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A Conversation with Jörg Gellner, CEO of GELLNER Pearls

A Conversation with Jörg Gellner, CEO of GELLNER Pearls

A Pioneer in the World of Pearls For any pearl lover, the name GELLNER Pearls is instantly recognizable. Known for their gem quality pearls and modern, minimalist pearl jewellery, GELLNER Pearls has made its mark as one of the leading fine jewellery brands in the world. Their catch phrase “The Spirit of Pearls” embodies their outlook towards pearls and is translated in how these incredible sea gems are showcased in their jewellery pieces. At its heart, GELLNER embraces innovation. This…

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Bonhams Los Angeles’ Once in a Lifetime Jewellery Sale

Bonhams Los Angeles’ Once in a Lifetime Jewellery Sale

 On July 20th, some exceptional jewellery pieces will be going under the hammer at Bonhams Los Angeles, and I’m not using the word “exceptional” lightly at all. On offer at this mid-July sale are a selection of jewels that were formerly in the collection of Sammy Davis Jr. as well as some very rare pieces made by 20th Century modernist jewellery great, Art Smith. The headline pieces of this sale are undoubtedly the five 1970s jewels that were once in…

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Plastic Fantastic, A Dip into Mid-Century Whimsical Glamour

Plastic Fantastic, A Dip into Mid-Century Whimsical Glamour

Tessa Packard’s New Fine Jewellery Collection Takes us into the World of Colour, Fun in the Sun and Vintage Acrylic Jewellery designer Tessa Packard really knows how to make a splash with her unique and eclectic jewellery pieces. In fact, that is literally what she has done with her brand new “Plastic Fantastic” Fine Jewellery collection.  Think 1950s Florida-brilliant sunshine, pool parties, fancy cocktails. Think bright costume jewellery meets fine jewellery craftsmanship. Think precious gems and colours creating a smorgasbord…

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Maki-e, Changing our Perception of Beauty, One Pearl at a Time

Maki-e, Changing our Perception of Beauty, One Pearl at a Time

A Conversation with Raphael Basalely Vice President at Eliko Pearl Co. about the Appeal of Maki-e Pearls For many pearl purists, any embellishment to beautiful pearls may seem superfluous. Pearls are already perfect, they say, so there’s no need to add anything more to them. With Maki-e Pearls, I argue, that is not the case. Tahitian pearls artfully decorated with 24K gold powder and abalone shell mosaic are nothing if not exquisite. Maki-e pearls are a relatively new addition to…

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Chris Davies, An Innovative Jewellery Designer with the Soul of a Renaissance Master

Chris Davies, An Innovative Jewellery Designer with the Soul of a Renaissance Master

It was in the Renaissance period, that artists started using light to illuminate and define their art. In fact, very often light was used as an integral element of the piece of art itself. When you look at a Chris Davies’ jewels, you are struck by the same feeling. In his jewels light is a palpable part of the piece, wherein each jewel is designed to maximise the play of light on the gems and metal. To my knowledge, no…

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Powerful and Pretty Pearl Jewellery Pieces for the Woman of Today

Powerful and Pretty Pearl Jewellery Pieces for the Woman of Today

Bonhams’ Celebrates International Women’s Day with its Pearls Online Jewellery Auction March 8th is International Women’s Day and what better way to recognise it than with an auction exclusively featuring pearl jewellery pieces. Bonhams Auction House’s Powerful & Pretty: Pearls Online sale from March 8th through the 12th, honours women and their countless achievements, in and out of the spotlight, with the timeless power and beauty of pearls. International Women’s Day is a day to commemorate the struggles of women,…

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The Colourful Gems of the Islands of Fiji

The Colourful Gems of the Islands of Fiji

A Conversation with Claude Prevost, Owner and Founder at Civa Fiji Pearl Farm In the pristine waters off the Fiji Islands, the pearl-producing Pinctada Margaritifera mollusk flourishes. Just like its cousin, the “black-lipped” Tahitian oyster, the Fiji oyster has been successfully cultivated at pearl farms in Fiji, especially over the past two decades. The Fiji cultured pearls are one of the rarest pearls produced through pearl cultivation, because as the name suggests, the oyster is native to the waters around…

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Are Virtual Try On Apps Permanently Redefining Jewellery Retail Space?

Are Virtual Try On Apps Permanently Redefining Jewellery Retail Space?

Last year in May, when Chaumet launched its Augmented Reality (AR) filter on Instagram and Snapchat, all social media was inundated with images of people trying on tiaras in conventional and sometimes not-so-conventional ways. Later, in summer, Bulgari’s virtual unveiling of its The Baroko High Jewellery collection came with an exclusive, invitation-only app for smart phones, which allowed users to virtually put on a jewel from the collection and save their image as a selfie. Almost half a year later,…

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