Archive | April, 2009

Tagliamonte Italian Jewelry

30 Apr

Italian Cameo Jewelry

Tagliamonte Vicenza continues the tradition of Tagliamonte founded in Torre del Greco (Naples) in 1943. This company has been dedicated to the production of Venetian Cameo jewelry since 1985, and these creations have become the firm's principal product. In fact, Tagliamonte can be considered the only firm in the world that manufactures this kind of stone. Its exclusivity is not limited to the production in itself, but includes the masterful use of a classical iconographic repertory.

turquoise ring
Three Graces 18K Gold Turquoise Cameo Ring
An extraordinary display of technique and craftsmanship, Tagliamonte's 18K yellow gold ring showcases stunning, hand carved mother of pearl portraying the Three Graces in vibrant turquoise.
$838

Tagliamonte is bringing back a manufacturing style as old as Mesopotamia. Vitreous pastes molded into cameos or intaglios are a part of jewelry history that in recent years has been largely ignored. The style can be traced back as far as the Mesopotamians, but was further developed by craftsmen from the ancient Roman colony of Aquileia.


Marina Collection Multicolor 18K Gold Bracelet
Part of the Marina line by Tagliamonte, this delicate and translucent 18K gold bracelet creates magic water light reflections and is an exclusive hand-made creation inspired by Venetian glass symbolic and naturalistic elements from the sea.
$2985

Nino Tagliamonte, with two Venetian artists, dedicated five years of research to this project, using authentic 18th century plaster matrix carvings. After numerous attempts, they rediscovered and successfully experimented with original Roman blending, processing, and casting methods.

gold necklace
Classic Collection 18K Gold and Ruby Necklace
An exclusive handmade creation featuring Hellenic mythological subjects molded on colored vitreous paste links. Presented on an 18K gold chain with precious rubies interspersed between beautifully sculpted gold flowers.
$1736

The company now has a collection of over three thousand matrices, partly original and partly modern castings, and can produce Venice Cameos identical to the antique originals by following the Roman manual processing patterns and formulas. The cameos are available in a variety of colors, though each is handcrafted with incandescent glass, and the exact color is established only after being cooled.

Steve Vaubel Jewelry

29 Apr

Gold and Gemstone Jewelry

Steven Vaubel's jewelry is innovative, fresh, and eminently wearable. The luxury is in the hand-finished details that give each piece an artisanal, individual look. All pieces are 18k gold vermeil in green or yellow gold. Each piece is handmade, signed, and numbered. The customer who buys a Vaubel is a collector at heart, enjoying the current designs as much as pieces acquired ten years ago.

gemstone bracelet
Vaubel Chunky Rectangle Bracelet
This bold and dramatic design offers a spectrum of faceted semi-precious and man-made stones set in chunky rectangles. Smoky quartz, lemon quartz, and manmade stones.
• Silver alloy with green gold plating
• About 1¼" wide
• Toggle clasp
• 6½" long
$2050

green gold bracelet
Vaubel Folding Rectangle Bracelet
A sculptural design of folding rectangles is dramatic and new, with a rich hammered texture.
• Silver alloy with green gold plating
• Hidden toggle clasp
• About 1¼" wide
• Made in USA
• 6½" long
$1550

designer earrings
Vaubel Faceted Gemstone Earrings
This bold and dramatic design offers faceted semiprecious and manmade gemstones.
Triple linked stones, green gold, and cognac quartz.
$715

Vaubel jewelry consists of silver alloy finished with 18K green gold vermeil plating. Link bracelets are slightly hammered with a toggle closure. Great classic with a timeless look. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Steve Vaubel Designs Jewelry offers a full line of fine jewelry.

Swatch Watches

28 Apr

Swiss Designer Watches

In the mid-seventies, the Swiss watch industry was in the midst of its worst crisis ever. The Japanese competition had been outclassed in 1979 with the launch of the Delirium, the world's thinnest wristwatch with a limited number of components. But the event that marked the upturn in the industry's fortunes was the founding of SMH, the Swiss Corporation for Microelectronics and Watchmaking Industries. And its answer to the crisis was Swatch – a slim plastic watch with only 51 components (instead of the usual 91 parts or more) that combined top quality with a highly affordable price.

designer watch
Swatch 'Rose Bouquet' Watch
Cute graphics inspired by nature pattern a fun plastic watch.
• Approx. case diameter: Blue 37mm; Ladybug 33mm; Rose 25mm.
• Approx. band width: Blue 19mm; Ladybug 17mm; Rose 15mm.
• Water-resistant to 30 meters.
• Silicone/plastic.
• Buckle closure.
$55

Swatch first went on sale in 1983. Since this time, it has gone on to become the most successful wristwatch of all time, and The Swatch Group, the parent company, is the largest and most dynamic watch company in the world.

stainless steel watch
Swatch 'Natural Sophistication' Watch
Light, feathery brushstrokes pattern a striking watch with a sleek patent leather strap. An understated dial in brushed silvertone is the elegant finishing touch.
Stainless steel/crystal/patent leather.
Buckle closure.
Swiss made.
$100

For many years, new developments have been taking place alongside the standard Swatch watch in plastic – from Irony (the metal Swatch) to the Swatch SKIN Chrono (the world's thinnest chronograph) to Swatch Snowpass (a watch with a built-in access control function which can be used as a ski pass at many ski resorts throughout the world), and Swatch Beat (featuring the revolutionary Internet Time).

ceramic watch
Swatch White Ceramic Watch
Ceramic links accent a bracelet-style watch with a minimalist, number-free face. Round ceramic case complements the look.
• Stainless steel/ceramic/acrylic.
• Water-resistant to 30 meters.
• Band length: 140-220mm.
• Case diameter: 32mm.
• Band width: 17mm.
• Clasp closure.
$110

Outstanding technical capabilities and advances in the fields of science and technology were already proven by Swatch during its role as the Official timekeeper in several Olympic Games and Ski and Snowboard World Cup competitions.

Kiki McDonough Jewelry

27 Apr

Gold and Gemstone Jewelry

"Twenty years ago when I began my business," says Kiki McDonough, "women could only buy high-end or antique jewelry, or hope that grandma would leave them a string of pearls. I could see a gap in the market for modern designs using semiprecious stones." Coming from a family of jewelers, who sold antique jewels in London's Burlington Gardens, McDonough had an early appreciation and understanding of jewelry design.

gemstone pendant
Parizade Disc Pendant
Set in 18k yellow gold, this piece features a stunning central blue sapphire beautifully framed by citrine, amethyst, and diamonds. With a slightly distressed finish, this piece is truly unique and reminiscent of amulets of the ancient world. Measuring 25mm in diameter, this pendant is suspended from 18" gold chain.
$3346

In 1985, the UK was entering a new era of wealth, and fashion was rediscovering color, and McDonough seized the opportunity to sell modern designer jewelry to women with higher levels of disposable income. Not that it has always been easy, McDonough admits. Despite the various fashion changes of the past 20 years, she says that, even now, she still has to persuade women to be more adventurous in wearing colors.

designer gold bracelet
Scheherazade Gemstone Bracelet
This 18k yellow gold bracelet features three large oval gemstones in amethyst, citrine, and topaz, each measuring 15mm by 11mm. Measuring 7 1/2 inches in length, this striking piece is detailed by smaller citrine, amethyst and peridot each surrounded by white diamonds.
$2240

McDonough is a firm believer that jewelry should be worn by women to enhance their natural beauty. Her jewelry is not heavily branded or in an instantly recognizable style, but it is noticeable for its strong use of color combinations. These ultra-feminine jewels, in pretty pastel colors, can be worn from day to night.

gemstone earrings
Rocha Gemstone Drop Earrings
Made in 18k white gold, these striking drop earrings feature crystal blue topaz and deep purple amethyst, and are detailed with five faceted white diamonds. A classic Kiki design, these earrings measure 35mm by 10mm and fasten with a comfortable and secure lever back ear post.
$2940

The way McDonough combines colors to such great effect is, she says, based purely on her own instinct. Her first inspiration came from admiring the colors at the ballet, and her designs still have a certain theatrical dazzle. Her collections are made by manufacturers in the UK and around the world, to her own exacting standards.

Fashion Jewelry at BananaRepublic.com

26 Apr

Fashion Jewelry

Shop the women's jewelry collection at Banana Republic for classic pieces that are ideal for any occasion. Our exquisite necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, and decorative brooches offer intricate designs, and are studded with semiprecious stones that sparkle with brilliance. With their silk zip pouches, you can carry all your Banana Republic women's jewelry pieces in style.

glass bead earrings
Beaded Fringe Earrings
Acrylic beads. Glass beads.
Base metal setting.
Silver wire backs.
Gold plated.
4 1/2" drop.
$49

chunky necklace
Chunky Beaded Necklace
Measures 32 1/2" long.
Lobster clasp closure.
Plated brass setting.
Resin beads.
$59

gold cuff bracelet
Gold Swirl Cuff
Gold plated.
$34

gold ring
Gold Mesh Ring
Plated brass setting.
$24

gold plated necklace
Braided Necklace
Base metal setting.
Measures 25" long.
14k gold plated.
Toggle closure.
$59

gemstone earrings
Luxe Triple Drop Branch Earrings
Plated base metal setting.
Genuine Prehnite stones.
Wire backs.
$49

silver cuff bracelet
Silver Barrel Cuff
Silver enamel plated.
Brass setting.
$39

stack rings
Stackable Eternity Ring
The timeless eternity band adds just the right amount of sparkle to your style. Try stacking several rings to create your unique look. Sterling silver band, 2mm wide.
$18

beaded necklace
Basket Bead Necklace
Measures 24" long.
Resin & cane beads.
Lobster clasp closure.
$39

gold bead earrings
Ball Bead Tower Earrings
Plated brass.
Wire backs.
$34

Have a great week!
Maggie

Chimento Jewelry

24 Apr

Gold and Diamond Jewelry

Twenty-five hundred years ago, the Etruscans, in what is present-day Tuscany, created the most beautiful gold metalwork of the ancient world. Today, Italy remains the leader in the transformation of precious metals into masterpieces of design and craftsmanship. It was in the great tradition of the master Italian goldsmith that Adriano Chimento established a design and production studio for fine designer 18K gold and diamond jewelry in 1964 in Vicenza, Italy.

gemstone ring
18K Yellow Gold Accordi Smoky Quartz Ring
Chimento eighteen karat yellow gold Accordi ring is mounted with a large natural faceted smoky quartz stone.
$1390

Chimento has since grown into a successful jewelry manufacturer with a global presence in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The production studio has over 140 skilled employees, some of whom manually create each piece of jewelry by hand. Chimento jewelry provides the customer with beauty, security, versatility, and reversibility.

yellow and white gold earrings
18K Two-Tone Gold Double Yellow Earrings
Chimento two-tone gold earrings with double yellow rows. Earrings are mounted with round brilliant-cut natural diamonds weighing together a total of 0.49 carat. Measures 3/4" height and 1/2" width.
$4070

Today, Chimento SPA has a 70,000 square foot design and production studio in Vicenza, a small town in Italy known as the gold capital of the world. Master goldsmiths and jewelers combine old world handcrafting with state-of-the-art processes, like electroforming and micro-fusion to produce a collection unique in style and finish.

diamond pendant
18K White Gold Square Web Pendant
Chimento eighteen karat white gold necklace with a medium square pendant, featuring a web design. Pendant is mounted with round brilliant-cut natural diamonds weighing together 0.64 carat.
$1820

The Chimento jewelry line has a unique distinctiveness. In addition to quality and hand craftsmanship, they hold over 100 patents on its various designs and technological processes. The timeless designs are available in yellow, white, and pink gold, with or without diamonds.

Arunashi Jewelry

23 Apr

Fine Jewelry

Arun Bohra was born in Jaipur, India, a city known for its rich cultural heritage. Arun's family has been creating exquisite jewelry for Indian royalty for over 150 years. Arun has taken his heritage and experience, and taking inspiration from his wife Ashita, has infused it with originality which is his alone. The name Arunashi is a marriage of their names, and their company thrives by virtue of their deep commitment to each other and to the shared passion they bring to the creation of beautiful things.

gold and diamond earrings
Marquis Cut Out Earrings with Diamonds
These beautiful earrings are set in 18 karat yellow gold, a beautiful cut out marquis design around the edge in alternating diamonds. Diamonds also outline the outer edge of each earring, a tiny marquis twist dangles in the center. Total length from gold ear wires is 1 3/8" and 3/4" width.
$3150

gemstone ring
Sapphire and Diamond Rose Cut Ring
This little band ring is gorgeous. In 22 karat gold, the alternating baby blue sapphires and diamonds are rose cuts. Size 5 3/4.
$4880

pave diamond earrings
Etched Marquis Earrings with Pave Diamonds
Set in 18 karat gold by Arunashi, these marquis earrings have beautiful filagree etching with a pave diamond teardrop dangling in the center. Total length is 1 1/2" from gold ear wires and 5/8" width.
$3600

Arun's family has been in the designer jewelry business since 1841, and he is an eighth generation jeweler. Arun draws inspiration from diverse aspects of his life and his heritage, and each piece in the Arunashi jewelry line is handcrafted by Master Jewelers using 18k and 22k gold and the finest colored gemstones. Each gemstone is chosen for its quality and color, and is cut and polished to the highest standards.

Ben Amun Jewelry

22 Apr

Designer Fashion Jewelry

Isaac Manevitz, Egyptian-born designer for Ben-Amun, has had over 30 years of success with his exquisite line of designer fashion jewelry and belts. The company is named after the designer's eldest son (Ben), and the King of Egypt (Isaac's homeland) named Tutankhamun. He has brought his love of sculpture to his collections by working with unusual materials to create unique designs that are always original and never disappoint.

gold earrings
24k Gold Plated Filigree Earrings
2" long by 1" wide
$60

Working with materials such as Lucite, pewter, glass, and crystal, give him the ability to make his jewelry distinct and inspirational. His belts, made of the finest Italian leather, come to life with his beautiful cast buckles and detailing. His timeless and fresh designs continue to excite the industry and get stronger by the season.


Multicolor Glass Bead Pewter Bracelet
7" long x 2" wide
$400

Isaac is notorious for his ability to stay ahead of trend, which has allowed Ben-Amun to flourish in the industry in fashion editorials and celebrity closets alike. His array of collections ranging from casual to red carpet, make Ben-Amun a favorite among women of all ages and professions.

brass locket
Brass Plated Heart Locket Necklace
40" long
$185

Not only is Ben-Amun popular for features in magazines, such as Vogue, Elle, NY Times, Marie Claire, but has also been a favorite on the runway. Isaac has worked with numerous designers to accessorize fashion shows each season, including Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Ralph Lauren, just to name a few.

New Paula Abdul Jewelry

21 Apr

The Latest Paula Abdul Jewelry at HSN

Grammy award-winning artist and American Idol judge Paula Abdul presents Forever Your Girl, an HSN exclusive collection of jewelry, handbags, and accessories that captures her spirit and fashion sense. Each season, Paula designs and distributes jewelry for the aspiring singers on American Idol as a keepsake of their experience.

fashion jewelry
Enamel Feminine Flower Pull-Thru 26" Necklace
The soft, suede cord necklace touts an adjustable, lariat-style design that threads through the center of the enamel-covered, flower-shaped drop. Round clear crystals trim each "petal" of the flower, glimmering from pavé settings.
• Necklace measures approx. 26"L x 3/16"W
• Drop measures approx. 1-13/16"L x 1-1/2"W
• Black, brown, blue, purple, red or oyster white
$40

Paula Abdul has been making jewelry since the first season of American Idol in 2002. The new HSN Forever Your Girl line debuted December 13th, which also includes handbags and other accessories, with a price range of $29-$200. Among her newest pieces is a beaded leather cuff bracelet that will go to the female participants in the new season, and is inscribed with a message to "reach for the stars." The realization of her lifelong dream to create, this fun, fashionable collection offers you encouragement, hope, and inspiration to make your dreams a reality.

gold earrings
Hammered Oh So Lucky Link Earrings
The earring boasts a swirled oval link at its post that shines with an intriguing hammered finish. For contrast, an interlocked, swirled oval link drop sparkles with pavé-set, round clear crystals.
• Measure approx. 1-11/16"L x 15/16"W
• Pierced with clutch backs
• Goldtone or silvertone
$45

Paula Abdul's extraordinary music career is exemplified by worldwide album sales exceeding 30 million records, two #1 Albums, six #1 Singles, a Grammy Award, seven MTV Awards, two Emmy Awards, two People's Choice Awards, and Kids Choice Awards. The singer-dancer-choreographer's other plans for 2009 include her first album of new material in over a decade.

bangle bracelet set
Crystal & Enamel Bangles 6 Color Set
Flaunting an identical design, the stackable bangles showcase wavy enamel stations that alternate with clusters of bezel-set, small and large, round crystals. The crystals and enamel on each bracelet exude white, black, red, purple, brown and blue hues that encourage mixing-and-matching with other pieces in your collection.
$55

Leon Popov Butterfly Rings

20 Apr

Fine Gold and Diamond Jewelry

Leon Popov was born in Riga, Latvia. He studied art and design in the Academy of Fine Arts and practiced jewelry skills at the century-old Riga Jewelry Factory, working with renowned designers, winners of the De Beers Diamond Awards and experienced craftsmen. In 1981, at the age of 23, he immigrated to Israel, and in his first weeks in the country already worked as a jeweler at NDC. After couple of years there he moved to a Jerusalem jewelry manufacturer, and in 1986 started his own jewelry design workshop in Ramat Gan, close to the Diamond Exchange.

white and yellow gold ring
Color Of Nature Diamond Butterfly Ring
This beautiful Colors of Nature 18 Karat white gold ring, blended with Yellow Gold butterfly, set with 26 Round diamonds weighing 0.33 carat, 22 Red Rubies weighing 0.46 Carat and 14 Yellow Sapphires weighing 0.54 carat.
$3100

Leon Popov's well-known Butterfly Jewelry is growing beautifully, with new Butterflies frequently appearing – as pins, rings, pendants, and necklaces. Each one more exciting than the other. Using his creative touch and the advanced technical means available to him, Leon Popov has several new lines. His exciting new collections illustrate why he continues a meteoric rise, earning himself a place among the world's top jewelry designers.

white gold and diamond ring
Butterfly Pear Diamond Butterfly Ring
This beautiful 18 Karat gold butterfly set with 44 diamonds 0.86 Carat, all G color or better with VS2 clarity or better. This ring can be set with a Marquise shaped diamond from 0.50 carat up to 1.99 Carat.
$3590

Leon Popov's creations are sold through large-scale retailers and private individuals in USA, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Costa-Rica, Uruguay, Spain, Russia, and Australia. Several collections were shown at jewelry exhibitions in Las Vegas, Osaka and Barcelona.

yellow diamond ring
Butterfly White & Yellow Diamond Butterfly Ring
This Delicate Beautiful 18 Karat gold butterfly set with 89 diamonds 0.87 Carat of Round diamonds, G color and Fancy Yellow color all VS2 clarity or better. This ring can be set with Pear shaped diamond from 0.50 carat up to 1.99 Carat.
$3340

At the beginning, Popov mostly worked with private customers, but as his reputation spread, started to design models for jewelry manufacturers, shops, and merchants. Business grew steadily, and in 1991 he formed a company, called Esquisse Ltd, and devoted most of his time to design and modeling.

Leon's designs were featured twice in the De Beers Diamond Competition. His Coral Reef Collection was chosen by the organizers of Novajoya Design Pavilion in Barcelona to represent Israel in 1998. Since 1996, Leon has regularly presented his original designs at Basel Jewelry & Watch Fair, where he acquired customers from all over the world.