While he was a gem buyer for Tiffany & Co., Harry Platt presumably was not easily impressed by a stone’s beauty.
In the inner circles of the rarefied jewelry realm, she is known simply as Mrs.
In 1477, Austrian archduke Maximilian I (not yet head of the Holy Roman Empire) presented Mary of Burgundy with the first recorded diamond e
At the sale of actress Ellen Barkin’s jewelry collection last October at Christie’s in New York, the overflow crowd in the auction room ba
Lorraine Schwartz arrived at a recent Christie’s jewelry auction in New York City wearing a long strand of large lavender jade beads, a chun
Only a truly incredible stone is given a name to mark its place in gemological history.
Chhaya Kapadia, founder of Maya Jewels (212.473.2291, www.mayajewels.com), may class
Jewelry designer Renee Lewis offers a simple explanation for why she appoints her elaborate designs with only antique diamonds, most of wh
For nearly two decades, Lisa Black, a New York native living in Australia, learned about tribal antiquities and oceanic art from her husband
Ten years ago, opal dealer Mark Tremonti heard that an exceedingly rare black opal had been unearthed in Lightning Ridge, the remote minin
Even a piece as voluptuous as the diamond-covered butterfly brooch that Lina Fanourakis recently sculpted manages to exhibit the understat
Nearly a decade ago, fourth-generation jeweler Walter McTeigue resigned his position as Harry Winston’s buyer for diamonds, gemstones, and e
Italian jeweler Paolo Piovan’s diamond pavé snake bracelet sinuously wraps around the wearer’s wrist before culminating at a large ruby head
Cartier recently invited Italian designer Ettore Sottsass to comb through the 1,200 watches, clocks, pens, bracelets, rings, and necklaces
During what was supposed to be a routine gem deal in Brazil in 1989, miner Heitor Barbosa emptied the contents of his bag onto the table i
After spending 20 years behind the scenes designing jewelry for high-profile retailers such as Asprey in New York, Sharon Khazzam (516.482.
“Do you want to see magic?” asks jewelry designer John Hardy as he reaches deep into his pocket and pulls out a vibrant orange rock the si
As you walk through the grand doors of Bruce Hoeksema’s VBH gallery (212.717.9800) on Madison Avenue in New York City, it becomes readily ap
Only the cognoscenti are aware that the venerable British crown jeweler Garrard has opened its first American salon—signage is limited to
When a Park Avenue socialite grew disenchanted with her multimillion-dollar collection of jewelry, most of which sat dormant in a vault, s
From powder to fuchsia, pink is the color of the moment in fashion and accessories.
Michelle Ong’s artistic jewelry designs, formerly available only through a private appointment or at auction, can now be found at her rece
When a young wom
Unlike so many of the jewelry houses that line New York’s Fifth Avenue, the latest to join the ranks is not rooted in Europe’s traditional
When Peggy Guinness visited Brazil 20 years ago, she was awestruck by the country’s colorful and mesmerizing gemstones.
While vacationing in the idyllic islands of Indonesia, Carolyn Tyler (805.965.4445,
Tito Pedrini (212.888.3355, www.titopedrini.com) spent years procuring exceptional
Seaman Schepps’ signature turbo shell earrings rank alongside Verdura’s 1930s Maltese cuff and Jean Schlumberger’s 1960s enamel bangle as one