The writhing serpents in Sylvie Corbelin’s wildly imaginative Pythie ring recall the extraordinary hair ornament from Southern India, on display as part of the Bejeweled Treasures Al Thani exhibition at the V&A, in which diamond-encrusted serpents, representing procreation and fertility, wrap themselves around a central ruby, before spilling down a woman’s braid in diamond leaves and pearls. Here, Sylvie’s sparkling serpents encircle a black opal and tourmaline in a figure of eight – the rainbow-inflected depths of the opal reflected in Indian-summer-bright peridots and pink sapphire.
A former antiques dealer, Sylvie’s fascination with precious objects and colored gemstones led her to train as a gemologist. She launched her eponymous fine jewelry brand in 2007 and today works out of her studio in the Le Marais district of Paris. Her unique creations have a mystical and poetic quality and often feature antique stones set in gold or patinated silver.
Snake Ring “Adamante”
“Initiés” Sylvie’s first design is a ring in the shape of a snake. Beyond the representation of the animal, Sylvie sees it as the precious link between human beings. It is the signature piece of the brand.
Tel l’Arc en Ciel entre Les Cieux et les Hommes, l’Alliance rappelle le Pacte qui uni ceux qui partage l’Amour.
Short Necklace ” Précieux Entrecroisement”, Silver.
Light game for a precious work of interlacings.
1977 sees Sylvie Corbelin as a punk rocker in London and as such, her favourite accessory is the Safety Pin. Loyal to her first love, Sylvie kept the pin and embellished it with gold and diamonds. Being both decorative and functional, the London is de facto the staple of every woman or man wardrobe.
The “New York” Tanzanite and White Diamonds Ring 18K White Gold
With his great experience of working for the highest quality jewelry houses in Paris, MThouvenot supervises personally each design, and pieces produced in his workshop.
“We strive to deliver unparalleled design and quality for our customers appreciation. “
Each item is developed and hand made realised to be a Masterpiece. We work with color diamonds, exceptional white diamonds, but also on precious and semi precious stones, such as sapphires, as well as rubellites, opals, tanzanites, pearls or any other stunning color stones.
The major concept of MThouvenot is to offer exquisite craftsmanship details, seen on the major high-end jewelry pieces around the world. MThouvenot focuses on the finishes of every small part of our product, even the ones that can hardly be seen. Each piece has to be perfect, even under a magnifier 10x.
He emphasize on the pre polishing before assembling, handmade carving behind each stone named “a jour”, invisible linkages and personalized details requested by each customer.
From his early age, Michael Thouvenot has always been passionate with miniature models, always focusing on every detail. After obtaining his high school engineering diploma, Michael’s life in the jewelry industry began as an apprentice in the provinces of France.
Mastering his studies, awarded with the honorific title of “French Best Apprentice”, Michael quickly got requested into the world of High End Jewelry industry. Having the grateful experience of designing and working at the bench for the most exclusive jewelry houses such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chanel and several others. He became a Master Craftsman among other jewelers.
« From Place Vendôme to the Ends of the World » :
In 2007, Michael Thouvenot has been called to settle in Hong Kong, the world new hectic economic center. Designing, manufacturing and selling exquisite designs to a large panel of exclusive customers.
Passionate with his job, and particularly with exceptional diamonds, he decided to understand the real essence of the industry from its roots, rough diamonds. He traveled around the word to discover the world of rough diamonds, from the small buying offices in Democratic Republic of Congo, including the government vault of Zimbabwe, the De Beers empire in Namibia, to the rough diamond tender house of Kimberley, South Africa.
He spent many years nurturing and building his own business. Building his own jewelry workshop, in respect with his beloved French High end Jewelry manufacturing tradition.
“ Reveal your individualized luxury.”
Expert in High End jewelry and exceptional stones, Michael now started his own label called M Thouvenot. Travelling around the world to find the Excellence, just for you.Heir-at-law of his beloved French High end Jewelry manufacturing tradition,M Thouvenot, emphasize exquisite craftsmanship, mixing styles and colors. “ My vision, reveal your individualized luxury, never duplicated, be uniqu
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The center diamond is 1.00 carat GIA certified round brilliant. It is very well cut graded at color G clarity VS 1. The accent diamonds weight a total of .25 carats and are of top quality. The ring is made of solid 18 karat yellow and white gold. It can also be ordered in all white gold as well. This is a very elegant ring that brings a little Italian flare to one of my ring forms.
This wedding set is a design that comes from Greg Neeley’s past. In 1977 when Greg Neeley began to make gold and diamond jewelry he envisioned this style of ring form. It was very smooth and had a cut in the top but there was no bottom attached to a top like most rings of that era. It was a constant form that flowed all around the finger. This set is very unique in that the marquis diamond is set with the points showing from the top. All stones that have a point like marquis need to have that point protected. The point is fragile and can chip and it can be very sharp and cut the wearer. Greg Neeley has always found it disturbing that the most delicate, and in some ways the most important part of a fancy shaped diamond is covered with a kind of ‘clunky’ gold cap. Greg Neeley has worked very hard to find ways to show the beautiful points of gems and protect them and the wearer. In this case the bottom of the gem is covered with a kind of seat that protects and shows the points.
The rings are made from 14k white and 14k yellow gold and contain 18 small round diamonds weighing about 1/5th carat total and 4 (two in each ring) oval sapphire cabochons. The Marquis diamond is almost exactly one carat at .97 and is of perfect D color and very nice SI1 in clarity the cut is very good. Watch the video to see all aspects of this design.
This ring is made of 14k yellow and white gold and holds a 2.3 carat natural aquamarine oval center stone suspension set in a 14k yellow gold wrap around ring with a 14k white gold swirl encompassing the entire ring top. There are 23 diamonds set in the swirl weighing a total of 1/4 carat. This is a simple but elegant and comfortable ring.
This 18k white gold ladies ring contains one 3 carat incredible aquamarine and 22 small round diamonds. The aquamarine is bezel set and is viewable through the inside of the ring. It is a very elegant finger ring.
This pendant is made from 18k yellow and white gold. The ‘pillars’ around the parameter of the pendant are white gold. The bale (the part the chain goes through) is hinged by a post with a diamond in the top so the pendant can swing left and right. There are 23 accent diamonds in this necklace weighing over 1 carat total weight. The black opal is a natural Australian Black Opal and is of the highest quality on earth. Watch the video to see all the detail and unique aspects of this piece.
This Pendant is solid 18k gold and weighs 2/3 oz. the center stone is a tanzanite weighing 1.28 carats. There are 80 diamonds set around the edge of the heart weighing .80 carat total. The pendant is unique in that the chain goes right through the heart. I have made this pendant in opal as well. Watch the video to see how the chain goes through the heart.
In December 1972, my older Brother Vaughn taught Greg Neeley silver smithing and Greg Neeley made my first ring. After that moment, Greg Neeley was obsessed. Greg Neeley had finally discovered a form of self-expression that resonated within himself. He took a course from GIA (The Gemological Institute of America) on diamonds and other gems and in 1973, Greg Neeley began designing unique silver and gold jewelry. Over the years, he expanded his skills to include hollow ware design, which is the craft of making goblets and pitchers out of silver. And in the late 80’s Greg Neeley learned everything he could about sculpture and bronze casting. Eventually he was commissioned to create a life size portrait of the last sitting Chief of the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe and soon after developed a reputation as a sculpture artist creating bronze western and wildlife pieces. The ’emerging species series came a few years later combining sculpture art and jewelry, and from there, the “hotrod giraffe” was born – a brightly painted sculpture bedazzled in gems. The “hotrod giraffe” became Greg Neeley’s most successful design prominently displayed in places like Caesars’ Palace Las Vegas and at Phyllis Morris Originals in West Hollywood. And while I was successful with the series, deep down I missed making rings. Greg Neeley now takes all of his life experiences and put them into what he loved making… rings, promise rings, and engagement rings. Greg Neeley is passionate about making wedding rings because a ring is a symbol of two people’s eternal love for each other. When Greg Neeley’s customers share their stories of love, romance and new beginnings, he is inspired to translate their story into a unique ring that they can wear forever.
Extremely Rare Neon Pinkish Orange “Padparadscha” Color Certified Pink Sapphire & Diamond 14k Gold Cocktail Engagement Ring.
This gorgeous 1.59 carat genuine VS clarity sapphire is set with 0.37 carats of SI2-I2 quality round brilliant near colorless G-H color diamonds all mounted in a gorgeous Solid 14k white gold setting.
Stunning quality and Sublime elegance in this beautiful Neon Pink Sapphire ring.
Certified Jewelry has been an esteemed leader in fine jewelry sales and service in Newport Beach for over 20 years. With a skilled team of seasoned gemologists and jewelry experts, Certified Jewelry has become the preferred source for estate fine jewelry sales and consignments. Their expert staff is well equipped and intimately acquainted with each and every fine jewelry item in our extensive inventory, while being completely apprised of the innate jewelry appraisal cost of each item we offer. The attention to detail is reflected in every item they sell.
Many collectors in search of that “perfect piece” have previously found themselves with few safe online venues to buy and sell high end fine jewelry. At Certified Jewelry, they offer a selection of vintage, antique and modern jewelry valued at $10,000.00 to over $1.0 Million Dollars. The items can be sold right through their website, offering the ease and simplicity of secure online fine jewelry sales and service.
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.
The best feeling is when you look at him…and he is already staring.
Antique things have an appreciation and worth. Something can be old, but it can be timeless; therefore, it becomes an antique. If this antique is preserved and deemed precious, it could be passed down as a family heirloom.
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.
Buyers and Sellers of Fine Antique Jewelry and Imperial Russian Antiques since 1998
Based in Chicago, we specialize in original fine antique jewelry from all periods and styles, from ancient times to Art Deco,
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.