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The Weekly Bauble this week features diamonds of a dynamically different color!

Handcrafted by the wonderful Kristin Hanson, these striking Slice Diamond River Earrings are inspired by the rough majestic landscape of dark waters and rock formations. The focus of Kristin’s couture jewelry is centered around conflict-free natural colored diamonds. Her life-inspired pieces celebrate the innate beauty of such rare stones, while bridging fine art and fine jewelry. More of her unique creations can be discovered on her website and via #coreofluxury.

THE SKINNY:

7.3 carat brindle black diamond slices
1.1 carat canary yellow accent diamonds
18 karat gold

Price available upon request

Kindly email beautifulcurious@gmail.com with inquires and below are a few more inspired baubles that are certain to have you equally smitten!

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This evening was a wonderfully pleasurable one, surrounded by an array of beautiful and curious objects at The International Fine Art & Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. What made it even more extraordinary was a tour through a selection of the exceptional exhibitors, hosted by Natalie Bos of Jewels du Jour and an engaging talk by esteemed historian and jewelry curator Clive Kandel. The evening culminated at the Hancocks space, where these amazing jewels were discovered! The show is up through the Thursday, October 23rd, if you are curious…

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BiennaleDesAntiquaires2014BlogHeaderFor the next 10 days, the Place Vendôme is host to arguably the most important event in the jewelry calendar: La Biennale Paris. While this curious mind remains stateside, the next best way to celebrate the beauty of such exquisite pieces is to curate a series of jewels that we admire. Each day from September 11 – 21, we will present a selection here, as well as on twitter @BeautifulCurio and Instagram @BeautifulCurious… stay tuned!

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The ever lovely Maria Doulton, The Jewellery Editor, did journey to Paris for the occasion and her exclusive peek of Biennale treasures can be discovered below.

 

 

 

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Back in October, the launch of artist Greg Lauren’s limited edition fragrance collaboration with Barney’s New York came across the radar. The custom embellishment of fabric, paper and paint is impressive in itself, but having seen the creative journey of the bottle in video “The Making of an Original” left a lasting impression of what bespoke means. Today a dear friend gifted me the fragrance. Beyond the incredibly special scent created with Master Perfumer Ralf Schweiger, I recalled the thought and artfulness that went into crafting something so beautifully memorable.

The limited-edition of 3,000 can be purchased at Barney’s New York.

jewels-by-jar-the-metFor just 3 more days, over 400 enchanting works by Joel A. Rosenthal currently grace the halls of the MET in New York City – and dazzle the eyes of many ladies. To say this exhibition is a rare delight is an understatement. His name is “whispered” among a select number of women who are passionate about high jewellery and the gentleman is known to shy from the spotlight. What the MET has done is curate JAR’s acclaimed work over the past three decades. His pieces are playful, intricately bejewelled flora, fauna and objets d’art that both drip with colour and flicker in even the lowest light. Unless you are among his few fortunate clients, this is truly a once in a lifetime experience to behold his masterful creations.

Deeper musings on JAR and the jewellers who inspired him can be found on the wonderful blog Jewels du Jour. Thank you Natalie!

Below are just a few of his breathtaking creations:

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Something otherworldly entered the stratosphere, by way of a certain Coco Chanel back in 1932. And for a very short time (and for a fortunate few) it can be observed in a transformed Chanel galaxy not far from the MoMA from October 9th – 16th. What is it you ask? It is the extraordinary 1932 Tribute Collection of high-jewelry, celebrating 80 years of Chanel history and commitment to the fine jewelry craft as an art form. Ms. Chanel’s first collection debuted during the depression on November 7, 1932 titled “Bijoux de Diamants” with the intent “to cover women in constellations.” And she does so still today with 80 exceptional pieces that dazzle in diamonds and platinum, bold and pearls, rock crystal and sapphires – it is a bespoke universe of beauty in small pocket of New York City. For those who did not receive their private invitation, you can get starry-eyed by way of those lovely folks at Gotham Magazine.

Maurizio Pecoraro, Irving Penn, Mark Rothko, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lee Ufan, Milan Fashion Week, Spring 2013 RTW

What is modern minimalism in Milan? Maurizio Pecoraro has a few ideas and has literally made art of them with the help of a few well curated friends: Irving Penn, Mark Rothko, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Lee Ufan. His garmets may seem ultra paired down to basic shapes and forms, but there is a deep intellectual sensuality at play. Particularly in the evening tanks, skirts and dresses that resemble single elongated petals loosely enveloping the wearer as they drip with sequins. It is this fresh, yet smouldering wetness that makes this minimalism, well, so much more…

Mulberry, Mulberry Spring 2013 invitation, Winsor & Newton, Winsor and Newton, @Mulberry_Editor, London Fashion WeekFor their spring 2013 runway presentation, Mulberry doesn’t offer a mere brush with beauty. They intend to wash us away in it… and this curious mind is more than willing. The inspiration for the collection is “celebrating colour and the craft of painting”. Mulberry has primed their audience with all the right touches, starting with the bespoke invitation. It is a customized box containing the show details, a Mulberry branded sketchbook and miniature watercolor paint set from renowned British fine art materials brand Winsor & Newton. Mulberry shares the story of water colour and the innovations William Winsor and Henry Newton contributed to the world of colour on the Mulberry blog. Today they released this beautifully simple video inviting us to watch the show live on September 18th at 10am (GMT) on Mulberry.com. Meantime, immerse in the colourful world of Mulberry by following their blog and various channels of Twitter @Mulberry_Editor, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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Some days all you need is love. Other days you need inspiration. Here’s to Erwin Blumenfeld and thank you Sølve Sundsbø and Chanel.

Tomas Maier, Bottega Veneta, Annie Leibovitz, Alex Prager, Steven Meisel, The Art Of Collaboration, Erwin Olaf

Telling a good story is crucial for any brand and Tomas Maier, creative director of Bottega Veneta, has been telling some great ones. The stories are not about a bag, but the people who carry them, as seen through a rotating roster of very well known and emerging contemporary photographers. With a new collection, comes a new collaboration with a photographer who contributes his or her own individual aesthetic and narrative. Above is a selection of BeautifulCurious favorites over the years, featuring Annie Leibovitz, Alex Prager, and Steven Meisel. Tomas Maier elaborates on each of the extraordinary collaborations, which are posted on facebook and the Bottega Veneta website in a video series called The Art Of Collaboration. Below is but a glimpse of what promises to be a provocative, hyper-color fall campaign shot by the great Erwin Olaf…

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