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Masculine Monday: The Modern Mans Money Clip!

Every Monday Raymond Lee Jewelers will be presenting you with a new post regarding modern men’s jewelry. Last week, we took a sneak peak at the detailed the amazing new futuristic trends that are sweeping through the male cuff link market.

Read more here on the wide array of vintage, playful and personalized cuff link creations that are spiking in popularity among fashionable men these days…

This week I wanted to focus on the money clip, which has gained a resurgence in popularity in the past couple years. The traditional money clip was invented in the early 1700’s as a response to England’s introduction of paper currency ten years earlier. Over the next quarter century paper currency would spread to other western civilizations and so would the need for a simple yet effective way to hold a stack of bills.

Today, we are seeing some of the top jewelry brands in the world creating money clips that are both visually and functionally stunning. The days of drab money clips with no artistic merit are long gone.


One brand that has really breathe new life into the modern money clip market is Coach. Coach has recently introduced a collection of money clips that are competitively priced and have an understated elegance. This new collection features nickel money clips with luxurious blue or silver leather inlays, signature Coach Cs with a smooth enamel finish or a chic plain clip that has the Coach logo and the company’s founding date.

Cartier Money CLip


Other jewelers have released exceptional pieces as well. Cartier has a beautiful palladium finished money clip with a black calfskin leather inlay. Gucci who has always been known for their leather have created guccissima leather money clip wallets in military green with military green leather trim and interior. Bvlgari and Tiffany & Co. have strayed away from leather and instead have focused on sterling silver.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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.


Bvlgari (Bulgari) Celebrates 125th Year Anniversary!: Raymond Lee Jewelers

Bvlgari Earrings

Click Here for Ebay Listing

Bvlgari (Bulgari) is an Italian jeweler. Although Bvlgari is mainly talked about as a jewelry company, they also sell watches, handbags, fragrances, and accessories. In 1884 Sotirio Voulgaris founded his company. This company has been active for about 125 years! Their jewelry consists of many different gemstones and different jewelry designs. There are over 600 Bvlgari jewels on display in Paris to celebrate the 125th anniversary. These gemstones are also from Liz Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, and Sophia Lauren.

Raymond Lee Jewelers also sells Bvlgari jewelry. From earrings, to necklaces, rings, bracelets, and watches, they have it all! Many of their items are being listed on Ebay like the picture that is posted. For more information on purchasing these earrings, click the picture!

By: JM at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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