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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....
Introducing the All-New High-Jewelry Coloratura Collection By Cartier

Introducing the All-New High-Jewelry Coloratura Collection By Cartier

  Last week on my PerfectTiming column on Forbes.com, I presented the all-new Cartier Coloratura collection of high jewelry — inspired by cultures and color. Here, we bring you an excerpt from that article and a look at these great gems.   “Each piece in the collection is a one-of-a-kind work of art. The series includes individual necklaces, as well as complete suites of jewelry inspired by a specific culture or color. One necklace, inspired by the lanterns used in Asian ceremonies, features a bottle pendant made from a rubellite rough stone that has been hand-carved using the ancient art of glyptic so that it can be filled with perfume. In fact, for nearly a decade, Cartier has dedicated an entire workshop to the art of glyptic, which is supervised by an award-winning master sculptor. The pendant bottle weighs more than 200 carats of rubellite, and the 18-karat yellow gold necklace features beads made of 27.70 carats of chalcedony, 67.66 carats of chrysoprase, 22.21 carats of Morganite, 24.50 carts of onyx, 1.20 carats of orange garnets and more than 5 carats of diamonds. Cartier also unveils an exceptional suite inspired by the brands color combinations used in jewels of the early 20th century. In this suite, the brand combines black and green – using lush tourmalines, rich green opals and black onyx or lacquer for striking beauty. Much like Cartier’s superb art deco jewels of that century, this new suite features geometric appeal, with angled, rectangular and square motifs paired with round shapes. The necklace in this suite is an alluring look indicative of the brand’s artistic skills as a purveyor of fine stones, gem-setter, and high-jewelry designer extraordinaire. Crafted in platinum, the necklace is set with 53.05 carats of tourmaline beads comprising three strands that sway from a single...