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Rare Egyptian Revival Jewels to be up for sale this December

Rare Egyptian Revival Jewels to be up for sale this December

“As my eyes adjusted to the light, the details of the room slowly emerged from the mist, strange animals, statues and gold – gold glitter everywhere. For a moment—and it must have seemed like an eternity to the others who stood by—I was speechless with astonishment, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to bear the strain any longer, asked anxiously, “Do you see anything?” – I could only say: “Yes, amazing things.”

Howard Carter

“Glitter of gold everywhere.” This is what Howard Carter’s eyes saw when he first discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, and the moment remains one of the most breathtaking archaeological discoveries in history. It also marks a turning point in jewelry design. Carter’s finds were the direct inspiration for the Egyptian Art Deco Revival, a period of bold and unusual designs that combined Art Deco geometric lines and a palette of diamonds and onyx with Egyptian iconography such as the scarab and phoenix, and stones such as turquoise, lapis lazuli and cornelian. Pieces from this period, from houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Boucheron, remain among the most collectible on the market.

Castellani, micromosaic brooch.
Castellani, micromosaic brooch.

But, as the jewelers note, this was not the first Egyptian revival, and most likely not the last. This December, the Sothebys exhibition and auction offer a brilliant and sparkling reminder of when, how and why “Egyptomania” captured our imagination. Items from the earlier Egyptian revival of the 19th century, sparked by Napoleon’s campaigns, explorations of the Rosetta Stone, the Louvre exhibition of research and excavations by Auguste Mariette, and then the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, will be on display in New York from November 30 and then sold at auction Sothebys Magnificent Jewels Sale December 7th.

Castellani, necklace in gold, soapstone, faience and micromosaics from the Egyptian Renaissance.
Castellani, necklace in gold, soapstone, faience and micromosaics from the Egyptian Renaissance.

Unique items from the personal collection of the 19th century goldsmith Castellani, whose Egyptian-style necklaces and brooches are more likely to be found in museums than at auctions, will be on display. And a beautiful example of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s bold look, a lapis lazuli, turquoise and carnelian necklace inspired by a personal trip to Egypt in 1908. This selection of rare Egyptian jewelry provides the general public with an insight into how history, archeology and travel have influenced jewelry design, as well as the rare opportunity to own one of these pieces.

Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co, Egyptian Revival gold and colored stone necklace.
Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co, Egyptian Revival gold and colored stone necklace.

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Piaget’s latest watch and jewelry line was inspired by Manhattan, Negroni and other classic cocktails

Solstice watches

In their latest collection of watches and jewelry, Piaget has relaxed a little, inspired by cocktails. Autumn is in the yard, but the Swiss company chose summer to create a new Solstice collection. Inspired by the rich colors of cocktails, the collection is more literally reflected in pieces such as a watch face adorned with limes or a ring with a piece of fruit encrusted with precious stones.

Solstice Piaget rings
Solstice Piaget rings

Composed primarily of cocktail rings, the line is based on a colorful assortment of gems arranged to evoke our favorite cocktails, Negroni, Manhattan, Gin Fizz and Mimosa. Piaget blends an effervescent blend of chrysolite, citrine, tourmaline and indicolite, adds a few diamonds and swirls them together in a whimsical design.

Working on the dial of the Piaget Solstice watch
Working on the dial of the Piaget Solstice watch

“The challenge is to maximize Piaget’s boldness and sharpness by creating pieces that express the brand’s joyful side,” says Christophe Bourri, Piaget’s Global Director of High Jewelery. Semi-precious stones are the best way to express this and also recreate vibrant colors in special cocktails.” Each piece is a kind of fantasy, not a formal, classic piece with sapphire, rubies or emeralds. They are funny”.

Piaget Solstice Collection
Piaget Solstice Collection

Fun but not easy to create. As more and more brands compete to serve a growing client base of affluent buyers who expect the best of the best, the competition to acquire the world’s finest gemstones is getting fiercer, Burri said. “The nightmare is finding the stones,” he says. “The market is under enormous pressure not only from big jewelry brands like Cartier, Bulgari and Graff that are getting bigger and bigger, but also from fashion brands that are increasingly into jewelry like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel and Gucci. We’re all in competition to see who can buy the best gems, and that’s not something that can be produced. These are gifts from the earth,” says Burri. “We have a team of seven in-house gemologists looking for the finest gemstones, three of which focus solely on centerstones. We have focused on the highest quality for the simple reason that we want to position ourselves at the highest level of jewelry quality. This is what we will be different from others, because we will never be more.”

Piaget Solstice earrings
Piaget Solstice earrings

For the Solstice collection, the gems had to best reflect the colorful ingredients of the cocktails featured in the design: grenadine (pink sapphires), mint leaves (emeralds), sprinkled sugar (diamonds), ice cubes (rough diamonds), bourbon (brown diamonds) and slices. lime (chrysolite).

Piaget Solstice watch dial
Piaget Solstice watch dial

The watches presented in the collection are a cocktail on the wrist. The dial features lime wedges and mint leaves floating in a white liquid laced with diamond ice cubes. This is a collaboration between Anita Porsche, Switzerland’s leading enamel maker, and Dutch master engraver Dick Steenman. Against a background of sculpted mother-of-pearl, Steenman engraved the contours of lime slices and mint leaves. Anita Porsche then applied a palette of translucent enamels to bring the limes and mint leaves to life. Porsche’s work is featured on another dial, the Festive Sharing watch, which features a light pastiche of lemons, limes, flowers and leaves using champleve, paillonne and miniature painting. The third clock, Gleaming Savor, is a starry night and cocktail time composition created by French marquetry artist Rose Saneuil using 177 individually carved pieces of straw, sycamore wood and elytra (beetle wings). The bezel is set with baguette-cut diamonds reversed to create a diffused light effect.

Piaget solstice ring in the making
Piaget solstice ring in the making

Once a year, Piaget releases a unique collection of 50-100 pieces called the Creative collection. Each of them can take five years to create, which is largely dependent on the search for gems, so work is underway on several at once. “In our time, it takes even longer,” says Burri, “because you also need to comply with the requirements of sustainable development.”

Piaget was founded in 1874 and began as a manufacturer of watch movements, and then as a manufacturer of its own watches, mainly ceremonial and jewelry. “Piaget’s experience in making jewelry watches led customers to order jewelry without watches, and around the 1960s, the house started making pieces for jewelry only,” Burri explains. “At first it was just a side business and then maybe 20 years ago we started making real collections.”

The annual Creative Collection is usually presented at special salons and private events. In the 1970s, when Yves Piaget brought his design style to the business (he created the flagship Polo watch collection) and brought his social connections to the brand, Piaget gained wide popularity among celebrities, who became known as the “Piaget society”. Today, in an era of growing groups of collectors, Piaget is resurrecting this concept among its loyal customers. “Our Piaget Society is a creative movement,” Burri says. “It was social before the advent of social media, it is a joyful group of jewelry and watch lovers, people in front of or behind the camera, cultural leaders, trailblazers and contemporary beauties. When they meet, it’s like finding a home away from home for people with common interests who live boldly but elegantly and who dare to be rare. Their collective energy has a unique power.”

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Graff presents designs with motifs of butterflies and wildflowers

Graff has introduced new models with motifs of butterflies and wild flowers, made of yellow and rose gold.

Graff pendants and rings "Butterfly"

For the Butterfly motif, the collection features the angular shape of butterfly wings in 18-karat yellow and rose gold. On the largest of the two gold pendants, the wings are outlined with pavé diamonds.

In the Wildflower motif, each new hand-crafted gold petal unfurls and the large pendant is set with Pavé diamonds.

Graff Rings  "Wild flower"

Anna-Eva Gueffroy, Graff Design Director, said: “As designers, we asked ourselves: how can we translate into gold what works so well in diamonds? By preserving the realistic dimension of these treasures and embellishing them with elegant details, each piece shines with the simplicity and beauty that only Graff has.”

Bracelets GRAFF wild flower
Graff rings - wild flower

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VRAI launches Devotion and Tapered Baguette rings

Jewelry company Vrai has announced the release of customizable diamond rings, including the Tapered Baguette and Devotion ring, which “reflect the diversity of love.”

The recently released Tapered Baguette is part of Vrai’s Three Stone engagement ring collection. The lines frame the two side stones that support the central diamond. It is available in 10 shapes.

Meanwhile, the Devotion bracelets are made up of an array of sustainable diamonds made in a zero-emissions Vrai foundry, set in platinum or recycled gold. In addition, the rings are available in Baguette or Round Brilliant cuts.

A spokesperson for Vrai said: “Inhale the power through world positive change with timeless yet modern jewelry crafted by the power of the Columbia River in America’s beautiful Pacific West.

“Diamonds created by Vrai are not only of impeccable quality, but also of proven provenance, providing full transparency for the ethical shopper.”

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Gismondi 1754 draws on the forces of nature for its new Genesi collection.

Italian jewelry brand Gismondi 1754 launches a new line of jewelry for the fall-winter 2020 season. Named after the word “Genesis” (beginning), this collection, as the brand puts it, “hints at the process of creation and the power of nature.” The Genesi collection includes rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets crafted in rose gold and white diamonds, with white ceramic accents added to enhance the look.

In a statement, the firm says: “The new collection brings nature together, a marvel of the genetic code that repeats itself in nature.”

In the Genesi collection, products use the shape of a logarithmic spiral, representing the spirals of shells of prehistoric molluscs. These spirals are set with white diamonds that frame each curve of the golden base. Speaking about the reason for using these shell shapes, the company’s CEO and Artistic Director, Massimo Gismondi, says: “I have always marveled at the perfection and power of these forms repeated in nature, from galaxies to petals or sunflower seeds. All these spirals differ from each other only in size and proportions.

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Pope Francis ‘blesses’ lab-created diamond

Pope Francis blessed the lab-created diamond during a Thanksgiving ceremony in Rome to symbolize the need to promote sustainable jewelry manufacturing processes.

Taking into account the Pope’s position regarding the destructive and harmful effects of traditional mining methods, the American Diamond Foundry presented the laboratory-created stone during the rites of blessing, saying that it “represents a fundamental shift in the way this mineral is produced.”

“His Holiness Pope Francis is one of the preeminent moral authorities of our time,” said Martin Roschaizen, CEO of Diamond Foundry.

“We are honored to showcase a sustainably crafted diamond that completely eliminates the environmental and human losses of mining – hopefully a brilliant example of some sort of paradigm shift, at least for some mineral resources.”

The pope, at a meeting in the Vatican earlier this year, openly criticized traditional mining methods that do more harm than good as “the resources of the earth are plundered through short-sighted approaches.”

Diamond Foundry claims to produce lab-created diamonds at a zero-emission hydroelectric power plant in Washington, USA, using a patented plasma reactor technology that “turns greenhouse gases into pure diamonds.”

However, some industry experts have questioned some of the company’s manufacturers’ claims of being “green”.

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A guide to creating custom jewelry for your clients

Jewelry to order is created especially for your client with your participation. Customers want to create their own jewelry, want to create a special engagement ring for their loved one, or create an original anniversary or birthday gift. The bespoke design process means clients can include expensive gemstones or their favorite metal. The decoration must exactly match the desires and requirements of the recipient. In fact, commissioned work is the creation of the perfect piece of jewelry. The creativity involved in this process is enjoyable, making the final piece more valuable.

I believe that the design process should be as special as the product. The service that the jeweler offers puts the client at the center of the design process.

Here are some useful things to know about custom jewelry design.

  1. Leave plenty of time and let your clients know about it. Making jewelry to order is a longer process than just visiting a jewelry store. The time spent helps make the final decorations special, and rushing in a panic is not a good idea. The design process is part of the fun. Enjoy it – create memories by creating a piece of jewelry that you will cherish for a lifetime. These days, many couples get together to create an engagement ring, it’s great to see them both create a unique piece of jewelry as a symbol of their love. Of course, some still enjoy surprising their partner with a proposal and a ring, but more and more people are getting involved with the person who will actually be wearing the ring for the rest of their lives.
  2. Remind clients of their budget. It’s a good idea to have an open and frank discussion about the budget before you start working together. Encourage the client to be honest. Our advice is to strive to get the best diamond within your client’s budget, which does not necessarily mean a large carat. We discuss with each buyer of 4C diamonds (cut, color, clarity and carat weight) and how they can get a diamond of a different cut and clarity that looks bigger and more dazzling than a more classic diamond with a higher carat weight. This does not mean lower quality, it is simply a correct understanding of diamonds. The key goal that I always work towards is to provide our clients with the best jewelry within their budget.
  3. Ask your client to collect design inspiration. Ask them to look at pictures, Instagram, Pinterest, other people’s jewelry and think of something they like or the person who will be wearing the jewelry. It is easier for clients to convey their vision through examples than to try to describe it in words. Make a mood board with drawings of the rings they like (and ask them to think about the ones they don’t like). This helps to form a clear idea of ​​what they need. We use inspiration to discuss options, price advice, and any possible design flaws or risks associated with a particular design. Some clients may be completely new to this and have no idea about the design they want, and that’s okay too. Then we introduce them to different designs so that they can make a decision.
  4. Be practical. Many clients fall in love with extravagant ring designs but find they are impractical in everyday life. Talk to your client about their lifestyle. Does this style of jewelry suit their daily activities? Are they athletic? Do they work with their hands? Our skill lies in adapting the ideas that arise from meetings with the client to the lifestyle that he leads. For example, if the client has an active lifestyle, we can offer an engagement ring made from a durable metal such as platinum with a subtle design so that the ring does not get in the way of an active lifestyle. But if the decorations and lifestyle are designed to stand out from the crowd, we also adapt this information to the design. Everything that is important to our customers is important to us.
  5. What metal? For engagement rings and wedding bands, metal makes up about 90% of the ring, so it’s an important choice. The metal your customers choose will depend on lifestyle, budget, and preference. Some metals, such as yellow gold, are more easily dented and scratched, while platinum jewelry can withstand a lot of wear and tear. What color jewelry does your client usually wear? Ultimately, the metal they choose will perfectly reflect their sense of style.
  6. Add finishing touches. Once your client has decided on a design, it’s time to complete their custom vision with the finishing touches. End options may include additional stones to complement the center stone, alternating metal colors, or something else. Customers can engrave a date, name, or symbol on the ring, insert a birth stone or gemstone that had some meaning, or even incorporate a metal or stone from their parents or grandparents ring into a new piece of jewelry. This is perfect for those who have inherited a ring that is not to their taste.
  7. Custom jewelry design is all about creating something special that will stay with your customers for a lifetime. If you think about all of the above points, your client will have a piece of jewelry they will cherish forever.

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Piaget celebrates Chinese New Year with the Possession collection

Piaget has released a new Possession collection for the Chinese New Year, with a set of white and rose gold jewelry.

The collection includes two pieces in 18-karat white gold, including a contrasting Possession ring with two bands of diamonds and ceramic, set with a total of 158 brilliant-cut diamonds, representing approximately 2.36 carats.

The collection also includes an open-ended Possession Contrast bracelet with a single pavé diamond pivot ring in black ceramic at each end, set with a total of 32 brilliant-cut diamonds.

In addition, the collection includes four pieces in 18-carat pink gold. The Possession ring features two bands set with 234 round diamonds, approximately equal to 2.17 carats, while the Possession Open ring features two cabochon-cut carnelian gems and two bands set with 20 round cut diamonds.

Meanwhile, the Possession Sliding Pendant is a 64 cm long chain with a sliding carnelian cabochon surrounded by a rotating diamond ring, two rose gold beads and three carnelian beads set with a total of 20 brilliant-cut diamonds.

In addition, rose gold Possession Beads Earrings surrounded by a band of diamonds and a gold chain with gold beads at each end. The collection also includes a gold chain with two carnelian beads at each end, set with 28 brilliant-cut diamonds.

The collection also includes the Possession Open Bangle, which features two cabochon carnelian gemstones set with 90 diamonds set on two rotating bands and on both sides.

A spokesperson for Piaget said: “Carnelians are valued for their ability to instill courage, positivity and success – all properties associated with the traits of a tiger, perfect for starting the new year in style.”

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Why Pandora Jewelry Is Considered One of the Most Desirable Christmas Gifts

E-commerce and online financial services specialist Klarna said Pandora jewelry is considered one of the most desired Christmas gifts consumers have received.

This was made possible thanks to an in-app survey conducted by Klarna among over 2,000 consumers in November 2020.

The results of the survey showed that jewelry comes in second place among the items that a person would like to receive.

In the jewelry category, Pandora products were the most popular, with 14% of respondents naming the brand.

Rosie Reeves, Pandora Brand Marketing Manager, commented: “Klarna is the perfect way to shop this Christmas and we are excited to partner with them to offer our customers a best-in-class digital shopping experience.

“Go to Pandora and find the perfect gift to give your loved ones (and yourself!) the sparkle we all need this year!”

Pandora shoppers have been able to pay with Klarna since November, with both 30-day payment and installment options available, allowing consumers to spread the cost of their purchases without interest or commission.

Alex Marsh, Head of Klarna UK, added: “We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Pandora in the UK and US, offering Pandora and Klarna consumers payment flexibility when shopping online.

“Our Christmas research shows that Pandora is the perfect Christmas present and we’re thrilled to be able to support our consumers by choosing a payment method for their favorite brand.”