Saturday, October 23, 2010

Anne Hathaway on the Cover of Vogue

To me, Anne Hathaway has always had a nostalgic look about her, but never more so than in her photos from the cover of the November issue of Vogue Magazine. Hathaway, star of The Princess Diaries, Brokeback Mountain and the Devil wears Prada, is a vision in diamonds for her photo shoot on location at Maxim's in Paris.

Anne is shown wearing Van Cleef & Arpels diamond drop earrings. Cartier diamond-and-platinum necklace. a Chopard diamond ring and Roger Vivier clutch with crystal buckle. A Boucheron diamond, pink sapphire, and ruby brooch worn as a hair ornament completes the stunning look.

I couldn't help but be reminded of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. The resemblance and total look is uncanny! Festoon necklaces are all the rage this year, but this takes the look to a new dimension.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bvlgari Blue Diamond Sold at Christie's October Sale

Christie's was the place to be this week as excitement mounted in the crowded saleroom during the auctioning of nearly 450 items leading up to the highly-anticipated grand finale of the sale, the sensational two-stone diamond ring known as The Bvlgari Blue.

Auction history was made at Christie's in New York when this diamond, the largest triangular-shaped Fancy Vivid blue diamond ever to appear at auction, sold for $15.7 million. The auction results made this diamond the top jewel sold at auction thus far in 2010.

The fabulous stone, which is mounted as a two-stone diamond ring, was designed in the 1970s by the legendary house of Bvlgari in Rome, and it was the star lot of Christie’s major Jewels: The New York Sale on October 20.

Photo credit Christie's Auction House.

The diamond has an interesting history. It was offered for sale by a private European collector who has kept the ring in his family for almost 40 years. The gentleman had originally purchased the ring at Bvlgari's flagship boutique on Via dei Condotti in Rome in 1972, as a gift for his wife in celebration of the birth of their first child, a baby boy - thus the blue color. The final sale price in 1972 was about $1 million US. Quite an appreciation in price over the 40 years!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Michelle Obama's Latest Statement Necklace

The fashion news for 2010 has been the preponderance of statement necklaces. They are seen on all the red carpet runways. The first lady, Michelle Obama also seems to favor them, which makes their popularity a sure thing, it seems.

She is seen here sporting her latest, a chunky design by Erickson Beamon, which accents her knee-length, draped halter dress from the Donna Karan Collection. She is joined in the photo by Sarah Jessica Parker, also a lover of vintage jewelry, and Dr. Jill Biden at a democratic fundraiser in New York earlier this week.

I prefer festoon statement necklaces to the pendant styles, but this piece still is also lovely. What do you think of the look?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Katerina Musetti - Author, Designer - Juliana Inspired

One of the foremost books on the subject of Juliana jewelry is a reference book by Katerina Musetti called "The Art of Juliana Jewelry." It is a fabulous book, just chock full of photos and information about design elements of the jewelry.

If you collect vintage jewelry, you will be familiar with Juliana jewelry. These pieces make use of fabulous rhinestones and glass cabochons and were made by William DeLizza and Harold Elster during the period from 1947 to the 1990s.

Collectors of Juliana designs know how important design information is, since none of the Juliana pieces were marked on the jewelry - only on hang tags which were often discarded. A true fan of Juliana will need to be well informed to make sure that they are purchasing genuine D & E Juliana pieces.

I've become friends with the author of the book and have been delighted to learn that she is also a designer of jewelry. Katerina works with rhinestones, beads and polymer clay, and her creations are fabulous. Her bead and rhinestone works are jewelry pieces, but the polymer clay designs are lovely vessels and purses which are a feast for the eyes!

Of particular interest to me are her rhinestone designs. One can easily see the Juliana influence. But all of her creations are just fabulous. Here are a few pieces to give you an idea of her talent.

For more information on Katerina's designs, please visit her lovely website - Katerina Musetti Designs.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Endless Pearl Necklaces are back in Stock!

Pearls are one of this years hottest trends in necklaces, thanks partly to the first lady - Michelle Obama's love of them.

One of my best selling necklaces is a lovely single strand which is 120 inches long and is made of glass. The pearls have a fabulous luster and can be worn long and loose in a flapper style, knotted, down the back of a strapless dress or wrapped several times the way it is shown here. The necklace is an endless style with no clasp. Imagine the possibilities for wearing it!

I have the this pearl necklace and many other styles available in white, creamy ivory, or black at my Ruby Plaza Shop - Jewelry Lane, and Carolina Collections at eBay.

This necklace is priced at only $19.99 and you can even make me a close offer for consideration. Here are some photos of the pretty design.

I also have several other styles and colors of glass pearls available at Vintage Jewelry Lane.


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