Archive for September, 2011

More Details on Christie’s Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Auction

And as the best kind of details are visual, enjoy the gorgeous photos of some select items int he collection, courtesy of AP Photo/Richard Drew. To view the entire album at CBS News’ site, click here.

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Christie’s Announces Details of Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry Auction

Hello lovely Raymond Lee fans and readers. Today’s buzz is all about the newly released details of Christie’s auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection. Not too long ago, we paid homage to some of Liz’s most famous baubles and showcased what would be in our fantasy Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Auction.

Now that Christie’s has announced what jewels will actually be up on the block, we thought we’d share the dazzling results of our predictions. Read on for the inside scoop, courtesy of National Jeweler.

The Taj Mahal diamond is up for grabs, and is expected to fetch between $300,000  and $500,000 on its December 13th Christie’s debut.

This Van Cleef & Arpels 8 carat ruby and diamond stunner was Richard Burton’s Christmas gift to Liz in 1968. The ring is estimated to realize $1 million – $1.5 million at the first of two days of Christie’s auctions, Dec. 13.

These rings are Burtona nd Taylor’s wedding bands (from at least one of their fabled marriages). They are estimated to go for between $6,000 and $8,000 at their December 14th auction.

Finally, the star of the show is the Krupp/Elizabeth Taylor diamond. This 33-carat, D color, VS1 clarity, potentially internally flawless stone, was a gift to the actress from Burton “and is the perceived top lot of the auction, estimated to realize $2.5 million – $3.5 million at auction Dec. 13,” according to National Jeweler.

François Curiel, international jewelry director and president of Christie’s Asia, says of the lot:

“Elizabeth Taylor’s passion for jewelry was well-known, but it is her depth of knowledge about fine jewelry that truly impresses. She collected the best pieces from the best periods, and as a result her collection boasts exquisite examples from the most celebrated jewelry designers.”

Partial proceeds of the auction will benefit the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, founded in 1991 to provide funding to AIDS service organizations throughout the world to assist those living with HIV and AIDS.\

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your trusted source for industry news and estate jewelry.

Industry Update: Diamonds May Surpass Gold for Investing

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According to David Parkinson of The Globe and Mail , there’s a sly little gemstone sneaking up stealthily behind gold to become the big-ticket investment grab of the year. While gold can’t seem to stay out of the headlines, diamonds have been steadily gaining Wall Street-cred in their own right.

Traditionally, diamonds and gold move in the same direction on the charts, but since the 2008 financial crisis, gold has skyrocketed thanks to its reputation as a solid way to store wealth. Diamonds, meanwhile, experienced “a recession-driven drop-off in jewellery sales” that weighed heavily on their market value. But over the course of the last year, diamonds are again trending upward as investors start to realize that diamonds may just be an even better investment than gold.

“Diamond companies look underpriced versus gold, [platinum group metals] and silver (SI-FT) stocks on a [price-to-net-present-value] basis,” wrote Edward Sterck, diamond-producer equity analyst for BMO Nesbitt Burns in London, in a recent research report.

Whether diamonds are actually a sounder investment than gold is debatable, but according to analysts “the outlook for gems looks strong on a good old fashioned supply-and-demand basis.”

Since 2006, the mining and production of diamonds has dropped off significantly. Diamond producers aren’t actively seeking new mines, or even doing much with those they’ve already established. Rather, they’re depleting the existing supply of diamonds, while a new demand lurks on the Eastern horizon.

China and India are producing a surge of new consumers eager to buy jewelry, which is viewed as a long-lasting investment especially in their cultures. According to the Globe and Mail, “Last year, diamond demand jumped 31 per cent in India and 25 per cent in China.”

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the diamond demand jumped 7% in 2010 – solidifying diamonds as a sound investment for wealth and not just the jewelry box.

To read more, visit The Globe and Mail’s website.

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your trusted source for jewelry industry updates, news and trends.

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Wedding Wednesday: Kate Moss Wedding Photo Recap

When Kate Moss wed the Kills guitarist Jamie Hince last month, giddy anticipation spread throughout the blogosphere awaiting what was sure to be a wedding fit for, well, rock stars. What resulted, as evidenced by these incredible photographs from Moss’s long time friend Mario Testino, was an ethereal, enchanted fairy garden wedding brought to the English countryside.

As told by Kate to Vogue, “I wanted it to be kind of dreamy and 1920s, when everything is soft-focus. The Great Gatsby. The code name was GG for a while. That light and that kind of fun decadence. It’s rock-’n’-roll Great Gatsby!”

To see more photos, click here, and to see Testino’s photos in all their glossy goodness, pick up the September issue of Vogue.

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your trusted source for bridal and diamond jewelry.

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Wedding Wednesday: Neutral Bridesmaids Dresses are a Hot Trend

A recent, lovely recurring theme cropping up on wedding blogs across the net is the emergence of bridesmaids in subdued, neutral hues. Whether a bride opts to dress her girls in varying shades or one tone for a monochromatic look, this trend allows the ladies to create a soft, beautiful addition to the altar. Here are some of our favorite looks:

Mastin Studios via Style Me Pretty

These ladies look lovely in this warm shade of ivory. Varying styles allow each bridesmaid to show off her personality, while the different textures on the dresses add interest both on the big day and in the photographs that will last for decades.

Michael & Anna Costa Photographers Ltd. via Style Me Pretty

For a sophisticated take, turn to fall’s staple neutral slate gray. These bridesmaids look chic and effortlessly elegant in these flattering long gowns. With each maid in the same dress and tone, everything from hair to jewelry to accessories can be left up to the bridesmaids to select to suit her own tastes.

Jose Villa photography via OnceWed.com

These ‘maids complement the blushing bride in, what else? Blush! The diaphanous gowns add whimsy while the lilac undertones of the blush add an extra layer of femininity.

Braedon Photography via Project Wedding

These bridesmaids shine in stone colored chiffon, and add pops of color with jewel-toned shoes and colorful bouquets.

Riso Studio via Style Me Pretty

Another bunch of bridesmaids in blush, each maid has customized her look to reflect her style while staying in the same color family. The different shades and materials could lack cohesion otherwise, but the careful pairing of neutral shoes is both flattering (hello longer legs!) and unifying. The short length of every dress also helps tie all these different looks together.

Basing your bridesmaids’ dresses off of a neutral color palette is both beautiful and a lifesaver for your maids. Regardless of your love for fuchsia, your bridesmaids are the ones shelling out for a new gown to suit your Big Day desires; they’ll love you (even more than they already do) if you select, or let them pick, a dress in a classic neutral they’ll really wear again. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to gift fun, patterned or bright accessories to your bridesmaids, should you choose. And if your brides will be donning colorful jewelry for your wedding? Well we’ve got a post for that too!

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your trusted source for wedding day tips, trends and jewelry.

Pantone’s Fashion Color Report: Fall 2011

With Labor Day passed, gone are the (socially acceptable) days of white jeans, seersucker, rattan bags and shoes, and white linen. While the weather is still far from Fall-esque, the scent of autumn lurks just around the corner, and we smell crisp apples, cinnamon, and the return of the Pumpkin Spice latte at Starbucks. And let’s be honest, that’s the true harbinger of the fall season anyways.

So now that summer’s ensembles are relegated to the back of the closet, Pantone has conducted its fall 2011 survey of NYFW designers to announce what to expect on the mannequins and models starting…now!

Pantone, Fall 2011, Raymond Lee Jewelers

Bamboo is first on fall’s palette, bringing “warm, exotic flavor to the season.” Its yellow-green tones are golden enough to be autumn-apropos, but this color is still bright and attention-grabbing.

Chris Benz

Next up is Emberglow, a color that this blogger can’t get enough of. A dusky coral, Emberglow is the perfect color for a transitional wardrobe between your late August clothing and what you can wear into the coming months. It’s the perfect pop of color in accessories or, as evidenced by Essie and OPI’s fall collections, a great choice for your mani-pedi.

Peter Som

Honeysuckle, Pantone’s Color of the Year remains a strong presence in fall collections. To keep it from being too Resort, Pantone suggests pairing with other fall colors Coffee Liqueur and Nougat.

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

Phlox, undisputedly the most fun color to say aloud, is “a magical, deep purple with a hint of mystery.” This color is practically universally flattering, letting newly-found fall pastiness become a fair, purposeful “look” while likewise making the best of the last of summers (or the Mystic Booth’s) glow.

ADAM by Adam Lippes

Cedar and Dark Teal are two picks from the green family, and the mid-tone Cedar pairs perfectly with the stronger Dark Teal. Pantone suggests pairing with further-flung colorwheel mates Orchid Hush and Honeysuckle.

Charlotte Ronson and Cynthia Steffe by Shaun Kearney

Coffee Liqueur and Nougat mark a return to supple leathers and creamy cashmere seasonal staples, with Coffee Liqueur’s silvery brown richness making a strong statement. Nougat is the ideal neutral, and pairs well with any of fall’s other hot hues.

Tracy Reese and MACKAGE

Rounding out the palette are Orchid Hush, the most delicate shade of gray-lavender, and Quarry, a gray with warmth that makes another great neutral option.

VPL by Victoria Bartlett and Adrienne Vitadini

Readers, what do you think of this year’s Pantone fall 2011 palette? Which hue are you most excited to start wearing?

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Tubular Tuesdays: Timepieces in the Shop

Welcome back from the long weekend readers! Today’s post has been taken over by yellow gold fever with a few of the current timepieces in the shop. Yellow gold is making a comeback with its arm tones and luxe look, and these 5 watches are our top tick-picks for your wrists.

Patek Philippe 3671 18K Yellow Gold Square Watch

In 1845 Antoni Patek joined with the French watchmaker Adrien Philippe and Patek Philippe & Co was founded in 1851.Credited with inventing the watch as we know it, this brand invented the perpetual calendar, split-seconds hand, chronograph, and minute repeater in watches. This 18kt rare gold stunner makes an interesting and classic addition to a watch collection.

Cartier Tank Francaise 18kt Men’s Full Size Watch

 

In 1917, Cartier debuted its Tank watch, inspired by the Renault tanks that Cartier observed during World War I. The Tank Francaise’ s smooth, rounded edges and clean lines set a standard for elegance, while the flawless integration of the bracelet into the watch’s case itself create a unified and uninterrupted tableau of sophistication. The Cartier Tank Francaise is an icon, and a necessity for any complete watch wardrobe.

Rolex Daytona 16528 18kt Mens Watch

This chronograph is named for the famous Rolex 24 at Daytona, and is prized for its accuracy. The Zenith movement featured in the seconds series is considered the best and most accurate of the Chronograph series to date. This increasingly rare yellow gold Daytona is masculine, sporty, precise and above all – elite.

Rolex Day-Date 18038 Presidential White Diamond Dial

Given to President Eisenhower by Rolex, the Day Date model (named so for its day and date display windows at 12 and 3, respectively) earned its nickname the “President.” To this day, several subsequent Commanders-in-Chief have also worn this Presidential model. This specific timepiece stands out with a beautiful white diamond and Roman numeral dial.

Rolex Presidential 179158 18kt

Last, but certainly not least, the Pièce de résistance of Tubular Tuesday is this 2001 Oyster Perpetual Datejust with Tahitian Mother of Pearl and diamond dial and a diamond bezel with diamond accents on the case. This elegant, stunning watch is sure to stand out.

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your source for preowned Rolex, Cartier, Patek Phillipe and other and luxury watches.

 

 

 

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