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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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Our inaugural Weekly Bauble is a jewel called “Lily Ring” by the lovely Katherine Jetter.

What Katherine does with her native Australian gemstones, such as Opals, Argyle Pink Diamonds and other rare colored diamonds, is nothing short of breathtaking. Her luxurious creations are inspired by the natural landscapes of her homeland, with her signature collection celebrating the lush Daintree Rainforest. Of particular note are her feminine, fresh and elegant floral jewels. “Lily Ring”, designed in collaboration with LJ West Diamonds, certainly embodies her dynamic, creative vision. This bauble is truly an exotic wonder – and one that blooms with beauty!

THE SKINNY:

1.14 carat Oval Fancy Intense Yellow Green Diamond VS2 (GIA certified)
1.29 carat Fancy Light Pink to Vivid Pink Argyle Diamond Melee
4.02 carat White Diamond Melee F + VS1
18 karat White Gold

Price available upon request

Kindly email beautifulcurious@gmail.com with any inquires.


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Next Wednesday we will launch our series titled “The Weekly Bauble“. It is a collection of beautiful jewels that we know and admire. We will share details about the jewel, the inspiration behind the bauble and the extraordinary jeweler who created it.

Stay tuned, and let the bauble adventures begin….
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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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Every established jewelry house has a wonderfully rich history – and with that, significant signature motifs in the form of an animal, flower or inanimate objects. Among such icons is the Panthère Collection of Cartier. Since August 20th, we have been treated to an alphabetical, timeless treasury called The History of the Panthère. On the Cartier website, we see a rolling history of jewelry and small objects from A – Z, followed by a video, which brings to life this incredible heritage in a memorable, accessible way. On Facebook, the alphabet unfolds with reference to a single word or phrase, heritage piece and a visual of its historical context. For good measure, there is the occasional short video clip, featuring a tight, glittering shot of a particular jewel. The viewer is also invited to experience the “A-Z tour” on the Cartier website to discover more. On Instagram, it seems an opportunity was missed to incorporate the “A-Z tour” along the same lines as Facebook, although the short videos are present.

This inspiring initiative is a brilliant way to share the wonderful heritage of Cartier, while educating young consumers about important pieces and small objects, specific to the Panthère Collection.


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photoHigh Jewelry brands continue to embrace social media platforms – even new launching collections on Instagram. While core clients will remain long-time loyal collectors, jewelers intentions are to reach a new, younger audience that may be more tech savvy. Luxury brands (of any kind) will do well to be innovative and engaging with globally mobile future clients: hello “HENRYs“!

Of note are two recent high jewellery collection launches by Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari.

On June 24th, Van Cleef & Arpels released a short, charming video on Instagram announcing an unveiling. Next was a series with a single gemstone, followed by imagery in white paper of a palace, king and queen, and butterflies, which announced that a fairytale collection would be revealed the next day. Facebook and Twitter were employed to share the time of the grand occasion. A film still of a young Catherine Deneuve from Jaques Demy’s “Peau d’Âne” was released on June 27th, as it was the inspiration behind the new collection. Van Cleef & Arpels then shared an image of Chateau de Chambord, where the collection would be presented at a special event. Followers were then treated to a continual feed of the festivities, with glimpses of the jewelry throughout the magical evening.

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Similarly, Bulgari revealed on July 1st that their latest high jewelry collection would be revealed during Parisian Haute Couture week. As this year is their 130th anniversary, they set out to celebrate its past with initiatives that will lead the brand into the future. One such initiative is a project to restore Rome’s cherished Spanish Steps, following private investment to help maintain heritage monuments throughout Italy. With the intention to be perceived as innovative as well as a revered established brand, Bulgari began posting closely cropped details of a few pieces from the collection. In the hours leading up to the launch event on July 8th, behind-the-scenes images were shared, followed by images of the event and the collection being enjoyed and admired by those in attendance.

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Discover a brilliant story about a man and his legacy revealed though rich narrative and dynamically animated historical visuals. This cleverly crafted video celebrates Harry Winston’s birthday and his sensational passion (and obsession) for diamonds.

Also worthy of note: on November 18th to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Harry Winston’s donation of the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian, the world’s most famous gemstone was mounted in a new setting titled “Embracing Hope”.  A terrific documentary titled “Mystery of the Hope Diamond” on the Smithsonian Channel reveals the history, science, secrets and curse of this legendary blue diamond. 

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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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“Are not the most beautiful things made to circulate?” These words were spoken by Coco Chanel in 1932, and like so many things she had a hand in creating, the sentiment is timeless. The video below is the 3rd of the “Inside Chanel” series titled “Chanel and the Diamond”. It speaks of not only the history of the importance diamonds play in fashion, but also the inspiration of the collection and sensation it caused… of course…

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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.