Trying on necklaces at Christie’s: a love story in pictures

December 18, 2014
By
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As some of you may have gathered by now, trying on jewels at auction previews is a hobby of mine. It’s the ultimate jewelry-shopping experience. The women behind the counter at those previews are always lovely and gracious. Some know quite a lot about the jewelry in the cases, but many are just hired...

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s: jewels, lamps and holiday windows

December 11, 2014
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Tiffany on 5th

Oh, the bustle, the glitter, the animated window displays. Is there anything better than Manhattan at holiday time? Well, maybe  Manhattan with a couple jewelry previews thrown in. I schedule December visits to coincide with the Magnificent Jewels sales at Christie’s or Sotheby’s and...

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8 secrets for buying a woman jewelry (redux)

November 26, 2014
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With the holidays fast approaching, men everywhere are facing that age-old problem: what to get the jewelry-loving women in their lives. Here, some tips from experts – and a few guys who’ve figured it out. 1. Buy what she loves, not what you want...

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Smoking Cartier: a major retrospective on display in Denver

November 17, 2014
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Crocodile necklace Maria Felix (c) Cartier

A glorious retrospective of Cartier jewels opened Sunday at the Denver Art Museum, with 250 rare jewels produced between 1900 and 1975, heyday of that legendary jewelry house. Among...

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7 JAR jewels & world’s 4th largest polished sapphire on the block

November 4, 2014
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JAR Gardenia ring

It’s not the record-breaking 18-piece JAR collection that went on the block last year or the legendary 17 actress Ellen Barkin sold off in 2006, but seven rare jewels...

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Wonder Woman, Skyler White and me: power of the warrior bracelet

October 28, 2014
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I was at a Mexican restaurant not long ago, surrounded by a dozen women sipping margaritas and talking at once. I was wearing my new bracelet, a chain-mail cuff....

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Shoot it and wear it: photographs tell stories (and jokes) in art jewelry

October 21, 2014
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Waterman brooch by Gijs Bakker, 1991,
of copy of a postcard, diamonds, white gold, PVC (collection of Angela Schaefer)

Earliest use of photos in jewelry were locket-style portraits, an extension of the painted miniatures people were wearing by the 17th century. As we saw in part one of...

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Shoot it and wear it: portrait photography in jewelry

October 16, 2014
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"I Am Who They Were" neckpiece, 2011, of 
decal photographs, sterling silver, bronze, optical glass (collection of the artist)

Almost as soon as photography was invented in the 1830s, jewelry makers began to incorporate it. It began with the impulse to wear a replica of someone, living or...

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Opal fever on the Loupe

October 2, 2014
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Oregon crystal opal of 117 carats with botryoidal agate inclusions (private collection)

What would you guess is the most popular gem on The Jewelry Loupe? Diamond, emerald, sapphire? Nope. Opal, according to my blog stats. Could it be I’m stacking the...

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Hiding, cooling, flirting, spying: Ode to the fan

August 26, 2014
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Karl Lagerfeld with fan

The fan represents a tradition that dates to ancient civilization, certainly in Asia. By the 19th century, fans were multifunctional requirements for the well-dressed woman throughout the Western world....

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Famous quotes about diamonds

June 17, 2014
By
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“I never worry about diets," Zsa Zsa Gabor once quipped. "The only carrots that interest me are the carats in a diamond.” Wait, there's more.

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I’ll take Manhattan: gilded New York, then and now

May 5, 2014
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During the first season of Mad Men, Pete Campbell looks out on 1960 Manhattan from the Upper East Side apartment he's about to buy for $30,000 with his wife Trudy.

As Mad Men draws to a close after taking us through a time-travel adventure of 1960s Manhattan, I can’t help drawing parallels to the Manhattan of a century earlier....

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Designers’ holy grail: getting jewelry on celebs, TV, movies

February 18, 2014
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Jennifer Lopez wearing Judith Bright in the movie, The Backup Plan (LupRocks.com)

Ever wonder where costume designers go to find the jewelry they use in movies and television shows? Jessica Cohen is one of the first people many of them contact,...

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Free admission to International Gem & Jewelry shows in 2014

February 4, 2014
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Jewelry lovers – and makers with or without wholesale I.D.s who want gems and beads – can now get free admission to the popular Intergem shows. Founded four decades...

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Heart-shaped jewels on the block

January 14, 2014
By
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A woman has to be sentimental or wildly in love to appreciate heart-shaped jewelry – unless, of course, it’s just utterly fabulous. As it happens, prime examples of the...

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Hendrik Hackl: art from ammonite

January 7, 2014
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Hendrik Hackle gold ring

Ammonites are more than the raw material and focal point of Hendrik Hackl’s art. You might say they’re his muse. Hackl is an artist based in Mannheim, Germany, who...

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15 most popular jewelry tips for the new year

December 19, 2013
By
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Yes, you all like to read about the hot jewelry designers, but the most-read posts on this site are the ones where experts share their secrets. I’m fortunate to...

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Top 10 jewelry designers on the Loupe in 2013

December 17, 2013
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Poppy brooch of diamond, tourmalines, and gold by JAR, 1982 (private collection/photo courtesy Christie’s Images)

What I learned compiling the year’s most-read designer profiles (which come from Google’s own Analytics): • Most of your favorite designers are, or were, expats – including three still...

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More ancient gold jewelry you can buy for $3,000 or less

December 5, 2013
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Carnelian carved with the head of a philosopher mounted in a modern gold setting (est. $3,000-5,000, Christie's NY, Dec. 10, 2013)

A few years ago, we heard from G. Max Bernheimer, head of antiquities at Christie’s, that we can own a piece of ancient gold jewelry for $1,500 to $3,000,...

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Sailing the 4Cs: new dangers to avoid when buying diamonds

December 3, 2013
By
Antoinette Matlins at International Gemmological Conference in London, 2009

Holiday season is one of the most popular times for marriage proposals, so there is some serious ring shopping going on. Anyone who has ever shopped for diamonds, whether...

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On books (jewelry, art, business) and where to put them

June 3, 2014
By
Venetian cat mask faces off with scary Mexican mosaic. Notice also: "100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask" right next to "The Foreclosure Survival Guide."

Let’s talk books, shall we? You may have noticed I write a lot about them here, probably because my favorite kind of book is the latest big, beautiful coffee-table...

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