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Brooke Astor Jewels to Auction in New York

 

Five years after her death, an auction of famed socialite and philanthropist Brooke Astor’s personal items, including $5 million worth of jewels, will be held at Sotheby’s New York on Sept 24-25.

Among the numerous works of art to be highlighted in the 800 piece collection are a 22.84 carat emerald and diamond ring valued at $150,000, an emerald and diamond necklace valued at $350,000 and a fancy color diamond, ruby and coral lion brooch pin set in 18k gold valued at $30,000.

Following her husband’s death in 1959, Brooke Astor took charge of his philanthropic endeavors and served as the trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While some of us may recall the scandal that surrounded her name during her final years, throughout her life, Astor distributed tens of millions of her fortune to various charitable causes, most notably The New York Public Library, the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan and MoMA.

Other auction highlights to be offered at Astor’s Park Avenue duplex and Westchester County mansion include Chinese lacquer furniture dating to the Qing dynasty and a variety of canine themed master paintings.

The collection will be showcased at Sotheby’s York Avenue Galleries on September 17 prior to auction.

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Jewels From Heiress Huguette M Clark to Auction

A collection of 17 extraordinary jewels from one of America’s richest women is set to auction at Christie’s in April.  The jewels belonged to Huguette M. Clark, a mysterious, reclusive heiress to a timber, copper and railroad fortune who died last spring at age 104.

The magnificent pieces come from America’s Gilded Age, known as one of greatest periods in jewelry manufacturing.  Believed to have been concealed in a bank vault for over 70 years, the complete collection of jewels is expected to fetch $12 Million.

“In the world of fine jewelry, this is truly a fairytale collection,” said Rahul Kadakia, head of Jewelry for Christie’s Americas. “Opening the vault to find this treasure trove of period jewels from the best French houses of the early 1900s has certainly been one of the most extraordinary moments of my 15-year career here at Christie’s. The iconic Art Deco design and exceptional craftsmanship of these meticulously preserved jewels are emblematic of the great Gilded Age in American history,” he added.

Some highlights of April’s auction include:

An extremely rare 9-carat cushion cut fancy-vivid purplish-pink diamond ring(est. $6-8 million) mounted in a Belle Époque setting, said to have been given to Clark by her mother and a 20 carat D color, potentially internally flawless white diamond ring(est $2-$3 million).

Two diamond bracelets: a diamond and emerald bracelet valued between $20,000 to $30,000, and the other, a diamond bracelet valued between $300,000-$500,000.

The jewelry is part of Clark’s estate sale. Priced at $55 million, her 3 New York residences at 907 Fifth Avenue are composed of two apartments which make up the entire 8th floor overlooking Central Park and a third which occupies half of the 12th floor.

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Sotheby’s to Auction Beau Sancy Diamond

Sotheby’s Geneva announced it will be auctioning the extraordinary Beau Sancy Diamond, a modified 34.98 carat pear double rose-cut diamond with an estimated value of $2 million to $4 million. Highlighting over 400 years of European history, this historic marvel has been passed down through 4 royal families from France, England, Prussia and the House of Orange.

The legendary stone is believed to have been discovered in the 1500s and is said to have come from the Golconda mines, a major diamond center renowned for producing some of the world’s most celebrated diamonds such as the Hope, the Koh-i-Noor, and the Regent.

“The Beau Sancy is one of the most fascinating and romantic gems ever to appear at auction and it is an immense privilege for Sotheby’s to handle the sale,” said David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s jewelry in Europe and the Middle East. “Stones from royal collections hardly ever appear at auction. In my career this is an absolute one-off,” he added.

The precious gemstone is set to go to auction on May 15th.

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2012 Golden Globes Jewelry Winners

Classic white diamonds and bright emerald greens often mixed with blues and purples ruled the red carpet at yesterday’s 69th annual Golden Globes Awards. Here’s who we thought were the jewelry winners of the evening:

Julianne Moore accented her black strapless Chanel gown with a pair of eye popping dangle emerald earrings and a matching emerald right hand ring.

Debra Messing accessorized a beautiful black one-shouldered Monique Lhuillier gown with a bold and exotic pair of emerald and purple gemstone drop earrings.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum paired a beautiful green Maria Lucia Hohan gown with a set of uniquely crafted diamond and opal drop earrings.

Angelina Jolie wore a mesmerizing ivory colored Atelier Versace gown with scarlet red detailing that matched both her clutch as well as her famed pout. She paired the gown with a set of exquisite 25 carat diamond studs and 12 carat platinum and diamond ring.

Combining old Hollywood glamor with a touch of fairytale princess, Charlize Theron arrived in a breathtaking blush-hued Christian Dior gown with a vintage style diamond and platinum headband.

Project Runway hostess Heidi Klum wore a custom Calvin Klein Collection bisque silk crepe sheath dress with a plunging back. She paired her gown with a statement turquoise bib necklace and turquoise right hand ring.

Kate Beckinsale donned a strapless Roberto Cavalli gown paired with over 300 carats of diamonds, including a set of beautiful over-sized diamond earrings and two stacked antique style bangle bracelets.

Having a second child only five months ago, Jessica Alba looked spectacular in a dark pink Gucci strapless gown which she paired with a set of diamond dangle earrings, a diamond ring and diamond and platinum bangle bracelet.

Sofia Vergara looked stunning in a dark blue Vera Wang gown. However, it paled in comparison to the exquisite set of 31.58 carat diamond earrings, two stacked intricately designed 62.72 carat vintage style diamond bangles and two rings she wore all rumored to be worth at least $5 million.

Freida Pinto radiated a peacock blue strapless silk cloque gown by Prada accessorized with a marvelous mesh Chopard bib necklace featuring 1,705 micro-pave white diamonds and 145 carats of yellow diamonds all of which enhanced her natural glow.

Emily Deschanel chose an interesting play of colors by pairing a set of diamond and emerald drop earrings with a a royal blue Grecian gown.

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry Fetches Record $115 Million

On Tuesday night, Christie’s first auction for the ‘The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor,’ fetched over $115 million – setting a new world record for the most valuable private jewelry collection ever sold at auction. All 80 jewels sold with 24 realizing more than $1 million and 6 jewels realizing more than $5 million.

“It’s one of the most extraordinary auctions that Christie’s has ever had and a testament to the affection for Elizabeth Taylor worldwide,” said Marc Porter, chairman and president of Christie’s Americas.

 

The top sale of the evening was for La Pérégrina (The Legendary Pearl), a 16th century pearl once part of the crown jewels of Spain. A gift to Taylor from Richard Burton in 1969, the piece was purchased by an anonymous buyer for $11.8 million surpassing the pre-sale high estimate of $3 million. The prior world record for a pearl jewel was set in 2007 at Christie’s auction house in New York City with the sale of The Baroda Pearls for $7,096,000.

Among other high profile items was ‘The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond‘, formerly known as The Krupp, the rectangular cut 33.19 carat D-Color diamond sold for $8,818,500 to a private Asian buyer, surpassing pre-sale estimates of $2,500,000 – $3,500,000.

The Taj Mahal diamond set on a gold and ruby chain sold to an anonymous buyer for $8.8 million, vastly surpassing a pre-sale high of $500,000 and simultaneously setting a new world record for an Indian jewel.

A diamond bracelet given to the film star by close friend Michael Jackson sold for $194,500.

To view a full list of results from Tuesday’s auction click here.

More pieces from the late actress’s estate will go to auction later this week, with 189 items to go today and an online-only sale of some items running until Saturday. In February 2012, Taylor’s collection of Impressionist and Modernist art will go on sale in London.

As a tribute to Elizabeth Taylor’s life-long humanitarian causes, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

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11 Creative Ways to Wear a Brooch

Contrary to popular belief, brooches are no longer reserved for the lapel of your jacket or to only be worn by your grandmother. In fact, with the vast array of designs available, brooches are possibly the most versatile pieces in your jewelry collection. First Lady Michelle Obama has been one of the most public figures fueling the recent comeback of antique style brooches through the inspiring ways she’s worn them. Whether you’re looking to draw attention to your best features or want to brilliantly compliment your ensemble, here’s a few fashionable (and some functional) ways to wear a brooch:
1 ) Design a necklace: Use a brooch as a pendant by attaching it to a diamonds by the yard, pearl, tennis necklace or any chain. Another idea would be to wrap the necklace or strand of pearls closely around your neck and creatively apply the pin.

 

2 ) Add sparkle to an evening bag: Create an intriguing look by pinning a brooch onto your clutch. For additional sparkle, pin two or more smaller and similarly themed brooches together.

 

3 ) Instant statement jewel: Apply your favorite diamond brooch to a thin ring or band to create an instant cocktail ring or place one on a wrist band made of fabric to be worn as jeweled cuff.

 

4 ) Secure your scarf: Wrap a colorful scarf or choker around your neck and secure it in place with a brooch for a French chic look.

 

5 ) Pin a brooch on your waist: A growing Hollywood trend is to wear a brooch directly on the waist of a dress or gown as did Eva Longoria at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. Another idea would be to wrap a scarf around your waist and secure it with the brooch itself.

 

6 ) Compliment your head piece: Add a little flair to a casual fedora, floppy hat, beret, cabbie-style hat or just a plain cap by pinning a brooch onto it. Fond of the gypsy inspired look? Apply a sparkling accent to a turban headband by attaching a brooch to the center.

 

7 ) Use one as a hair pin: Yes you heard right. After styling your hair, carefully attach a brooch for a glamorous look. This works best with styles such as a bun, french twist or sleek pony tail. Try holding it in place by using bobby pins, attaching it to ribbon and weaving it in your hair or your own method as most brooches weren’t designed for this.

 

8 ) Instant wardrobe alteration: How many times have we bought an article of clothing knowing the “fit isn’t just right”, but we’d figure out how to work with it later? A well positioned brooch can take the place of a permanent alteration. Fashionably cinch up an over-sized cardigan, sweater, dress or even a long t-shirt with a brooch.

 

9 ) Make it a focal point: Add a brooch to the bodice of a strapless gown or place one at the lowest point of a neckline on a low cut top or dress.

 

10 ) Adorn your shoulder: Break tradition by applying a brooch to the shoulder of any jacket, blazer or even a turtle neck.

 

11 ) An alternative to buttons or clasps: Fasten a jacket, cardigan or artfully draped scarf with a sparkling brooch.

 

Now that we’ve got your creative juices flowing, pull out a brooch sitting in the back of your jewelry drawer and give one of these ideas a whirl. Don’t own one? Here are a few inspirational designs:

 

Art Nouveau Jewelry Exhibit at Forbes Galleries New York

At the turn of the 20th century, decorative art movements such as Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Jugendstil and Skonvirke sprung about across the globe with diverse influences and styles from each country. The jewelry created during this era differed greatly from most jewelry seen in the late Victorian period. On October 29th, an exhibition at The Forbes Galleries in New York City will present pieces from various movements side by side and explain the global interest in creating jewelry during this time.

International Art Jewelry: 1895-1925 will feature almost 200 pieces of jewelry and related decorative art objects by 75 different artists including work coming from Great Britain, United States, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy and the Scandinavian countries. The exhibition will demonstrate the connection between the jewelry movements during this period while pointing out the differences and similarities between each.

“This exhibition will focus on the broader subject of the relationship of a number of early 20th century art jewelry movements rather than zero in on work in one particular style or country,” said Bonnie Kirschstein, Forbes Galleries managing director. The exhibition will run through March 17, 2012.

Art Nouveau jewelry was crafted with a heavy emphasis on color and the female form. These jewelry motifs largely included orchids, irises, pansies, vines, swans, peacocks, snakes, dragonflies, mythological creatures, and the female silhouette. Today, these type of pieces are commonly characterized as antique style jewelry and still remains a popular accessory among fine jewelry connoisseurs. Below are some vintage inspired pieces that capture the essence of the Art Nouveau period:



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The Art of Color

 

Wondering how to accessorize color in your wardrobe this season? A fashion color report released by the Pantone Color institute has identified the top 10 most directional hues for Fall 2011. The organization surveyed New York Fashion Week designers including Chris Benz, Peter Som, MACKAGE, Tommy Hilfiger, Tracy Reese and many others to reveal their inspiration.

“Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art,” said executive director Leatrice Eiseman. “Much like a painter’s masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season’s palette,” she added. Firenze Jewels has applied Pantone’s findings with our eye for on-trend jewelry and diamonds below:

 

The honeycomb oval cut yellow quartz stones in these diamond two-tone gold dangle earrings reflect the color Bamboo. This hue pairs well with several of their top 10 shades including Phlox, Teal and Honeysuckle.

The coral stone in this diamond pendant illustrates the color of Emberglow. A traditional autumn tone, this hue works well with Coffee Liqueúr or Honeysuckle.

These diamond and pink sapphire tear drop shaped dangle earrings reflect the color of Honeysuckle. Versatile and bold, this color works well with neutral fall staples such as Coffee Liqueúr and Nougat or Bamboo for retro intensity.

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This diamond and purple amethyst pear shaped right hand ring evokes the color Phlox. This hue naturally makes a statement when combined with Cedar.

The center oval shaped 6.27 carat green amethyst in this yellow gold diamond ring matches the color Cedar. This mid-tone green hue naturally pairs well with Deep Teal. Also combines well with Phlox or Orchid Hush.

The lustrous tahitian pearls in these dangle diamond earrings shows the color of Deep Teal. A mix of ocean blue-green, this color reflects depths of the starry skies as nights grow longer.

The radiant cut smokey topaz stone in this diamond rose gold pendant demonstrates the color of Coffee Liqueúr. As the name implies, this decadent tone captures the essence of Fall.

The cognac diamonds encrusted in this rose gold diamond ring reflects the color of Nougat. A warm tan hue, this color compliments Phlox, Emberglow or Honeysuckle.

The 33.92 carat oval quartz in this diamond rose gold pendant reflects the hue of Orchid Hush. A mix of gray and hint of orchid makes this color complimentary with any of the other 9 hues in the palette.


The labradorite stones in these diamond yellow gold drop earrings reflect the color of Quarry. This practical grayish hue is a reliable fall staple.

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