Sunday, August 21, 2016

Granny's Chips

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has an empire full of jewelry--and it's the most expansive in style, gem types and shear quantity. It's believed to be the most extensive jewelry collection in the world. And fortunately the world gets a glimpse into her bijoux from time to time when she wears them in public. But it's said that she wears her beloved jewels everyday in private too. Why on earth not?

The Biggies
The biggest of the big are lovingly and cheekily referred to as "Granny's Chips" and what chips they are. Look at the closeup of her brooch fashioned from the 3rd and 4th largest stones of the Cullinan diamond. This historical stone was found in the earliest part of the 20th century. It was over 3,100 carats when recovered at the Premiere Mine in So. Africa.

Real Cut Ups
Originally, these, called the Cullinan III and Cullinan IV were set in Elizabeth's grandmother's coronation crown. As you see it here, the 158 carat piece is fashioned into a stunning brooch.

"Well, how big is that," you're wondering? Let me illustrate.

Will that do? Oh that will do nicely, thank you.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Wear With Abandon

Your jewelry ---your choice

Today is a good day to re-think HOW you wear your jewelry. Usually the jewelry type tells us how and where to enjoy the item. But a little creative whimsy on your part and you can expand its utility to enjoy the piece in a brand new way.

Take this fanciful diamond peacock brooch for instance. Well, actually you won't be able to 'take it' but you get the idea--it cost a boatload and belongs to someone else at the moment.

Vintage item--modern interpretation

This jaw dropping 1948 diamond peacock brooch by Cartier can be the star of a fabulous coat, or be the pinnacle of a (securely fastened!) hat. Here actress Uma Thurman interprets this sensational vintage jewel on the entire shoulder strap of her evening gown.

Good choice. In this way, it really owns the spotlight--there's nothing else fighting for attention by displaying it thusly. And it becomes part of the gown's overall design in the end. It's the most outstanding evening gown strap we've ever seen, right?

Show us what you got
What's in your jewelry box? Are there items you don't use much? With a little reworking or just imagination it can be transformed into a re-energized piece that will make you the fashion diva we know you are. I'm envisioning someone repurposing a pendant into a stylish hair ornament right this minute . . .  uh-huh, that's the ticket.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


It's a Movement
Tassels and fringe that  provides slender winsome movement to a piece of jewelry fascinates the collector. The design element is nothing new for sure. Ancient cultures integrated this charming detail in regal attire and other important dressing.

Design Houses Follow Suit
By the early to mid 20th century designers like Dior, Chanel, Yves St Laurent were also drawn to tassels and fringe for high jewelry. This come-hither jewelry type has never lost its luster--never gone out of style.

Twist on Tassels
Now Gumuchian tempts collectors with their updated tassel necklace with proportions the modern woman adores. Any wonder this motif resonates with this design house? The brand slogan says "designed by women for women." I get it..

The main thing in this high jewelry item is well matched Colombian emeralds on the necklace--no small feat when you've got so many individual stones to work into the entirety. Diamonds and onyx create a nice complement to the emeralds.

Look for tassels to have staying power--actually they never faded over time, did they?

Gumuchian High End Tassel Necklace