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Cartier Unveils Maria Felix Crocodile Jewelry

Cartier Unveils Maria Felix Crocodile Jewelry

 Recently, on my Perfect Timing column on Forbes.com, I wrote about the newly released Cartier high-jeweled masterpieces that were created using rare Colombian emeralds, here we repost that article. The Cartier Maria Felix High Jewelry Suite is based on 14 rare cabochon-cut emeralds from Colombia.CARTIER It was more than 40 years ago, back in 1975, that Mexican actress María Félix, known for playing exotic femme fatale roles, marched into Cartier’s Rue de la Paix, Paris, boutique with a baby crocodile in an aquarium. The reason the reptile accompanied her: Felix wanted the brand’s jewelers to replicate the crocodile face, head, body, legs and tail as closely as possible in a special necklace for her. After careful study and much sketching, Cartier’s incredible artisans masterfully executed a necklace consisting of two articulated crocodiles that hugged the neck and that also could be removed from the neck and worn separately as brooches. The original Cartier necklace custom-made for Maria Felix is now part of the Cartier Collection of important historic pieces.CARTIER The two crocodiles comprising the necklace included one crafted in 18-karat yellow gold and meticulously set with more than 1,000 brilliant-cut fancy intense yellow diamonds weighing 60.02 carats. The second crocodile was sculpted in 18-karat white gold was set with 1,060 emeralds totaling 66.86 carats. The crocodile eyes were set with rubies for one and emeralds for the other. Maria Felix loved the necklace and wore it for years. Today, that original necklace is part of the brand’s Cartier Collection of exquisite historic jewels. However, it is such a beloved creature and mystical piece that Cartier has opted to pay tribute to that necklace and the bold actress, by releasing four high-jewelry Cartier Maria Felix executions– each a one-of-a-kind work of wearable art. Each piece in the Cartier Maria Felix...
Meet The Largest Yellow Diamond — 552 Carats– Ever Found In North America

Meet The Largest Yellow Diamond — 552 Carats– Ever Found In North America

This article by Roberta Naas was originally written and posted in her Perfect Timing column on Forbes.com Finding exceptionally large diamonds is rare. Finding extra large diamonds in fancy colors is even more rare. As such, the announcement by  Dominion Diamond Mines that it has unearthed  the largest known diamond ever found in North America is big news. Found in October at the Diavik Diamond Mine in  Canada, the Canadamark(TM) yellow diamond weighs in at 552 carats and beats the previous record (held by the Diavik Foxfire diamond) of 187.7 carats that was also found at the same mine.  Dominion Diamond Mines ULC sources responsibly mined diamonds and owns 40 percent of Diavik. The Diavik Diamond Mine is just shy of 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories of Canada, and has produced several important stones in the past. This newest discovery measures about 1-1/2 inches in diameter and more than 2 inches in height. The color and texture are unique geologically speaking, as such a large and rare yellow diamond doesn’t usually form in the region. According to Dominion Diamond Mines’ release, “Abrasion markings on the stone’s surface attest to the difficult journey it underwent during recovery, and the fact that it remains intact is remarkable.” The 552-carat yellow diamond found in Diavik mine is the largest diamond found in North America to date.DOMINION DIAMOND MINES The Canadamark(TM) program by Dominion Diamond Mines ensures that all diamonds bearing its logo are rigorously tracked from mine to polished gem in order to offer final consumers  full transparency of the supply chain. Once the rough is cut, the diamonds will  be certified as Canadamark(TM). In the case of the previously found Diavik Foxfire diamonds,  rather than sell it in the rough, the stone was  cut and polished  —...
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...