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Dali’s Diamonds

Fun fact: During his career, Dalí made a series of strange watches. One of them was up for auction in Sotheby’s May 17 Impressionist and Modern sale in New York. This little brooch/watch, aptly called The Eye of Time, is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

It is one of the many cool mid-century timepieces that can be found from time to time. One of the coolest things about watches is that they can be found in many different forms with many different functions. This edition of The Eye of Time was auctioned at May 17 at Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale at Sotheby’s New York. It was sold for 372,500 USD.

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The unusual diamond brooch/ watch that was auctioned at Sotheby’s.

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Salvador Dali wearing the Eye of Time.

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Madelle Hegler modelling Dali jewellery including the Eye of Time in 1959.

 

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What happens when a diamond ring valued at $456,000 is bought for $13?

Thirty years ago, a woman in Isleworth, west London, bought an “exceptionally sized” ring she assumed was costume jewellery for £10 ($13) at a car boot sale. Now, after decades of wearing the ring daily, she’s about to get £350,000 ($455,000) for it at a Sotheby’s auction in July, if it sells for its expected price. That’s because the ring is actually a 26-carat, cushion-shaped white diamond from the 19th Century, according to the BBC. Head of Sotheby’s London jewellery department Jessica Wyndham called the ring a “one-off windfall, an amazing find.” According to the Evening Standard, the owners are “incredibly excited.” “Anyone would be in this position, it’s a life-changing amount of money,” she said. “No matter what your background is or what your past experiences have been, it’s going to revolutionise someone’s life.”

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The diamond that was bought for $13 and was valued at $456,000.

 

 

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Pippa Middleton wore “something old” at her wedding

Pippa Middleton adhered to the wedding tradition of wearing “something old,” sporting the earrings she wore to sister Kate Middleton‘s wedding on her own big day.

 Middleton married James Matthews in a private ceremony at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, England, on Saturday.

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The recognizable Robinson Pelham pear-cut diamond drop earrings — which she wore during her famous bridesmaid turn in 2011 — complemented her custom silk cotton lace gown by Giles Deacon and custom Manolo Blahnik Seneca shoes. Middleton’s “something old” earrings were part of a set of jewelry commissioned by her family for Kate‘s big day. Kate’s earrings had featured an acorn and an oak leaf, both part of the Middleton family’s coat of arms.

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Pippa Middleton as a bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding back in 2011.

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Happy Birthday Naomi!

With countless magazines covered and shows walked, she’s more than made her presence felt within the fashion industry. Naomi Campbell turned 47 years old today and she looks more fabulous than ever.

The star has dabbled in everything from modeling to clothing design and even acting (in the hit series Empire) but her gorgeous complexion and shiny locks haven’t changed a bit.

With Naomi celebrating her birthday today, we couldn’t help but remember the Danelian campaign we shot with her some years ago.

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The birthday girl -Naomi Campbell- starring in our campaign.

 

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Queen Elizabeth’s Diamonds

A few days ago, on the 21st of April, Queen Elizabeth had her 91st birthday! This is a great occasion to remember two of the most incredible diamond pieces she owns and she has ever worn: Her diamond tiaras!

Funny fact: According to tradition, the Crown Jewels never leave England, so when the Queen travels to another country she will wear one of several tiaras from her personal collection.

Queen Mary’s Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

The tiara is circular in form with diamonds pave set in silver and gold. Originally the tiara had 14 large oriental pearls at each top; in 1914 Queen Mary adapted the tiara to use 13 large diamonds instead of the pearls for a slight change. The tiara can also be worn as a necklace. Queen Elizabeth is often seen in this tiara in the images on the paper currency and coins of Great Britain.

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The George IV State Diadem

The George IV State Diadem was made in 1820 for the coronation of King George IV. The diadem includes 1333 diamonds, including a four-carat yellow diamond and 169 pearls, the circular frame alternates between crosses and a floral design which incorporate roses, thistles and shamrocks which are the symbols of England, Scotland and Ireland. The diadem is one of the most easily recognizable items of the collection since it is worn by Queen Elizabeth in the image on the postage stamps, coins and currency of England; it is also worn in the annual procession from Buckingham Palace to the State Opening of Parliament.
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Irving Penn’s Dripping Diamonds

Irving Penn’s still lifes are lean and meticulously organized. His photographs are arranged with an incredible attention to detail. Penn experimented with many techniques, but his black and white prints are particularly notable for their clean, crispy look.

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then Penn’s Faucet Dripping with Diamonds is definitely our favourite work of art!

Don’t you think?

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The exhibition Irving Penn: Centennial will be on view at the Met Fifth Avenue from April 24 until July 30, 2017.

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Catherine Deneuve: The Diamond Edition

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Catherine Deneuve dans le Noir avec des Diamants by Caroline Tschumi 2016

The diamond version of Catherine Deneuve is definitely a work of art we couldn’t resist on stepping by, during our visit at the MAMCO Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

If you get the chance to travel to Geneva, don’t you miss it!

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The pink star

Sotheby’s is proud to present the magnificent Pink Star, one of the world’s great natural treasures. The largest Internally Flawless, Fancy Vivid Pink diamond that the GIA has ever graded, this 59.60 carat diamond is a true masterpiece of nature.

Oh my! We finally found a diamond that looks just like a rose in springtime!

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A Highly Important and Rare Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond Ring
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A rare jewellery collection: Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Picasso

 We know him for his famous paintings based on the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. However Pablo Picasso was also a jewelry designer. He has created a variety of golden brooches with his characteristic cubist style. Maybe it was his stimulus that gave his daughter Paloma, the chance to become one of the most successful jewelry designers. After all she has created some of the world’s most iconic pieces of jewellery.

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 Pablo Picasso's golden brooches

 

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