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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

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

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

Famous Celebrity Memorabilia: Elizabeth Taylor’s First Wedding Dress

Famous Celebrity Memorabilia: Elizabeth Taylor’s First Wedding Dress

She was only 18 at the time, walking down the aisle in a glimmering cream wedding dress, which was the first of many. By the age of 18, Elizabeth Taylor had already become a legendary actress and Hollywood star. She would marry Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, Jr. the same year, 1950, and divorce him after only … Continue reading Famous Celebrity Memorabilia: Elizabeth Taylor’s First Wedding Dress

The World’s Oldest Wine

The World’s Oldest Wine

The origins of wine predate written records, and archaeologists remain uncertain about the details of the first cultivation of wild grapevines. However, with the transition from a nomadic to sedentary lifestyle around 10,000 BC came agriculture, and later, the domestication of wine. There are many etiological legends about the first cultivation of grapes and wine production, including … Continue reading The World’s Oldest Wine