BOODLES THE WOLSELEY MAYFAIR LONDON
I attended Boodles ‘Diamonds and Pancakes’ Breakfast at The Wolseley in London. The piece that stood out was this Sweet Pea High Jewellery ring with vivid blue Ceylon sapphire. Sapphire is my favourite gem. Founded in 1798, Boodles started as a jewellery multi brand. Over the centuries, Boodles has developed signature style and recently added coloured stones to it’s collection. A family-run business for more than two centuries, the Boodles diamond-buying expertise has been passed down from generation to generation. To put that into perspective, the equivalent of 20 double-decker buses of soil is pushed out of the ground to mine one carat of diamond. From that one carat just 20% is used in jewellery. Less than 1% of these stones are good enough for Boodles jewellery! In the same way that Louis Vuitton had launched a signature diamond cut based in their iconic monogram flowers – a round-cut flower diamond, Boodles is famous for creating the Ashoka diamond cut. The Ashoka is the most difficult diamond cut to produce, there are only a few cutters in the world who have mastered this art. Modified from the antique cushion cut, the Ashoka has 62 scissor-cut facets, more than any other diamond. The rounded corners gives it a brilliance beyond compare. This year, Boodles has expanded their Ashoka jewellery range with some wonderfully sparkly engagement rings. Boodles online expansion raises one important question. Will we ever abandon the habit of shopping for fine jewellery on Bond Street and Sloane Street? Could we ever really move into an online world of exclusive networks and carefully curated fine jewellery such as Boodles and GIFTLAB? Up and coming Fine Jewellery designers such as Leyla Abdollahi (more about Leyla Abdollahi here) already offers her precious creations online. Lets see what the future holds. Ruby Vintage Lace necklace: 20.99 carats of rubies in a vintage lace, platinum setting and surrounded by a further 10.77 carats of white diamonds. Romantic diamond swirls punctuate these grand jewels inspired by sensuous antique lace, bringing together rich red rubies with round brilliant cut-diamonds to striking effect.
An ethereal green fire burns within richly coloured emeralds, their luminosity symbolising a beam of light as it strikes through forest foliage. Petal shaped flames dance amongst swirling tendrils creating a natural harmony between the elements: earth and fire. Featuring the finest untreated Columbian Emeralds from the Muzo mines (discover the difference between Colombian and Zambian emeralds here).
In this suite vivid blue Ceylon sapphires rest in sparkling diamond tendrils decorated with briolette diamond dew drops. The Sweet Pea design is inspired by this flower’s curling, spring-like vines, which you can wind around your finger while admiring their sweet scented blooms.
The inspiration for this piece is taken from the entrancing play of light in northern latitudes, otherwise known as the ‘northern lights’ or ‘aurora borealis’. During ancient times these captivating illuminations were thought to be spirits and souls dancing in the sky. In these exquisite pieces pink, yellow and white fancy cut diamonds come together in a platinum openwork setting.
Aurora Bracelet: 18.08carats of coloured diamonds set in platinum and surrounded by a further 4.96carats of white round brilliant cut diamonds, POA
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GEMOLOGUE by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring exquisite global discoveries, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews.
GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is 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, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
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