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Graff’s Beats by Dre on LMFAO at the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show = WOW

7 Feb

Text, Vivian Kelly

WHAT:  Graff Diamond Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones

WHERE: At the XLVI Super Bowl, Indianapolis, Indiana

WHY: Because it’s a combination of the sublime, the hip and  a genius marketing move by Laurence Graff to get a massive crowd to pay attention to Graff Diamonds.

Image provided by PMK*BNC, by Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images

The Super Bowl is all-American, like hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. It’s not really a highbrow event, at least that was my opinion until watching the XLVI Super Bowl Sunday night when one of the half-time performers,  LMFAO, joined Madonna, wearing beatsbydre headphones studded with Graff Diamonds.

Graff diamonds are the Rolls Royce of diamonds. This collaboration added some Beluga Caviar to the Super Bowl mix.  Graff collaborated with Beats by Dr. Dre to create the first-ever million dollar headset (a whopping total diamond weight of 114 + carats).

Those are obviously a one-off because when it comes to the SuperBowl, there’s nothing  that’s too over the top.

For everyday life, beats by dre is now on my shopping list and probably soon in my online shopping cart. After asking around, and reading the reviews, it seems that beatsbydre are the ultimate in phones, even if they’re not embellished with Graff diamonds. Most of us would be happy with the new limited edition ones in eye popping pink, orange, purple, blue or titanium.

These Limited Edition Beats by Dre Headphones are a must-have accessory for spring 2012

My pick is the orange pair. Which one do YOU like for yourself?

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Rambo’s Picks: Diamonds For the Holidays!

6 Dec

Text, Rambo Kelly

Transcribed by Vivian Kelly

I’m under pressure – I have to come up with a big theme for the Holidays.  Okay  here goes – DIAMONDS.

I found my theme after knocking over one of the books in the FE Library. It’s title was Elizabeth Taylor – my Love Affair With Jewelry. I really REALLY LIKE “LA LIZ” because she wore her diamonds for everyday. Why have something pretty if you don’t wear it? Dumb, huh?

We read in the LA Times that  Thomas W. Burstein of Christie’s said the only time the famous ring left Taylor’s hand was when she offered it up to friends to try on. “She really had this notion that the jewelry should be shared and loved by everybody.” Nice lady, I bet she liked cats too.

My 5 Reasons to Give Diamonds

1. You don’t HAVE to give the real ice. There’s great stuff that looks like it – Carolee has a pretty version of Liz’s Prince of Wales pin they’re calling the “Triple Feather Plume Pin” for $95 that squeaks under that $100 or less budget range.

2. Another of my faves, Marilyn Monroe said that Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend. I look really good sitting next to the giant poster we have of MM in a red dress – shows off my platinum colored fur.

3. Our jeweler friend, Renato of New England Jewelers pointed out that “diamonds go with everything, unlike rubies, sapphires or emeralds”.

4. A little sparkle perks up a blah rainy day like today.

5. That  33.19-carat, emerald cut diamond ring would look great in my Xmas Stocking and Ollie and me could have hours of fun playing soccer with it…

Last Thoughts:

HURRY to Christie’s! Go and see this exhibit, before it shuts-down Dec. 12th. The auction starts Dec. 13th. If I can get through security, I’ll be there. Too bad I can’t hold a bidding paddle!

Fun Fact: The estimated worth of the Taylor- Burton diamond ring he gave ET in 1968 is $2.5 million to $3.5 million.
Ta ta, R-A-M-B-O

Princess Fever – the Kate Middleton Fashion Aesthetic

16 Apr

Text, Vivian Kelly

I’ve been interested – no scratch that –  fascinated – with Princess to be, “Waity Katy” as the Royal Wedding approaches. It’s not the prospect of the wedding – I dislike the whole pomp and circumstance and unnecessary expense a “big wedding” entails [Just watch an episode of “Bridezilla”].

I missed the last “wedding of the century” – the Diana Spencer – Prince Charles one – on purpose. As an intern in a French Company in New York City, the VP gave me the option to watch the wedding, OR to get double my hourly pay to man the reception desk while the office took of to watch it on the President’s TV.

I took the money and read about it in The NY Post on the ride back to Greenwich that night, while sipping a glass of Chardonnay in the Metro North Bar Car.

Back to the present.

While I’m interested to see if Kate chooses a Brit designer [the politically correct move] and if she’s REALLY going to wear flats, what truly interests me about her is her every day style.

Here’s a young woman who can make classic clothing look fresh and updated. Perhaps she had a conversation with the fabulous Carine Roitfeld, Paris Vogue’s former Fashion Editor. Her aesthetic is just what Carine wrote in her fall/winter 2011 Collections Series 10 letter from the editor.

“Fall2011 is championing a move back to time-honored classics – those enduring pieces that confer both status and stature on the wearer.”

It’s not preppy dressing, ie: wild plaids and Lilly Pulitzer pink and green, Rather, it’s pearls, a perfect yet understated ring, well-groomed hands, shiny hair, minimal makeup, strong brows, and classical clothing silhouettes and classic shoes.

What’s great – these pieces will serve you for a long long time.

BELOW, TheFE’s riff on  KATE’S CLASSICS

Mine are budget-priced, but these are also available at nose bleed price points if you want to go bonkers. Hint: Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton fall2011 collection is LOADED with the right clothes.

– The perfect patterned skirt – tiered floral print skirt,  White House Black Market ($98)

– A pointy-toed slingback – Contrast Ladylike Slingback, White House Black Market 
($98)  

– Form Fitting Blazer in a Neutral Color – WHBM’s  Layered Sateen Blazer ($148)    

– The perfectly understated strand of pearls – Carolee

– The unforgettable Sapphire and Diamond “Lady Di” ring. It’s Kate’s now, but in my head, it will always be “the Princess Diana ring”. Say that phrase, and everyone knows what you’re talking about, including your personal jeweler, if you want to have a version with real sapphires and diamonds made up.

The budget version from Sterlington CollectionsRoyal Heirloom Ring” looks so perfect, I’ve worn it out, just for fun. Vital Stats: oval cut faux Ceylon Sapphire, 5.65 carats, surrounded by 8 CZs totaling 3.60 T.W. carats, set in platinum plate.

This just covers Kate’s dressy DAY look. More to come soon, on her wedding gown and accessory choices.

*What jeans, tees and shoes do you think she wears on her time-off?

Drop me a comment and let me know!

>The Sotheby’s Press Preview of the December 2010 “Magnificent Jewels” Auction

9 Dec

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TEXT, VIVIAN KELLY
Sotheby’s Gary Schuler and the GIA’s Thomas M. Moses Romance the Stone

We attended a breakfast late last week at Sotheby’s NYC, to preview the incomparable gems that would be up for sale December 9th.
The viewing and presentation was a visual A-list experience. We walked into the airy white room filled with sparkling glass cases housing an Ali Baba’s cavern of spectacular jewelry from the Estate of William B. Dietrich. In his lifetime, Mr. Dietrich indulged his eclectic side and collected a diverse collection of treasures, including Old Masters, Ceramics, Americana, and of course, this incredible gem collection. During his 25 years as the President of the William B. Dietrich Foundation, he funded the restoration and preservation of art and architectural treasures in his native Philadelphia. One notable project was the structural restoration and roof repair of Mount Pleasant (built 1762-1765), a National Historic Landmark building in 2004.

Stepping into the exhibit space, a bit bleary eyed, my eyes cleared when I spotted the super sized “big whites” [diamonds], sapphire and diamond rings, ruby and diamond rings in the case next to the coffee table. For once, I ignored the coffee and concentrated on the matter and hand, resulting in my fogging up the outside of the jewelry case until the lovely curator came over and asked me if I wanted to inspect and try anything on. Did I want to get closer?? This was like letting a heroin junkie loose in the backroom in “American Gangster” and telling them to fill up their garbage bag with as much powder as they could carry.

The proceeds of the December 9 sale will go to benefit the Foundation and to continue Mr. Dietrich’s work. Any or all of these sparklers can be yours. “Magnificent Jewels, sale NO8687”is up for sale ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, IN 3 BIDDING SESSIONS:
10:45a.m., 2:00p.m., and 6:00p.m.

As I jokingly told friend, author/documentary film-maker Roger Manley, “Not to worry, if you can’t make it in person, you can participate via BID now and try some Live Online bidding.”
Open another window on your computer and go to: sothebys.com/bidnow.

Roger, the author of a seriously entertaining book, Weird Carolinas, is married to the stylish Theadora Brack, Paris Editor of www.eurocheapo.com. Theadora is among other things, a serious collector. She’s got a mouth-watering collection of rare rings she finds while scouring the flea markets near their home in Montmartre. I’d love to see her add a brooch to her collection of one of -a -kind pieces. My candidate is #17: the Louis Comfort Tiffany, 18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Opal, Sapphire, and Garnet Brooch, circa 1920. The reserve is set at US$25,000-35,000.

The press presentation was a dialogue between Sotheby’s Gary Schuler, and the GIA’s Thomas L. Moses, in which they extolled the virtues of some key pieces they’d selected to showcase for their informal presentation. The event was co-sponsored by Sotheby’s, the GIA and Architectural Digest. Each man is a key player in his respective place of work. Mr. Schuler is Senior Vice President and Director of Jewelry Department. He is also a skilled auctioneer Mr. Moses is one of the world’s top gemologists. He began his career at the GIA in the seventies testing pearls with x-rays to determine their authenticity. Mr. Moses provided interesting technical information, and spoke very specifically about just exactly what makes a “magnificent jewel” magnificent.
When Gary spoke, I finally understood what the phrase “romancing the stone” really means.

When he spoke he had my complete and undivided attention. Friend, R Scott French, Editor in Chief of www.TheFashionList.com whispered, “Gary is one of the best auctioneers in the world. You should see him in action.” After watching and listening for 3 minutes, I had do doubt he was right. Gary engaged the weary crowd of editors, making us all forget about the New York cold and the long post-Holiday week. Gary lovingly turned a dazzling pear diamond ring
over in his fingers and rhapsodized about its qualities. The GIA stats were all in place, of course, but the real selling point takes place when the piece of jewelry hits you on an emotional level.

All eyes were on Gary when he spoke, no one got up to grab one of the little breakfast petit fours or yet another cup of coffee. Everyone in the audience was too busy mentally “collecting” one of these pieces for their own personal fantasy “if I win Lotto” collection. Many of us in the audience were collectors.

Just a week earlier, while attending an oval table panel “Collecting: Tales of Obsession”, I came to an epiphany – I too, like the luminaries on that panel, am a collector. In my case, as panelist Iris Apfel shared, “it’s the thrill of the hunt”. My little corner encompasses vintage Prada and Miu Miu shoes [the stranger the better], Louis Vuitton vintage brown monogrammed handbags [only those], 1920’s Art Deco white gold filigree rings, and most recently, Miriam Haskell Jewelry.

By any standards, I’m a guppie-sized collector, but I now have a sense of identity about my little obsessions now that I’ve discovered that I am most definitely not alone. It’s hard to ask for better company than Iris and Carolyn Roehm. Collections such as Mr. Dietrich’s are about dreaming, fantasizing and thinking big.

Gary has definitely kissed the Blarney Stone at least once and his skill combined that rare talent of down-home friendly manner you don’t usually see North of the Mason-Dixon line combined with encyclopedic knowledge about the jewelry for sale was a beautiful thing to behold. In the 20 minutes I sat and listened, I felt like I was traveling with the A-List pack of Great White Collector sharks that will doubtlessly be bidding and taking home some of these treasures.

I won’t be buying any of these jewels, but I did get to walk away with a few pounds of glossy literature which I look forward to perusing on lazy winter Sunday afternoons in front of the fire.
Among these is the catalogue, which is really more of a coffee table book than a mere catalogue. The Sotheby’s catalogue is in itself “magnificent”, like an Art Basel Catalogue – too scrumptious to throw away. The 2005 Art Basel catalogue and now the “Magnificent Jewels” catalogue have found a home amongst my cherished coffee table books in the Home Office bookshelf.

>ACCESSORY TREND: Bracelet Bonanza, Armed and Fabulous. Bring on the Arm Candy!

31 Aug

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TEXT, VIVIAN KELLY

Since last summer, I’ve been noticing THE RETURN OF THE BRACELET. I’m not talking about a discreet gold bangle or one or two CARTIER LOVE BRACELETS. WHAT’S ON FOR FALL AND MOST LIKELY SPRING 2011 IS THE CONTINUATION OF THE BRACELET BONANZA. IN SHORT – THE MORE, THE BETTER, AND THEY DON’T ALL HAVE TO BE MATCHY-MATCHY.
Rather, IT’S ABOUT INDIVIDUALITY, MUCH AS A CHERISHED CHARM BRACELET IS. THINK OF IT AS YOUR SLEEVE [not the tattoo ink kind] MAKING A STATEMENT ABOUT THE THINGS THAT YOU FIND ATTRACTIVE.
AN ARMFUL OF BRACELETS IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL SPORT ON A DAILY BASIS. IT WORKS FOR JUST ABOUT ANY SITUATION – WHETHER IT’S TO ATTEND AN ART OPENING, FASHION SHOW, GO TO WORK IN OR TO JUST WEAR WHEN ON THE RUN DURING THE WEEK.

Here’s an opportunity to mix it up: you can combine rubber bracelets such as the black/red rubber “CURE SMA” [Spinal Muscular Atrophy”] I bought at my Aveda-Shine Salon, or my vintage MONET CHARM bracelet, or the diamond and platinum pave ones by Leslie Greene.
TAKE A PAGE FROM THE FABULOUS SHARON STONE. TRY SOME HIGH-LOW ACCESSORIZING. IT’S RELEVANT BECAUSE THIS IS HOW THE MOST STYLISH WOMEN AROUND HAVE BEEN DRESSING FOR THE PAST DECADE. SHARON made a “bold” statement by daring to wear a generic BLACK TEE with an ARMANI COLLECTION COAT and VERA WANG SKIRT to the 1996 Oscars, when she was up for an award for her role in “Casino”. Fashion folk couldn’t stop talking about it, and before you knew it, everyone was out in the open, proudly going “high-low”.

Fast-forward to the recent 62nd ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS. Some of the season’s most beautiful gowns were on display but what hit me were THE MOUNTAINS OF BRACELETS. Some of the best on the Red Carpet were wildly different. Below, a few of my favorites.

EMMY LOOK #1: BREEZY, EASY, + MODERN

KYRA SEDGEWICK’S stack of monochromatic beaded bracelets by SYDNEY EVAN, which complimented her cranberry pleated gown to perfection.

EMMY LOOK#2: HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR
Nail this always-right look with stacks of DIAMOND BRACELETS. LESLIE GREENE makes some great ones, as worn by KIM KARDASHIAN and ELISABETH MOSS.
For some less pricey options, you’ll only have to wait until September 12, when TARGET UNVEILS THEIR “TUCKER FOR TARGET” collection. I’m looking forward to picking up their GLAM STUDDED CUFFS. Another good piece to add-on is Jewelry designer CYNTHIA GALE’s bronze and recycled silver ECO SECRET SECRET GARDEN CUFF, Inspired by the famous novel, The Secret Garden.

STYLE TIP: HAVE FUN – THE LOOK YOU’RE GOING FOR HERE IS “MODERN AND EFFORTLESS” IE: IF THE PIECE SPEAKS TO YOU, PUT IT ON. The possibilities are endless.

Shopping
LESLIE GREENE jewelry is available on www.lesliegreene.com and on www.QVC.com
GEO ART is available at www.store.geoartnyc.com

>Jewels for Spring – The Bigger the Better, the Girls Like it Better!

1 Apr

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TEXT, VIVIAN G. KELLY-VAN ZUTPHEN

We’re thrilled about the nude trend for spring, which gives the boot to all of that BLACK and snow, boots and endless layers we’ve dealt with for the past 4 months in what’s been one of the coldest Winters in the Northeast in years.
Wearing nudes and beiges serves as the perfect backdrop for some major jewelry – real and faux. Don’t be afraid to mix it up like the legendary Babe Paley and Coco Chanel did.

HIGH: THE CARMEN LUCIA BUCK RUBY

Some of our favorite high- low pieces come from the most random sources. While going in to size our Tiffany star band at a family jeweler in Danbury, CT, we spotted a picture of CARMEN LUCIA BUCK wearing the most gorgeous ruby we’ve ever seen, right next to the vault. Turns out, Frank Cappiello, has designed some honking big rings [still does] in his thirty-plus year career as a fine jeweler. He’s most proud of the Carmen Lucia Ruby ring he designed for the late Mrs. Carmen Lucia Buck. According to Frank and a write-up in The Washington Post, the acquisition process began with Carmen’s longtime jeweler, Frank Cappiello, who suggested to her husband that he make a giant ruby ring for Mrs. Buck. Dr. Peter Buck is a founder of the Subway sandwich chain and a nuclear-physicist, with a net worth Forbes estimates is $1.6 billion, which explains how he could take up Cappiello’s suggestion. The Carmen Lúcia Ruby weights in at 23.10cts, is set in platinum along with two colorless triangular diamonds. It’s the one of the finest large, faceted Burmese rubies known and the largest faceted ruby in the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection. Neither Mr. Cappiello nor the museum would disclose the price of the gem, We do know though, that the ruby was mined in the 1930’s from the fabled Mogok region of Burma.

In Frank’s shop is a portrait of Carmen Lucia in gala attire wearing the ruby, which she wore as an everyday accessory until her death.
In October, 2004, , Dr. Buck donated this magnificent ruby to the National Gem Collection and the people of the United States as a tribute to his late wife.
To see the Carmen Lucia Ruby, go to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and have a look at the Hope Diamond, which is in the same room. Now’s a good time, when the cherry blossoms are out!

LOW: RZ by Rachel Zoe Jewelry for QVC
At the other end of the spectrum is our modern day version of “fun, cheap dime story jewelry”. Babe Paley might have combined this huge filigreed cuff with some her huge yellow canary diamond Verdura ring. Rachel even makes the perfect spring weather wrap, a cream double faced cape that fits everyone from a size 0 – 14. It makes the ideal backdrop for any jewelry you might want to pile on.

The RZ line is available on www.qvc.com
Below, pricing information.
Rachel Zoe Double Faced Belted Cape
QVC Item #A199719 Approximately $95.00
Available in Black, Camel, Ivory (shown), Red and Yellow

Rachel Zoe V-neck Vest with Faux Fur Front
QVC Item #A199722 Approximately $62.00
Available in Silver (shown), Ivory and Coyote

Rachel Zoe Impressive Filigree Cuff Bracelet
QVC Item #J147752 Approximately $104.00

Image Credits
Images of the Buck ruby, Chip Clark
Images of the RZ line, courtesy of QVC
Nude trends piece, from www.banquetevent.com

>Ivanka Trump Jewelry as seen on Celebrity Apprentice

24 Mar

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TEXT, VIVIAN G. KELLY-VAN ZUTPHEN

We’ve always had a soft spot for “the Donald”, starting in the eighties, when he and Ivana [Ivanka’s Mom] were the toast of NYC. Their daughter has certainly followed in her famous Daddy’s footsteps and is quite the entrepreneur herself. While we enjoy her appearances and comments on Celebrity Apprentice what we really love is her jewelry line. When the announcement was made that Ivanka would be rolling-out a jewelry line, we gave it an eye-roll – our standard reaction to yet another celebrity taking a stab at playing fashion designer.
In this case, we were wrong!
Promotion is everything these days, and why NOT use Donald’s show to help push the line? And, why not model it yourself if you’re tall blonde and beautiful and are living the jet set lifestyle? We’re all for that – it’s just called using your resources.

There’s a good amount of buzz about the Collection jewelry pieces that Ivanka wore on the most recent episode of Celebrity Apprentice, that aired on March 21st.
Our favorite – the octagonal bib necklace. She also wore a yellow gold cuff with rock crystal and black spinel, and her rock crystal rose gold earrings.

We’re looking forward to more episodes and more jewelry.

TO BUY: Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry
580 Fifth Avenue, Suite 503, New York, New York 10036
Phone: 212.584.9338
www.ivankatrumpcollection.com

Images of Ivanka Trump and the collection, courtesy of Sana Clegg, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry
Image of Celebrity Apprentice cast, from www.justpressplay.today.com