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Graff Diamonds Cuts 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona Diamond — First Results Here

Graff Diamonds Cuts 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona Diamond — First Results Here

Graff Diamonds is known as one of the world’s premier purveyors of diamonds.  Recently, on our Forbes.com column, Perfect Timing, we wrote about the  1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona rough diamond owned by Graff that was said to be the most valuable of its kind in the world. Graff first purchased  the diamond oabout one year ago in a  $53 milllion deal. It was the intention to cut that rough diamond – the second largest ever discovered — into a host of smaller diamonds to create a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for discerning customers to own a piece of that rarity and history. Now, Graff unveils the first approximately 60 diamonds cut from that rough and created in scintillating pieces of jewelry. Each diamond cut from the Lesedi La Rona is D-color.GRAFF DIAMONDS “The cutting of the Lesedi La Rona rough diamond, the largest rough diamond to be found in more than a century, was no small undertaking. It took master diamond cutters and gemologists more than a year of analysis, cutting and polishing before attaining the first 60-plus finished stones. While the main stone is still being worked on, Graff’s master designers took the first cut and polished stones – ranging in size from just under a carat to more than 100 carats each – and have incorporated them into extraordinary jewelry.” Graff Diamonds reveals the first 60 stones cut from the 1,000-plus-carat Lesedi La Rona rough diamond.GRAFF DIAMONDS “Each individual diamond is of D-color (the highest grade for a diamond) and possesses exceptionally clarity. Each is verified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and is laser inscribed with both Graff and Lesedi la Rona as proof of unique origin and as authentication. Each will have its own unique GIA number, as well. The first creations include oval, cushion and other fancy-cut...
BaroQco Unveils Daring Styles In Fall/Winter Jewelry Collection

BaroQco Unveils Daring Styles In Fall/Winter Jewelry Collection

Recently at the Joaillerie D’ Art Haute Couture Parish Fashion week, where Fall/Winter 2018-2019 fashions were being unveiled,  BaroQco showcased some pretty stunning jewelry. Like its name suggests, the company’s creations are inspired by the baroque era where grandeur was embraced. The newest pieces from designers Imelda and Eduardo are designed to surprise and delight. They have incredible details that must be seen in person to appreciate. The winter collection is rigid and makes quite a strong impression — pushing the boundaries of art and craftsmanship. The pieces are made using opal, gold and Swarovski crystals, and all of the metal work is nickel free for environmental reasons.   Credits: Pictures : Greg Alexander Bodies : Adeline Ziliox    ...
Daring Brides: Mermaid Wedding Dresses And The Jewels To Wear With Them

Daring Brides: Mermaid Wedding Dresses And The Jewels To Wear With Them

Bridal season — if there is such a thing — is upon us and in steamy hot weather, brides can afford to be a little daring in their dress choices. The hot choice this year: mermaid wedding dresses.  Top bridal companies are offering body-hugging, dramatically low-cut incredibly sensual silhouettes that flair only at the bottom for mermaid-like appeal. Let’s face it, what man hasn’t dreamed of a mermaid swimming out of the deep and mesmerizing him? While these top mermaid bridal gowns offer stunning hour-glass glamour … the one thing missing is the jewelry. Long dangle earrings are a must — consider diamonds, or better yet, a pop of color using gems of the sea including coral or pearls. These dresses also cry out for a dramatic plunging necklace –perhaps a tassel of pearls, or even, diamonds mixed with sapphires the color of the sea. Don’t forget a sexy wrap around bracelets and even a seductive watch. Below are a few of our favorite jewelry pieces for that daring bride who wants to show off her curves and her style....
Diamonds and Jewels At The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Megan Markle

Diamonds and Jewels At The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Megan Markle

Everyone seems to have something to say about the Royal Wedding of  HRH Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, to American actress Meghan Markle, who now becomes Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex. From the gown she wore to the car they drove off in for the after party, whether your thoughts are positive or negative, one thing is clear: it was all very elegant.  Especially when it comes to the jewels.  Markle’s 16-foot-long white net veil was finished with an antique headband style tiara that was on loan to the bride by Queen Elizabeth II.  The platinum and  diamond tiara and center brooch has 11 sections. The brooch portion was originally made for Queen Mary in 1893  and the bandeau headband piece  was made in 1932. The bandeau and broach were given to Queen Elizabeth in 1953. Additionally, the wedding rings were created on order by Cleave and Company, the official jeweler and medalist to The Queen.  The band made for Prince Harry was crafted of platinum with a textured finish, while Markle’s ring was made of Welsh gold that had been gifted to her by Queen Elizabeth.  Marcelo also wore white gold and diamond earrings and a Reflection de Cartier white gold and diamond bracelet — both made by Cartier. The couple was married at St. Georges Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19,2018, and departed Windsor Castle after the ceremony in an Ascot Landau carriage.  It should also be noted that Prince Harry’s father, HRH Prince Charles, the Duke of Wales, wore a Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Chronograph watch in 18-karat gold. More than 2,200 guests were in attendance, and they, too, were bedecked in jewels. Serena Williams, for instance, wore a necklace of 18-karat gold and Roman Imperial silver, circa 1975, with ancient coins dating back to the first century AD...
Valentine’s Day: Paul Forrest’s Heart’s Passion Will Steal Her Heart

Valentine’s Day: Paul Forrest’s Heart’s Passion Will Steal Her Heart

It’s Valentine’s Day and heart motifs abound on this day of love. Paul Forrest Jewelry, however, has taken the heart motif to all new levels in his Heart’s Passion jewelry, with a beating heart motif.   The Paul Forrest Heart’s Passion collection of jewelry features a patented “Magnificent Motion” complication that enables the small heart motif to actually beat in an open-and-close motion. Our friends over at ATimelyPerspective have extensively covered the Paul Forrest brand, whose jewelry is just hitting the markets now.  Here, for Valentine’s Day, we bring you a closer look at the Paul Forrest Heart’s Passion collection that can steal her heart. Jewelry is Powered by a Patented Watch Complication As seen on ATimelyPerspective: “The Heart’s Passion collection marks the first time a brand had incorporated an actual watch movement with jewelry. Like a music box or old-world watch, each Paul Forrest pendant is wound by a tiny key. The patented “Magnificent Motion” complication enables Paul Forrest to create stunning jewelry unlike anything else on the market. Designed in New York and engineered and constructed in Switzerland, each Paul Forrest piece of jewelry is meticulously crafted both inside and out. The small village of Val de Travers in Fleurier, Switzerland, is known for its haute horlogerie history. It is here that the exceptionally small mechanical movement, Caliber PF-00, that powers the motion of the hearts, is crafted. Also built there is the patented complication that offers the beating heart movement. The integrated winding key (found inside the clasp of the pendant) winds the mechanical movement via a hidden opening on the back of the pendant. While the movement is a work of fine mechanics, so, too is the key, which is comprised of multiple components and features a one-way ratcheting system for easy winding. The Paul Forrest Heart’s Passion jewelry collection’s movement is...
Blancpain Creates Ode To Love With Villeret Valentine Watch 2018

Blancpain Creates Ode To Love With Villeret Valentine Watch 2018

Each year, Swiss watch brand Blancpain surprises us with  a stunning watch created for women for Valentine’s Day. Generally, that watch has some sort of heart motif. This year, it is subtle — and beautiful.The new Blancpain Villeret Valentine Ultraplate watch features a cloud-motif mother-of-pearl dial with diamond and ruby markers and snowfall of additional diamonds on the dial. In total 19 brilliant-cut diamonds grace the dial in a “star- setting” technique, wherein a metal base is used to secure the stone into the dial. Additionally, the watch features an exquisite sapphire moon phase disk — revealed via a crescent moon shaped aperture at an angle to  6:00. The moon has a feminine face with an artificial “beauty spot” at the corner of its smiling mouth.  The  seconds hand takes the form of a Cupid’s arrow — complete with a red heart though the arrow. The 29.20 mm watch is crafted in steel and the bezel is set with  48 diamonds. The watch is powered by the self-winding 913 L movement with a glucydur balance wheel and silicon balance spring — bringing brains and beauty to the forefront. The meticulously finished movement can be viewed from the sapphire case back, which also reveals an oscillating weight adorned with a heart pierced by sunbeams and an arrow. The watch is finished with a bright red alligator strap. Just 99 pieces will be...