 2013

By Erika Winters

Remember Sears' jingle from the 1980s, promoting VCRs, mufflers, Wilson tennis rackets, and towels–all with the catchy refrain: "There's more for your life at Sears?" If not, you're missing out on a potential earworm that rivals the best commercial tunes from the 80s. (And watch it below if you want that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day.) Well now you can add Rolex watches and high-end diamond jewelry to the list of items that add more to your life...at Sears.

Fancy yellow diamond ring from Allurez at Sears Marketplace

Fancy yellow diamond ring from Allurez at Sears Marketplace • $98,502


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