Readers, it’s time for some real talk.
Happy April ya’ll! Besides my distaste for April Fool’s pranks, I was pretty into this week. The promise of spring is on the horizon, there are plenty of yellow diamonds in the showroom, and we picked up this amazing pair of vintage Van Cleef & Arpels earrings today. I got to share some of my favorite wedding tidbits, while simultaneously learning about the Pink Panther-style ring of European diamond thieves that are at large (hide yo diamonds!) Here’s what else I got up to…
Time to get nitpicky. A) This is not Duchess Catherine’s jewelry collection. The first slide was famously borrowed from THE QUEEN. B) A slideshow of her jewelry & not one designer is mentioned. Who wrote this, Ryan Seacrest? C) Droolworthy isn’t the most accurate adjective here people. Princess Kate is all strategy and pragmatism. She purposely wears understated, every-girl-could-own-it jewelry. You wanna talk drool-worthy jewel collections? Let me direct you here.
I don’t think this is an engagement ring.
How he should have Met The Mother. (I want my 9 years back.)
But when one show sh*ttily ends, another excellently begins. WINTER IS COMING.
And clearly, designer shoes require a designer evening bag.
I’m making these this weekend (in between the 900 billion showings our broker has scheduled for our apartment.)
Speaking of which, anyone in Chicago know a good place to hang out with your puppy for oh, 4 hours or so? Not the beach. It’s cold. Not the dog park. She’s vicious.
This week we’re swooning for September’s birthstone sapphire. The beautiful gemstone, part of the Corundum family, makes for a gorgeous addition to any diamond engagement ring. It also lends a decidedly antique feel. Sapphires first were used in engagement rings during the crusades, when it was believed that the stones could reflect the fidelity of their wearers. When knights returned, they would inspect the color of the rings of their betrothed. emerged to popularity first in Victorian engagement rings, when it was popular to use gemstones to symbolize initials or letters. Sapphires would have represented the letter “S” in a custom designed engagement ring. In the Edwardian era, they were used as the central stone mounted into filigreed and intricately carved platinum settings. By the time the Art Deco jewelry era had arrived, sapphires were a long treasured tradition for engagement rings and made a fabulous addition to the bold geometric and Egyptian designs that were being popularized by the haute jewelers in Paris. Art Deco style engagement rings are in high demand once more, with couples seeking the romance, glamour and bold shapes of these gorgeous rings. The stunning sapphire engagement ring eye candy we’ve chosen today all draws inspiration from the Art Deco period. Ceylon sapphires inlaid into each mounting are the perfect complement to bright and beautiful GIA certified diamonds. check out our favorites below.
The first ring we’re obsessed with is this round bezel set 2 carat diamond that’s I/J in color and I1 in clarity. The round diamond is set into a cushion shaped platinum mounting giving it a fresh combination of shapes, sugarloaf cut sapphires are set in between the center and its perimeter with a subtle milgrain border surrounding the outer edge. The shanks have an additional .11ctw of diamond micropave so the ring sparkles from every side.
This funk octagonal shaped engagement ring is actually fairly traditional by Art Deco standards. Again with a sapphire surround, the center stone in this beauty is 1.64 carats with a K/L color grade and a beautiful VS clarity grade. The diamonds on the shanks are .12ctw and the Ceylon sapphires weigh .86 carats.
The halo ring that swept the bridal jewelry world by storm has its roots in the Art Deco era. We love any halo engagement ring that has an added flair, and a circle of rich blue sapphires is perfect. The center stone is a 2 carat diamond SI2 in clarity and K/L in color surrounded by .67 carats of sapphires. An extra helping of .19ctw of diamonds is set as micropave in the shanks.
Our favorite ring du jour, this amazing cushion shaped setting is unlike any we’ve ever seen before. A pretty 2.08 center stone with J/K color grade and an SI2 clarity grade is surrounded by .81 carats total of sugarloaf cut sapphires that form a rounded cushion shape with rondels at each corner. The outer border is comprised of white diamond micropave, and more microwave is set into the shoulders and shanks of the platinum mounting. It’s incredible, unique, and definitely a big statement.
The mere mention of Solange Azagury-Partridge brings to mind a number of adjectives for those who are familiar with her work. She’s sophisticated, fiercely independent and has managed to pour her soul into her line of contemporary jewelry. Ah, but try to define, in just a few words, the jewelry collections; odds are, you won’t be able to. How does one quantify genius, anyway?
Jewelry for Every Woman
Solange Azagury-Partridge Jewelry embodies the passion that drives the human condition and the creativity needed to give purpose to those efforts. As she insists, there is not a woman who goes through her life and not want something to call her own. That “something”, of course, being jewelry that absolutely changes the way she carries herself.
Azagury-Partridge is quick to reiterate the importance of subtlety. Despite the vivid hues, shapes and sizes of her many London jewelry designs, she insists simplicity can easily co-exist with aggressive design efforts. This London beauty lives – and designs – with no boundaries.
Solange Azagury-Partridge Jewelry
From the first spectacular signature piece, which ironically was her own engagement ring, Azagury-Partridge knew this was where she would build her life, define her career and play a role in the lives of women on an international basis. The self-taught and eclectic artist discovered her raison d’etre early on and she’s never looked back. The result is an exquisite testament to her raw talent and the demand for her jewelry designs.
In a recent interview with Elle, she said jewelry should make a woman “more beautiful and strong”.
It’s Just Business
Just don’t expect prim and proper to be part of any Solange Azagury-Partridge jewelry collection. Instead, she raises the bar, ditches the pleasantries and delves into whatever her passion might be for the day. From the authentic heart design pendant – yes, a miniature gold version of the human heart, complete with intricate beveling for arteries and distinctive heart values – to the haunting purple-shadow laden eye, complete with a single diamond teardrop, this is most certainly going to be a powerful legacy for the young and brutally talented jewelry designer.
This week’s happy hour features sapphire cocktails, neither of which include gin. Rather, we’re referring to the deep, rich blue hue that so many sapphires exhibit, particularly the gorgeous sapphire accents on this amazing diamond and sapphire cocktail ring. An east-west radiant cut diamond weighing a whopping 2.01 carats centers this cocktail ring, with a surround of invisibly set blue sapphires. On the shank, the colors are reversed, featuring sapphires laid into a halo of diamond pave for a geometric (very deco) and opulent cocktail ring.
While that’s keeping our finger warm, we’ll need something to keep our hand cool, and this blueberry mojito by Talking Bout Food is calling to us. A play on the citrusy mojito, this cocktail gets a blueberry blast from fresh puree and floating blueberries. Get the full recipe at Talkingboutfood.com. Cheers!