Two watch brands To watch

Today’s post concentrates on two watch brands which  are making great strides of…..

Recently, German watch manufacturer Glashütte Original has launched a new line of ladies watches inspired by the 1920s genre, the decade in which wearing wristwatches first became popular among women.

Launched on June 20th at a party at the Waterfall Mansion on New York’s Upper East Side, Pavonina feature’s a line of Art Deco-inspired timepieces with modernized versions of the cushion-shaped cases which were popular in the Jazz Age.

The 31 mm watches have a date window at 6 o’clock and are available in stainless steel, 18-karat red gold or a combination of the two, on a satin or leather strap or bracelet. Diamonds are available on some models or through special order.

A total of 20 variations comprise Pavonina’s line, a name derived from the Latin word for peacock, with retail prices ranging from $4,900 to $39,600.

 

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Yves “Jetman” Rossy, the Swiss gentleman who is well known for flying solo courtesy of jet engines attached to his body, will make his first public U.S. flights this summer, as sponsor Breitling recently announced.

The 53-year-old Rossy, who worked as a fighter pilot and airline captain before becoming the world renowned Jetman, will soar over the crowds at the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, which takes place from July 29 to Aug. 4 in Wisconsin, and at the Reno Air Races in Nevada, scheduled for Sept. 11 to 15.

Exact dates of the Jetman’s performances are not yet determined.

Rossy’s secret is a carbon-Kevlar jet wing with four engines that enable him to propel himself through the air at speeds upward of 150 mph, controlled by a throttle in his hand. The Jetman uses his shoulders, body and legs to steer, pitch and descend at will.

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As always, Live, Life, Lamour,

R.Lamour

 

Tip Of the week!

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Wedding Jewelry Tips!

This weeks tip revolves around most couples favorite events…weddings. Below are a set of tips that will assist any future bride in her quest for perfection.

  1. Choose a necklace that best complements the style of your wedding gown. A diamond solitaire will surely work well with a V or sweetheart neckline, whereas a rhinestone choker or a pearl will look stunning with a strapless bodice.
  2. Be mindful that your hairstyle, necklace and headpiece may play a critical role when deciding the type of earrings you wear. Depending on your hairstyle, the accessory you intend on wearing for example with an up-swept hair style, long earrings with drops will be the ideal option for you. Similarly, small bejeweled hoop earrings or simple studs can complement a decorated veil, tiara or a dramatic necklace.
  3. Your wedding day can also be the perfect occasion for you to wear your family’s jewelry. There are so many creative ways in which you can incorporate your family jewelry into your bridal look, its highly recommended that you take advantage of this.
  4. You can wear your aunt’s diamond earrings, grandmothers pearls, or your mother’s favorite charm bracelet for not only sentimental reasons but also while saving a considerable amount of money.
  5. Most of all Enjoy yourself and choose your complimentary jewelry pieces wisely.

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Palladium, Whats that??

In recent years, there has been explosive growth in popularity of white metals. Over the last decade alone (particularly white gold and silver) a unique opportunity was created for palladium jewelry. Palladium is unique since it offers a more radiant white than white gold, as well as many of the desired characteristics of platinum without platinum’s spot price; which has experienced a decrease in U.S. sales as it exceeded the $1,500 mark. This recent sales trend has been strongest among the new generation of fine jewelry consumers,  73% of 18 – 24 year old adults prefer white jewelry compared to 40% in the 25 and over group.

Currently, palladium has stabilized at around $700/oz  making it irresistible even to white gold jewelry buyers.
Palladium and platinum are interchangeable in many applications as they are both noble metals with similar characteristics and usually derived from the same mines. Both share the lustrous beauty, strength and durability that have been the hallmarks of this metal class.

Although a member of the platinum family, this metal though well know in the world of jewelers, has its fair share of myths and misconceptions and the biggest one of all is that Palladium is the “poor man’s platinum.”  Unbeknownst to all palladium is rarer than gold and a member in full standing of the platinum family. Like platinum, it offers higher purity and whiter color than white gold. Last, it is nickel free and hypo-allergenic, needs no transitory rhodium plating to give it the final color, and can be cast and soldered. If anything, it’s the only answer to the dilemma of white gold for those who can only afford gold. So it would be much more accurate to call palladium the “rich man’s white gold.”

Simple hint in identifying white metals – Not all white metals are clearly stamped with their alloy composition. If that happens to be the case for you, when you receive white metal jewelry that is not easily identified, just reach for a bottle of iodine to quickly and easily identify your metal. Simply place a drop of iodine on the white metal piece and let it dry. If it dries clear, it’s platinum. If it dries black, it’s palladium. And if it dries a brownish color, it’s white gold.

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An example of finished Palladium and diamond ring.

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Special K the Gold Standard

Ever wonder what that K next to the number on your gold jewelry is symbolic of?

Well your not alone because I used to wonder what the heck it was as well. After doing some digging around, actually not that much since we have this wonderful thing called the internet, I found my answer. This special K is the universal acronym in jewelry  lingo for Karat (K) or otherwise know as carat(ct.) for our friends in the UK and Persian Gulf Region. This Karat system is used to inform the jeweler and any would be purchasers of how many parts of gold there is in that particular item.

The origin of the term comes from the Roman Emperor Constantine who during his time decided to mint some 24K gold coins during 309 CE. Im sure during that period the Emperor did this not just because he didn’t want to walk around with gold bars in his pockets, he was the ruler of the land after all.

Below are some ratios of Karat to gold percentages for some clarification:

  • 24 karat (24K) gold is pure gold making it 100%.
  • 18 karat (18K) gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts another metal or metals, making it 75% gold.
  • 14 karat (14K) gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts another metal or metals, making it 58.3% gold.
  • 10 karat (10K) gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts another metal or metals, making it 41.7% gold. 10k gold is the minimum karat designation that can still be called gold in the US.

With this knowledge of Karat, hopefully you’ll be more informed in what your buying or investing in, after all jewelry is an investment. No matter how small of a purchase.

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