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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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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!

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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.

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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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Rado to Collaborate with Malan Breton for Fashion Week

With Mercedes Benz Fashion Week just around the corner, editors, bloggers and fashion fiends alike are gearing up for a whirlwind of fabulous shows. Designers will exhibit their creations solo and collaborate for high profile shows, and one that we’re very excited about is the partnership between Rado and Malan Breton.

Breton, also a columnist for OK! Magazine and contributor to the New York Times, will feature the Swiss watchmaker’s designs with each of the 33 looks he sends down the runway on September 13th.

Breton's Spring 2009 Show

Models from Rado’s classic collections like Sintra, Integral, D-Star and Ceramica will be paired with the designs, along with styles from Rado’s newest line, Rado True Thinline.

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Rado's new Thinline collection

 According to Matthias Breschan, brand president of Rado, “Breton understands the importance of using materials and techniques in new and different ways in order to create something uniquely beautiful. We are very excited about this partnership and to present our watches alongside Malan’s brilliant collections.”

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your trusted source for pre-owned luxury watches.

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Industry Update: Jessica Simpson to Debut Fine Jewelry Collection

When Jessica Simpson stepped onto the scene in the late 90’s as one of the day’s pop-starlets, not too many people would have guessed that a decade later she’d be at the helm of a fashion empire.

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The blonde beauty has turned her Jessica Simpson Collection company into a billion-dollar firm, encompassing clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. Her denim line is sold in more than 650 department stores, and apparently consumers truly cannot get enough of the J. Simps brand.

Zales announced earlier this week that in October 2011 it will debut a collaboration with Jessica Simpson and Firestar Diamonds called “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

“Jessica Simpson is viewed as the girl next door, and our guest is a midmarket guest and we believe she is someone that they can identify with. She has great reach and great power across a number of different categories, so doing a diamond fashion collection made perfect sense,” Zales’ CEO Theo Killion tells Women’s Wear Daily.

The line will feature pendants, rings, bracelets, earrings, and bangles in gold, silver and diamonds, and prices range from $79.99 to $999, making the line easily accessible to Simpson’s enormous fan base.

White gold and diamond heart pendant from Simpson's collection

Jess tells Woman’s Wear Daily: ““I love that a piece of fine jewelry can be passed down from generation to generation. I cherish the pieces that were given to me, so it is really special to be able to design my own.”

RLJ readers, are you excited to see this line of fine jewelry? Are you a fan of Jessica Simpson’s fashion empire?

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Wedding Wednesday: The Right Jewelry for your Dress

No doubt, the most important element of your wedding day will be your dress (except for your groom that is!) It reflects the tone, formality and mood for your wedding and ensures that all eyes are on you on your big day. So what’s a girl to do when faced with accessorizing the most important outfit of her life? Turn to Raymond Lee Jewelers, of course, bridal jewelry experts.

If your gown is…

 Strapless

Monique Lhuillier

Play up an elegant neck with stunning drop earrings and an up-do. This is the perfect opportunity to incorporate color into your wedding day look with any number of colored stones. Complete the look with a bracelet in coordinating stones. The same rules apply to one-shouldered gowns as well.

14K White Gold and Micropave Diamond Drop Earrings

14K White Gold, Diamond and Garnet Drop Earrings

Sweetheart

Allure Couture

A unique pendant necklace on a short, delicate chain is a timeless way to let your gown shine, and won’t be hidden if you decide to wear your hair in beachy waves or retro curls. Likewise, a textured, thick collar necklace will perfectly offset the gentle curve of this gown’s neckline.

18K White and Rose Gold Irradiated Pink Diamond Pendant

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Lace Collar 18K White Gold Three Row Diamond Necklace

V-necked

AgapéEver via Brides.com

Bold brides wanting to show off their décolletage must adorn all that skin with a necklace. Pair an intricate drop necklace with a chic satin gown, or a lacy number. Add sparkling studs and a simple, feminine bracelet to complete this look.

Platinum and Diamond (28.8CTW) Y-Necklace with round, pear shaped and oval diamonds

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Platinum and Diamond Micro Pave Necklace

High-necked or backless

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Lo-Ve-La by Liz Fields via Brides.com

Princess Kate’s return to fuller coverage has sparked new waves of bridal fashion trends, as has the couture world’s new attention to the beauty of the back. We say that for these styles, brides should take the opportunity to don stunning dangling earrings, as long as you’re comfortable with, and pair with a gorgeous and unique bracelet.

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Tiffany & Co. Garland Collection Platinum Earrings

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18K White Gold Wide Pave Link Bracelet

Pure White

Olia Zavozina via Brides.com

The best metals to pair with this color are platinum, white gold and silver, as yellow gold or rose gold may look too brassy in contrast to your snow white gown.

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Tiffany & Co. Platinum, Diamond and Pink Sapphire necklace

Off White

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Jenny Peckham via Brides.com

Nearly every and any metal works with this shade, but our picks are platinum, white gold and rose gold to complement the blushing bride.

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14 kt rose gold pearl starburst pin

Ivory

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Demetrios via Brides.com

Bring out the warmth of this hue with yellow gold accessories, cognac diamonds and yellow stones.

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18kt yellow and white gold bracelet with yellow and white gold diamonds

Retro

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Oleg Cassini at David's Bridal via Brides.com

If you’re a bride who craves a throwback to the heyday of 50’s fem, 20’s art deco or 60’s mod, consider adding to your gown’s one-of-a-kind vibe with a unique brooch, hair piece, or statement necklace. Try to incorporate either contemporary jewels or pieces from a different period than your dress to avoid a costume look.

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18kt yellow gold and diamond pin

Classic

1 Wedding by Mary's Bridal via Brides.com

If your gown hasn’t changed a stitch since you first imagined it when you were 6 and every detail of your wedding will ooze timeless charm, stick to the bridal standby’s of diamonds and pearls. You’ll love your look, on the day of your wedding and in photos, no matter how many years pass beyond your big day.

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Platinum Southsea Pearl and Diamond Earrings

The most important part of choosing your wedding day jewelry is being true to yourself. Your wedding day will be the happiest day of your life, especially if you’re 100% in love…with your accessories.

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s choice for pre-owned bridal jewelry and engagement rings.

Christie’s Announces World Tour Schedule for Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewels

In a few short weeks, fans admirers and mourners of the late, fabulous Elizabeth Taylor will be able to view her treasured collection of the items she held dearest – her jewelry.

Elizabeth Taylor was an icon renowned as much for her beauty and acting as she was for her affinity for luxury. Taylor exuded an air of effortless glamour, helped along by the carats upon carats of precious jewelry that she often wore.

Beginning September 15th, Christies will showcase Liz’s famed jewels on a world tour. Exhibits will begin in Moscow’s Red Square before the tour continues to London, L.A., Dubai, Geneva, Paris and Hong Kong before finally stopping in New York. There, from December 3rd through the 12th, Christie’s will present the collection before its 5 part auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s estate.

Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie’s America states: Christie’s is honored to have been entrusted with this important role in celebrating the extraordinary life and legacy of Elizabeth Taylor. The global tour and exhibition of her collection at Christie’s will be a window into the world of a true icon, a rare woman who was at once an international film and fashion star, loving mother, successful businesswoman, and generous humanitarian.  This collection of her many cherished possessions will bring us closer to the essence of Elizabeth Taylor’s unique spirit, and promises to inspire admiration, delight, and at times, sheer wonder, in all who come to see it.”

First up is Liz’s collection of Legendary Jewels: “In what promises to be remembered as one of the most remarkable jewelry events in auction history, Christie’s will open the sales series devoted to Ms. Taylor’s collections with a gala Evening Sale of her most magnificent jewels on December 13, followed by two additional sale sessions on December 14.”

What will be included in this auction? One can only speculate at this point – which we did, naturally. Here are the gems that we think will absolutely be up on the auction block.

The Krupp Diamond

The first item of jewelry that Richard Burton gave her, this Asscher-cut diamond became a daily adornment for Taylor, at a more demure 33.19 carats.

La Peregina

Once owned by Anne Boleyn and Queen Mary Tudor, Taylor prized this pear-shaped pearl. Once owned by the Queen of Spain, it was nearly swallowed by one of Talyor’s dogs.

Cartier Ruby and Diamond Necklace

Given to Taylor by husband #3, Mike Todd, the necklace, bracelet, and earrings feature oval and cushion-cut rubies and baguette-cut diamonds set in platinum.

The Taj Mahal Diamond

Originally given to Shah Jahan by his father, the diamond was the presented to his wife Queen Mumtaz – the very same Queen Mumtaz that the Taj Mahal was built for. Burton bought this heart-shaped, yellow stunner for Liz’s 40th birthday. She promptly removed the silk cord it hung from and commissioned a diamond-studded chain.

The Taylor-Burton Diamond

The 69.42-carat Cartier diamond gifted to Talyor by 5th husband Richard Burton. Sadly, this – the most famous of Liz’s baubles – won’t be for sale at the auction, as it was last bought by Robert Mouawad.

Partial proceeds from the auction will benefit the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, created in 1993 to provide critically needed support services for people with HIV/AIDS.

Tubular Tuesday – Frances Bean – A New Style Icon Emerging?

Courtney Love on stage.

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Fashion Trends on Tubular Tuesday

It wasn’t long ago that we didn’t even know who Frances Bean Cobain was, other than that she was Courtney Love‘s daughter. Turns out that she has a gorgeous, almost timeless beauty… well, that is what recent internet frenzy photos have shown us. Either she’s stunning or she found the best photographer on the planet. Or both!

Frances has a working in black and white that would humble even the hottest calendar pin-up girl. So she’s covered in tattoos and smoking while looking completely strung out… Her father was Kurt Cobain after all,  she wasn’t going to be winning any “clean living” awards. The naughtiness actually seems to work for her. And us.

Haunting and heated, we are dazzled by Frances’ photos and we aren’t surprised she is already being called the “it girl”. If Frances has any obstacles at all, they might be summed up in one word, “mom”. Courtney is already chiming in and cashing in on Frances attention, let’s hope she handles the future with some decorum and tact. Come on Courtney, you can do it!

Here’s the question, will this last or is Frances a splash in a hot pan? What do you think. Here’s the photos, you tell us!

Masculine Monday: It’s About Time (Pieces)

Time Pieces Today

Today it’s all about men’s time pieces. Refinery 29 features Nic Screws, Esquire‘s Fashion Market Editor dishing her picks for Fall’s hottest watches for women and men. The top watch picks for gents this fall range from the fashion forward Tag Heuer Aquaracer 500M Calibre 16′ Auto Chronograph to the forever classic Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date.

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Tag Heuer Aquaracer 500M Calibre 16' Auto Chronograph, $3,550, available at Aol Shopping.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34mm Steel

GQ has also been bitten by the Rolex bug, as Ted Stafford names the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Watch of the Week at GQ.com’s Style headquarters. His take:

“What do I love about this watch most (aside from the fact that Mark Sanchez makes it look so damn good on our September cover)? Its precision-brushed steel bracelet with that edgy green bezel. It’s straight up sophisticated luxury. Jets fan or not I say go for the green, folks.”

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner, Price upon request

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A similar style, the Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner Green Bezel 16610 in the Raymond Lee Jewelers Ebay store for $US $6,995.00

Esquire, meanwhile, is all about black ceramic this season, featuring luxury watch brands carried by Raymond Lee Jewelers like Longines, Bell & Ross, Ralph Lauren, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Hublot, and – of course – Rolex.

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GMT Master II ($7,900) by Rolex


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The Rolex GMT Master II, $7,495.00 at Raymond Lee Jewelers

Whichever of fall’s trends you choose to indulge in, you can rest assured that Raymond Lee Jewelers remains South Florida’s number one source for luxury watches both classic and contemporary. And gents, we’re curious – would you prefer to don a watch with a rich, colored face, try the ceramic trend, or stay the classic course with a Rolex? Discuss in the comments below.

Beaded Jewelry – Jewelry Trends of 2011

Beaded anklets & Beaded Jewelry

Ankle bracelets are nothing new, right? So why is the beaded anklets so popular? And really, beaded jewelry altogether is popular right now.

It isn’t just anklets, certainly, beads are EVERYWHERE. Fun, fancy and fabulous. Beads just make jewelry more fun and interesting! Do a quick Google search and you’ll find things like this (courtesy of SWCReations):

Take them in any form or fashion. You can get beads of glass, or metal… plastic, china, pottery… well, you get the point. There’s a huge variety to play with.

In fact, it’s the material of the bead that will dictate the cost. Check out this fun necklace from our eBay store today that illustrates the cool classy of  colored beads ~

14K Yellow Gold Bead and Lapis Endless Strand

14K Yellow Gold Bead and Lapis Endless Strand

A quick look around sites like http://www.jadesbeadedjewelry.com/ and others like it reveal products like these: 

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Reality Royalty Ratings – Kardashian-Humphries Wedding-wear

Reality Royalty  Ratings

IN REALITY, IS THIS WEDDING JUST ABOUT RATINGS

It’s hard to know if there’s really anything other than creative “reality” t.v. behind this wedding. We’ve seen love affair after love affair spawned by shows like The Bachelor and its spin offs and predecessors… so is this reality show romance more than the usual love-spam we get thrown at us daily? Will this marriage thrive in the glow of the studio lights or will it wither on camera as the ratings crave a bitter break-up? Whatever it becomes, one thing is for sure… we’ll all be watching. 

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Vera Wang, Front And Center

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In Reality, this wedding means 'RATINGS'

That’s what Kim will be wearing, and the bridesmaids will be in green! Really? Green? OK…

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The groom will be a towering coat rack for Ermenegildo Zegna.

The Grooomsmen… Is this the Groomsmen rags? And can we just be honest? Does anyone care what the groomsmen wear?

Groomsmen Who? All eyes will be on the bridal party.

 

By Raymond Lee Jewelers, where wedding and engagement rings rain from the retail ceilings ~

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