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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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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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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.

Masculine Monday: David Yurman New Arrivals

 David Yurman, founded by eponymous the designer, is renowned for its affordable and everyday luxury. When his cable jewelry took the world by storm in the eighties, no one could have predicted that 30 years later another Yurman would make his mark on the brand.

Evan Yurman, head of men’s design at David Yurman, has created a rough-hewn, yet sophisticated line for men that shines this fall. Here are Raymond Lee Jewelers top picks from David Yurman men’s new arrivals.

 David Yurman Amulets Shark Tooth Necklace

David Yurman, Raymond Lee JewelersThis bronze shark tooth is the perfect answer to the hottest trend in women’s jewelry right now, rose gold. Not only does the darker bronze add a touch of industrial luxury to this piece, the shark tooth is both a natural element and a strong one. Adding to this necklace’s stylish toughness is the titanium box chain the shark tooth hangs from.

Armory Band Ring

Inspired by medieval elements, this ring is a subtle reference to armor-clad knights slicing through the bad guys with broadswords. It might even help you channel some of that raw, unbridled strength that accompanied them in conquests and battles. Or Not – but either way, this ring is seriously stylish.

Royal Cord Cufflinks, Black Diamond

These cufflinks are the perfect addition for a completely polished look. The textured sterling silver offers interest without the distraction of over shininess, while the slightly irregular pattern and shape of the stripes lend an unfussy vibe to even formal wear. Black diamonds are the ultimate in masculine luxe, and make these cuff links the ideal finishing touch.

Pave ring with cognac Diamonds

This ring is the way to go for a little masculine bling. The warmth of the cognac diamonds is perfect for fall, and balances out the cool tones of the sterling silver. While the diamonds verge on being too fussy left to their own devices, the thick width of the band makes it no-nonsense, and the sturdy rope-detail on the band’s underside counteracts any feminine energy.

Gentlemen, what are your top jewelry and accessory picks for fall?

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your source for luxury estate and pre-owned David Yurman jewelry.

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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About Us: Raymond Lee Jewelers is one of South Florida’s biggest buyers and sellers of jewelry, always offering the highest, most competitive prices for estate jewelry.

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Jewelry Appraisal- Appraise! Appraise, and Re-Appraise!

Jewelry Appraisal – Appraise! Appraise! and Re-Appraise!

Have your jewelry appraised! Theft is on the rise and if your jewelry hasn’t been recently appraised, it needs to be! Diamonds, gold and platinum have made huge gains over the last couple of years and if you haven’t had your jewelry updated with your insurance, you could be potentially loosing more than  your jewelry if stolen!

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Have You Appraised Your Jewelry Lately?

Diamonds have increased in value almost 50% while platinum and silver have seen historical jumps in value as well.  Once you have had your appraisal, you need to call your insurance agent right way to update and validate the new value of your precious jewelry.  For example, if you paid $5,000 for a diamond necklace more than 5 years ago, it could cost you $10-$15,000 today if you had to replace it!  Of course non of us want to think about our homes being broken into, but it is a common occurrence and we can never be too careful.

Where can you find a reputable appraiser that you can trust?  One suggestion is to go through either THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF JEWELRY APPRAISERS or THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS. These professionals are considered ethical and are required to be continuously educated.  Or you can go to your Boca Raton, FL own Raymond Lee Jewelers to meet with their own in-house expert and can help guide you to ensure protection and appraisal accuracy.

 

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Also, please remember to contact your insurance agent to be aware of your insurance policies and making updates to policy to be ensure you are most protected.

By Raymond Lee Jewelers. For information regarding jewelry appraisal!

Gold Briefly Surpasses Platinum In Price on Tuesday

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Will Gold Surpass Platinum?

For a little while on Tuesday of this week, gold was more valuable than platinum! That’s right!

Typically you might find that platinum is roughly twice the price of gold. That’s why platinum members of any group or credit card get more perks, and that’s why recording artist always strive to have their recordings go platinum, not gold.

We can thank the economy and its pending threat to dip again for this, as investors have been hesitant to invest in many things, they have turned to gold and gold has responded like a champ. I didn’t think I’d ever write this sentence, “Gold is 1,782.50 an ounce”. But I did, and I may not be done writing new things yet!

Several industry experts have chimed in on the phenomenon. Lee Josephson, VP of Raymond Lee Jewelers in Boca Raton isn’t one that believes this will affect the retail sales of jewelry,  however. “There is still a certain allure to buying platinum,” Mr. Josephson said. “So, it’s not the price that affects consumers as much. There is still the perception that platinum is more prestigious.” And we agree.

Byron King, senior analyst of Agora Financial in Baltimore says, “When you travel to the Middle East, every town and mall of any significance has a ‘gold souk,’ where the merchants gather to buy and sell gold items. I’ve never seen a ‘platinum souk,'”

Some precious metals dealers, such as James DiGeorgia, believe that since platinum mainly serves as an industrial metal, it could eventually take a second seat to gold in light of the economic situations on a global scale.

Jewelry Education: HOW TO SELL OR BUY JEWELRY

“WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW

ABOUT JEWELRY 

when I go to sell or buy it?”

Good question! 

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POINTERS TO HELP YOU SELL OR BUY JEWELRY

Here’s a quick checklist of knowledge you should have before you go shopping for expensive jewelry.

  1. What is a Karat? It’s a good idea to know that gold karat number varies with weight, design, finishing and country of origin. Finishing can be done by hand or by machine, and this makes a difference. 24 karat gold, or pure gold, is too soft for molding into wearable jewelry, thus it needs to be mixed with other metals to strengthen it. The metal used to mix into the gold can change its color. WHAT TO KNOW if it’s less than 10kt (roughly 42% gold), than it can’t be sold as gold legally. You’ll hear these terms: “fill”, “electroplated” or “overlay” and that means it just has a thin gold coat on the piece of jewelry.
  2. What are the four C’s? Don’t expect to read this and have a working knowledge of the four C’s, but I can at least acquaint you with the language. WHAT TO KNOW – the four C’s are Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. If a jeweler can’t discuss these in great detail, they don’t know enough to be selling you jewelry, keep shopping.
  3. Be aware of chain stores who employ retail sales clerks AND have no actual jewelers on staff. WHAT TO KNOW  – Local jewelers will almost always have a more educated and knowledgeable staff.
  4. If you are going to purchase a really expensive piece of jewelry, USE A MAJOR CREDIT CARD AND HAVE IT APPRAISED immediately.

Now, you officially know more than most people about jewelry shopping! Enjoy ~

By Raymond Lee Jewelers. For information and news regarding fine jewelry and/or luxury watches!

Nothing says style like, Cartier

Nothing says style like, Cartier

As seen here, Camilla Belle is shopping in Beverly Hills at her favorite shop, Cartier of course and with her timeless beauty next to the sign makes her all the more beautiful and classy!  Since she comes with a background of fashion, it makes sense!  And it is because of mom’s Latin fashion expertise, I can’t wait to see her next move, “Prada to Nada”.
Camilla Belle is shopping in Beverly Hills

Too bad she wasn’t in Boca Raton, FL shopping for a Cartier! Raymond Lee Jewelers would know exactly which watch would add to her classy and sophisticated style!  I would pick this elegant Cartier Panther Vendome TT watch for her! Yes, Raymond Lee Jewelers has this available to sell right now!cartier watch
My personal favorite, is this amazing Cartier Ballon Blue with white gold, diamonds and the very stylish pink band! (see below) Oh, a girl can dream, right?!!

Reported by Miyoshi K., for Raymond Lee Jewelers Blog. Raymond Lee Jewelers is Boca Raton’s Luxury Watches and Fashion Handbags Store!

WHERE TO WATCH YOUR WATCH AND POLISH YOUR DIAMONDS

On August 21 st and 22nd, Los Anglees, CA

… will be host to the world of watch and jewelery dealers! Asia, South America, even your favorite retailer, Raymond Lee Jewelers!  So wish I could be there also! Nothing I love more than fun in the sun AND beautiful works of art in watches and jewelery design.

See What Other Events We Have Coming Up!

The Hilton Hotel at Universal City will be the main focus of all watch and jewelery dealers and resellers everywhere!  Many trends are discovered and “inspired” by these shows, and LA promises nothing less! Glamour in LA, where else can the center of the world bring everyone in to show off their very best!

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Maybe we will also see the some great pieces from the “New Boy on the Block”, Antione Martin.  His first watch with his own design of Swiss club-tooth escapement movement has finally hit the market and is all the rave among the exclusive watch enthusiasts! What a piece of art this new watch is!  There are so many new and innovative designs to keep the younger generation interested in buying and wearing a watch vs using the phone for their main time keeper.  Look at these ladies watches from Mira in the Celestial Collection.  AMAZING!

 

‘Rapid Reporting’ JA New York’s new designers | National Jeweler Reports on JA NY Summer Show

Rapid Reporting

JA NY Summer Show

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Raymond Lee Jewelers ‘Rapid Reporting‘ takes a surprise turn today,

with time to visit the JA NY Summer Show!

Venue: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Country: New York, United States Of America
Start Date: 24-JUL-11 End Date: 26-JUL-11
Exhibitors: 810 Visitors: 1,500
Industry: Gems & Jewellery

JA New York Summer Show

JA New York Summer Show

For more than 100 years jewelry professionals like you, have looked to JA New York to keep them competitive in the jewelry retail marketplace.  And in today’s market, staying competitive, relevant and separating yourself from the crowd can make all the difference! With an estimated 13,000 jewelry industry professionals attending, and more than 1,200 of the world’s finest jewelry and luxury gift suppliers exhibiting…

Strategically Located in the Jewelry Capital of the World…JA New York means business.
With more than fifty percent of jewelry retailers located in the northeast corridor of the U.S., there is no better location to serve the jewelry industry than New York City! Accessible by car, train or plane, JA New York is the most comprehensive, cost-effective and convenient jewelry show for your business.

It’s all about location, convenience and cost.  
JA New York Summer Show is situated in the most convenient and accessible location for domestic and international retailers.  Over 78% of Northeast retailers surveyed said they will not travel outside of the region for their buying in 2009.* There’s no reason to go anywhere else other than New York City, especially if you are in the jewelry business. Information Courtesy of: http://www.ja-newyork.com

Raymond Lee Jewelers at JA Summer Show

Introducing JA New York’s new designers | National Jeweler

National Jeweler published an article featuring the emerging jewelry designers that will be featured at the JA Summer Show, currently taking place at The Javits Center, New York, NY.  With enough time in between the NY Antique Jewelry & Watch Show and the IWJG Show, we were able to sneak in some time at the JA Summer Show.  Lucky us, we’ll have a sneak peak at the up and coming hottest trends in jewelry, and be able to say a quick hello to some vendors we’ve worked with in the past.

JA Summer Show

Of the jewelry designers featured in the article,G & G Creations stood out with some of the most incredible approaches to jewelry design that I’d ever seen. In fact, I’ve written fan mail already…

With a combined seven decades of experience in jewelry design and manufacturing, the newly formed Boston-based G&G Creations is a force to be reckoned with. In 2010, Vahe Ghazarian and Esin Guler and master gem setter Mihran Guler banded together to launch G&G Creations, a fabricator of high-end silver and karat gold designs.

Collections to date total four: Imprint features organic-looking lily pad shapes; Scroll features timeless swirl effects; Nyx, named for the Greek goddess of the night, showcases contrasting dark and light motifs (like skulls set with yellow gold accents); Faith pieces pay homage to religion. Couture or one-off pieces are also available.

All merchandise is made in the United States and starts at less than $1,000 retail. G&G currently has two retail accounts, including Boston’s Barmakian Jewelers. Fun fact: Sevan Biçakçi is a family friend of Esin and Mihran! – JCK 

G&G Creations JA NY

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