Archive for March 24th, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor: A Glamorous Remembrance

Long Live Elizabeth Taylor

The Legacy of Liz: Grace, Gratitute and Glamour

The unforgettably magnetic and poised Academy Award winning Actress, Elizabeth Taylor took her final leave yesterday, March 23, 2011. Reportedly a result of congestive heart failure, Taylor passed while surrounded by her four children at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Following the tragic loss of his legendary Mother, Taylor’s Son Michael Wilding released the statement, “My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.”

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Rosemond “Liz” Taylor will be fondly remembered by her children, close friends (Elton John was among the most publically distraught over the loss of his great friend.) and in the hearts of fans world-wide for her extraordinary grace and generosity, humanitarian work and AIDS activism. With bright violet eyes and an on-screen presence that captured the hearts of film audiences, critics and eventually, eight different husbands, Liz Taylor embodied the strength, beauty and selflessness of a true icon.

We will celebrate the gift of Elizabeth Taylor‘s life in a glamorous remembrance. While the sensational actress was expressively fond of  extraordinary jewelry, diamonds and sapphires, she somehow managed to escape such claims of materialism or superficiality. As far as Hollywood is concerned, this may be the last time such a success is made. Perhaps it was her qualities of ultimate grace and sincerity that she was not made to endure the media ridicule we see today among celebrities sporting elaborate jewels.

Liz Taylor - Vanity Fair Cover

Behind her famously worn 33.19 carat Krupp Diamond ring and the 69.42 carat  Taylor-Burton Diamond, cut by Harry Winston and adorned in a diamond-dripped Cartier  necklace, lies one of the greatest love stories of the 20th century.

Twice-married husband and lover of over 20 years, Richard Burton had purchased both for his love, Miss Elizabeth Taylor. In reference to the Taylor-Burton diamond, regarded as the world’s first million-dollar diamond and often coined ‘the Taj-Mahal,’ Richard Burton publicly retorted, “I would have liked to buy her the Taj-Mahal.”

There was a genuine once-in-a-lifetime love between Burton and Taylor. Their 20-years and two marriages together were full of great challenges, turbulence, passion, jealousy and infatuation. Last year Elizabeth Taylor spoke of her relationship with Richard Burton in an interview with Vanity Fair.

Among revealing a selection of love letters she’d received from him through the years, Miss Taylor offered a glimpse into their love affair, “Richard was magnificent in every sense of the word. From those first moments in Rome [on the set of Cleopatra] we were always madly and powerfully in love.” She continued to wear the Krupp diamond ring he had given her in 1968, sporting the spectacular stone in her 2003 interview with Larry King.

Elizabeth Taylor in famous necklace, La Peregrina

In 1978, Elizabeth Taylor had the  Taylor-Burton diamond auctioned for $5,000,000, used to build a state-of-the-art hospital in Botswana, Southern Africa. Recognized for her advocacy in Aids research, Elizabeth Taylor was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993. The American Foundation for AIDS Research, for which Taylor was a longtime advocate, made the following statement in response to the news of her death, “She leaves a monumental legacy that has improved and extended millions of lives and will enrich countless more for generations to come.”

In honorable memory, dedicate an hour or two to celebrate the iconic beauty of Miss Elizabeth Taylor. Her violet eyes are accented with Bvlgari jewelry in the 1973 film, “Ash Wednesday,” where you can catch a glimpse of her 50 carat sapphire ‘sautoir’ (necklace and pendant) and the sugarloaf sapphire ring by one of her favorite jewelry designers. Taylor wears a pair of classic natural pearl earrings in the film, also by Bvlgari. Elizabeth Taylor was also a fan of William Goldberg jewelry, discreetly known for the world’s most breathtaking diamonds.

The Academy-Award winning Actress notably enjoyed wearing her own jewels in movies, and did so more than any other actress. Read about the backlash one Director received when he tried to hault such indepence in personal appearance in Liz Taylor’s book, My Love Affair With Jewelry.”

Never quitting, Velvet decides to ride, disguised as a young man. I won’t give away the ending… Elizabeth Taylor is endearing as the dreamy-eyed, innocent, yet determined Velvet Brown. Riding as a girl, she also does many of her own riding scenes. It’s a great movie, a great family movie, and definitely a great choice for animal people and especially “horse people.” Velvet also displays the  big dreams that are often associated childhood, but combines them with hard work and undying determination, and Elizabeth Taylor gives Velvet a great human appeal.

Bvlgari Sapphire

Long Live Elizabeth Taylor… A Legacy of Grace, Gratitude and Glamour.


A History: Baume & Mercier- Florida Gold Store

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Florida Gold Store

Baume & Mercier has always been known for its elegance as much as for its precision. Created over 170 years ago by Louis Victor and Pierre-Joseph-Celestin Baume in the small Swiss mountain village of Les Bois; it has since grown into one of the leading luxury watch brands on the market. Even after over a century and a half of innovative watch making, Baume & Mercier continues to release a plethora of ground breaking timepieces.

Baume & Mercier was originally a family run watch making business that would not become the company we have come to know until much later. In was not until 1844 when Joseph Celestin Baume traveled to England to create new business opportunities that this small family operation started to truly make a name for it self. There was an explosion of interest for their watches in England which allowed them to open more shops throughout Europe. With this new found interest in their watches Victor and Baume started to create less traditional timepieces and focus more on originality, an aspect that would come to greatly define this growing company in the future.

Over the next seventy years the company was successfully run by Victor and Baume’s descendents and had amassed a reputation for exquisite and precise watches throughout Europe. Yet compared to other luxury Swiss brands, Baume’s family run watch company was still relatively small scale. The year 1912 would be a turning point for the company. It was in this year that William Baume happened to meet the jeweler Paul Mercier. Six years later these two men would join together and create the luxury Swiss brand, Baume & Mercier.

These two men would use their ingenuity and business acumen to sky rocket to the top. Baume & Mercier has since become one of the leading luxury watch brands on the market. They have released such amazing models such as the Riviera, the Malibu, the Hampton Classic and the Classima. Raymond Lee Jewelers always has a great selection of Baume & Mercier watches on hand at great prices.

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-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers not only sells Baume & Mercier watches we are also one of the largest Florida Gold Store.

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Gwyneth Paltrow: Baume & Mercier’s New Watch Ambassador- Jewelry Appraisal

Jewelry Appraisal

Jewelry Appraisal

Gwyneth Paltrow is one of those rare celebrities that Hollywood loves yet the public seems to hate. There is no doubt that Ms. Paltrow is an amazing actress but her off-screen comments and actions really make it hard for the general public to embrace her. Born from wealth, Gwyneth Paltrow has been highly criticized in the past for the life tips she offers her fans through her blog. Some gems include: which hotel to stay when traveling to Paris (The Ritz), which purse should be  bought this season (Balenciaga) and the virtues of eating a Macrobiotic diet; it is no wonder many find her a tad snobbish.

In reality Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the few celebrities that honestly enjoys interacting with her fans and often will respond to emails personally; her advice does come from the heart even if it can be a bit ostentatious. She even took a break from acting to focus on her family and raise her children, something many mothers can relate to. Unfortunately the tabloids tend to ignore this side of her personality as it does not sell magazines. She recently has stared in a string of high-profile roles and events such as her new movie Country Strong, her guest appearancee in Glee, hosting Saturday Night Live, her role in Iron Man 1/2 and even singing at the Grammys. Gwyneth Paltrow may be on her way to dethroning Sandra Bullock as America’s sweetheart.

It is no wonder that Baume & Mercier has chosen her as their latest “friend” which means she will be seen wearing some of their amazing timepieces to high profile events. Ms. Paltrow has quite a few wristwatches to choose from like the classic Classima, the Capeland and Linea collections. Baume & Mercier will also be releasing a new line called the Hampton Collection which has an updated, classic look and will look amazing gracing the arm of any women.

If you have a Baume & Mercier watch makes sure you get it and any of your Jewelry Appraisal at Raymond Lee Jewelers.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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