Jewelry with animals, part 5

By Esther Ligthart on Wednesday, 19 March 2014, in Inspiration

Lydia Courteille

Jewelry with animals, part 5

Some of the jewelry designers out there are so thrilling and so much seeking the edges of what is beautiful, triggers our fantasy, is still wearable and not unimportantly:  also still saleable.  Lydia Courteille has managed to surprise me once again. This time heading away from the slightly darker designs and heading to a happier animal world!

Spring is in the air!

By Esther Ligthart on Tuesday, 18 March 2014, in Inspiration

Spring is in the air!

There is always that first evening, when just before dawn you hear a blackbird sing for the very first time again. It fills my heart with joy every spring. That first song, the first shy signs of new life. The little lambs that seem to be everywhere right now. The blossoming of the trees. Flowers slowly popping out everywhere. 

Who designed the most expensive jewelry piece for a movie AND the most expensive Barbie ever?

By Esther Ligthart on Wednesday, 12 March 2014, in Designers

Who designed the most expensive jewelry piece for a movie AND the most expensive Barbie ever?

The most expensive piece of jewelry ever created for a movie was the necklace in Moulin Rouge. Remember it? It was Nicole Kidman who wore this necklace with such elegance and poise. This necklace had 1,308 diamonds with a total of 134 carats. And it’s worth around, hold your breath:..... 1 million dollars!

Giovanni Ferraris, gorgeous jewelry from the hills of Piemonte

By Esther Ligthart on Monday, 03 March 2014,

Giovanni Ferraris, gorgeous jewelry from the hills of Piemonte

In and just around Valenza, you can find a lot of the crème de la crème of the Italian jewelry industry. Here are the craftsmen, the innovators, the entrepreneurs that have taken the Italian art of jewelry to the highest standards possible. I have always been amazed by the sheer amount of creativity in one place! 

Meet Morphée Joaillerie, a jeweler that makes dreams come true!

By Esther Ligthart on Tuesday, 25 February 2014, in Designers

Meet Morphée Joaillerie, a jeweler that makes dreams come true!

One of my delights in writing this blog is encountering the men and women that create jewelry. Most of them are very passionate about their jewelry. And some of them leave such pleasurable impression, they touch you with their grace and kindness and sense of humor. Such was the case with Pamela Hastry who founded Morphée Joaillerie very recently.

Cufflinks old fashioned? No, they are back!

By Esther Ligthart on Wednesday, 19 February 2014, in Trends 2014

Cufflinks old fashioned? No, they are back!

Cufflinks have been long considered old fashioned. But they are back big time! And not just for men. There are beautiful cufflinks for women too. But gentlemen; beware, before you think you can dust off that old tiepin too, think again. Sorry, but until someone proves otherwise; those are and remain still terribly old fashioned! :-)

Want to see some cufflinks? Then read more for tons of inspiration!

 

Is jewelry the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day?

By Esther Ligthart on Thursday, 13 February 2014, in Inspiration, Stories

Is jewelry the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is about love. Yes, definitely. But this wasn’t always the case. It has a long history which has nothing to do with love but everything with lovely storytelling :-). The origins of this *tsunami of love day* are found in the Cristian culture.

From Russia with love: Marchak and Jewellery Theatre

By Esther Ligthart on Monday, 10 February 2014, in Stories

From Russia with love: Marchak and Jewellery Theatre

Russia has a wonderful history of jewelry. Probably, what springs to mind first, is the illustrious Fabergé. His eggs are still creating gasps of pure admiration worldwide. But of course, there were others. And I would like to show you a bit more about one with a long history and one with a much shorter history. Let’s dive into Marchak and Jewellery Theatre!

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