FED Jewelry Bargain auctions

Ever wonder when the Government seized goods such as jewelry will be auctioned? Well todays post provides this information. When things from seized lots are auctioned, rest assured, the items have been appraised and are sure to come at a bargain price.

As soon as tomorrow, June 1st, the U.S. Marshals Service will be auctioning more than 300 lots of gold and silver bullion’s and coins, loose diamonds, fine jewelry and watches which at some point were connected to federal criminal cases in an auction which is scheduled to take place amid the jewelry shows in Las Vegas.

The auction, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, also will offer a live simulcast on the web here at 10 a.m. PST for those who for one reason or another cannot attend in person but would like to bid on these prized items.

Several times a year, the U.S. Marshals consolidate pieces which were seized in connection with criminal cases nationwide and holds these large auctions. Fortunately proceeds generated from these auctions are used to compensate victims of crimes and supplement law enforcement programs.

Our sources have informed us that some of the lots to be offered in Saturday’s auction include a rare 4.9-carat diamond with a starting bid of just over $15,000, a diamond bracelet starting at $11,500 and a Rolex watch starting at $145,000 just for starters.

Additional lots, including images, can be found here.

 

 

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Mauro Felter Jewelry

Today’s post  is part of our Designer spot light series. Our designer being spotlighted is Mauro Felter who has grown up in a land choc full of  history in a valley in Northern Italy where the ancient “Camuni” lived.  With a deep influence by both the past and the wonderful nature of his native territory, which has had influence which has brought his artistic career and essentially his creations to life.

His uniqueness in design has accented his jewellery which is strictly hand-made, with its own set of unique features.  Coupled with an eye for style and a strong personality, designing and creativity were determining factors leading to his success. With is works being exhibited in various Italian art galleries and taking part in important exhibitions of art, he has designed and created numerous pieces such as awards for actors, singers and Italian TV stars, as well as international fashion designers of all sorts.

Recently he’s decided to open his exclusive showrooms in an effort to exhibit his best works and collections which he’s conceived:In Vallecamonica, which is an hour’s drive from Milan. As he continues his search for new inspiring solutions through a healthy combination of gold with innovative cut precious stones, pearls and corals, Mauro Felter is sure forge a steady and growing path as a successfull jewellery designer.

Fortunate for us in the states, at the Couture 2013, Mauro Felter brought some of his best inspirations in an essay to make his mark and wow us all. Below, i’ve featured some of his remarkable pieces which are sure to be a great addition to anyone’s jewelry collection.

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Chopard jewelry heist!

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Although unfortunate, jewelry heists are one of my favorite stories to read about. As shocking as it may seem, these quite carefully planned criminal acts only succeed with a lot of planning to be rewarded with a handsome stash of jewels.

It may sounds very much like the plot of a Hollywood thriller but tonight while a fancy jewelry company was hosting a ball at the Cannes Festival,  thieves broke into a company employees’ hotel room and stole roughly $1 million worth of jewelry. This unfortunate tuurn of events occured as the representative of Chopard, the Swiss-based watch and jewellery company, left the jewelry stash in a safe in his room at the Novotel Hotel in Cannes as he attended a late-night gala at a much more luxurious hotel just across town. Upon his return, he noticed that the  thieves had ripped a safe from the wall of his room.

French police said the Chopard gala lasted until 5 a.m. and strongly believe the burglary happened around 2.30 a.m. They also do not believe this was a solo job and deduced they knew exactly what they were doing.

In another twist of irony, a film with a similar plot had just been screened at Cannes. Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” which is about a celebrity-obsessed teenagers  in Los Angeles who follow movie stars online and break into their homes while they are at public events. The film is based on a real gang of teens who broke into the home Paris Hilton and other stars.

Chopard doesn’t just make jewels. They also make the Oscar-like trophies for the Cannes film festival, the crystal and gold Palme d’Or. Festival officials all say the that the Palme’s are safe.

 

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Tiffany & Co. featured in The Great Gatsby

The much anticipated and recently released Great Gatsby film has had much of its fans drooling over the magnificent jewelry pieces worn by its stars.  Amazingly enough, the jewelry worn in the film is based on designs from the coveted Tiffany & Co. Archives.  The style of Daisy Buchanan, played by Carey Mulligan, was a wonderful representation of the glitz, glamour, and rebellion of the Roaring Twenties. Throughout the film she wore tassel necklaces and jewels with conch pearls. At lavish parties her blonde bob was accessorized with the Savoy, a headdress of diamonds and cultured pearls, and her hands were adorned with a daisy ornament and diamond rings with the renowned Tiffany setting.

“This exuberant, very decorative style [of the 1920’s] constantly comes back as a key point to designers,” Catherine Martin, costume designer of The Great Gatsby, said recently in an interview.

The leading lady isn’t the only one with dazzling accessories. Jay Gatsby, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, accessories his custom Brooks Brothers shirts with 18k gold oval cuff links. A sterling silver flask which fits easily in the pockets of his tailored linen suits and tuxedo.

The jewelry throughout this film symbolized the story’s themes of wealth and privilege. The makers were instrumental in approaching its design with the utmost care carefully keeping style and luxury in mind. Some of the pieces from the film are featured just below. Enjoy!

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GGBThe Savoy (photos courtesy of Tiffany & Co. from The Great Gatsby collection)

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Earrings of conch pearls and diamonds in platinum

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Necklace with a 49.59 ct. emerald-cut aquamarine, diamonds, and platinum, and earrings of emerald-cut aquamarines, diamonds, and platinum

GGBRing with a cushion-cut black onyx, diamonds, and platinum

 

As always, Live, Life, Lamour,

R.Lamour

 

Engagement ring finder app: The VOW

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Wedding and engagement season is soon upon us as the winter fights off its time to roll back. As this season comes into full swing, many eager brides to be anxiously start parousing through different internet jewelry stores and sites with their hopeful future husbands hinting and in search of that fairy tale engagement ring. In this day and age things have taken a slightly different turn in making this arduous and time consuming search more easily through our world of apps. Yes there’s an app for that.

In October 2012, Simon and Nelly Cohen  developed and launched their fledgling engagement ring finder app, The Vow.  When they debuted their app, the cost of creating it amounted to their entire life savings. Luckily for the longtime married couple—co-owners of Cherie Dori and the Diadori bridal lines—their nest egg investment seems to have been well-spent.  The Vow, is currently ranked in the top 50 in Apple’s Top Free Lifestyle Apps—the single most popular diamond, jewelry, and ring-finder app, ahead of the big names Blue Nile, Tiffany & Co., and even Cartier. This app is so popular that it receives roughly 3-4 thousand downloads a day!!

The Vow allows users to survey 120 Diadori bridal engagement SKUs in 3-D, while a GPS feature locates the closest of 350 participating retailers. “We’re not in the middle,” says Simon. Additionally, Diadori rewards users for sharing the app and helping to generate new leads—aka potential ring buyers—by giving points for things like posting pics of favorites to Facebook. The points eventually add up to a prize, such as a cultured pearl necklace. “All we do is uplift the brand of the store [carrying our pieces],” explains Simon.

The Cohens invested in the app after reading research which shows that ­consumers prefer shopping on apps instead of websites. (Shoppers like the speed and convenience of mobile apps, reports a March study from ­Compuware.) Now, the company has a wait list of retailers that want to be involved. “We are combining both worlds, Cyber-shopping and stores ” Simon says.

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Pearls Red hot for Christie’s in London

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Magnificent jewels from the 1920s, which are characterized by simple, geometric shapes and an abundance of pearls, have been the highlight of Christie’s important London Jewelry sale, which is scheduled for June 5th.

Christie’s recently said the sale includes an “extraordinary array” of Art Deco earrings, pendants, diamonds and pearls. Jewelry produced during the 1920s and 1930s, also known as the decades during which Art Deco flourished, are extremely varied in design and was influenced both by contemporary artistic movement and the machine age, hence the use of geometric shapes such as: circles, rectangles, triangles and trapeze forms.

Christie’s also said some of the best jewelry from the Art Deco period has, arguably, never been surpassed in terms of designs and workmanship. The pieces which remain among the most sought-after jewels on the auction market today are from this time period.

Leading the June 5th sale in London is a natural pearl necklace from 1925 which is composed of three graduated rows of natural saltwater pearls. It has been estimated to sell anywhere between $512,000 to $821,000.

A pair of Art Deco natural pearl and diamond ear clips are estimated to garner as much as $14,000 while a longer, single strand of 69 graduated natural pearls is estimated to fetch between $54,000 and $70,000. Pearls were a “staple” in any jewelry collection from the 1920s, Christie’s noted. From the looks of things, many jewelry aficionados and collectors from this period will be sure to flock to this event which will be held in London.

The pieces and a lot more are set to be featured all making this excursion to London worthwhile.

 

As always Live, Life, Lamour,

R.Lamour

 

 

Gothic designs at the MET

Greetings, today’s post is a review of some of the “darker designs” that were worn at the recent Met. The stars which attended were fully in line with the suggested theme to take their fashion and jewelry styles towards the punkier side at this year’s Costume Institute Gala, which took place this past Monday in New York and marked the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Punk: Chaos to Couture” fashion exhibition. Some wore their best and others, I’d like to just not comment on. As can be seen below, many of the celebrities brought their ‘A’ game from some of the best jewelry designers.

While many stars pushed the style envelope towards some edgier designs–including spider rings, spike studs and ear cuffs–some played it safe, keeping with the red carpet tradition of donning drop diamond earrings and even Art Deco-inspired pieces. Darker metals and black diamonds played a very prevalent role in jewelry for the night, which was in line with the suggested theme.

Actress and model Jessica Alba wore Jack Vartanian’s Glam Leopard Collection 18-karat white gold, black rhodium and diamond earrings ($6,400) to the Met Ball.

Actress and model Jessica Alba wore Jack Vartanian’s Glam Leopard Collection 18-karat white gold, black rhodium and diamond earrings ($6,400) to the Met Ball.

J.Lo wore these Dana Rebecca Designs’ Rachel Beth earrings, made in 14-karat black rhodium with a 15-carat round black diamond center stone and black diamond pavé.

J.Lo wore these Dana Rebecca Designs’ Rachel Beth earrings, made in 14-karat black rhodium with a 15-carat round black diamond center stone and black diamond pavé.

Diane Kruger, From the hit TV show The Bridge, wore Jacob & Co.’s Wing clip-on earrings, made in palladium with black and white diamonds. The earrings were custom-made for just for her.

Diane Kruger, From the hit TV show The Bridge, wore Jacob & Co.’s Wing clip-on earrings, made in palladium with black and white diamonds. The earrings were custom-made for just for her.

Julianne Hough of Rock of Ages and Footloose also donned Jacob & Co., choosing the brand’s Spider ring, made with a black Tahitian pearl and a white pearl with diamonds.

Julianne Hough of Rock of Ages and Footloose also donned Jacob & Co., choosing the brand’s Spider ring, made with a black Tahitian pearl and a white pearl with diamonds.

 

These wonderful hand picked designs were just a few of the numerous dark and gothic designs worn at this past Monday’s costume gala. All unique and a magnificent display for both designers and celebrities fortunate enough to wear them.

 

As always, Live,Life, Lamour,

R.Lamour