Hearts of Fire for Morena Baccarin

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Recently, Hearts on Fire announced that Homeland’s brazilian actress Morena Baccarin will be its new brand ambassador. The actress will start appearing in magazine advertisements for the diamond brand beginning in September.

Morena will showcase Hearts on Fire’s new fashion collections in print ads in well-known fashion and lifestyle magazines such as, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and Town & Country. She also will appear on the brand’s digital and social media platforms wearing the latest pieces from their line.

Hearts on Fire first began to recruit brand ambassadors in the fall of 2011, initially hiring fashion bloggers before bringing on board television costume designer Janie Bryant and artist, actress and fashion designer Tara Subkoff. Now the brand is upping the ante with Baccarin, a 2013 Emmy nominee for her role as Jessica Brody in the Showtime series Homeland who also has appeared on popular CBS’ The Good Wife and The Mentalist.

“With the success of our bold, new fashion collections, it was the perfect time to showcase these designs on a recognizable face. Morena is the perfect representative for Hearts on Fire and we are thrilled with our partnership,” said Caryl Capeci, vice president of marketing at Hearts on Fire.

With such a healthy combination of Morena’s stunning good looks and charm, the Hearts on Fire brand is sure to attract new clientele.

 

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Heather Moore Revamps Bridal

Very recently, jewelry designer Heather Moore has taken her personalized jewelry to the next level with a bridal line that includes engagement rings and classic or personalized men’s and women’s stamped bands.

These rings are available in 14- and 18-karat yellow, rose and white and green gold, as well as palladium and sterling silver. White, cognac, yellow, black, and pink diamonds would also be incorporated into the designs.

Tentative price points starts at $600 and, depending on the diamond size, can reach upwards of $7,000, with an average price point of $3,000.

“The bridal line was inspired by the fact that over 12 of my employees have gotten married in the last year, and there are about four more down the pipe,” Moore said. “The conversations around the office in the studio are so fun because everyone is talking about weddings, organizing them, creating a new, defined family … all the love that surrounds those comments is so adorable.

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The bridal line launched at the Couture show, took place at an exclusive poolside party held at the Wynn Las Vegas, and the designer said that a lot of her current retailers have already agreed to take on the collection.

What has drawn many retailers is the bridal line’s mix of personalized and non-personalized jewelry which creates options that complement each other. Some of the rings are sold as is while others can be customized with two initials or a date. Some pieces have the full option of personalization, where customers can fill in the blanks.

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The great feature of theses rings is that you can collect rings over time as your anniversaries come and go. The designer said that  “It’s simple, yet totally unique to the customer. Some of (the pieces) have beautiful phrases that are typical in a wedding and then we can also do people’s wedding vows, which is so sweet.”

 

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The Brooch

More often than not, brooches seem to have their phase of coming in and out of the jewelry scene. Although their history is somewhat scattered and shallow much like their often frequent disappearance, their overall purpose is usually mistaken and use misunderstood. Historically, brooches are decorative jewelry which are made of a metal ranging from either silver, bronze, or gold. They are also decorated with enamel of gemstone and meant to be used as a piece to fasten together two pieces of clothing.

Although their use seems somewhat practical, I guess the reason they are hardly every used is because we hardly have any true practical use for them. I’ve noticed their popularity slowly creeping its head recently as more jewelry aficionados such as designers and stars have worn them. Many people whom use brooches, usually uses them as pins on their blouses to convey a message or image of sorts.

This maybe a matter of opinion, but i’ve hardly seen a brooch that can compare to brooches made within an era of popularity. Ive scoured the internet to find some brooches of new and old to clearly make a case for my observation. You be the judge.

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R.Lamour

 

 

Say Yes! A love story

After sharing her wonderful love story, a south Florida woman became the proud owner of an $11,000 pair of Erica Courtney earrings. In the story of the ups and downs of her relationship–including her fiancé’s unique proposal–for Jewelers Mutual’s “Everlasting Love” contest winnings went to her.

To enter this unique contest, contestants were asked to share what everlasting love meant to them on the contest’s website between April 30 and May 21. Americans voted on the entries and narrowed the field to just five finalists. Jewelers Mutual and Courtney herself then chose the winner based on creativity, originality, and representation of everlasting love.

Ariela Yasova shared the story of her and her fiancé Matthew’s relationship in a story titled, “For Better or Worse, We’re Always Together.”

The couple’s courtship began as a long-distance relationship, which then followed with a medical crisis–two members of Matthew’s family were diagnosed with cancer–that led them to the realization of just how strong their relationship was.

A short time later, Matthew took his girlfriend on her fist Ferris wheel ride and when the car got “stuck” at the top, Matthew pulled out his cell phone loaded with music which reminded him of his girlfriend Yasova and then proposed. She said yes.

The couple’s story received over 1,700 views on the contest website and 379 votes, enough to make them a top five finalist and eventually be chosen as the contest winner.

The pair said one of the first things they will do with their new earrings is get them insured.

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R.Lamour

 

 

Gemfields Emerald Trading Blocked

Recently its been reported that the government of Zambia has barred mining company Gemfields Plc from exporting emeralds for its upcoming sale to Singapore, which is scheduled for June 10 to 14. According to the report, the country’s Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Yamfwa Mukanga told Bloomberg by phone on June 1 that selling gemstones outside of Zambia is not permitted and that the government had blocked Gemfields from exporting emeralds last week.

As Per a previously reached agreement with the government, Gemfields already had agreed to hold its April auction in the Zambian capital of Lusaka but planned on holding the June sale in Singapore. As of now the fate of that auction remained unclear as of Wednesday afternoon.

Currently Gemfields owns a 75 percent stake in Zambia’s Kagem Emerald Mine, which accounts for a bulk of the company’s production, the government holds the remaining 25 percent. Gemfields also has a 50 percent interest in the Kariba amethyst mine in Zambia, with the other half belonging to the government, and mines rubies in Mozambique.

Since 2009, all 11 of Kagem’s auctions have taken place outside of Zambia, in India and Singapore, generating a total of $160 million. The Zambian government see’s this as revenue that is not being generated from within the country, thus eventually having a spill over affect which would also boost its economy through tourism and other means.

Gemfields has said that being forced to sell the emeralds in Zambia only would negatively impact revenues and the overall development of the country’s gemstone sector and place Zambian emeralds at a competitive disadvantage worldwide.

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Edgy Jewelry designs

Recently at the Las Vegas JCK jewelry show there was a competition for the edgiest designs. The edgier designers of course ruled the evening at the Couture Design Awards this past Saturday night, with two first-time exhibitors taking home a pair of awards each.

The winners included London-based Tomasz Donocik who won in the category for diamond jewelry above $20,000 as well as in the category of debuting at Couture. Alp Sagnak of Atelier Minyon, a New York-based designer, took home top honors in silver and the coveted people’s choice award.

This year’s Human Spirit Award went to designer David Yurman surprisingly, who insisted he couldn’t accept the award by himself and called to the stage the woman he called his love and his muse, his wife Cybil.

I’ve taken the liberty to feature some of the design winners below.

jckThis ring was made by Tomasz Donocik, whose ring is shown here, he won two Couture Design Awards. This was his first year exhibiting at the show.

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This necklace from Arunashi won for gemstone jewelry above $20,000.

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The winning design in the pearl category was from Mikimoto.

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Schaffrath won the Couture Design Award for platinum with this ring.

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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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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

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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.

 

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29 Carat excitement

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As a jeweler and jewelry blogger, nothing brings about more excitement than the sight of diamonds. I guess it may be a combination of superb marketing or the image of the stones rarity, but overall the fever of diamonds have nonetheless been ingraned in our DNA ‘s as one of the most beautiful stones to acquire. Recently at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong, A D color flawless diamond made history when it set a new price per carat world auction record for a round white diamond. This 28.86-carat round brilliant sold for an astronomical $6.9 million, or $239,352 per carat, at the April 8th sale, which was a figure that significantly topped its pre-sale high estimate of $5.8 million. The stone set a new world auction record for primarily its level of clarity and size. To be able to have a diamond of that proportion and still be nearly flawless is rare for diamonds in general.

I honestly can imagine the buyer of this stone wearing this and having armed security around them just for protection in the event someone is brave enough to try and snatch it away from them. Nevertheless for the price paid and its size, it may just end up in a museum somewhere or wealthy individual’s precious lock box for safe keeping. As favorable the previous options may seem, I strongly believe a diamond of this magnitude and  such beauty should be show cased and allowed to breathe. After all whats the point of having an object with such brilliance and not allowing it to shine?

 

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