Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sotheby's to Auction the Jewelry of Suzanne Belperron

Suzanne Belperron (1900-1983) is arguably one of the most important jewelry designers of the 20th century. The upcoming Sotheby's auction in Geneva on May 14, 2012 will feature 50 lots from her personal jewelry collection.

This unprecedented sale features the most significant group of jewels by Belperron ever to appear on the market. This collection includes some of her most celebrated designs and also very intimate items which illustrate her unique style and creative virtuosity.

Belperron learned jewelry design at the House of René Boivin from 1921 to 1931, and when she left, she took not only her design experience, but some say, perhaps a few of Boivin's designs as well.

It is unclear whether Belperron stole Boivin designs or whether Boivin continued making Belperron’s designs after she left but one thing is clear - Belperron developed her own personal jewelry design style in the decades that followed, and built an international reputation that continues to grow.

When the Duchess of Windsor’s jewelry was auctioned in 1987, only 5 of 16 Belperron pieces were tentatively identified. Asked once why she never signed her work, Madame Belperron replied: “My style is my signature.”

Here are some examples of Belperron's work from a recent Christie's auction. Sotheby's does not have the catalog for the upcoming auction yet, but I'm sure it will be on their site very soon.

Photos courtesy of Christie's Auctions

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Soft Flowers in jewelry are hot fashion items right now!

Flower jewelry always sells well. I love it and so do many of my customers. There are many ways that a flower can be incorporated into a piece of jewelry.

One might think first of pins in the shape of flowers, which are always popular, but earrings and necklaces also can be designed this way.

A new idea which seems to be a hot fashion item right now is a jewelry design with a soft flower accent. This adds a great deal of depth and dimension to the piece and using fabric means that just about any color will work well.

Followers of the first lady, Michelle Obama, might also remember that she previewed some fabric flower brooches in one of her appearances on the political stage. This might have something to do with the new trend of soft flowers in fashion jewelry.

Here are a few designs. There are sure to be lots more showing up this summer.

Any of these jewelry designs are sure to be a hit with summer fashions.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Jewelers Choice Awards Winners Named By JCK Magazine

JCK Magazine has a contest every year where retailers in the jewelry industry pick the winners. The contest started in 2008 and has grown in size every year. This year there were more than 300 product entries in several different categories.

It is hard for me to choose my favorites. The winners are all stunning pieces of jewelry, but these are some that I really like:

Best Necklace Category: Over $10,000.
Best Earring Category: $2501-$10,000
Best Bracelet Category: Over $10,000.
Best Bridal Category: Over $10,000.

Best Colored Stone Category (my favorite winner!): Over $10,000.

It appears that I have expensive tastes. My favorites are all from the most expensive section of each category with the exception of the earrings! For a complete list of the winners and pictures visit the JCK jeweler's choice winners page.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hsssss.....Ever Popular Snake Jewelry

All types of animal jewelry is popular with collectors and jewelry lovers alike. But one type which seems to always get a lot of attention is snake jewelry and other forms of reptile jewelry.

I have just listed some new snake choker necklaces in my Ruby Plaza shop, so I thought I would have a look to see what other reptilian styles I have in stock for those of you who love this type of design.

This choker is just gorgeous. It comes in both clear rhinestones and also the style with brown stones shown here.

The necklace has a pair of slim line snake earrings to finish the look. It is available for $40 from my Ruby Plaza shop Jewelry Lane.

Here are a few more reptilian designs. Perhaps one is just right for you.

Black and Clear Rhinestone Snake bracelet - $20 from Jewelry Lane.

Cute Lizard rhinestone brooch - also $20 at Jewelry Lane.


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