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Culture Comes to Couture by way of Jewelry Designers

Breaking the Mold:  Cartier, Chanel & Stephen Webster

Chanel: 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers d’Art Show Beauty

Chanel: 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers d’Art Show Beauty/ Photo credit: Vincent Lappartient

 

Jewelry trends are appearing in creative clusters of world culture and artisan craftsmanship in recently exhibited collections, foreshadowing a shift in jewelry design for 2012.  Jewelry designers around the globe are finding innovative methods of implementing global, planetary and metaphysical elements into their pieces.

Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director and Designer for Chanel, brought Chanel’s cultural exposure to new found heights with the 2011/2012 Cruise Collection and the accompanying Short Film, ‘The Tale of a Fairy’. Lagerfeld’s jewelry designs continue to bring a broader sense of global influence to his pieces, as seen at the Chanel Parisian Metiers d’Art show.

A dazzling necklace was on display, with delicate filigree and decadent pearls, reminiscent of Roman and Oriental jewelry design influences. The daring Chanel piece was explained by Lagerfeld as a tribute to the fifth-century Byzantine empress, Theodora, with dense ornaments and intricate metal weaving.

Karl Lagerfeld

Photo Courtesy of: Chanel

Cartier shows a glimmering appreciation for their relationship with the maharajahs of India, which propelled success for the jeweler through exceptionally colored jewels in the early 20th century. Cartier released a one-kilogram gold coin, bearing a spectacular image of Taj Mahal last month. The extraordinary coins were placed in customized luxury cases for the French mint La Monnaie de Paris.

Pete Doherty, a popular American musician, will be releasing a jewelry design in Europe in collaboration with British jeweler, Hannah Martin. In the designs of the first collection are fluent attributions to history and evolution. With an obvious adoration of elephants and antiques, the line which will be exclusively sold in Brittain exhibits innovative use of matter rarely found in jewelry designs, such as fossilized mammoth bones. 

Courtesy of Pete Doherty

Photo Courtesy of: Pete Doherty

The unique designs of London-based jewelry designer, Stephen Webster are available in the U.S. for the first time, with the opening of his first American store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. The London jeweler has been a favorite on the Red Carpet and among celebrities, with bold designs that are striking, sexual and controversial, including symbolic re-creations that embody ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’.

Stephan Webster Jewelry Designs

Photograph Courtesy of: Stephen Webster Designs

With a whole wide world out there, it’s inspiring to see that jewelry designers have found a way to bring culture into couture. Be on the look-out for these global tributes and metaphysical mentions in jewelry trends this summer, and the jewelry design evolution as we enter 2012.

Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show: Booth #1455 in Action

Raymond Lee Jewelers: Booth 1455

The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show

Raymond Lee Jewelers in Trade Show Action

Vintage Omega Constellation

Vintage Omega Ladies

Vintage Rolex

Visit Raymond Lee Jewelers at Booth #1455: The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show

Now through June 5th, 2011 Raymond Lee Jewelers can be found at Booth #1455 of The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, exhibiting an impressive collection of vintage watch and jewelry inventory!

Stop by and visit the largest Trade Show of its kind in the USA. For more information on US Antique Shows, please visit http://www.usantiqueshows.com/.

Thus far, all reports show that the 2011 Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show is an abundant success. With many visitors to the famous trade show, and the recent partnership with Polygon, Exhibitors and Attendees to this year’s Trade Show are being offered extended areas of service this season.

The Raymond Lee Jewelers Booth (#1455) was set up yesterday, and I was able to obtain this photograph.. (Pre-Setup) 🙂

Stay Tuned for Rapid Reporting Updates on the 2011 Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show!

Raymond Lee Jewelers: Booth #1455

Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Trade Show: Rapid Reporting via The Raymond Lee Jewelers Blog

“We’re waiting to get in..”
-Wednesday, June 1st 12:53p.m.

This was a message received while the crew of Raymond Lee Jewelers Las Vegas Venturers awaited the opening of Paris Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, where initial steps to register for the Las Vegas Antique Jewelery & Trade Show were about to commence.

2011 Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show

Today, June 2nd, will mark the first day of the annual Antique Jewelry & Watch Show in Las Vegas, the largest trade show of its kind in the United States.  For more information about US Antique Shows, including their upcoming Chicago based jewelry exhibit, visithttp://usantiqueshows.com/

Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show Registration: June 1st (1:14pm EST)

It has been officially confirmed that Raymond Lee Jewelers have successfully been cleared through all the ropes, and starting today through June 5th, you can find us at Booth #1455, Paris Hotel Antique Jewelry & Watch Show held in the Banquet Hall.

Please visit http://www.glmshows.com for further information regarding the US Antique Trade Shows, and for ticket, directions or hotel specials available!

Hours are 11am to 7pm Today through Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday

Raymond Lee Jewelers Goes to Vegas!

From June 2-5, 2011 Raymond Lee Jewelers will be participating in the annual Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, exhibiting an extensive collection of Antique Designer Jewelry, Estate Jewely and Vintage Timepieces. The guys will be heading out to sin city with a large selection of our antique jewelry and watch inventory, including the most sought after models of collectable Vintage Rolex Watches and rare, incredible pieces of Estate Jewelry Pieces.

With the new partnership of Polygon (the most active online community and trading network for gem & jewelry professionals) and The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, this year’s exhibit will offer many additional benefits for collectors, buyer and sellers of antique jewelry. This is an Event that Raymond Lee Jewelers has been involved with for years, and the excitement is growing here at the home-front.

If you just happen to be attending or participating in the Las Vegas Antique Show as well, please do come visit us! Raymond Lee Jewelers will be at Booth #1455 for the entirety of the exhibit. For a venue directory Click Here.

For more on The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, visit lasvegasantiquejewelryandwatchshow.com

The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show on Facebook

Admission Cost

$15 For All Four Days!

Paris Hotel

June 2 – June 4, 2011
11 am to 7 pm

June 5, 2011
11 am to 4 pm

**Trade Only**

Valid ID & Business
Card Required

Hey, There’s a Ruby in that Watch! The Intelligence of Natural Gemstones

Prim clockwork of a wristwatch, watchmaking ex...

inner mechanics of timepieces

The Intelligence of Natural Gemstones

Jewel bearings were introduced in 1702 by Nicolas Fatio (or Facio) de Duillier  to reduce the friction in watches. The two-part mechanism breakthrough in timepiece engineering includes a bearing, in which a metal spindle turns in a jewel lined pivot hole. The advantages of jewel bearings include high accuracy, small size and weight,low static friction and highly consistent dynamic friction.

When the use of jewel bearings was first patented in 1702, only the most elite quality watchmakers used sapphire, ruby, or diamond jewel pivots. The majority of watchmakers would use  garnet, quartz, or even glass jewels to create their jewel bearings, due to the high cost of natural ruby and sapphire gemstones.

Jewel bearings for watches were ground from tiny pieces of natural gemstones from their introduction in 1702 until the early 20th Century. In the early 1900’s, a process to create synthetic rubies was discovered by Parisian Professor, Abraham-Louis Breguet . This process was invented in order to eliminate the high cost of natural gemstones by creating synthetic sapphires to be utilized in watch crystals. Nearly all modern-day watches use this synthetic ruby (or sapphire) in their watch jewel bearings.

Read on to discover the precise and persistent role in which the Ruby has played throughout the evolution of  timepiece mechanics, and the inherently possessed intelligence and engineering abilities of natural gemstones…

18K Yellow Gold, Diamond and Ruby ring in a crested wave design

Size 6.5, can be sized

Diamonds are approximately 1.20ctw
Diamonds are VS/SI in clarity H/I in color
Rubies 27 Cabochons Graduating in Size from 1.5mm-3mm

There is one constant element that you will find in each and every mechanical timepiece, from the earliest models to today’s modern designs. A complex integration of finely balanced moving parts are the fundamental foreground for all mechanical watches. This complex composition of mechanics involves the vital presence of a plain bearing. A watch bearing is a relationship, if you will, between pivot pieces and the torus shaped holes in which they are turned into.

Pivot pieces turn into torus shaped holes, which are drilled into two brass plates that are separated by pillars. The lower situated brass plate of the two was once drilled with small holes in order to allow the opposite end of the pivot to turn. Small amounts of oil were used to lubricate the pivots within the torus shaped holes. Through the progression of time, an accumulation of debris and dust from daily use would slowly form within the small holes.

A mixture of oils and debris would form into an abrasive material, acting asa sandpaper of sorts, slowly wearing away the soft brass of the plates, and eventually even the hard steel pivots. The once torus shaped pivot holes would morph into oval shapes as a result of this material accruing, directly causing erratic watch function and eventual failure.

Frustrated with this difficult and seemingly unavoidable eventuality, Watchmakers began to search for a material that was harder than brass, and which could withstand the constant movement of the pivots. The winning material was found in the natural Ruby gemstone, the second hardest natural material on record in the world. Fatio de Duillier made his mark on the historical evolution of timepieces when he developed and patented a method of perforating jewels for use in clocks in the early 1700’s.

With the goal in mind to optimize the capture of solar energy, Fatio suggested using a tracking mechanism which was capable of pivoting around the Sun. A well-known Swiss mathematician,  Nicolas Fatio de Duillier was the first to discover the ruby’s potential as a jewel bearing. Fatio was previously known for his close friendship and collaborations with Isaac Newton, his extraordinary work on the zodiacal light problem, and for originating the “push” or “shadow” theory of gravitation.

Natural Ruby (naturally occurring ruby crystal)

In collaboration with Pierre and Jacob Debaufre, Fatio de Duillier patented the use of  jewels as wheel bearings in mechanical clocks in 1702. This would mark the beginning of many advancements in the development of timepiece precision that would utilize the knowledge of planetary alignment and universal positioning as a guide to advanced timepiece engineering.

In 1902, Parisian Professor Auguste Victor Louis Verneuil created the first synthetic gemstone. A synthetic ruby. Verneuil perfected a flame-fusion method of producing crystals of ruby and other corundums within a short time period. This method became more industrialized over time; the basic components of rubies, alumina, undergoes purification, heating, fusion and crystallization, which results in a pear-shaped piece of artificial ruby.

This pear-shaped ruby is then sliced into small pieces and these pieces are shipped off to watchmakers. The watchmakers then destroy 90% of the synthetic ruby to turn into a usable part for a watch.  The high cost of certain modern-day mechanical watches are not due to the high price of natural rubies, as the wristwatches of the 18th and 19th Century. However, the labor intensive process of putting the synthetic rubies into the watch bearings is costly due to the time and labor invested to their proper placement in the jewel bearing.

The use of jewels in timepieces remains strong and steadfast in the world of watches, as they serve two valuable purposes. The first is the reduced friction within the bearings. This directly increases the accuracy and precision of the timepiece. Jewel surfaces within watch bearings reduces variations in movement, increasing the life and maintained integrity of the bearings.

Chopard Your Hour H Watch 13/6965 with Rubies

Authentic Chopard Your Hour 13/6965 18K White Gold and Ruby Watch

Brand New with Papers

18K White Gold Case

Pave Set with 100 Rubies=1.00ct

So,today let’s give a silent thanks in recognition of the Ruby and Sapphire Gemstones… The intelligent natural gemstones you never knew were in your watch!

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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