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The Golden Globes 2019

Jan 07, 2019

Well, I mostly snoozed through the 2019 Golden Globe awards. Actually, I really finished reading a book. Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg tried their best, wonder how Jim Carrey would have been as the host?!BUT...I was thrilled that "Bohemian Rhapsody" won Best Picture and that Rami Malek won for Best Actor in a Drama. He was wonderful and I thought he really nailed the movement and physicality of Freddie…

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Happy Holidays!

Dec 21, 2018

Wishing you all wonderful holidays and a Happy Healthy New Year from Dale Fournier Private Collection!

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Lady Gaga in A Star is Born

Nov 06, 2018

Well, Lady Gaga has been in the news a lot lately. I saw "A Star is Born" recently, the third remake of this Hollywood classic. She was fantastic! So was Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine. The connection on screen between Gaga and Bradley was perfect, as if they had always been a couple. Sam Elliott as Jackson's brother and manager was powerful. Go see it! Speaking of managers..Lady Gaga became…

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That Markle Sparkle

Jun 02, 2018

Well, I am late to the party, but I didn't want the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to pass by without mentioning the beautiful couple and that filigree tiara!Meghan Markle was a picture of serene beauty in her wedding gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller and the perfect tiara. Diamonds set in platinum, it was borrowed from Queen Elizabeth II. The bandeau style tiara was made…

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Zsa Zsa Gabor, Glamour and Diamonds

Apr 20, 2018

Hungarian-American actress Zsa Zsa Gabor's jewels, costumes, and memorabilia, was auctioned off on April 14th by Heritage Auctions. Famous for her glamorous persona, diamonds, and the TV show "Green Acres," Ms. Gabor passed away at the age of 99 in 2016.The most interesting piece of jewelry was her diamond and gold necklace with the word "dah-ling" her most famous saying..The necklace went for $20,000!Her…

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Fred Leighton, The Personal Collection

Apr 13, 2018

Sothebys' NY is featuring "The Jeweler's Eye: The Person Collection of Fred Leighton" on April 18th following its Magnificent Jewels auction.As we in the jewelry trade know, there really was no Fred Leighton. But there was Murray Mondscheim, a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx, who started out selling silver jewelry in the 1960's. He eventually moved to Madison Avenue, before it was known for its high…

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#Oprah2020 Golden Globes

Jan 09, 2018

I must say the 2018 Golden Globes were truly fantastic and surprisingly inspirational this year!The actresses were unified in their mostly black gowns, and the issue of sexual harassment set the tone for the evening, with host Seth Meyers walking the line of funny and poignant.Many of the actors wore pins with the quote "Time's up" to support the new initiative defense fund, to assist victims of sexual…

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Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook Engaged!

Dec 04, 2017

One of my favorite shows, The Big Bang Theory's star Kaley Cuoco is now engaged to her boyfriend Karl Cook. Her diamond engagement ring is a beauty, pear shaped, which is making a comeback.She sure does look happy and surprised!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Engaged!

Nov 27, 2017

Well, another royal wedding coming our way soon! Congratulations to Prince Harry and his fiancée American actress Meghan Markle on their engagement. The Prince designed the three carat cushion cut engagement ring, with two side diamonds that belonged to his mother Princess Diana. Set in yellow gold, it is classic and very pretty to be sure.They look so happy and Meghan is really working that ring…

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The Apollo Blue and Artemis Pink Diamonds at Sotheby's Geneva

May 14, 2017

The Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction on May 16, 2017 should be quite an exciting one. It will take place in Sotheby's Geneva location, and the highlight of the auction has been called, "the most expensive earrings ever put up for sale."Presenting (drum roll please) The Apollo and Artemis diamonds, named for the twin Greek brother and sister.

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The 2017 Oscar Awards

Feb 28, 2017

Well, I fell asleep last night before the 2017 Oscar Awards, Best Motion Picture debacle. But I recorded the show, so I can take it all in later today. I guess these things happen, but WOW. That is quite the screw up. It's not like the category was a less known one...Anyway, the stars looked wonderful and there were, of course some stunners!Not to be so obvious, but Emma Stone was absolutely gorgeous.…

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The 2017 Grammy Awards

Feb 13, 2017

Well, the 2017 Grammy Awards last night were certainly exciting! Beyonce gets my "Necklace Award" of the evening, with her 12 million, Lorraine Schwartz, 400 carat dazzler. Her performance, a tribute to motherhood was sheer spectacle and beauty..Some of my notable moments:Winner Adele, of course, with her show stopping moment while performing her tribute to George Michael. She could start over 10…

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SAG Awards 2017

Feb 03, 2017

Well I am a bit late, but I wanted to name Viola Davis for my pick of best dressed with a fabulous necklace, at the SAG awards. Her dress by Vivenne Westwood was stunning and the bib necklace by Nirav Modi was incredible. Viola was nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role, for Fences, which she won of course. She is incredible actress, just seems to get better and better.Meryl Streep was wearing…

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Golden Globes 2017

Jan 09, 2017

Last night at the Golden Globes 2017, Emma Stone shone bright, while wearing a beautiful blush Valentino pleated gown with stars, and a dazzling Tiffany diamond necklace. The 28 year old actress took the Best Actress in a Motion picture, Comedy or Musical, for her role in "LaLa land." r

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Happy Holidays from Dale Fournier Private Collection

Dec 27, 2016

Hope this Holiday Season 2016 is a jewel of all things antique and vintage!

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Betsy Bloomingdale's Jewels

Dec 01, 2016

Wow, looks a bit like a Christmas wreath doesn't it? This is one of the jewels on the block Dec 7th at Christie's Magnificent Jewels auction. Betsy Bloomingdale was the wife of Alfred Bloomingdale, a world traveler, socialite and philanthropist. She died last summer at the age of 93 years old.This beautiful necklace she owned by Harry Winston is expected to go for $400,000-$600,000. What an elegant…

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Emmys 2016

Sep 19, 2016

Well, the 2016 Emmy's were sort of a snooze for me. But my best dressed for the evening was Sarah Paulson who won for portraying lawyer Marcia Clarke, in the television series, "The People vs O.J.Simpson."Wearing earrings by Wilfredo Rosado and gown by Prada, Sarah looked radiant as she accepted her award. The colors of the gown were gorgeous.I was happy to see that "Game of Thrones" won and also…

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Star Trek's 50th Anniversary!

Sep 08, 2016

Happy 50th Anniversary Star Trek! Who would of thought this TV show from the 1960's would have had such an impact? I am looking forward to the documentary "For the Love of Spock" by Adam Nimoy, on his father Leonard Nimoy, who created the beloved character of Mr. Spock. I was lucky to have met Leonard Nimoy a few times, he was always kind and generous. The film will be at the Tribeca Film Festival,…

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Pippa Middleton's Engagement Ring

Jul 20, 2016

Pippa Middleton recently became engaged to boyfriend James Matthews, a hedge fund manager.Beautiful engagement ring! An asscher cut diamond perhaps?With a slightly vintage feel, so pretty. I wonder if her ring will start an asscher cut trend, what do you think?Doesn't she look happy and radiant?!Congrats to the happy couple!

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Bonhams Edinburgh, Jewelry Auction May 25th

May 12, 2016

The jewelry auction coming up at Bonhams Edinburgh on May 25th has a few gorgeous pieces that caught my eye.A pretty ruby and seed pearl necklace circa 1900Always a classic, this lovely 1.41ct cushion and round brilliant diamond cluster ring. Makes the perfect engagement ring..I wish women would consider wearing pins/brooches more often. This beautiful classic Victorian Crescent Brooch is one that…

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Prince RIP 1958-2016

Apr 21, 2016

Another genius has left us.....

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New! Dale's Custom Initial Ring Designs

Apr 19, 2016

I am very excited to share my news regarding my custom design line of Dale's Initial Rings! They are in script, extremely elegant and can be made in your choice of metal, and with or without diamonds. You can also have the area around the diamonds blackened for more of an antique look.Each design will have an organic flow, not like rings that you might see with an initial simply attached to a band.Pricing…

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Shirley Temple Black's 9.54ct Blue Diamond up for Auction by Sotheby's

Apr 12, 2016

Coming up for auction at Sotheby's on April 19th, is this beautiful 9.54 ct blue diamond, that belonged to child star and US diplomat Shirley Temple Black.Shirley was a famous and amazing child actress and dancer during the depression years, known for her curls and cheery disposition. The stone is a cushion cut, fancy deep blue, VVS2 clarity, and was purchased by her father in 1940, for her 12th birthday…

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Kym Johnson Gets Engaged!

Mar 02, 2016

Kym Johnson of Dancing with the Stars gets engaged to Robert Herjavec

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The Oscar Awards 2016

Feb 29, 2016

Last night's Oscar Awards were interesting especially amid all the controversy and Chris Rock a wonderful host for the most part. Here are my picks for most glam of the evening....Alicia Vikander was shining bright with her win of Best Supporting Actress in the Danish Girl. Wearing a stunning yellow dress by Louis Vuitton. Not to mention those earrings,I thought she looked movie star perfect.Charlize…

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Heart Shaped Diamonds to Celebrate Valentine's Day

Feb 08, 2016

Heart Shaped Diamonds

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Mariah Carey and Billionaire James Packer Engaged!

Jan 23, 2016

Mariah Carey and James Packer are engaged..

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David Bowie, RIP Starman

Jan 11, 2016

David Bowie, RIP Starman

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Golden Globes 2016 Best Dressed

Jan 11, 2016

Some of the most beautiful women at the Golden Globes 2016

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Happy New Year 2016!

Jan 03, 2016

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1890 Sapphire and Diamond Brooch

Dec 11, 2015

1890 Sapphire and Diamond brooch

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Raymond Yard Brooch

Dec 07, 2015

Raymond Yard brooch to be auctioned by the Skinner gallery

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World's Second Largest Diamond Found

Nov 23, 2015

The world's second largest diamond has been found in Botswana by the Lucara Karowe mine.

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The Blue Moon Diamond, Sotheby's Geneva

Nov 11, 2015

The Blue Moon Diamond sells for $48.4 million today

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Celebrate Halloween, with Memento Mori Skull Rings

Oct 28, 2015

Celebrate Halloween, with Memento Mori Skull rings

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Art Nouveau Plique-a-jour Butterflies and Dragonflies

Jul 31, 2015

Celebrating Summer with Art Nouveau butterflies and dragonflies! Plique-a-jour Enameling was one of the most important decorative elements in Art Nouveau (1895-1910) jewelry. It resembles a stained glass window, there is no metal backing and the enamel colors are translucent. It is a difficult technique and the results are fragile. A technique Lalique used in some of his most lovely creations,…

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It's a Tiara!

Jul 21, 2015

As a kid I loved playing dress up, and one of my favorite accessories was my tiara. The top was always breaking off and my mother was always gluing it back on for me.My fascination with tiaras has continued into adulthood. Below is a spectacular one! This Belle Epoque old-cut diamond tiara was part of a large group of exceptional jewels, specially commissioned by Italian jeweler Filippo Chiappe (1863-1936),…

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Caring for your Antique Ring

Jul 12, 2015

Before I send each one of you off to a lifetime of happiness with your antique engagement ring, here are a few things you need to know to care for your ring: Check the engagement ring's prongs.You can do this yourself by holding the ring by your ear and gently shaking it. If you hear rattling take it off and have the prongs checked. In general it is best to have the prongs checked once a year by your…

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Spectacular Diamond

Apr 30, 2015

Lately, I have been providing some beautiful new round brilliant stones and settings for clients.. At the moment I have a spectacular 1.31 F VS2 triple ex, GIA round brilliant diamond, for a great price. If you are interested, send me a message!

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American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards

Mar 27, 2015

The 2015 AGTA Spectrum Awards are always fun, it is a feast for the eyes.  It features natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl creations by the hottest jewelry designers. Here are some of my favorites: These blackened gold cufflinks by Michael Kanner with a center tanzanite and tsavorite garnets. Erica Courtney's whimisical Milky Way Opal drop earrings with paraiba tourmalines. Gregore…

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The Lauren Bacall Auction at Bonhams

Mar 16, 2015

This very pretty ring will be one of the highlights of the Bonhams auction, the Lauren Bacall Collection, at the end of the month. It is by designer Jean Schlumbeger, with amethyst, turquoise and diamonds, and expected to go for $8,000-$12,000.  Although I do think it will bring more than predicted.  Stay tuned!

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Leonard Nimoy, A Jewel of a Person

Mar 03, 2015

As a life long fan, I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Leonard Nimoy.  He was a role model for me, and I join so many other people in mourning this loss. One of my favorite episodes of the Big Bang Theory, was the one where Mr. Spock's voice haunts Sheldon. Truly, a great man who influenced the lives of many.

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Oscar Awards Jewels 2015

Feb 24, 2015

Here are my favorite Oscar 2015 looks in jewelry! Winner Julianne Moore, stunning as usual in her Channel gown and Chopard earrings. Love these antique earrings by Fred Leighton on the talented Meryl Streep. Scarlett Johansson looked splendid with her Swarovski crystal bib necklace.  Beautiful color! Jessica Chastain in a lovely Piaget necklace. Margot Robbie wearing a spectacular Van…

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Victoria's Secret Bejeweled Fantasy Bra 2015

Feb 16, 2015

Always fun, the Victoria Secret jeweled Fantasy Bra, 2015. 

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2015 Golden Globes

Jan 12, 2015

I always look forward to the Golden Globes Awards, and the 2015 show was a spectacle of gorgeous gowns, although I found myself wishing for a bit more in the way of special jewels. While all the stars was glamorous and beautiful, I thought Greer Grammer, Kelsey Grammer's daughter, who was Miss Golden Globes this year was especially enchanting. Loved the pink and gold Lorena Sarbu gown and the earrings…

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Fun Highlights, Skinner Jewelry Auction December 2014

Dec 01, 2014

Happy Holidays! This is one of the highlights of the Skinner auction coming up.  An exquisite Edwardian platinum and diamond earrings by Cartier.  10.50 total carat weight with old mine and old euro cuts.  Oh Santa, these are for me! $100,000-$150,000 auction estimate

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The World of Opals, Bonhams Auction 2014

Nov 16, 2014

I have always been fascinated by opals, a stone which is known as a "phenomenal" gem in the gemological community. Here are some beautiful opals, up for auction at Bonhams LA on November 24.  Quite different from the commerical grade stones you might see in the mall!  What makes opals special are the sub microscopic spheres stacked in a grid like pattern, which create the play-of-color phenomenon.  Here…

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Diamond Halloween Costume

Oct 29, 2014

Okay, I think I have heard of everything now!  This Halloween costume is 1.6 million and covered in diamonds. So what if you can't see where you are going? Everyone will come to you.  Maybe add a black scarf for a touch of Goth.

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Blue Moon Diamond

Oct 16, 2014

The amazing "Blue Moon Diamond" will be on exhibit at the Natural History Museum of LA from September 13-January 6, 2015.  This 12 carat cushion cut diamond, is fancy vivid blue and internally flawless.  A sight to behold!  Go see..

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Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney Wed

Sep 28, 2014

Well, actor George Clooney finally tied the knot! His new wife, lawyer Amal Alamuddin, is beautiful and classy, and she does not take a single bad photo. Kind of reminds me of Jackie O.While her engagement ring is not an antique or vintage, it is definitely wow and as stunning as she. I think this is my favorite "not an antique ring" look!Here is to wishing her the best of luck as Mrs. George Clooney.

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Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century

Sep 25, 2014

For those of you in the Denver area, don't miss this exhibit, "Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century."  It will display jewels, time pieces, and precious objects created by Cartier from 1900 to 1975, and will include loans from museums and private collections from around the world. November 16th to March 15th at the Denver Art Museum. Now this is my kind of clock!

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Gorgeous and Glamorous Brooches and Pins, Bonhams Auction June 17th 2014

Jun 11, 2014

Bonhams in NYC has a wonderful auction on June 17th 2014, featuring lots of brooches and pins in the finest craftmenship. I am not much of a brooch/pin person, but these pins are little works of art! This turquoise diamond and garnet bird brooch is by Ruser, one of the most sought after jewelers in Hollywood in the 1950's and 1960's.  He later merged with Van Cleef and Arpels in 1969 where he began…

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The Blue

May 16, 2014

This incredible diamond just sold at a Christie's International auction recently. Called "The Blue" it is a fancy vivid blue, flawless pear shaped diamond of 13.22 ct.  This beauty sold for $24.2 million. Who bought it?  Harry Winston (Brand) of course!

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2014 Met Gala, Best Jewels!

May 06, 2014

Here are my favorite picks for jewelry and glamour at the 2014 Met Gala, honoring the designer Charles James.  Fred Leighton ruled the evening as far as exquisite jewels. Allison Williams wearing a Oscar de la Renta gown and Fred Leighton jewels.  Love the laurel leaf necklace and the fact that she wore stud earrings as well. Taylor Swift in a blush satin Oscar de la Renta gown and Lorraine…

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Auction Excitement at Sotheby's 2014

Apr 28, 2014

It is auction time!  Here are three very important jewels on the block April 29th 2014, at Sotheby's NY. This 28.18ct square emerald cut, kashmir sapphire and diamond baguette ring is by Oscar Heyman and Brothers.  The velvety color is amazing, I think it is the most beautiful sapphire I have ever seen.  It is expected to go for $4-5 million. Here we have a fancy intense, orange-pink 15.23ct…

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The Best Jewelry and Fashion Glam-The Oscar Awards 2014

Mar 02, 2014

Here are my 2014 Oscar Awards favorites, the best of glam and jewels on the red carpet. It was a long show, but Ellen DeGeneres was spot on, and I loved the pizza moment. Also, I really enjoyed the moving performances by Bette Midler and Pink.Sandra Bullock was sheer Hollywood glamour in Alexander McQueen. I loved the earrings by Lorraine Schwartz, simple and elegant.Jennifer Lawrence in Dior and…

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Issac Lamb's Epic Marriage Proposal

Feb 08, 2014

  This marriage proposal is truly epic and remarkable.  Having been a part of the dance and performing arts community for years, I can imagine the amount of work that went into this proposal. So good, it almost makes me not even care what the engagement ring looked like! But hopefully, it was a nice antique or vintage ring.  Now that would be icing on the proposal cake.    

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A Victorian St. Valentine's Day

Feb 07, 2014

As St. Valentine's Day approaches, I am reminded of the romantic and sentimentality of the Victorian era. The flowers... The handwritten notes.. and the jewelry of course!    

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Holiday Season with Gemstones 2013

Dec 21, 2013

Hope that you all are enjoying this holiday season.  As I am running around, in the cold and sticking my hands in and out of my oven, and being cozy by the fireplace, I am reminded that certain gemstones are sensitive to sudden temperature care.  Opal is one in particular to keep in mind, they can crack easily.  Here is a list of gemstones to wear with care:Blue topaz, different varieties of garnet,…

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At Auction Today, Bohams Rare Pear Shaped Diamond

Dec 09, 2013

Today on the auction block, Bohams NY will offer a 17.82 ct pear shaped diamond.  The exceptional stone is D color and VS1 in clarity and is a Type 11a, which is very rare, less than 2% of all diamonds fit into this catagory. This means the diamond is almost pure carbon with very little nitrogen or boron in the stone.  Expected to go for $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 it would be one hell of a Christmas…

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Happy Halloween 2013

Oct 31, 2013

Happy Halloween Everyone! When I was a kid, I was terrified of spiders.  Here is a wonderful pair of diamond spider web brooches by Bulgari....not very scary at all..

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Victoria's Secret Bejeweled Bra 2013

Oct 28, 2013

Victoria's Secret recently unveiled its Fantasy Bra for 2013.  It is adorned with 4200 gemstones including rubies, diamonds, yellow sapphires, and a 52ct pear shape ruby.  The bra is made in 18kt yellow gold, by Mouawad and valued at $10 million! This year the lucky model will be Angel Candice Swanepoel, and she will be featured in the Victoria's Secret catalogue as well as the Victoria's Secret Fashion…

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Burma Blue Baby!

Sep 25, 2013

Here is my favorite of the upcoming New York City auction at Bonhams in October.  An Art Deco Burma sapphire and diamond ring by Grogan, circa 1925.  The sapphire is 9.94 carats and it has that velvety rich blue color for which Burma sapphires known.  Gaze for a while and I am sure you will find it hypnotic!

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Fall Jewelry Auctions 2013

Sep 11, 2013

It is hard to believe, but fall is on its way and so are many exciting jewelry auctions. Skinner Auction house in Boston just had an auction yesterday, and I was admiring this sweet antique diamond flower brooch, just lovely.       Sotheby's always has wonderful vintage pieces, here are a few of my favorites:     The dog is by Rene Boivin and is French of course with an articulated torso…

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Kelly Osbourne's Diamond Engagement Ring

Jul 21, 2013

Presenting Kelly Osbourne's new diamond engagement ring, which she designed to look like an earring that belonged to her dad, Ozzy.  This contemporary engagement ring is totally not my style, along with those pointy nails.  And the diamond is looking pretty cloudy.  But perhaps she is one of those women that doesn't take off her ring during a manicure and rubs lotion all over the diamond. In any…

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Glamour and Jewels, the Tony Awards-2013

Jun 10, 2013

Last night was an exciting one at the 2013 Tony Awards in New York City.  Neil Patrick Harris was wonderful as the host of the show, truly an amazing talent. I was rooting for Pippin, and it won Best Revival of a Musical.  It is a show that I love, and went to see at least three times, years ago.  Ben Vereen was incredible, so I was really wondering how Patina Miller would play the role that he…

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Savannah Guthrie's Engagement Ring

May 13, 2013

While in my morning coma, drinking coffee this morning and channel surfing the news, I noticed a diamond engagement ring on Savannah Guthrie's finger.  She was assisting a chef who was preparing fish on the Today Show, which I don't watch much anymore.  I really liked Ann Curry, so when they got rid of her, given how I feel about screaming crowds early in the morning, it was an easy decision. But…

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The Great Gatsby and Art Deco Jewels

May 06, 2013

The latest version of the movie The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan is coming out on May 10th.  I am really looking forward to the costumes and jewelry design! So far the reviews are not wonderful, but some of the jewels are, as you can see in this photo.  Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan is wearing the Savoy Headpiece by Tiffany, with cultured freshwater pearls and 25.04 carats…

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Sotheby's Spring Auction 2013

Apr 16, 2013

Tomorrow's Magnificant Jewels auction at Sotheby's NY, will feature a breathtaking 74 carat pear shaped diamond.  The "wearable" D VVS1 diamond is expected to go for $9-$12 million.  As for me, I am much more interested in the (revolving) square emerald cut diamond ring at a mere 21.46 carats.  Afterall, I do have small hands!

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Napoleon and Josephine's Antique Engagement Ring

Apr 01, 2013

The Osenat auction house in Fontainebleau, France recently sold the antique diamond and sapphire engagement ring given to Josephine de Beauharnais by Napoleon Bonparte for 1.7 million.  The gold ring's diamond and sapphire weigh just under a carat each.  Hmmm, is that why the presale estimate was only $13,000 to $20,000? Really, what were they thinking?!   The setting is called "toi et moi"  (you…

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Art Deco Spring

Mar 27, 2013

With Spring so close, but still out of reach, I have been looking for a way to beat the blahs... What do I need?  Some bejeweled glamour from the Art Deco Era! Perhaps some diamond dress clips?     Best with some ruby spring color, wouldn't you agree?      

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The Oscar Jewels 2013

Feb 24, 2013

Here are some of my favorite jewelry moments of last night's Oscar Awards. As you know, I get very excited if a movie star has the nerve to wear a necklace, it seems to be an over the top statement for some reason. Those little dainty earrings look lonely to me...Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain looked beautiful and glamorous. For me, the Academy Awards are all about the glam! The dresses…

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Celebrate the Year of the Snake with Victorian Jewelry!

Feb 09, 2013

In the Victorian Era, the snake represented eternal love and infinity.  When Queen Victoria became engaged to Prince Albert, her engagement ring was in the shape of a snake, how romantic!   Some beautiful serpent motive jewelry for your enjoyment...    

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SAG 2013 Jewelry Awards

Feb 02, 2013

Well, I am a bit late but here are some of my favorite necklaces and jewels worn at the 2013 SAG Awards...enjoy! Jennifer Lawrence, I love that she isn't afraid to bejewel herself with both earrings and a necklace by Chopard, as did Marion Cotilland. Below, Amanda Seyfried in a lavender jadeite and diamond necklace by Lorraine Schwartz, very Art Deco. Jessica Chastain is pure elegance wearing…

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Golden Globes 2013 Jewelry Awards

Jan 14, 2013

What better way to start off 2013 than with the Golden Globes Awards and gorgeous jewelry! Here are my votes for the most fabulous jewels of the evening... Jessica Alba wearing Harry Winston and for daring to wear a necklace. Her gown is beautiful as well. Tina Fey looking breathtaking wearing Fred Leighton earrings Amy Poehler wearing a Chopard necklace.. Jessica Chastain wearing Harry…

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Holiday Sparkle and Cheer at Sotheby's

Dec 12, 2012

There was much excitement yesterday, as Sotheby's NY auctioned a 6.54 ct  fancy intense pink diamond ring from the collection of Evelyn H. Lauder, to benefit breast cancer research.  It sold for $8.59 million as part of the Magnificent Jewels auction.  Wow, is all I can say.The internally flawless pink stone, was graded fancy intense pink by the GIA.  Most pink diamonds will have a grading of SI…

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Boucheron Magic

Nov 29, 2012

Boucheron Jewelers was founded in 1858 in Paris by Frederic Boucheron.  This prestigious jewelry house's clients over the years have included royality and movie stars.  The craftmanship is true artistry! Their website is very nice and I found this fasinating video showing the creation of a necklace from conception to finish.  You might want to play it a few times as I did! http://us.boucheron.com/en_us/the-creations/high-jewelry/l-artisan-du-reve/bouquet-d-ailes.html              

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PSY and MC Hammer "Gangnam Style"

Nov 19, 2012

Last night I caught the end of the American Music Awards 2012.  Just in time!  MC Hammer and PSY the Korean rap sensation were performing "Gangnam Style."  PSY (otherwise known as Park Jae-sang) just fascinates me, watching him move is incredible, he is a bolt of energy. Funny, entertaining and charismatic all in one package. In short for me, this guy is one big sparkle.   Here he is...PSY Also…

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Auction Time in NYC

Sep 12, 2012

The fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  September means auction time, and here in NYC there are so many.  Here are just a few beautiful lots to be had at Sothebys.   14.35 ct Emerald and Diamond Ring     Emerald, Diamond and Platinum Lavalliere, circa 1930     Tiffany and Company, Diamond and Platinum Bandeau, circa 1915   8.09 ct Cushion cut Sapphire, Emerald and Diamond…

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Plique-à-jour Jewelry

Jul 20, 2012

These long summer days with lovely bright light remind me of Plique-à-jour jewelry.  This enameling technique used in jewelry during the Art Nouveau period was popular, and used by such artists as Rene Lalique. Plique-à-jour is French for "letting in daylight."  The enamel was applied in cells, but without backing, so that the light can shine through the transparent or translucent enamel.  It has…

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Jane Austen's Antique Ring for Auction

Jul 07, 2012

This natural turquoise ring is going to be sold by the Austen family at the Sotheby's auction house in London on July 10th. It will be auctioned with a note, dated 1863, written by Eleanor Austen to her niece Caroline Austen.  The estimate is $30,000-$46,000. Personally, I think the price is crazy, and it would be so much nicer if the family donated it to a museum for all to enjoy. But it will be…

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Patriotic July 4th Jewelry

Jul 02, 2012

Here are some little jewels for showing your patriotism this July 4th! All by the fabulous Oscar Heyman and Brothers Company of New York City  

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Summer Solstice Sparkle

Jun 20, 2012

Happy Summer Solstice!  Even though it is pretty hot, I hope you are enjoying the extra daylight.  Get out there and sparkle on your bicycle if you own one!

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Jewels at the Tony Awards

Jun 11, 2012

Here are some of my favorite jewels from last night's 66th Tony Awards: Cynthia Nixon's Fred Leighton Victorian earrings Honestly, who is more fetching than Bernadette Peters?!  Here she is in Donna Karan.  Her earrings were gorgeous, by David Webb. Love this necklace on Jessica Chastain which I believe is Harry Winston.  Gotta say the Mario Schwab dress is well, distracting. Linda Lavin…

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The Glitz and the Glamour-66th Tony Awards Show

Jun 10, 2012

I am looking forward to the glitz and the glamour, of the 66th Tony Awards Show, tonight at the Beacon Theater in New York City. There is nothing like live theater here in NYC and I do try to get to as many shows as possible.  So tonight, I will be cheering for my favorite performers, and keeping an eye out for gorgeous jewels!  Not to mention the gowns.. Hosting the show will be Neil Patrick Harris…

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Priscilla Chan-Zuckerberg's Ruby Engagement/Wedding Ring

May 24, 2012

Here is a first look at Priscilla Chan's wedding ring from hubby Mark Zuckerberg.  Nice choice going with ruby!  I can't make out the shape, is it round?  Hmm... Must be a very fine ruby, no lead filled rubies for Priscilla I am sure!    

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Barbra Streisand at Brooklyn Barclays Center!

May 21, 2012

Today I was lucky enough to score tickets to see Barbra Streisand's concert at the Barclays Center.  I remember going to the Rene Lalique sale at Sotheby's in December 2005, which was part of their Magnificent Jewels auction.  Imagine my delight when I saw: Lot 330Provenance The Barbra Streisand Collection of 20th Century Decorative and Fine Arts, Christie's New York, March 3, 1994, lot 74 I…

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The Murat Pearl and Diamond Tiara

May 18, 2012

Another noble highlight of the Sotheby's Geneva auction, was The Murat Tiara, which sold for $3,872,875 after an 11-minute telephone bidding war. Created by French jeweler Joseph Chaumet in 1920, the tiara was commissioned for the wedding of Prince Alexandre Murat and Yvonne Gillois. One of the largest known natural pearls, weighing 303.37 grains (about 75.84 carats) is the center stone of the rare…

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The Beau Sancy Diamond at Sotheby's

May 01, 2012

On May 14th and 15th Sotheby's Geneva will auction the famous Beau Sancy Diamond.  The 34.98 carat diamond is the property of the Royal House of Prussia, with provenance dating back to Marie de Medici.  The auction estimate is $2-4 million dollars.  It is a beautiful old cut and I can't wait to see what it goes for! Here is a photo of her Royal Highness wearing the Beau Sancy as the focal point of…

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Angelina's Engagement Ring

Apr 13, 2012

Brad and Angelina are now engaged!  So, of course we want to see the Ring!! Here are the photos that I have found so far.  A classic emerald cut diamond, just beautiful. I thought the engagement ring Brad had designed for Jennifer was...ugly.  There I said it. Much better this time around, with an Art Deco feel. I already see a buzz on the web regarding it being copied.  Kind of difficult, unless…

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Titanic and Antique Jewelry Revisited

Apr 11, 2012

Well, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is coming up and the re-release of the movie with Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.  I have seen the original movie several times, mostly because I am intrigued by the costumes and antique jewelry of that era.  But when things go awry, the glamour and pageantry over, and the ship starts sinking I tend to shut it off. But for years I have…

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Best 2012 Oscar Jewels

Feb 27, 2012

There is never enough jewelry on the stars in my humble opinion.  Not that they need to look like Christmas trees!  But I did see many unadorned ears and necks.  This is the Academy Awards!  My version of the Super Bowl.  Glamour is so lacking these days, so I need to get my fix at least once a year. My biggest question is….who decided that a strapless gown means a naked neck?  This is a trend that…

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When was the last time you had your ring prongs checked?

Jan 02, 2012

Especially if you wear your ring everyday, as most of us do, take the time to first examine your ring yourself.  If you hold it by your ear and shake it, if the stone is loose you might hear it rattling in the setting.  Or you can gently attempt to move the stone with your nail and see if there is any movement. Of course, you should have your jeweler examine it at least once a year. Recently, …

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Beyonce's Diamond Shoes

Dec 31, 1969

Okay, just when I think I have heard of everything! Diamond Princess Constellation Stilettos.  In either platinum or 18kt gold, your choice, by British designer Christopher Michael Shellis.  Lifetime guarantee of course! 1300 diamonds.  Price tag $311,000 Beyonce just bought a pair for her newest video.  With the heaviness of the metal I am thinking she will be lounging in a chaise. Or maybe it…

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