When it comes to gift-giving, we know the struggle all too well — how do you find the perfect item your mother, sister, or friend will wear year-round, that also shows how well you know them? Instead of taking a gamble, try out Blue Nile’s Leave Nothing to Chance app, which searches the e-tailer’s jewelry category to pull the best results to flatter every personality. Simply answer a series of witty lifestyle-based questions about the recipient (or yourself, no judgement!), and the tool uses those results combined with Facebook data to find a variety of sparklers they’re sure to love. We thought the results were pretty accurate when we tried it out for ourselves, and we especially loved the wide range of items at every price point. You’ll have the option to share your results on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest to serve as a subtle hint, and even better, you’ll be entered to win a three-carat diamond tennis bracelet if you try out the tool before December 23. Head over to bluenile.com now to see the app in action.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new Jewels by JAR exhibit, a retrospective of more than 400 works by Paris-based fine jewelry designer Joel A. Rosenthal, opened last week, and we couldn’t be more intrigued. The artist—originally from New York City—has worked under the name JAR for more than thirty-five years, and is known for his sculptural designs in vibrant colors and shading created by a special pavé technique. The newly opened exhibit is the first retrospective in the United States of his work, and the first exhibit at The Met devoted to a contemporary artist of gems. Rosenthal, who once said, “we are not afraid of any materials,” uses metals as strong as platinum and as lightweight as aluminum as bases for his creations, and experiments with a variety of forms, designs, and themes.
What makes these jewels exhibit-worthy? Each JAR piece is unique and three-dimensional. The other half of the JAR team, Pierre Jeannet, notes Rosenthal’s extreme perfectionism when it comes to his work. “At every step of the making of a piece, he checks and corrects. And if at the end his eye is not happy, we destroy the piece,” he said. “But the piece, finished, is not yet at home; his last look is to see that the jewel has gone to the right lady. Then he sighs, his work is done.” Jewels by JAR is open now until March 9, 2014 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Visit metmuseum.org for tickets and further information.
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It wasn’t just her stunning Christian Dior Couture gown that caught our eye at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere in Italy; it was also the elegant, diamond-encrusted gold cuff glittering from Jennifer Lawrence’s right hand. We called out the popularity of skinny cuffs earlier this year, and it looks as though the statement-making trend has migrated South, down from arms to palms, with JLaw spearheading the movement. The one wrapped around her hand is the Ana Khouri stem hand bracelet dotted with 1.50-carats of pave diamonds. If you have $21,050 to spare (we wish!), you can scoop up the rose gold version at net-a-porter.com. And if you don’t, that’s ok—just commit this trend to memory because we predict hand bracelets will be the next big thing.
Jennifer Tilly Tells Us About Her Beautiful Baubles on Display in “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond” Exhibition in San FranciscoSep 26, 2013 @ 1:50 pm
It’s no secret Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Tilly is a champion poker player. What you may not know is that she also is a world-class jewelry collector. Inspired by the glamorous pieces movie stars owned in the past, Tilly has invested in serious jewelry ever since she started receiving serious paychecks.
After making Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, a film in which she rebukes her gangster boyfriend’s jewelry gift with the hilarious line—“Black pearls? They probably come from defective oysters!”—Tilly bought a strand. The actress also purchased a stunning gold and sapphire ring from the gorgeous selection of Luna Felix jewels she flaunted in the Jim Carrey comedy Liar, Liar. Over the years, she has continued to pick up masterworks with impressive provenances, like a bejeweled evening bag that once belonged to the Duchess of Windsor and a jaw-dropping pair of JAR earrings from actress Ellen Barkin’s collection sold at auction in 2006. “A lot of beauty in jewels is the story behind them,” says Tilly.
The most fabled item in her jewelry box is a Bulgari brooch from Elizabeth Taylor’s legendary collection. Like any great gambler, Tilly enjoyed the thrill ride of acquiring it during Taylor’s 2011 estate sale at Christie’s in New York. Click through the slide show for the great story behind the Taylor treasure, and Tilly’s other incredible Bulgari jewels that will be among the 150 pieces on display in “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond” at the de Young Museum in San Francisco from September 21, 2013 through February 17, 2014.
Grammy-winning songstress Estelle has collaborated on a jewelry collection with Lita Asscher of Royal Asscher, and InStyle has your first look! To Estelle, the collection represents the evolution of her own style and taste. It embodies where the singer is now, living in New York City as a “classier, more elegant” version of herself, she told InStyle. Featuring floating diamonds, sapphires, and mixed metals, the line puts a unique spin on fine jewelry. Royal Asscher has long been a red-carpet favorite for the singer (she wore them at the Grammys this year), so the collaboration was a natural fit. “I’m an accessory freak,” she stated. However, jewelry in particular is what she’s most passionate about, and the songstress prefers pieces that can be mixed and still make sense without becoming overwhelming. “I’m a big fan of layering,” she said, but “I don’t just stack to stack.” With cohesiveness in mind, they centered the collection around geometric shapes – triangles, squares, and circles – but made them fresh by adding unexpected details like floating diamonds and oxidized metal. Estelle’s favorite piece, the eye-shaped pendant (pictured above), which features a spinning globe filled with diamonds for the pupil. Her jewelry motto? “Look at yourself in the mirror before you walk out, and the one thing that’s piling up that looks crazy, take it off.” The collection will be available on royalasscher.com next month.
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Jewelry designer Kendra Scott has made a name for herself in crafting bold, affordable gemstone pieces from rings to necklaces, alluring the likes of Hollywood including Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba (who is also nominated for a Social Media Award), and more. Now for the first time ever, Scott is dipping her hand into high-end jewelry with her new Kendra Scott Luxe Collection with Neiman Marcus. “Luxe takes what people love most about Kendra Scott to a level that is truly unparalleled with avant-garde design, elevated techniques and natural stones,” Scott told InStyle.com exclusively. “Each piece in the collection is designed as a seasonless, special-occasion worthy statement piece with collector’s appeal.” The line features over 15 styles of rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings with gemstones—which have never been used in Kendra Scott Jewelry collections—like moonstone and black tourmaline sourced from Scott’s travels to Asia. The stones are designed around the brand’s namesake metal design work but with more intricate detailing with branch, feather, and nest designs. The Kendra Scott Luxe Collection ranges from $175 to $1,000 and will be available at Scott’s stores, kendrascott.com, and neimanmarcus.com starting November 22nd. If you can’t wait till then, click below to get the exclusive first look at the new collection!
What happens when you can’t decide on a wedding band style? Sometimes you just go for two! That’s exactly what Kate Bosworth did for her nuptials to director Michael Polish, enlisting the team at Ocappi. Haki Abehsera, creative director of the fine jewelry retailer, tells us that while the first band boasts 18 brilliant baguette diamonds, it was designed with a slim profile to complement her 1920s engagement ring. “She expressed how much she loved her engagement ring and how she wanted something to accompany it without taking too much attention away from it,” he explains. The second, however, features 12 larger baguette diamonds and has…a little more oomph. “Michael mentioned that maybe we should do something with 12 stones representing each month of the year. That’s where we decided not to be subtle and how ring number two was created,” Abehsera adds. We love that the groom helped in the design process—we predict these will be pinned by many an upcoming bride.
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Julianne Hough was all over Los Angeles last week — out at Chateau Marmont, leaving the gym, taking off at LAX Airport — wearing this eye-catching bauble. The ring is by Aviva Rose Jewelry, a line created by Chicago-area designer Pamela Cohen, and it features blue moonstone with a diamond leaf embellishment on a rose gold setting. The piece was originally picked out for Hough rather than by Hough, thanks to her stylist Anita Patrickson. But the triple threat singer, actress and dancer loved it so much, she had to keep it for looks beyond the red carpet. If you need one, too, scoop up yours for $300; visit avivarosejewelry.com for store locations or call 847-287-2246 to order.
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