Ivanka Trump’s Charitable-Fashionable Bracelet

Business woman and role model Ivanka Trump has designed a fun and fashionable bracelet to benefit United Nation’s Girl Up program, which raises awareness and funds for several U.N. programs that help in-need adolescent girls, preparing them for the next generation of leadership.

Reports from the United Nations Web site tell of the spread of diseases, the uncontrolled pregnancies, the poverty, and the lack of hope for the future that many girls face, as well as having a limited education and being forced into an arranged marriage by the age of 15.

“Ivanka is a natural role model to young women worldwide,” said Kathy Bushkin Calvin, chief executive officer of the U.N. Foundation. “Working together, we can give girls in developing countries a chance to live up to their potential as the bright, talented girls that they are and set them on the path of becoming the strong, independent, and healthy women of tomorrow.”

The $30 sterling silver bracelet features a coral silk cord and both the Girl Up and the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry logo charm, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Girl Up.  You can order the bracelet on the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry’s website.  A great cause indeed.

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Sotheby’s auction: Important Jewels

Sotheby’s sale of Important Jewels is planned for  September 28, 2010 in New York.  A number of the key jewels come from a private collection, which features pieces from Harry Winston, Cartier, David Webb and Tiffany & Co.

A classic Harry Winston diamond pendant-necklace leads the autumn auction season as a star lot.  Showcasing 10 carats of perfection in its pure pear-shaped drop, this exquisite necklace totaling 30 carats defines Winston style and quality at its best.  Estimated at $1 million to $1.5 million (below).

Making a dramatic fashion statement is an amethyst, turquoise and diamond necklace created in 1949 that illustrates the Technicolor world of Cartier’s designs of that period.   Set with pear-shaped amethysts, accented by turquoise cabochons, and round diamonds weighing approximately 9.80 carats, within braided gold rope strands, completed by a braided gold rope chain, length 19 inches and signed Cartier, it is estimated between $30,000 and $40,000 (below).

From period Tiffany rings to a suite of glamorous 1950’s Harry Winston jewels, the September auction presents an array of 20th century pieces for collectors seeking one-of-a-kind signed jewels.  Also featured in the sale are 5 to 10 carat white diamonds and a selection of important colored gems, including a fancy intense yellow diamond ring of 17.97 carats at its center, flanked by white, trapeze-cut diamonds.  Estimated at $400,000 to $600,000 (below).

Below, some more of my favorite pieces to be auctioned off on September 28:

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Designer Spotlight: Brevard

I have been in love with the Brevard pieces for as long as I can remember.  Recently, I’ve been introduced to the most beautiful pieces come out of their collections.  I love the hammered charms with inset stones, which makes high-jewelry much more versatile, wearable and less “stuffy”.

Brevard has been around for over 25 years. Lee Brevard was the original designer.   Friends with Andy Warhol and Basquiat, Lee was able to forge many Hollywood relationships. He designed signature pieces for Elizabeth Taylor, Cher and many others. After Lee’s untimely death, Bryan Moss acquired the company, continuing the Brevard legacy of artisan elements with fine jewelry results.

Like Lee, Bryan is willing to dedicate an extraordinary amount of time to the creative process—into making compellingly simple shapes into subtly extraordinary, evocative pieces. Each piece is held to two main rules of Brevard design: it must  be worn comfortably, and secondly, it must act as a work of art where color, texture, proportion and balance are paramount.

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The Guggenheim Collection by Harry Winston

The House of Harry Winston and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation announce an exciting new product line – the Guggenheim Collection by Harry Winston. An exquisite series of diamond jewelry and diamond dials for timepieces inspired by the iconic architecture of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s groundbreaking design of the Guggenheim Museum, each piece of the collection features a sparkling spiral of diamonds, recalling the sculptural exterior and spiraling interior ramp of the museum.  Breathtaking!

Mother of pearl, 358 round brilliant diamonds, 18k white gold setting. $21,000.00

55 round brilliant and tapered baguette diamonds, 4.67 total carats; platinum setting. $26,000.00

161 round brilliant diamonds, 3.96 total carats; platinum setting. $26,000.00

18k white gold case, chronograph quartz movement, mother of pearl spiral dial, diamonds on bezel, lugs, attachments and buckle, approximately 2.65 cts. $46,000.00

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Pay attention! Jewelry Trends for Fall 2010

In the words of Diana Vreeland: “People are talking about…” polar opposites!  And jewelry, of course.

As far as clothes go, the common thread among all the September magazines seemed to be best described on the covers of Elle Spain, which announced in bold letters “Lo Moderno es ser Clasica” (It’s Modern to be Classic), and Vogue UK’s “Minimal Chic”.  Fall is about streamlined silhouettes with pops of bold accessories.

The specific jewelry list? Long, swinging pendant necklaces, silver cuffs and bangles, gold link designs, shoulder-grazing earrings, sophisticated cluster studs and gemmy cocktail rings in sunset colors.  Plus, “buy” pendant charms, “keep” heavy metal such as hefty cuffs and “store” bib necklaces, the editors of Harper’s Bazaar advise.

All mags featured long pendant necklaces, cuff bracelets and bangles in the fall issues. Bib necklaces, an editor favorite over the past few seasons, appear to have been banished to the back of jewelry boxes for now, replaced by an eclectic mix of neck-circling styles, from simple pendants and loose, low-hanging multi-strand necklaces to ladylike pearls and opulent sautoir styles. Minimalism and opulence going hand-in-hand.

Sumptuousness will be other keyword for fall, as evidenced through the number of editorial spreads highlighting a diversity of attention-grabbing textures and materials, from furs and nubby tweeds to rich velvets, lushly embroidered coats and chunky knits. The jewelry to match must be statement-making in its own right to stand out from this lavish array of fabrics, the fashion magazines illustrate via their editorials.

This season is also ripe with ’50s inspiration as channeled through long A-line skirts and dresses, and form-fitting cardigans, in addition to menswear-inspired looks and fine tailoring, primed for wearing with signet rings, oversized watches and the season’s ubiquitous long pendant necklace.

We also noticed sculptural silver designs and smooth cuff bracelets in juxtaposition to a spread of polished plaids and textured tweeds.  Once again, fall equals fur (unfortunately), with gold link chain bracelets and necklaces. In addition, the magazines’ stylists suggest earrings exaggerated in length, swinging well below the shoulder. Other styles to pair with already-embellished or highly textured clothing include ornate pendant necklaces, given that “long gold-chain numbers enrich any ensemble,” according to Harper’s Bazaar. In addition, the magazine decrees to “channel old-world appeal with a decadent bracelet” and to wear “stone rings,” which “make a statement without saying too much.”

Below, some pictures from Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, both from September 2010.

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Fine Jewelry and Fashion Industry Join Forces at New York Fashion Week

It was about time!

As reported by The National Jeweler, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has a new jewelry partner.  Couture, the annual event for upscale retailers, designers, and manufacturers of fine jewelry and timepieces, held at the Wynn Las Vegas, will be showcasing designs of seven brands during New York Fashion Week that represent the best in high-end jewelry design.

Among the pieces in the Couture Fine Jewelry Exhibition are Yossi Harari's blue sapphire and rose-cut diamond drop earrings, a combination of 24-karat gold and oxidized "gilver," and Gurhan's "4/24 Collection," rings, featuring chocolate-hued 4-karat gold alloy mixed with 24-karat gold.

The “Couture Fine Jewelry Exhibition” will turn heads in the main hall of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York City.  The exhibit is designed to attract editors, stylists and retailers to not only view the pieces but to  delve deeper and consider reinforcing the connection between the two industries–fashion and jewelry–in their editorial spreads and merchandising assortments.

Designers chosen for the exhibition include Scott Kay, Gurhan, Yossi Harrari, Andrea Fohrman, Paul Morelli, Sally Sohn and Bavna.  Watch for my updates from Lincoln Center: it’s going to be a sparkly Fashion Week!

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Fashion Icons Around Your Neck

I can’t.  I can’t!  I need them all.

Now you can carry Anna Wintour, Coco Chanel or Suzy Menkes with you, wherever you go.  Courtesy of Nathalie Queyraud, designer of “Défiles from Paris”.

Wear them as a reminder to strangle yourself when you wear shoes that match your bag, or just to make yourself feel like a fashion insider.  Adorable available options are: Ms. Wintour, Ms. Menkes, Mlle. Chanel, Rihanna in a Viktor & Rolf dress, and Vuitton, Galliano, Chanel and Rykiel dresses.  Available at Luisa Via Roma.  As Miranda would say, “That’s all!”.

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