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Verdura’s Theodora Cuff Bracelet, Now at Betteridge

by on October 28th, 2014

verdura-coco-chanelLegendary jeweler Verdura celebrates its 75 years of style with the introduction of the rare, limited edition “Theodora” cuff. The “Theodora” motif on the cuff marks the beginning of Verdura’s career as a jewelry designer and his earliest collaboration with Coco Chanel. In 1930, Verdura, with Chanel as his muse, shattered the status quo in 20th century jewelry design. The revolution they began broke from the proliferation of platinum and diamond jewelry whose popularity was verging on monotony.

Inspired by the Byzantine mosaic of Empress Theodora at the Italian Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Verdura and Chanel set out to break the rules of popular style. For the first time in the 20th Century, gemstones were pressed into yellow gold in such splendid contradiction to one another: the primary colors of precious rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds were electrified into new life beside the vivid half-hues of semi-precious amethysts, peridots and tourmalines. It was an iconoclast departure. At the time, British Vogue observed the “unusual results and a number of colour harmonies hitherto unknown to jewellery.”

The first foray into this new realm of color was a pair of Byzantine-inspired brooches in loosely cruciform patterns, called the Theodora and Ravenna brooches. These two brooches became harbingers of change, precursors to the full exploration of twentieth century Byzantine style. They were the inspiration for the iconic Maltese Cross cuffs created by the Duke of Verdura for his friend Coco Chanel in the early 1930’s. These brooches were eventually given to Diana Vreeland, a friend and client of Chanel. She further popularized them by wearing them in unusual ways, notably on her turbans and hats. These were a signature of Ms. Vreeland throughout her life.

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Bvlgari’s B.Zero1: Where Jewelry Meets Wearable Art

by on October 31st, 2012

Bulgari ‘Monete’ Antique Silver Coin Pendant Necklace

Growing up in the jewelry industry I have been exposed to some incredible pieces of fine jewelry- from vintage diamond brooches and exquisite line bracelets to large diamond drops. Although these pieces are wonderful, they are not always wearable for everyday enjoyment.

This is where the Bvlgari B.Zero1 collection comes into play. Whether you favor your little black dress or jeans and a simple blouse, these designs will be sure to complement your outfit. The Bvlgari B.Zero1 collection can be worn to accent the ears, neck, wrist, and hands with comfort and clean intriguing designs. Pendants, hoop earrings, cuff bracelets, and banded rings are a few elements of the collection.

Bvlgari’s use of 18-karat pink, yellow, and white gold with diamonds and colored gemstones makes for a very wearable new take on classic materials. But what if you want something new and different? Maybe you want a beautiful piece of gold that is complemented by colored ceramic, or even exquisite marble in blue, green, or brown. Well this collection does just that.

The versatility of the collection makes it a wonderful addition to any wardrobe, and the attention to detail and comfort is sure to stand out wherever you are enjoying them. You will find these pieces not only accent your wardrobe but also your lifestyle.

Bulgari’s B.Zero1 Marble Rings

Exploring Mark Davis’ Workshop

by on May 1st, 2012

Visiting Mark Davis’ workshop is an experience that can only be described as heavenly. Housed in an old rope factory building on the water in Brooklyn, stark white walls give way to the most glorious sight imaginable- a wall of color-coded bakelite!

Due to the vintage nature of the material, Mark has taken to buying it up whenever a “new” stockpile becomes available. Whether it be a full uncut, bakelite tube, or a collection of well-worn bangles, he has managed to amass quite a lovely hoard over the years. All in various stages of production, one can witness the transformation from ordinary to extraordinarily fabulous as the time-consuming process of sanding and polishing progresses.

Years of exposure to the elements oxidizes outer layers of the bakelite and causes it to change color. A brown piece might actually turn out to be blue after Mark has had his way with it. Who knew bakelite was so multifaceted? Mark did!

Before Mark Davis came onto the scene, bakelite had been largely forgotten. Now, many try to imitate his unique style using resin and other colorful materials. Only bakelite however is heat-resistant, impervious to moisture and shatterproof- it’s actually so durable that it was used for some bomb-casings during World War II.

After seeing the amount of work that goes into the making of each and every piece bearing his stamp, one cannot help but fall madly in love with Mark’s jewels. While this material might no longer be in vogue militarily-speaking, Mark Davis’ bakelite beauties always hold the top three spots on my jewelry wishlists.

Spring Style Essentials

by on April 10th, 2012

A colorful cocktail ring is a warm weather wardrobe staple, and in my opinion, no one does color better than Paolo Costagli. More so than most talented artists, Paolo has a knack for combining colors that is simply breathtaking.

He is probably best known for his peridot and pink sapphire pieces, inspired by a Florentine garden near the famous Piazzale Michelangelo. No less fabulous however, are the multitudes of other fabulous pairings like the mint tourmaline & violet sapphire, as well as deep pink tourmaline & pink sapphire, stunners above. No matter your personal taste or preferred color palette, Paolo undoubtedly has a ring so perfect, you’d think it was made just for you!

Paul Morelli’s Majestic Meditation Bells- Now in Sterling Silver

by on October 1st, 2011

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Paul Morelli Gem-Set Meditation Bells in Sterling Silver, from $250

Ever since their introduction in 2009, Paul Morelli’s Meditation Bells have been a hit. Something about that sweet tinkling sound is simply irresistible, and the ingeniously-simple clasp mechanism allows for endless mixing and matching!

Each bell seems to have a character all its own, whether it be the gracefully classic, plain fluted bell or the whimsical and cheerful multicolored, gem-set versions, there is a bell for everyone. For instance, my current favorite is the “Raja” bell in gorgeously moody black rhodium sparkling with amethysts and black diamonds. A little bit edgy, but still playful and feminine.

Just launched in sterling silver, there is a bell for every budget! The new silver bells come in classic styles, including ones with Morelli’s signature granulation, as well as new, gem-set stunners, such as the ones pictured to the left.

Who couldn’t use a little more Zen in her life?

Edgy, Glamorous, Yossi Harari

by on December 3rd, 2010

New Jewelry Collections by Yossi Harari

New Yossi Harari Jewelry at Betteridge

Although Yossi Harari draws inspiration from ancient jewelry and artifacts, he creates some of the most uniquely modern jewelry collections. Every piece is truly a wearable piece of art.

Rubies, purple sapphires, and blue diamonds appear all the brighter against the blackened “gilver,” Yossi’s proprietary alloy of silver and gold. “Gilver” is a wonderfully unique and affordable backdrop that enhances the sparkly of these vibrantly colored gems.

Mark Davis Designer Showcase, November 26-27

by on November 5th, 2010

Mark Davis 'Leontine' Tortoise Bakelite Bangle with Citrine, $6,070

Mark Davis bakelite jewelry is akin to postmodern “ivory” masterpieces. The exacting techniques of working the bakelite are similar to those employed for natural ivory, but without ivory’s associated ecological devastation. In addition, the bakelite offers a range of colors and patterns that are unique and remarkable in their own right.

Mark’s expert use and adaptation of alternative materials is one reason that his jewelry is so special. By applying the exacting techniques of the haute joaillerie to materials not traditionally considered “fine,” Mark has created collections remarkable for their freshness and exceptional distinctiveness.

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New Arrivals from Vaid Roma

by on October 7th, 2010

New Jewelry by Vaid

Vaid Roma - One of Our Favorite Italian Jewelry Designers

Just to whet your appetite! Chunky, richly colored gold link bracelets and necklaces; a vividly colored, cabochon-cut gemstone bracelet; and one of the coolest, bombé style gold bracelets you’ll ever see. More to come!

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Naturalistic Bielka Beauties

by on September 27th, 2010

Floral & Foliate Jewels by Robert Bielka

After attending the National Fish & Wildlife dinner Saturday night, where our very own Terry Betteridge was honored, I feel inspired to post these gorgeous Bielka pieces. An homage to Mother Nature, each piece highlights the sheer beauty of our natural world.

Meticulously hand-engraved surfaces and supremely beautiful gemstones enhance this collection of floral and foliate jewelry.

The Perfect Fall Companion – Bielka’s “Fandango” Jewelry

by on September 27th, 2010

Fandango Collection by Robert Bielka

This month we welcome Robert Bielka’s cheerful “Fandango” collection!

An adorable diamond-studded floral disco ball pendant necklace, matching sapphire and diamond earrings, and playful diamond earrings. On the bigger, bolder, and more colorful end of the spectrum, are the garden party-ready peridot earclips, and amethyst or blue topaz dress rings.

Some say it looks like fireworks… I say it looks like a party waiting to happen!