Category: Colored Stones

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

La Panthere: The Iconic and Exotic Symbol of Cartier

La Panthere: The Iconic and Exotic Symbol of Cartier

The panther is a sleek, majestic and powerful beast and it is no surprise that in French, the noun panther has a feminine gender. There is something undoubtedly seductive and dangerous in how this big cat gracefully slinks through the jungle, yet at a moment’s notice can turn into a ferocious and deadly creature. Perhaps … Continue reading La Panthere: The Iconic and Exotic Symbol of Cartier