Inspired by watching dogs play in Central Park, I created the Tumbling Hound series. After many long months of refining and stringing this Hound necklace with its natural faceted ruby tassels and blush cultured pearls made its way into my collection and and my heart. If you are playful and don’t take yourself too seriously, you just might find yourself falling head over heels for this necklace.
Sometimes known as the “Evening Emerald” because its sparkling green hue looks brilliant any time of day; Peridot, the birthstone for August, is one of the oldest known gemstones.
It is interesting to note that the Peridot is one of the few gems that come in only one color. It’s tint can very due to its iron content with its exact coloring varying between a yellowish to a perfectly olive green color. The most valuable color variant of Peridot, however, is a dark olive green.
Often mistaken for Emeralds during the Crusades, Peridot is really an under-appreciated gem that is actually quite stunning and can even be seen as part of the Russian crown jewels. I paired a natural Blue Zircon with a Peridot in my Crane earring to compliment the lush green stone. This is a gem with its rich history that will undoubtedly make it a conversational piece in your jewelry collection. So even if your birthstone is not Peridot, you just might want to consider adding it to your jewelry box.
The brand’s The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York opens Thursday, July 13 at Cipriani at 42nd Street, is offering the public a look into its 178-year history and some of its most important pieces.
For the first time, a two-story structure has been created in the event venue to accommodate its scale. It will feature 10 themed rooms, including a Theater Room, Current Collection Room, Museum Room, U.S. Historic Room, Rare Handcrafts Gallery and Watchmakers Room.
The U.S. Historic Room will have a curated collection of 27 timepieces on loan from various museums--like the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston—as well as from some of the brand’s most renowned private collectors across the country.
The collection of Graves’ pieces in the U.S Historic Room will showcase six significant watches from the Patek Philippe Museum, including his 1928 open-face, keyless winding pocket watch with minute repeater, Grande Sonnerie, Petite Sonnerie, Perpetual Calendar and Moon Phases.
The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York will run from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day (with free admission) through July 23.
Walk along the Exotic, playful side of life. Tahitian Pearls are considered the second most valuable commercially farmed pearls in the world and to me, they are bewitching. Many times these pearls are referred to as black, but they have a color range from light creamy white to silver, to green iridescent peacock and to deep black. Unlike black freshwater and black Akoya pearls, which have been irradiated or dyed, Tahitians come by their dark glamor like color naturally.
Beautiful Tahitian pearls are among the largest pearls in the world, ranging in size from approximately 8 mm to 18 mm. These pearls are bead nucleated making many of them round, or near round, with other shapes expressed in drops, baroques, button and circled pearls. When all other factors are equal, the round Tahitian pearls are considered the most valuable.
Interesting to note, while Tahitian pearls carry the name of the famous Tahiti Island, they do not come from Tahiti. Only the pearls from the Black-lip oyster farmed in French Polynesia may be call Tahitian pearls.
The Boris earring (above) was inspired by the mysterious Tahitian Pearl. These Tahitian Pearl earrings have a thick nacre that produces a glorious glow combined with a remarkable color range that appears regal. Wearing them can only transfer that exotic, magical feeling and who doesn’t want to feel regal!
Palladium! This lovely silvery white metal was discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston and can be found in Australia, Africa, Canada, South and North America.
Palladium is a rare, precious metal. It is a naturally silver-white metal that requires no plating, resists tarnish and is hypo allergic. An added bonus, palladium is less dense than platinum; it is strong and polishes to a beautiful bright silvery white. Palladium, because it is lighter in weight, makes it possible to design large pieces of jewelry that are comfortable to wear.
I have often spoken of my love for 22kt gold, the beautiful buttery yellow color makes me feel like I am a king. The luxurious silver white polish of Palladium however, has sparkled its way into my heart. Whether the metal is coupled with diamonds, pearls, gemstones, or left to itself, it is sure to captivate you as well.
If you are looking for jewelry that remains in the noble metal grouping, but are finding the cost of gold and platinum difficult, I highly recommend 950 Palladium—it is Tough, it is Sexy and certainly will place you ahead of your contemporaries.