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“If the bubbles contain a misconception, as they always do, then it can’t be maintained forever.” – George Soros

Jewellery Lovers! Do you ever feel like you are living in a bubble? I’m on a mission to burst that bubble and bust the jewellery myths we’ve all come to believe! The jewellery world can be tough to navigate for inexperienced jewellery consumers, making informed purchase decisions difficult, especially when it comes to paying a fair jewelry price. Luckily, I am here to help and give you valuable advice as a GIA-trained gemologist and jewellery industry editor with a 10 years’ experience! So read on to explore 7 common jewellery misconceptions and learn something new about the jewellery industry.

 

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JEWELRY MYTH 1: JEWELLERY VALUE = THE VALUE OF GOLD AND GEMSTONE

I believe that the fair market value of jewellery cannot be judged solely based on the raw materials. Yet in some countries, it is still a common practice to pay the price per weight of a jewel, while neglecting the value of the artisanal craft. Michelangelo’s sculptures are not valued for the marble he used, they are valued for his talent in craftsmanship. I believe the same is true for fine and high designer jewellery. It is a work of art and should be valued as such. Over the years, these works of art only retain their value, despite fluctuations in the gold and gemstone/diamond market.

“Design and designer jewellery is still judged by something that ought to be just one element of it.” – Stephen Webster

 

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JEWELRY MYTH 2: ALL SYNTHETIC / MAN-MADE / LAB-GROWN DIAMONDS ARE ECO FRIENDLY

I feel we are trapped in the huge bubble created by the lab-grown diamond industry. With ‘sustainability, ‘eco-’, and ‘environmentally-friendly’ becoming increasingly trendy words, we often forget to fact check possibly misleading marketing claims that synthetic diamonds are better for the environment. The environmental impact of lab-grown diamonds largely depends on the production process, as few companies use renewable energy to power the laboratories. Some rely on coal-fired energy! So what can we do as jewellery consumers to make eco-friendly choices? Stay informed and ask questions! In an ideal world of GEMOLOGUE, I am hoping for more transparency from synthetic diamond producers about the energy-intensive process of man-made diamonds for both their direct consumers (jewellery brands), and us jewellery consumers. Unfortunately, we are presented with only the pretty side of lab grown diamonds benefits.

To decide for yourself whether you should buy lab grown diamonds, and whether man-made diamonds are good, read my article about the difference between synthetic vs. natural diamonds.

 

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JEWELRY MYTH 3: NATURAL GEMSTONES ARE NEVER ENHANCED

When I started my Gemmology course at GIA NYC 10 years ago, I was really surprised to discover how many gemstones have actually undergone special treatments to enhance their colour or clarity! From heating of sapphires and irradiation of topaz to oil fracture filling of emeralds, it is important for jewellery consumers to be aware of how their gems have been enhanced. There’s nothing to worry about, as many of these treatments have been around since ancient times and are a normal practice. But being informed about the ways our gems have been enhanced is to know the real jewelry stone value and handle them with care! If you are not sure, I suggest to take your gems off while cleaning and washing and try not to bring them close to heat and hot surfaces.⁠

 

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JEWELRY MYTH 4: ALL PEARLS ARE THE SAME

Pearls are one of my favourite gemstones, because they are created by living sea creatures! Yet, there are so many different pearl types, prices and compositions which can be misleading for jewellery lovers. I am here to help you choose the right pearl! ⁠

Natural pearls are very rare and pricey (shop in Bahrain) because they’re formed when an irritant accidentally gets inside of a mollusk. Before cultured pearls were created in the 1900s, only the rich and famous could afford real pearls! ⁠

Cultured types of pearls are a human creation, as they are formed when the seed is placed inside an oyster to form a layer of nacre around it. This is also called pearl surgery! I suggest getting to know the difference between cultured saltwater types of pearls (my favourite) from Akoya, Tahiti, and the region of the South Seas and freshwater pearls. For instance, saltwater pearls are more valuable because they are grown in bays, inlets and atolls. Each mollusk produces one or two pearls. Freshwater pearls are grown mainly in China in man-made lakes and reservoirs. Each mollusk produces up to 40 pearls! Now you know why, if a jewel is described as a ‘cultured pearl’, it is most likely a cultured, freshwater pearl and less valuable. ⁠

You can find many different pearl jewelry types online, but just because the descriptions calls it a ‘pearl’ doesn’t mean it’s the real deal. It can be anything! Like imitation pearls, which centuries ago were made of glass and more recently, from plastic, crushed shell and crystal: Swarovski pearls, Majorica pearls, South Sea Shell pearls. There’s nothing wrong with them. Even Chanel herself was taken in by their beauty and wore them with pride. But it is important to know what you’re paying for! My best advice, as always, is to ask many, many questions!

 

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JEWELRY MYTH 5: GOLD COMES IN DIFFERENT COLOURS

One of the most common misconceptions about jewelry is that gold comes in different colours. When we think of the colour of gold, we see a bright yellow hue, which is the only colour of pure gold. Other colours of gold we know in reality are metal alloys containing gold. White gold (in reality light gray) is pure gold mixed with either nickel, palladium or zinc, and is usually plated with rhodium for a whiter look. While pink gold is often a mixture of pure gold, copper and silver to give it a beautiful rosy hue (my favourite!) Even yellow gold used in jewellery is mixed with other metals, because pure gold is too soft to securely hold our precious gems and is not as durable as an alloy. ⁠

This is why the gold fineness measure was invented. It indicates the purity of gold based on karats, with 24k gold being the purest form. It has 99.9% percent of gold metal, whereas, 18k gold is 75% pure gold, 14k is 58.5% pure gold. It is important to keep this scale in mind when shopping for gold as it greatly affects jewellery value and care. And never fall for ‘24k gold plating’ in fine jewelry! It just means silver or any other base metal has been dipped in a very thin layer of gold, which will definitely wear off with time.⁠

 

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JEWELRY MYTH 6: THE BIGGER THE DIAMOND, THE HIGHER ITS VALUE

The value of a diamond is not necessarily judged by its size or carat weight. In reality, there are 4 equally important factors: carat, clarity, colour, and cut. Together they make the 4Cs of diamond classification. The cut determines how sparkly your diamond is when light shines through it. Clarity tells you if a diamond has natural birthmarks, also known as inclusions and blemishes. The closer it is to flawless, the more light can pass through it. Even a slight hint of colour can affect the value of a colourless diamond. Fancy coloured diamonds are another story. Their value grows with their colour!

Every single diamond is unique and has its own unique combination of 4Cs, each determining its value. I suggest you opt for a certified diamond. It is so wonderful to have the certificate system so you know your jewelry has fair market value. It also helps you to understand how to pick YOUR perfect diamond and stay within your budget. It also brings more transparency into diamond shopping, which is not always the case with other gemstones. ⁠

Learn everything you need to know about diamonds.

 

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MYTH 7: NEW GENERATION WILL CONTINUE BUYING JEWELLERY⁠

In reality, Generation Z (aged 9 to 24 today) are less likely to consider buying jewelry, when they have endless choices of other luxury goods and experiences that already adhere to their values of sustainability, diversity and freedom.⁠

As Renilde Vervoort of Sassi Fine Jewellery noticed: “A nice handbag, a designer coat… all of these will eventually become less attractive, outdated and used. Jewellery, however, is here to stay.” I agree, but Generation Z needs more than that. They need price and supply chain transparency to be able to make responsible, eco-friendly choices, which is more important to them than to any other generation before. We all need to adapt to their needs faster with more flexibly than ever…and it seems to me, we are on the right track!

“Jewellery brands are not old-school traditional jewellers anymore. They want to connect with real people, not just in glossy magazines with photoshopped ads, they want to be part of the new scene and the people who desire uniqueness and creativity.” – Charlotte Mobjerg of The Jewellery Room⁠

Thanks for stopping by! What other misconceptions have you heard about jewellery or gemstones? ⁠Please let me know in the comments down below!

 

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I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on InstagramTwitterFacebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello info@gemologue.com

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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

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GEM TALK WITH RANDI MOLOFSKY, JEWELLERY PR AND FOR FUTURE REFERENCE CO-FOUNDER https://gemologue.com/gem-talks/gem-talk-with-randi-molofsky-jewellery-pr-and-for-future-reference-co-founder/ https://gemologue.com/gem-talks/gem-talk-with-randi-molofsky-jewellery-pr-and-for-future-reference-co-founder/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:23:41 +0000 http://gemologue.com/?p=28700 The series of interviews with women and men who have personalities, story...

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The series of interviews with women and men who have personalities, story to tell and their own GEM style. They make it happen for themselves all over the world and follow GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla.

Seeing Randi’s amazing jewellery style for the first time at Couture jewellery show made me naturally gravitate towards her! Layered in tastefully styled vintage jewels, she became one of the few people I featured in my GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips book, while her and Meaghan’s warm welcome at For Future Reference jewellery showroom always brightens up my crazy days of jewellery trade fairs.

Co-founder of a fine jewellery showroom For Future Reference, where every single brand is an extension of her own personality, book author and a jewellery maven, Randi with her vibrant energy and all-consuming passion for jewellery is someone I wanted to feature in my Gem Talks for a loooong time. A perfectionist with a hands on approach, she is always on the go, but luckily she had a minute to answer my questions. Meet Randi Molofsky!

Name: Randi Molofsky
Alma Mater: James Madison University
Occupation: Co-Founder of For Future Reference, a fine jewelry showroom
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

LOCATION AT TIME OF INTERVIEW: I’ve been attending Couture Las Vegas since 2001, so it truly feels like home to me. The best part is catching up with all of my jewelry friends — there’s nothing like the shared memories. Honestly, I rarely leave the Wynn when I’m in town, so I’m the last person who should make Vegas suggestions. But this year we took the For Future Reference showroom crew to see Celine Dion at Caeser’s Palace and it was everything I hoped for and more.

IN THE BEGINNING: I went to college for print journalism, and knew that I wanted to immediately move to NYC after graduation to pursue fashion writing. When I started interviewing, I found a listing for a job at National Jeweler magazine for a Fashion Editor and found that it actually was the perfect fit. Not only did I get to learn everything about fine jewelry by attending trade shows, visiting gemstone mines, and meeting with designers and retailers, but I also got to hone my skills as a writer.

FOR FUTURE REFERENCE: After living in NYC for 15 years, I was looking for a change. I moved to LA and started consulting for jewelry clients doing mostly marketing, brand development and public relations. At the time, my friend Meaghan (Flynn Petropoulos) was also exiting a long-time jewelry job, and we were looking for fun ways to continue engaging with jewelry that would keep us motivated. So, we decided to start a blog in early 2015 that would have quirky Q&A’s with some of our favorite jewelry designers and notable personalities in the industry. We also talked a bit about style and of course about vintage jewels — one of our major shared interests. We had a ton of fun doing it, but our collaboration quickly turned into something more because potential clients were interested in working with us as a pair. Between Meaghan’s incredible sales experience and my PR/marketing skills, we quickly found a niche as a duo.

LA: I’ve been in Los Angeles since September 2014 and for most of that time have concentrated on growing For Future Reference showroom. Four of our designer brands are California-based, so it’s fantastic that we can be bi-coastal. Our main showroom is in NYC on Fifth Avenue, but we do a lot of work on the West coast as well. I’ve grown to absolutely love LA — the whether, the scenery, the pace. I spend a lot of time at art museums and galleries (my partner, Michael, is a fine art writer and consultant) so we are constantly visiting places like Hauser & Wirth, LACMA, Kordansky, Night Gallery, Various Small Fires, Blum & Poe and MOCA. I often buckle down and work at the San Vicente Bungalows (a private club where I’m a member) because it’s one of the most beautiful little secluded spots in LA. For lunch you can find me out by the pool at Sunset Tower hotel, and you can never go wrong with dinner at All Time in Los Feliz or Jon & Vinny‘s in Hollywood (with a glass of wine from Helen’s).

GEMFIELDS: Gemfields was an incredible experience — I was the US Marketing Director for nearly 3 years before I started For Future Reference. I brought Gemfields to the US (they are based in London), opened an office, hired a team, and got to work on the creative surrounding the brand’s first international ad campaign. We hired Mila Kunis to be the face of the brand, and I was able to work with photographers like Peter Lindbergh and Mario Sorrenti to bring the campaign to life. We had incredible adventures bringing people to the mine in Zambia and educating them about the mine-to-market strategy. Very excitingly, I also got to liaise with partner brands to create high jewelry using Gemfields gemstones, including one-of-a-kind statement pieces, full collections and capsule collections.

I definitely learned a lot about working as a team at Gemfields, and absolutely loved being able to collaborate with an international team of creatives. My advice to someone interested in marketing for a luxury brand? I would say that doing your homework is key. I spent more than 10 years prior to my position at Gemfields learning all about luxury goods and jewelry, and was able to put all of that into action when the time came. I see a lot of younger people these days wanting to be at the top right away — believe me, it’s worth it to put in the time to build an amazing rolodex!

A GIRL’S GUIDE TO BUYING DIAMONDS BOOK: The publishing company actually came to me about writing my book. At the time, the zeitgeist in jewelry was all about female self-purchasing. The diamond industry was really pushing the idea of a “right hand ring” — a diamond that women could buy for themselves — and the concept was pretty new in 2009, so the time was right. It was a fun project to do because I love researching and history, and I got to write something from a very easy to understand point of view. I think more men read it than women, to be honest, because it’s a great primer on buying an engagement ring.

Get “A Girl’s Guide To Buying Diamonds: How To Choose, Evaluate, And Buy The Diamond You Want” on Amazon.

POWER COMES FROM: My daughter! Goldie, who is almost 4, is a real spitfire and reminds me to work harder, be better, do more.

GEM STYLE: I can describe my jewelry style in two words: bold and colourful. I like statement pieces and have been collecting since day 1. Some of the pieces in my collection are things I’ve worked up to: for example, my 1970s Bulgari Tubogas watch. It’s always been at the very top of my wishlist, and I’ve slowly been investing in other watches until I found the perfect unicorn. When I did, I sold my other watches to get my dream piece! I also have a pair of Victorian cuffs that I found at Excalibur Jewelry that I’ll never part with — they perfectly fit my small wrists but are bold yellow gold. (Almost all of my jewelry is yellow gold.) As a showroom owner, of course I love all of the jewelry by our designer clients! If you look at our roster, you’ll see that Meaghan and I gravitate towards big, bold, fashion-forward jewelry that speaks for itself. All of our brands are independent women-owned businesses, and we love supporting that dynamic. As for things I’d love to have, well, that list is long. Verdura cuffs, anything by Taffin, Hemmerle or Suzanne Belperron; a major cocktail ring or animal bracelet by David Webb, you get the gist.

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TOPSHOP OR CHANEL: My style is pretty simple — I wear a lot of inexpensive vintage clothes mixed with contemporary high-end bags, shoes and accessories. I love the thrill of the hunt and have a unique POV, so I love finding weird old vintage pieces and making them my own. (I’m little so I have everything tailored to fit me perfectly.) I have a large collection of sequined shirts and dresses (and yes, some pants too) and chalk it up to the disco queen that lives inside me.

WHY JEWELLERY MATTERS: Jewelry is like armour — I consider all of my pieces talismans that make me feel safe and protected. I love the idea of handing things down from generation to generation and honestly prefer vintage to new in a lot of situations. I don’t mind scratches on gold or someone else’s engraving on the inside of a piece — I think it makes jewelry that much more special knowing it had a life before me.

FIRST JEWELLERY: I think my first real jewelry was all gifted to me on my Bat Mitzvah. I still have several little 14k gold charms from that event — ballet slippers, a Best Friends heart — that will be passed down to my daughter. My birthstone is an emerald and I have several pieces of emerald jewelry for that particular reason. One of my emeralds is set in a ring of my own design, and it’s even more special because it’s a Gemfields emerald.

Learn everything you need to know about emeralds!

MY EVERYDAY JEWELLERY: My everyday jewelry consists of a few pieces from Brent Neale (a champagne diamond Gypsy ring, a heart diamond Gypsy ring and a Rainbow Knot ring), a black onyx Compass ring from Retrouvai, my Bulgari Tubogas watch, a couple of rose-cut diamond bangles and a gold wrap bracelet from Faraone Mennella. But I sprinkle in special pieces that I own from all of my brands — Sorellina, Harwell Godfrey, Emily P. Wheeler and Established. I have two charm necklaces that I wear often with lots of special little found treasures, both vintage and new, and an emerald and diamond dangle necklace that Meaghan and I made as one of our first projects together. (She has an all-diamond version.) When I go to NYC and spend time in our showroom, I wear it all! I mostly gravitate towards the biggest pieces whether I’m wearing a cocktail dress or jeans and a t-shirt.

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PERFECT ENGAGEMENT RING: Right now I’m in love with the Brent Neale Gypsy that she made for me! It’s a champagne diamond oval with two white marquis diamonds on the side set in 18k yellow gold. It’s substantial but subtle and easy to wear all the time.

ROLEX OR CARTIER: I’ve already waxed poetic about my Bulgari, but I’ve also owned watches from Rolex, Cartier and Hermes, so I don’t discriminate. Right now I’m crushing on the yellow gold Audemars Piguet.

MEN JEWELLERY: It depends on the man! I think it’s silly to have rules about who can and can not wear jewelry. Some men look amazing covered in chains and pendants and rings, and some feel most comfortable with just a well-chosen watch.

VINTAGE JEWELLERY: I am a forever fan of vintage jewelry. I’m always on the hunt for special pieces and will not pass them up when I find them — because you’ll probably never see it again. One of my favorite pieces I’ve found is a big yellow gold charm that has a December calendar engraved on it. It dates from 1952, but amazingly there’s a cabochon ruby on one of the days and it happened to be my daughter’s birthday. You better believe I snapped it up immediately!

JEWELLERY AS AN INVESTMENT: I think there are certainly ways to invest in fine jewelry — whether it’s a gemstone or a name brand — that can be worth your while. But I always stay true to what I love vs. what will make me money.

FASHION JEWELLERY: I don’t wear a lot of fashion jewelry, to be honest. I express myself in other ways — through quirky sunglasses, vintage handbags, or patterned caftans. I already have enough going on!

PERFECT GETAWAY: I absolutely loved going to Japan earlier this year and can not recommend it enough. We spent some time in Tokyo and then headed to the island of Naoshima, which is an incredible art site, and stayed at Bennesse House. Mexico City is another of my favorites — my list of recommendations is too long to go into, but if anyone needs ideas, please let me know!

A PARTY TO REMEMBER: We have a standing Saturday night date at Giorgio’s (a one-night-a-week Disco at the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles). It’s always a party.

THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY: Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, a perfect dirty gin martini, bad reality TV, Harry Styles (sorry not sorry) and playing dress up with my daughter.

MY WEAPON OF CHOICE: Words!

WILD WISH: To split time between LA, Tokyo and Mexico City.

Thanks for stopping by! What is your favourite piece from the jewellery collection of Randi Molofsky? Leave me a comment below!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on InstagramTwitterFacebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello info@gemologue.com

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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THE POWER OF LOVE: JEWELS, ROMANCE AND ETERNITY BOOK REVIEW https://gemologue.com/designers/the-power-of-love-jewels-romance-and-eternity-book-review/ https://gemologue.com/designers/the-power-of-love-jewels-romance-and-eternity-book-review/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 06:12:12 +0000 http://gemologue.com/?p=28676 In the best London tradition, I’m having afternoon tea with my latest...

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In the best London tradition, I’m having afternoon tea with my latest jewelry coffee table book addition in one of my favourite and very stylish dinner spots in Mayfair, Isabel. Known for her knowledgeable, in-depth books about jewelry history, Beatriz Chadour-Sampson pleases jewellery lovers once again with her new book The Power of Love: Jewels, Romance and Eternity! 

Among all the jewellery history books that I’ve read, this large, tastefully designed jewelry coffee table book is the first one to explore the history of romantic love and marriage and how they have been celebrated by wearing jewellery. From the ancient civilisations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome to Middle Ages and Renaissance through to the modern day “The Power of Love: Jewels Romance and Eternity” examines the love signs of different époques beautifully illustrated in a curated collection of historic jewellery designs. 

“Throughout history, romantic love and marriage have been celebrated by the wearing of jewels. From the shell necklace to the heart pendant with diamonds, jewellers have been able to express some of our deepest emotions through their craftsmanship and image”

Beatriz Chadour-Sampson

The Power of Love: Jewels Romance and Eternity jewellery history book is an extraordinary journey, revealing the central role of jewellery in the history of love and marriage, and undoubtedly one of must-read coffee table books for jewellery lovers! It deeply resonated with me as I have always believed jewellery and love are interlinked on a sentimental, emotional level. Flipping through the pages of all the depictions of love such as clasped hands, crowned hearts, cupid’s arrows, hidden messages and flowers in jewellery design is making my jewellery lover’s heat soar!

Thanks for stopping by! Discover more fascinating books for jewellery lovers in my “Best Jewelry Books” article and share you favourite coffee table books about jewelry in comments below!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery.  You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on InstagramTwitterFacebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello info@gemologue.com

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE. Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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WHAT GOES INTO WINNING COUTURE DESIGN AWARDS? MIKE JOSEPH FEATHER CHOKER REVIEW https://gemologue.com/designers/what-goes-into-winning-couture-design-awards-mike-joseph-feather-choker-review/ https://gemologue.com/designers/what-goes-into-winning-couture-design-awards-mike-joseph-feather-choker-review/#respond Wed, 02 Oct 2019 07:23:27 +0000 http://gemologue.com/?p=28636 Cannot express how excited I get every summer knowing I’m about to...

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Cannot express how excited I get every summer knowing I’m about to share with you some of the finest one-of-a-kind high jewellery collections from Paris Couture Week, as well as the trendiest, sparkliest jewels from the Couture Las Vegas jewellery show! 

This year was truly special for me, as I was attending Couture Las Vegas as a judge of the prestigious Couture Design Awards for the first time! Jewellery designers were invited to enter their creations into one of 13 categories, each judged according to the quality of craftsmanship and materials, originality of design, and creativity through anonymous voting by five distinguished judges. 

I am proud to present to you my absolute favourite winning jewel the of Haute Couture category, designed by Mike Saatji of Mike Joseph Jewellery. After becoming the winner of the category, Best in Diamonds Above $20,000 last year, this Armenian jeweller continues to surprise us by pushing the boundaries of traditional jewellery design.

“Observing fashion and all the colourful accessories women purchase to bring extra fun into their lives, I noticed that high jewellery is always very conservative and hesitant to take a bold step. So I wanted to give women an option to be fashionable, even when it comes to diamonds and gold. Life is more fun when we live outside the box!” – Mike Saatji

This exquisite feathered Flamingo choker necklace features 25 carats of diamonds, 62 freshwater pearls and 4000 stone settings, and yet it’s incredibly light with just 324 grams of gold! What is the secret? It is constructed from 2500 separate parts, including miniature diamond-paved gold springs, mimicking the curves of feathers. Can you imagine the level of meticulous craftsmanship that went into this creation? It took 10 talented artisans more than 6 months to assemble such an intricate, sparkling puzzle! It was the only project they were focused on.

It all started with a feather and the idea of bringing femininity and softness (literally!) into haute joaillerie design. In the pursuit of ergonomically incorporating feathers, a relatively inexpensive material, into high jewellery, Mike Joseph Jewellery sourced the finest real feathers from Europe (where he travelled three times to find the best). What I love about this stunning choker is its endless versatility! The feather part can be easily removed or customised with different coloured feathers. And just like that, the wearer gets both fashion and heirloom quality. You don’t have to choose; you can have both! 

Discover more from the new fine feather jewellery collection by Mike Joseph Jewellery on GEMOLOGUE Get The Look! 

True jewellery innovation happens when a visionary designer, bold ideas and exceptional craftsmanship come together! My congratulations to the Mike Joseph Jewellery team on winning COUTURE Design Awards!

Thanks for stopping by! Share with me in comments what appeals to you the most in this haute couture necklace design?

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery.  You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on InstagramTwitterFacebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello info@gemologue.com

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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE. Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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People dressed in crazy extravagant street style, photographers chasing celebrities, extreme shortage of parking spaces… This could mean only one thing – London Fashion Week has once again taken over the city! Missing the first days of LFW SS20, I’m back just in time for a few catwalk shows and presentations including the Paul Costelloe runway show at the grand ballroom of Waldorf Hilton Hotel. The new SS20 collection bursting with abstract floral prints and juicy colours styled with chunky layered gold chains almost made me forget we’re in the middle of gloomy London autumn.

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For me fashion and jewellery have always been inseparable. This is why 10 years ago GEMOLOGUE was the first online jewellery destination to showcase jewels in a stylish, dynamic context. With so many jewellery events happening during LFW, I am happy to see the gap between jewellery and fashion finally shrinking! From GEMFIELDS multi-sensory experience and Wallace Chan exhibition to LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair and Jewellery Cut Live presenting 27 contemporary jewellery designers, I even had a moment to witness Van Cleef & Arpels high jewellery creations presented at their New Bond Street boutique!

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I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t jump onto the opportunity to style a perfect bejewelled LFW street style look, rushing from one event to another! Remember my epic #JEWELLERYFACE, diamond face and contemporary kokoshnik street style LFW looks? This time I’m shifting my focus to a stunning bejewelled coat by Kathryn Evans, almost entirely embroidered with sparkly blue flowers. I accidentally spotted it at the IJL catwalk and could instantly picture it paired with my gold toned Maison Margiela bag and Gucci loafers!

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Following one of my jewellery styling tips: “Never leave home without jewellery” – I’ve embellished my hands with statement cocktail rings by Sevan Bicakci and Nayibe Warchausky. Adding contemporary Uncommon Matters hoops as a final touch for my ears and a real binocular necklace, which didn’t go unnoticed!

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Thanks for stopping by! What jewellery events have you attended recently? Share with me in comments!

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COAT KATHRYN EVANS
BAG MAISON MARGIELA
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EARRINGS UNCOMMON MATTERS
RINGS SEVAN BICAKCI AND NAYIBE WARCHAUSKY

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery.  You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on InstagramTwitterFacebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello info@gemologue.com

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE. Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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Long gone are the days of costume jewellery feather-tassel earrings, but it seems like feathers might be having a comeback, flying their way into more sophisticated fine jewellery designs! At least that’s true for Mike Joseph Jewellery, who surprised Couture Las Vegas audiences once again after winning Couture Design Awards for Best in Diamonds Above $20,000 last year!

“My biggest reward in creating new pieces comes when someone has a genuine emotional response to my work: be it a joy, a smile or a moment of introspection” – Mike Saatji, designer of Mike Joseph Jewellery

When feathers collide with talented craftsmanship in fine jewellery, magic really does happen! The striking contemporary peacock inspired jewels of Mike Joseph Jewellery feature a myriad of trapeze-cut diamonds sprinkled on shining yellow gold to create a flowing effect. Removable feathers add an avant-garde touch to the modern glamour of the set (Important note: no birds were injured!) From pear to cushion-cut diamond, each of the 6 jewels is set with a larger-centre stone bringing the composition together.

For this look I couldn’t resist styling the whole set of 3 rings, 2 cuff bracelets and a breathtaking choker together! No earrings needed when your neck and hands are ready to make a bold statement, adorned in diamonds and feathers. Paired with no less extravagant feather sleeved white blouse, this gorgeous blend of feathers and fine jewellery makes me feel light as a feather and ready for the next jewellery adventure!

Thanks for stopping by! Watch my Couture Las Vegas IGTV to see how this outfit looks in action and share your favourite moment in comments below!

 

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I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery.  You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on InstagramTwitterFacebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello info@gemologue.com

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE. Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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When you hear, Paris Couture Week, you think fashion shows. But for me it’s all about High Jewellery Previews! Or Haute Joaillerie, as we’re in Paris after all.

As the city buzz grows in excitement at the thought of a whole week of fashion shows, I’m making my escape to the luxurious boutiques of the Place Vendôme to discover and share with you the latest collections of high jewellery from the world’s top jewellery brands like Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, Dior, Chanel, De Beers, Piaget, Chaumet, Messika, Louis Vuitton, Suzanne Syz, David Morris and more.

What a great honour it is to be invited to this exclusive event, open only to clients and journalists. The jewellery Maison collections of Paris Couture Week showcase the most extraordinary gemstones the world has ever seen, and the highest level of craftsmanship, innovation and design imaginable.

This year, I am taking you along with me and sharing all the inspiration and stories behind these phenomenal haute jewellery collections! Join my marvellous tour by watching my interactive videos and reading about the vision behind each collection below.

Day 1 Jewellery Highlights: Reza, CHANEL, De Beers and Russian Alexandrites.

 

I can’t think of a better way to start my first day in Paris than by discovering the spectacular jewels of Reza, designed by Olivier Reza the son of founder Alexandre! With 80 years of expertise in selecting precious stones, each creation of Reza high jewellery begins with the gemstone. This VSS1 IIa type heart-shaped diamond ring instantly stole my heart, while the unparalleled perfection of these 65 ct ruby earrings simply blew my mind.

Who knew I’d visit my home country in the heart of Paris! The new “Le Paris Russe de Chanel” collection is dedicated to imperial Russia, and is an exploration in Chanel’s admiration for its embroidery, folklore and royal history. Could the Russian beau, Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovich have anything to do with it? (wink-wink!)

My next stop, the home of diamonds: De Beers. The new De Beers collection “Portraits of Nature” reflects a kaleidoscope of colour and light and is the brand’s largest high jewellery collection to date. It is a vision of exceptional diamonds and the chromatic effects of creatures like flamingos, monarch butterflies, chameleons, cichlids and zebras. Check out my Animal Jewellery Curation on Pinterest for more unique fauna inspired jewels!

What a magical afternoon at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs! I’m here to witness the Rubeus Imperial Alexandrite Collection with a record-breaking 69.37 ct Russian alexandrite gemstone. First discovered in 1830 in the Ural Mountains, the gem was named after Alexander II, who was heir to the throne at the time. What really strikes me about alexandrite is its ability to dramatically change colour in incandescent light from bluish-green to reddish-purple. Emerald by day, ruby by night!

Day 2 Jewellery Highlights: Suzanne Syz, Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, Boucheron, Louis Vuitton and Gemfields showcasing Bina Goenka and Francis de Lara

 

I love talking jewellery and even more so the art talk. Sharing this passion with unconventional high jewellery designer Suzanne Syz was a delightful surprise of the day. Her jewels are inspired by the remarkable artworks of the 20th century and feature some unusual material combinations, like an 80 carat paraiba tourmaline set in a rock crystal ring.

Feeling the love at Paris Couture Week with the new Van Cleef & Arpels high jewellery collection, Romeo & Juliet. The language of love expressed in gems… so romantic! Often finding inspiration in literature, Van Cleef & Arpels pays tribute to Shakespeare’s masterpiece, playing out the scenes of the lovers’ destiny in a Renaissance Verona of precious gemstones.

For all the admirers of exceptional craftsmanship, the new jewels of Buccellati – including the choker and earrings designed by Lucrezia Buccellati – feature the traditional maison’s jewellery-making techniques. For diamond lovers, the new Buccellati flower cut with 57 facets, in which every facet is mirrored, was presented during Paris Couture Week. And I even tried to cut one myself! You need nerves of steel to press the real diamond onto a cutting wheel for the first time!

 

Thirty minutes later and we’re hopping over to experience Paris through the eyes of Boucheron and their Vu Du 26 high jewellery collection. As the name suggests the jewels explore the French heritage and creative essence of the famed Maison through three chapters: Parisian architecture and culture, Place Vendôme encapsulated in jewels, and 26 V, the family house and heart of Boucheron’s creativity. I could spend days exploring these treasures. They left me in complete awe of the exquisite craftsmanship and extraordinary gemstones.

The collection, which really resonated with me on Day 2 was The Riders of the Knights by Louis Vuitton. Having celebrated self-love and the talent of female jewellery designers, I fell for LV’s empowering tribute to female heroines of the medieval period. They have so much in common with modern women today, who are capable of shaping their own destinies. Borrowing from the design elements of a medieval fortress, The Riders of the Knights collection creates a sparkly armour of diamonds for she who dares to wear it.

At the Suite of Gemstones, it was a great pleasure to witness and highlight Gemfields’ responsibly sourced African emeralds and rubies in their spectacular fine jewellery creations. The 18k gold and emerald serpent glasses of Francis de Lara is the second show-stopping jewellery eyewear I’ve discovered since Artistar. While Bina Goenka’s snake design was a pure splash of rubies wrapping around my wrist. Can I have them as a set?

Day 3 Jewellery Highlights: Messika, Dior Jewellery and designers of Objet d’Emotion

 

Entering the Messika presentation of their new Born To Be Wild high jewellery collection, I felt like I was stepping into a desert land of sand and rocks with tumbleweed sweeping around the sparkling diamonds. Drawing inspiration from the vast and vivid North American desert and the Wild West, Messika jewels pays tribute to the forces of nature and self-discovering escapism.

Next on our gleaming list of jewellery discoveries is Dior’s fabulous interpretation of gemstones, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Dior Joaillerie. Pronounced as J’aime Dior, the Gem Dior collection by Victoire de Castellane is a juicy splash of colour and a vivid declaration of love to diamonds, rubies, garnets, sapphires, emeralds, tsavorites, spinels, tanzanites and paraiba tourmalines…

I’m buoyant with excitement at the thought of Objet d’Emotion, a fine jewellery shopping concept founded by my dear Valery Demure. Selecting only the best brands with strong aesthetics and inimitable signatures, it was a delight to discover new designs from some of my favourite female designers, including Alice Cicolini, Francesca Villa, Melanie Georgacopoulos, Sharon Khazzam and Yael Sonia. And what an amazing view of Paris from the roof of Hotel de Crillon! Such a treat!

Day 4 Jewellery Highlights: Chaumet, Piaget, designers collaboration with Atelier Swarovski and David Morris

 

Starting my last morning of Paris Haute Couture Week by admiring the skies… of Les Ciels de Chaumet high jewellery collection! Chaumet masterfully interprets the vastness and ever-changing appearance of the skies by giving it shape in exceptional jewels in four Chapters: Les Caprices du Ciel resembles the ever-changing appearance of the stormy weather; Les Couleurs du Ciel celebrates the colour palette that the sun exhibits throughout the daytime, while Les Fulgurances du Ciel is a tribute to the diamond sparkling sky we only witness as night falls. Yet one cannot imagine the sky without its beautiful birds, Les Habitants du Ciel.

A quick stroll under the boiling-hot sun of Paris to the presentation of Piaget, a Maison which has made the interpretation of light its signature with its 2017 and 2018 high jewellery collections. Continuing the tradition, the new Golden Oasis 2019 collection explores the intense sun lighting the curves of a breathtaking desert landscape through three distinctive facets: The Play of Lights burst into colourless and yellow diamonds, Mozambican rubies and pink spinels; The Native Bloom honours the desert flora by dressing the jewels in lush greens of Colombian and Zambian emeralds, malachites and paraiba tourmalines; and my personal favourite, the Desert Mineral chapter is inspired by rocks and crystal pools, portrayed in spessartite garnets, Akoya white pearls, Madagascar blue sapphires and black opals.

Aiming to promote the conscious choice of consumers, I have attended the presentation of Swarovski Atelier Fine Jewellery in collaboration with Stephen Webster, Prince Dimitri and Penélope Cruz, who designed their jewels with Swarovski Created Diamonds. Learn the difference between man-made and natural diamonds in my article. I also had a chance to discover the largest lab grown diamonds to date in the Penelope Cruz one-off pear drops jewellery set, spanning 3.05 carats!

Finishing my day with a reminder to stay true to my roots, I visited the London-born jewellery brand David Morris and the new high jewellery collection, Enchanted Isle. Inspired by the care-free escapism of Mykonos Island, new designs shine with the colours of the crystal clear sea and abundant nature of the island. My favourite jewel of the collection is the gorgeous yellow diamond floral ear cuff, the embodiment of modern elegant and edgy femininity.

Thanks for joining me on my trip to Paris Couture Week 2019 high jewellery collection previews! Which day of jewellery highlights was your favourite? Share with me in the comments down below!

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I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on InstagramTwitterFacebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello info@gemologue.com

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE.

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Hot on the heels of Paris Haute Couture and four days of fashion shows comes the latest collections of high jewellery from many of the world’s top jewellery brands like Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, Dior, Chanel, De Beers, Piaget, Chaumet, Messika, Louis Vuitton, Suzanne Syz, David Morris and more. It’s an exclusive event open only to clients and journalists and a great honour to attend. I hope you enjoy my curation of new jewellery discoveries from Paris Haute Couture.

Always so exciting to experience the world of CHANEL: from touring Chanel’s apartment to modelling for a special editorial dedicated to her love for camelia flowers, the legacy of Coco Chanel lives on in Chanel high jewellery. I cannot be happier than to be in Paris to learn more about the life and influence of this legendary woman and discover the latest high jewellery collection: Le Paris Russe De Chanel 2019.

If the Coromandel high jewelry collection of Paris Couture Week 2018 was dedicated to Coco’s favourite item of decor, this year’s Le Paris Russe De Chanel explores her fascination with the art, fashion and of course the people of Russia. The collection builds on Chanel’s encounters and friendships with notable Russian artists, ballet dancers, and choreographers, who brought the echoes of imperial Russia’s grandeur to Paris after it had lost its charm in the homeland.

“The Russians fascinate me” – Coco Chanel

Chanel’s passion and inspiration have always been inseparable. It was her brief but intense love affair with the Grand Duke Dmitri, the cousin of the last Russian Tsar, who introduced Gabrielle to many of his compatriots and sparked Chanel’s interest in motifs and designs of Imperial Russia.

Le Paris Russe De Chanel high jewelry collection illustrates the dreamy Russia of Chanel in 69 glittering creations. She has never visited my home country, but in her imagination it was a faraway land, where the splendour of the Imperial court blended with the pristine beauty of wheat fields and mystical stories from folklore.

I was surprised to discover Chanel’s appreciation for wheat, which she believed was a powerful symbol of luck and positive energy. After 1967 CHANEL Moscow runway show, her models came back with gifts of golden wheat sheaths, which Coco surrounded herself with in her apartment on Rue Cambon. I loved how this wheat motif runs beautifully throughout the designs of Le Paris Russe De Chanel collection. It made for a beautiful backdrop at the jewels presentation I attended in Paris.

I was instantly drawn to this beautiful kokoshnik inspired headdress, which can also be worn as a stunning collar necklace. The beautiful diamond camellia flower motif is a tribute to Chanel’s signature style, while the outline recalls the shape of the Russian headdress, traditionally adorned with pearls and trimming. It reminds me of the beautiful kokoshnik I once wore at a Christmas party.

One of the biggest highlights of my journey to Le Paris Russe De Chanel is the spectacular Sarafane necklace. Hand-decorated borders made from beads of white gold create captivating lines of subtle openwork. Inspired by the intricate embroidery and fine needlework of Russia, this necklace comes together in a beautiful camellia ornament set, featuring perfectly chick pearls and a mix of pear-shaped, brilliant cut and marquise cut diamonds. Shining bright at its centre, you’ll find a show-stopping 10.18 carat, internally flawless, round diamond. Perfectly placed to accentuate the neck dimple of some lucky wearer. So true to CHANEL style.

A contrasting take on Russian embroidery is expressed in the Folklore earrings and cuff bracelet with tsavorites, orange garnets, blue and pink sapphires, with diamonds and irresistible pearls. Set against a backdrop of deep red lacquer, the jewels celebrate Chanel’s favourite colour.

Just like Chanel’s own fashion designs mirrored Russian fabrics back in the 1920s, the jewels of Le Paris Russe De Chanel high jewellery collection echo Chanel’s dream of Russia. After Coco Chanel was introduced to the Grand Duke’s sister, the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, she was proud to help her set up an embroidery atelier for future CHANEL couture knits.

One of the most striking symbols represented in the high jewellery collection of Chanel, is the double-headed eagle of Imperial Russia. A reference to the ornate, gilt mirror in Mademoiselle Chanel’s Paris apartment, this Aigle Protecteur platinum necklace showcases a beautiful symmetry with breathtaking rows of briolette cut diamonds supported by two double-headed diamond eagles, resting over a shield of incredible diamonds.

I found the beautiful colour combinations of gemstones in the Blé Maria set of Le Paris Russe De Chanel high jewellery collection the most striking. Just look at this splendid medal brooch with a 28.82 carat oval-shaped yellow sapphire at its centre bursting out with pink spinels, sapphires, garnets, green tourmalines and diamonds in white and yellow gold. Kakaya krasota! (the Russian for “How beautiful!”)

My heart was pounding with delight as I strolled through the beautiful high jewellery presentation from Chanel. It was a moment of pure nostalgia for my homeland. Watch my IGTV to see all the beauty firsthand!

 

Thanks for stopping by! What is your favourite jewel from CHANEL Jewelry Le Paris Russe De Chanel 2019 high jewelry collection? Share with me in the comments below!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery.  You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on InstagramTwitterFacebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello info@gemologue.com

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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE. Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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GET THE LOOK: JAPANESE MOTIFS IN MARQUETRY JEWELLERY WITH SILVIA FURMANOVICH https://gemologue.com/street-style/get-the-look-japanese-motifs-in-marquetry-jewellery-with-silvia-furmanovich/ https://gemologue.com/street-style/get-the-look-japanese-motifs-in-marquetry-jewellery-with-silvia-furmanovich/#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2019 11:26:25 +0000 http://gemologue.com/?p=28591 My jewellery world has become an eclectic mix of cultures: my own,...

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My jewellery world has become an eclectic mix of cultures: my own, the ones of countries I explore and the ones of the destinations that inspire the stunning jewels I discover. The elegant pastel look I wore for Couture Design Awards ceremony in Las Vegas is inspired by this wonderful feeling! As a judge, I wanted to dress in something truly special, echoing the shades of the sunset over Nevada desert and paying a tribute to the land of the rising sun with Japan inspired jewelry by Silvia Furmanovich.

For this look, I adorned myself with marquetry jewelry from the new Japan-inspired Obi collection by Silvia Furmanovich, the winner of Las Vegas Couture Design Awards in the Innovative category. The stunning fan, marquetry blush chrysanthemum clutch and tassel pearl necklace that I picked all mimic the original Japanese kimono sash fabrics of the past centuries. My final sparkly detail – elegant statement peach butterfly earrings with morganite gemstones!

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I decided to wear a beautiful pastel blue dress by Birger Christensen to act as a subtle backdrop for Silvia Furmanovich Japan inspired jewelry. In signature GEMOLOGUE style, I just couldn’t resist adding an edgy touch to my dainty outfit with the vivd citrus orange eyeshadow and statement embroidered pumps by Dries Van Noten.

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know in comments down below if you liked these Japan inspired jewelry of Silvia Furmanovich!

JEWELLERY BY SILVIA FURMANOVICH

DRESS BY ROTATE BY BIRGER CHRISTENSEN

PUMPS BY DRIES VAN NOTEN

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery.  You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on InstagramTwitterFacebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello info@gemologue.com

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE. Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS “ROMEO & JULIET” HIGH JEWELLERY COLLECTION, PARIS COUTURE WEEK 2019 https://gemologue.com/designers/van-cleef-arpels-romeo-juliet-high-jewellery-collection-paris-couture-week-2019/ https://gemologue.com/designers/van-cleef-arpels-romeo-juliet-high-jewellery-collection-paris-couture-week-2019/#respond Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:30:51 +0000 http://gemologue.com/?p=28439 Hot on the heels of Paris Haute Couture and four days of...

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Hot on the heels of Paris Haute Couture and four days of fashion shows comes the latest collections of high jewellery from many of the world’s top jewellery brands like Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, Dior, Chanel, De Beers, Piaget, Chaumet, Messika, Louis Vuitton, Suzanne Syz, David Morris and more. It’s an exclusive event open only to clients and journalists and a great honour to attend. I hope you enjoy my curation of new jewellery discoveries from Paris Haute Couture.

Every time I discover a high jewellery collection from Van Cleef & Arpels, it feels like I’m meeting an old friend who has developed beautiful new traits while we were apart. Glorious signature gemstone and diamond clips have evolved into the next captivating story waiting for me to discover. Entering the magical Place Vendôme Van Cleef & Arpels display felt so surreal with red, blue and yellow accents radiating from Lorenzo Mattotti drawings and the orange lighting bathing me in the warm, rosy hues of the approaching dawn. I just couldn’t wait to explore the jewels and soak up the ambiance of this magical space!

The art jewels of Van Cleef & Arperls is an imaginative journey through literature, poetry, dreams and jewellery craftsmanship. Remember the Quatre Contes de Grimm 2018 and Le Secret 2017 collections full of delicate fantasy clips? This time, for Paris Haute Couture Week 2019 Van Cleef & Arpels interpreted William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, the tragic story of Verona’s young lovers Romeo & Juliet.

Each step of their journey is gemified into a Verona of precious stones and more than one hundred exquisite haute jewellery creations. The lore of Renaissance Italian high society, the scenes of the lovers’ story, and Verona’s beautiful gardens and architecture provide precious inspiration for Van Cleef & Arpels high jewellery collection.

Meet the duo themselves! I could spend hours studying their delicate figures! This precious Romeo clip is dressed in white gold, blue sapphires, lapis lazuli and yellow diamonds. He is holding an engraved sword to show his determination and chivalry. Juliet, in her turn, wears a ruby headdress and a glittering medieval dress encrusted with orange sapphires, garnets, rubies and diamonds. The red and blue tones of Van Cleef & Arpels 2019 high jewellery collection pay tribute to the Capulets and Montagues’ family coat of arms. Notice the elegant mauve sapphire bouquet in Romeo’s hand, representing a blend of two shades: passionate love amidst warring families.

Silhouettes of the Renaissance époque are echoed in a dazzling array of spectacular necklaces boasting the rarest gemstones: luscious emeralds representing the gardens of Verona, deep blue sapphires evoking waters of the Adige, and blood red rubies setting the tone for all-consuming passion between two lovers… This gorgeous necklace designed by Van Cleef & Arpels is one of the greatest highlights for me of the new Romeo & Juliet high jewellery collection. Just the slightest touch of these precious jewels can make one tremble! The finest diamonds meticulously set in gold to pave the royal scene for a gorgeous cabochon emerald. Discover everything you need to know about emeralds.

There are no words to describe how it feels to witness the story of Romeo & Juliet unfold in marvellous jewels! Watch my IGTV to see it firsthand!

Thanks for stopping by! What is your favourite jewel from Van Cleef & Arpels Romeo & Juliet 2019 high jewellery collection? Share with me in the comments below!

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery.  You can sign up for GEMOLOGUE newsletter below and I also share  jewellery on InstagramTwitterFacebook  and Youtube if you’d like to connect, or feel free to say hello info@gemologue.com

SHOP MY FAVOURITE JEWELRY ONLINE:

GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

*Photographed by Julia Flit. Styling and Art Direction by Liza Urla. All photos belong to GEM Kreatives for GEMOLOGUE. Material on this website may not be copied, broadcasted or adapted without written consent.

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