Icons of Design: Zip by Van Cleef and Arpels

Icons of Design: Zip by Van Cleef and Arpels

Very few fine jewelry designs can be considered iconic, but Van Cleef & Arpels’ Zip necklace is assuredly one. The brainchild of the Duchess of Windsor, the design was first conceived in the late 1930s, but was not produced until 1950. This incredible masterpiece takes the form of a zipper closure, just as you would … Continue reading Icons of Design: Zip by Van Cleef and Arpels

Opal: A Moody and Magical Gemstone

Opal: A Moody and Magical Gemstone

Celestial, kaleidoscopic, spectral: Opal’s phenomenal polychromatic character is unlike any other gemstone. The official October birthstone is a phenomenal stone, or a gem that changes its appearance when its elemental, inherent characteristics interact with the physics of light Writers have often compared opals to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks. The ancient Romans named it Opalus, a term … Continue reading Opal: A Moody and Magical Gemstone

Once in a Blue Moon: The Magnificent Blue Diamond

Once in a Blue Moon: The Magnificent Blue Diamond

Imagine being only seven years old and having two phenomenal, massive colored diamonds named after you! The Blue Moon diamond, a 12.03-carat blue diamond, was purchased for a staggering $48.4 million at a Sotheby’s Geneva jewelry auction back in November 2015. The buyer was Hong Kong billionaire, Joseph Lau, who immediately renamed the gem “Blue … Continue reading Once in a Blue Moon: The Magnificent Blue Diamond

Warhols for Fast Cash: Why Collectors are Pawning Expensive Art

Warhols for Fast Cash: Why Collectors are Pawning Expensive Art

It has to be said that being “cash-poor”—meaning you’ve got a lot of assets, but very little wealth in spendable form—is, despite its negative connotations, a position of incredible privilege. Most often you’ll hear about it in relation to celebrities as the reason for a house flip or sale of a beloved Lamborghini. But surprising … Continue reading Warhols for Fast Cash: Why Collectors are Pawning Expensive Art

Abraham-Louis Breguet: The Wizard of Watchmaking

Abraham-Louis Breguet: The Wizard of Watchmaking

While the originators of many remarkable inventions are now lost to time, ironically, the watchmakers of today know exactly whom to credit with many remarkable innovations still in use. Abraham-Louis Breguet, founder of his namesake luxury watch company, was an incredibly prolific genius of horology whose work is the foundation of the most sophisticated timepieces … Continue reading Abraham-Louis Breguet: The Wizard of Watchmaking