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Turquoise is the New Black

by on July 31st, 2010

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Necklace

Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Necklace

Is there any stone more perfectly suited to the idyllic carefree nature of the summer season than turquoise?

Turquoise has always seemed to me to be the most cheerful, fun, and whimsical gemstone around. These brightly colored, yet unassuming beauties are the pure embodiment of summer. There is something about wearing a gorgeous turquoise piece that just seems to lighten the spirits and brighten up a room.

Whether you happen to be an effortlessly cool trendsetter, (think Verdura’s diamond-studded “Polka Dot” ring, $8,500), carefree and fun-loving, (think Van Cleef & Arpels’ Vintage Alhambra necklace), a bit edgy, (think Yossi Harari’s “Libra” turquoise beaded wrap necklace, $2,285), or truly glamorous, (think Paul Morelli’s “Oval Window” cabochon turquoise & pavé-set diamond cocktail ring, $10,760), a bit of turquoise is the perfect way to break out of your jewelry “rut” and embrace the color of the season!

Whatever your personal style, there is a turquoise piece for you.

Mark Davis Jewelry – Bakelite is Back

by on May 1st, 2010

Mark Davis Bakelite Bangles, from $3,990

Made from reclaimed vintage bakelite, 18k gold, diamonds and colorful gemstones, Mark Davis’ creations are as beautiful as they are unique. Splashy and fun, yet painstakingly handcrafted and meticulously finished, vintage bakelite is back and better than ever!

After buying my own Mark Davis bangle over a year ago, wearing it almost daily, and enjoying every minute of it, I knew it was time to share these spectacular creations with our friends.

Pieces range from $400 for a pair of 18k and gem-set earrings to $1,430 for a set of 3 pink sapphire studded stackable bangles to $12,000 for a wide cutout bangle bedazzled to the nines!

Let the collecting commence…

Verdura Mammoth Hoop Earrings: Who Knew a Prehistoric Fossil Could Look So Hip?

by on March 1st, 2010

Verdura Mammoth Ivory Hoop Earrings, $3,500

These playful mammoth ivory hoops with bold gold stud detailing are at once graceful and sinuous in their delicate curvature and smooth polish, and yet also raw, edgy. A mix of contrasting elements, these beauties can be worn equally well with a pair of jeans during the day, or a little black dress at night.

Verdura’s glamorous design aesthetic is never compromised in this thoroughly modern take on the ever-hip hoop earring. Who else but Verdura could turn a pre-historic fossil into a wearable (and affordable!) piece of art?

Vaid Jewelry Captures Spring Colors in Captivating Designs

by on March 1st, 2010

Vaid Bon Bon Bracelets, from $6,000

Vaid, a relative newcomer to Betteridge, is a Rome-based artisan jeweler with extensive experience in exquisite craftsmanship. Daniele Valabrega, third generation owner, has always been inspired to create classic designs using only the finest quality materials.

The Bon Bon collection featured here includes surprising and delightful combinations of Nature’s most precious elements, including hand hammered gold, diamonds, amethysts, rock crystal, mother of pearl, coral, turquoise and lapis lazuli – resulting in a rainbow of color and luminescence that can only be found at the height of spring!

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A Bielka Flower Bouquet

by on February 1st, 2010

Anemone Pink Sapphire & Diamond Earrings ($21,600), Sunflower Blue Topaz Drop Earrings ($850), Sunflower Stud Earrings ($320), and Wild Rose Ear Clips ($4,400)

Why give the love of your life a bouquet of flowers destined to die on the vine? Bielka’s wild rose, sunflower and daisy floral earrings will show how much you care each and every Valentine’s Day for years to come.

After training with Cartier and working in close collaboration with Asprey, Robert Bruce Bielka opened his own jewelry workshop in New York City in 1979. Bielka is best known for producing gold jewelry featuring a wide variety of exquisite floral motifs, such as his iconic gold and gemstone sunflowers.

Bielka jewelry is featured frequently in W, Town & Country and Departures Magazine and recently appeared on the covers of Jewelry Connoisseur and In Sync magazines.

Buccellati Cuff Bracelets: Redefining Elegance with Every Generation

by on December 1st, 2009

Buccellati Rayon Soleil and Botticelli Cuff Bracelets with Bellis Diamond Watch; $29,900 and $39,900

The distinctive artistry of Buccellati, and its hand-engraved designs, date back to the Renaissance. Like the celebration of Christmas, traditions of beauty and significance endure through the ages.

Every Buccellati piece is hand made, so no two are ever exactly alike.

Verdura Polka Dot Rings: Mod Rings for Fashionistas

by on December 1st, 2009

Verdura Polka Dot Rings, from $6,500

Reminiscent of 1960’s mod fashion, the Verdura Polka Dot Rings are playful and eye-catching.

Extraordinarily crafted in a wide variety of colors, these rings are not to be missed.

Paul Morelli Meditation Bells: “Every Time a Bell Rings an Angel Gets its Wings”

by on December 1st, 2009

Paul Morelli Meditation Bells, from $2,600

Whenever I see Paul Morelli’s Meditation Bells collection, I’m reminded of an adorable Zuzu Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, saying that now most famous of Christmas lines.

Paul Morelli’s bells come in a variety of sizes to be worn as pendants on a necklace or charms on a bracelet, and they make the most beautiful, elegant ringing sound. So, help an angel get its wings- come into the store and ring a meditation bell.

Verdura 5-Stone Cuffs: Our Favorite New Jewelry Collection

by on November 1st, 2009

Verdura 5-Stone Cuffs, from $28,000

Fabulous and chic! You don’t have to own a lot of jewelry, just a few timeless pieces (such as these cuffs, which are based on a design that was originally commissioned by Coco Chanel!).

For me, Verdura cuffs are a style essential.

The Sweet Alhambra: Playful Jewelry for Mothers and Daughters

by on November 1st, 2009

Van Cleef & Arpels Sweet Alhambra Pendant & Bracelet

Young girls want to look like their moms. Girls try on mom’s makeup, put on her clothes and try on her jewelry.

It’s this wonderful rite of passage that makes the Sweet Alhambra collection, which is meant to be worn by daughters and their mothers together, so special.