Sometimes you want to pile on the jewels: a cluster of bracelets, six hoops along your earlobe, or a tangle of vintage necklaces. Other times, you want just one superspecial piece—like a cocktail ring. Because if you’ve got a thirteen-carat cabochon emerald on your finger, what else do you really need?
Cocktail rings have a retro, Art Deco vibe that’s perfect for a New Year’s Day bash, especially if you, like us, have run out of holiday-dressing steam, and are feeling for a more strategic kind of glitz.
Shop the 10 best cocktail rings from Sidney Garber, Solange Azagury-Partridge, and more, then wear one (or a few, à la Gucci!) anytime you need to make a big impact with little effort.
Marked with French owl control hallmark and Russian 1908-1917 import mark for 56 zolotnik (14K gold), St. Petersburg assay office.
This gold Belle Epoque ladies ring is centered with a rectangular mixed cut diamond (approximately 0.78 ct)
set in a milgrain setting within a double frame of calibre cut rubies and rose cut diamonds.
The corners of the ruby frame are highlighted with four diamonds, the corners of the rose diamond frame – with four rubies.
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authentic pre-1917 jewelry by Faberge including rare miniature Faberge eggs, vintage engagement rings of unique designs, unusual men’s rings, and rare Russian demantoid jewelry.
The huge rough stone, found by the resources giant Rio Tinto at its Argyle mine in the Kimberley region, has been named the Argyle Pink Jubilee and is worth at least £7 million. The Argyle Pink Jubilee will be polished and cut in Perth over the next ten days and then sold later this year after being shown around the world.
It is a light pink diamond, similar in colour to the 24-carat diamond The Williamson Pink, which Queen Elizabeth II had set into a Cartier brooch for her coronation after receiving it as a wedding gift. The Williamson was discovered in Tanzania in 1947 and is ranked among the finest pink diamonds in existence.
A Rio Tinto spokesman said 90 per cent of the pink diamonds in the world come from the Argyle mine but the new gem was “unprecedented”.
“It has taken 26 years of Argyle production to unearth this stone and we may never see one like this again,” said the spokesperson. In 2010, a rare 24.78-carat pink diamond was sold for a record-breaking £29 million, the highest price ever paid for a jewel. It was sold to a British dealer at an auction in Geneva after being held in a private collection for 60 years. Rio Tinto said extremely high quality pink diamonds could fetch in excess of US$1 million per carat, adding that Christie’s has only auctioned 18 polished pink diamonds larger than 10 carats in its 244-year history.
Lots of color and sparkle combined with detailed geometric shapes, romantic themes and blooming flowers are among the hallmarks of Bulgari’s new high jewelry collection.
The Italian luxury house took to interpreting the structured serenity of Italian gardens of the Renaissance period with its Italian Gardens collection of 100 one-of-a-kind pieces.
Bulgari has a long history of interpreting the dialogue between art and nature in its jewels. But usually the theme is based on nature in its wildest form, most notably displayed in its iconic serpenti design. This is a bit different but the trademark Bulgari craftsmanship, design and use of colorful gems remain the same.
For example, the “Hidden Treasures” earrings (pictured above), inspired by the geometric designs of sculpted evergreens, consist of two fancy cut Zambian emeralds for each jewel. The four stones together weigh 143.1 carats. They were extracted from a single 400-carat rough stone. The company says the cut enhances the brightness of the gems. Each stone is gently embraced with platinum claws set with 8.40 carats of diamonds. Between each pair of emeralds is a brilliant cut diamond.
Rare blue sapphires, acquired by Bulgari in various parts of the world and kept by the luxury jeweler for years, make up the “Blue Iridescence” necklace (top photo). The eight sapphires, which total 187.48 carats, maintain their shimmering blue hue even in the dark, according to the jewelry house. Seven of the sapphires are offset with seven pink spinels totaling 81.13 carats. The eighth sapphire is used for the clasp. Completing the necklace is a tight, geometric pattern made of 18k gold and paved with diamonds.
Diamonds also play an important role in this collection. “Spring Encounter” (pictured above), inspired by the “Allegory of Spring” by Sandro Botticelli, describes the eternal rebirth of nature. Bulgari says it also refers to its past, recalling a necklace from 1969 in yellow gold with pearls, coral and diamonds. While romantic and beautiful, this necklace also showcases the skill of Bulgari’s craftsmen. Brilliant-cut diamonds are placed in the centre of 16 flowers. Each flower vibrates as the necklace moves. The delicate 18k gold petals of each flower are paved with diamonds.
One of the most colorful pieces in the collection is the “Secret Garden” necklace (pictured above), designed to replicate the intimate, hidden areas in Italian Renaissance gardens. The luxury jeweler said the necklace is crafted to give volume and movement to the gems, again, showcasing Bulgari’s craftsmanship and originality. Rubellite, tanzanite, citrine, amethyst and aquamarine receive a special fancy cut to appear like petals. They are set in delicate claws and combined so each flower is made up of four multi-colored petals. The flowers and other gems hang from a rounded, serpenti-like neck chain made of 18k yellow gold.
Bulgari’s “Water Symphony” necklace (pictured above) uses sapphires, white gold and diamonds. The necklace, which converts into a bracelet, features two cushion-shaped blue sapphires. One is 45.57 carats offset by a 3.65-carat sapphire. The large sapphire is mounted in ribbon-shaped 18k white gold set with baguette diamonds. The large gem also is framed with pear-shaped diamonds. The same theme is repeated in the chain with the addition of round brilliant diamonds.
Two “Sparkling Hearts” necklaces (pictured above with emeralds) are paved in diamonds set in white gold. These necklaces, which convert into brooches, also are among the pieces that most reflect the geometric designs of flowerbeds and hedges in Renaissance era Italian gardens. For the central pendant, hearts of brilliant white diamonds are formed within curved geometric lines. Meanwhile, interpretations of blooming flowers and drops of water are recreated with pavé diamond and brilliant cut diamonds are on white gold chains that dangle from the central pendant. The theme is repeated on the neck chain. Versions of this necklace are sprinkled with either emeralds or rubies.
The collection also includes four high jewelry watches called “Geometry of Time.” Mother-of-pearl and coral are blended with a variety of gems, including sapphires and emeralds, amethysts and rubellites, again forming colorful geometric patterns.
Spectacular Vivid Neon Purplish Pink Color, GIA Certified Pink Sapphire & Diamond Cocktail Engagement Ring.
As noted in the GIA Certification, this world class sapphire specimen has the coveted intense purple-pink color found only in the finest of genuine sapphires.
This exceptionally rare sapphire is among the most prized sapphires in the world.
The gemstone is set with a generous 1.05 carats of fine quality round brilliant diamonds boasting VS1-SI2 clarity & colorless to near colorless F-G color all set in a gorgeous solid 14k white gold custom made designer setting.
Superb quality and sublime elegance.
Brought up with the privileges of the elite and with 1 million followers on Weibo, Bao Bao Wan’s nostalgic jewels reflect her modern, liberated personality.
Bao Bao Wan has over 1 million followers on Weibo (China’s version of Twitter) and receives plenty of feedback about her whimsical range of diamond pavé pendants called ‘And The Little Ones’, which have echoes of her own childhood and are popular as gifts from parents. “It’s like being in a film. You don’t get to see the audience reaction but you get a lot of feedback, which is very touching,” she says.
Every piece she designs is a reflection of her personality and life experiences. Each tells a story, be it the pagoda in her family’s garden at Zhongnanhai (China’s presidential palace), where she hid when she was sad and lonely; her first camera; a panda; an inkbrush; a winking owl; or the bicycle she rode across Tienanmen Square.
This wearable, accessibly priced range of pendants is one of three collections created by the Beijing and Hong Kong-based jeweler, available from Lane Crawford, matchesfashion.com and, as of Chinese New Year, at Harrods. Also coming to London are her fine jewelry collections, including ‘China’, which is inspired by the ancient treasure vases, one of the Buddhist symbols known as the ‘Urns of Wisdom’, created in pearls and diamonds. The ever-present pagodas and delicate fans show her toying with the subtleties of yellow, grey and black oxidized gold, set with diamonds.
“I originally preferred gold, diamonds and pearls, but now I am playing with more color,” Wan says, notably Alexandrite, rubies, jade, sapphires and kunzite. Her designs also capture moving elements. “It’s like freezing a motion, like raindrops, wind or melting snow – I love melting.” Her enchanting new ‘Bon Bon’ line features melting ice-cream cones (a pearl set on melting diamonds over a carved amethyst cone) or icing dripping over pearl cupcakes. It is a girlish and playful range with candies and doughnuts, all inspired by a child’s favorite dessert.
Although brought up with the privileges of the elite – her grandfather is Wan Li, who was China’s vice premier in the 1980s – Bao Bao uprooted herself from a lonely, protected childhood to study photography in America and French literature in Paris – both of which inform her work – before doing a GIA course and launching her business in 2007. Today, she has clearly become a modern, liberated Chinese woman, sophisticated but with a taste for nostalgia, which she explains is her reaction to the pace of change that has taken over China.
With more than 25 years of experience, Sheldon Bloomfield –a small family-run independent trade-only jewelry supplier – develops top-of-the-range, stone-set fine jewelry using 18k gold and platinum, as well as specializing in colored gemstones.
As well as choosing stones that are lesser known, one of the ways to make a statement with gemstones is to opt for an unusual cut over a classic cut. The shape of the gemstone might look the same at first glance, but peer into the stone and you may be able to see unusual facet work underneath it, such as Sheldon Bloomfield’s large aquamarine cocktail ring.
“Many people have not seen ametrine before,” says British jeweler Sheldon Bloomfield, who specializes in unusual gems and works with a number of bi-colored gemstones including ametrine. “I’ve done shows for my clients where members of the public have asked whether I’ve glued two stones together.”
Needless to say, Bloomfield has not been indulging in gemological DIY. What actually happened was a fusing of amethyst and citrine – hence the name – created by the quartz developing at different temperatures while underground, and so making two colors.
Ametrine’s bright clash of orange and purple is invigorating, and as these colored gemstones are found in fairly large sizes – usually between 10 ct and 30 ct – they make for great statement jewels, such as Bloomfield’s cocktail rings set with hand-carved ametrine.
The geological forces responsible for this variegation are not exclusive to ametrine – many gemstones can display quirks of colour.
Popular bi-coloured gems include watermelon tourmalines that display a mouth-watering split of bright pink-reddish tones and green, color-change sapphires that morph from pink or yellow into blue, and citrines that rupture from orange into black.
Ruby and Diamond Ring 18k white and yellow gold Ruby 1.97 ct Diamond 0.65 ct
Ruby and Diamond Necklace 18k White Gold Necklace Ruby 1.48 ct Diamond 0.93 ct
Multi Colored Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet 18k White Gold Bracelet Multi Colored Sapphires 13.62 ct Diamond 2.20 ct
Sheldon Bloomfield Necklaces
Sheldon Bloomfield is a small family run trade only business which supplies jewelry to the top end of the independent jewelry market.
Sheldon has over 25 years experience in the business and has developed a range of top quality products designed and manufactured to exacting standards by superb craftsmen.
The range comprises the finest stone-set jewelry using 18k gold and platinum. We specialize in colored stone pieces using traditional precious and semi-precious gems whilst also providing an exciting new bespoke range of rarer stones.
Sterling Silver Ruby, Hand Carved Watermelon Tourmaline Drop Stud Earrings
5.68Cts Blue Tanzanite Diamond Engagement 3 Stone Ring Set in 18K White Gold
A spectacular 4.92 Ct oval Tanzanite and triangle diamond ring set in 18K white gold. This fabulous gem is beautifully contrasted with two collection color Triangular diamonds 0.76Ct TW, creating an overall wonderful display on the finger.
2.3Cts Diamond Engagement Ring Set in 18K White Yellow Gold
2.30Ct TW Ruby radiant cut and trapezoid diamond ring mounted in 18K white and yellow gold. This beautiful ruby weighs 1.80Ct with a blood red, all natural, unheated color. This magnificent stone is effectively contrasted with collection color white trapezoids
1.69Cts Yellow Diamond Engagement Halo Ring Set in 18K White Yellow Gold GIA
A marvelous 1.69Ct TW fancy intense yellow cushion diamond halo ring mounted in 18K white and yellow gold. The center diamond is certified by GIA as a 1.20Ct fancy intense yellow cushion diamond and is set with 18K yellow gold micro prongs. The surrounding diamonds are collection white F+/VS1-2 round brilliants weighing 0.49Ct TW.
Of supreme regality…a 2.49Ct oval sapphire of superb depth of color, mounted in a basket halo diamond ring setting, with collection colorless round brilliants weighing 0.69Ct TW. The ring is mounted in platinum and the halo styled with prong setting.
I would recommend Leibish & Co to anyone and will use them again in the future when in the market for another diamond.
Leibish & Co. is an internationally recognized specialist and online dealer of natural fancy colored diamonds and colored diamond jewelry. The close-knit family business of father, daughter, and four sons began in 1979 and today is a leading supplier to renowned jewelers, designers, and manufacturers throughout the world.
Leibish & Co. is among the largest online selections of color diamonds with both fancy and ideal cuts in various hues, clarities and sizes set for any budget, with a focus on Argyle Pink and Canary Yellow diamonds. Its stones are mined in Australia, Africa, India, and Russia and all come from legitimate, conflict- free sources complying with UN Resolutions.
Leibish & Co. was one of the very first fancy color diamond companies to go online. Founder Leibish Polnauer recognized early the Internet’s potential as a sales, marketing, and service channel to reach customers worldwide. At the start of the 21st Century, the company added jewelry manufacturing. It designs, manufactures, and markets jewelry made with color diamonds precisely calibrated for size, and graded for color. Its color diamond engagement rings are the company’s best sellers, although they create a wide range of jewelry from general items through to haute couture fine jewelry pieces. All Leibish & Co. diamonds and jewelry come certified with a GIA, Argyle, IGI, or in-house diamond certificates.
Ring “Arum” resting on a cushion of thorns, pendant “Sakura” suspended on a delicate bonsai leaves or vivid color of Peridot over 30 carats rivaling green cactus … The photographer Christophe CHAVEROU reveals her poetic look at jewelry and a selection that does not lack spice!
Scroll through the pages and discover sublime Tahitian pearls with names of “Desert Rose” or “Over Water”. Diamonds and rubies are transformed into sublime roses “Hatching” or opals bring their brightness to dim aurora borealis reflections. The magic of nature, related to jewelery, creates a perfect osmosis and delights our imagination.
There’s nothing quite like a one-of-a-kind creation. Something that belongs only to you, replicated by some, maybe, but never quite the same. Original thoughts from the mind of a genius, molded, crafted, and decorated with the most shiny, sparkly gemstones.
One-of-a-kind earrings in 18k white gold with 79.13 cts. t.w. emeralds, 3.6 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, and 5.39 cts. t.w. diamonds by Andreoli, price on request
One-of-a-kind ring in 18k white gold with 6.28 ct. sapphire and 2.92 cts. t.w. diamonds by Parade Design, price on request
One-of-a-kind cage pendant in platinum with 0.5 ct. t.w. diamonds by Stuller, price on request
Large Cloud Swing ring in 18k rose gold with grassy green tourmaline, green sapphires, and blue-green tourmaline by Jane Taylor Jewelry, $5,690
Multi-wear convertible necklace/brooch in 18k white gold with 11 mm–15 mm South Sea pearls and 18.29 cts. t.w. diamonds by Yoko London, price on request
One-of-a-kind earrings in recycled 18k gold with 13.55 cts. t.w. orange citrine and 0.48 ct. t.w. yellow citrine, peridot, pink tourmaline, and London blue topaz by Arya Esha, $2,160
One-of-a-kind ring in platinum with an 11.05 ct. no-heat star sapphire and 1.48 cts. t.w. diamonds by Oscar Heyman, $80,000
One-of-a-kind lariat necklace in 18k yellow gold with aquamarine, untreated tanzanite, and Paraiba by Amali Jewelry, $10,560
Whether celebrating a great occasion, or looking to dote on someone they love, or just really want to splurge for something amazing.