Friday, August 9, 2013

Llolyds of London $1.3million Reward & Bonhams

 Marriage equality is a right that all people should have. But we're not here to make a political position, we're here to talk about jewelry! Currently 13 states recognizes same sex marriages, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington State. Washington's largest jewelry store, Ben Bridge Jeweler is now carrying the line created by jeweler Rony Tennebaum. Rony has been designing elegant engagement , wedding bands and anniversary bands for the LGTB community for more than 25 years. It is a sector of the market that many jewelers hopefully will introduce into their line of inventory. 


His line is quite extensive, with beautiful and elegantly made jewelery.  Here is a link to his website, https://ronytennenbaum.com/ His logo is especially nice, no matter how you spell it, love is love.

 Bonhams is an English based auction house located in you guessed it, the UK.They were established in 1793.  there name might not be as well know and might not command as a high a price for their jewelry items. But their pieces are splendid and you might even be able to find a few items that won't break the bank.  Here is a link to their website, they also have art auctions and other items also, http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20636/60627/#r1=351&m1=1

 They carry a wide assortment of eclectic jewelry pieces. Not the stature of the Smithsonian, but really lovely none the less. Im definitely going to be keeping an eye out for their auctions., Here;'s a few of their pieces that caught my eye. 




 And who wouldn't ;love a gold compact ( so 40's and "All about Eve") encrusted with diamonds and what appears to be ranch life? Cute and very quirky! 

 

  After searching their listings they do have a few of the well known luxury jewelry named items up for auction. The items they have listed are unique, its almost like going thru your mothers jewelry box. You never know what you're going to come across!

The form of self expression is one way to distinct ourselves from the people and the world around us.  Fads have come and gone thru out the years. But a new trend or style I have seen is places for jewelry where you wouldn't normally see them. On your head ( who doesn't want to feel like royalty??) maybe the side of your ear, off of your shoulder.... Unconventional places to wear jewelry that is being creating is the hottest trend right now. As a designer gives me a different way to see jewelry and gives me new ideas!  

  Heres a few of the pieces I have seen that point in that direction~ 


                         Just crazy about this off the shoulder necklace! Designed by Mirari




Rose Gold Ryan Storer ear cuff, decadent in a shiney futuristic kind of way~



                     Ryan Storer has some beautiful designs, and not all just ear cuffs, truly fun pieces! I can tell that he must have a loyal following!  Here's a link to this up and coming designer, http://www.ryanstorer.com/

 Jewels for your feet, by Indian designer Sunita Shehkwat..

This necklace is called "Symphony of Strings"  by Mirari. Off the shoulder with diamonds and white gold. Just incredible! I'm starting to run out of adjectives for these inspiring pieces! 
Beyond brilliant! Like a jeweled collar, love this idea!

Beautifully executed design

And who knew this little nugget of information?? Burmese rubies and jade are NOT allowed in the US since 2008 with the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act. President Obama on August 7 had issued an executive order extended the act for one more year.  The ban was named in the honor of the late US Congressman Tom Lantos. He was a
veteran United States legislator, Holocaust survivor, human rights advocate and long-time supporter of the United Nations.

Tom Lantos was a US Congressman for CA

The order “prohibits the importation into the United States of any jadeite or rubies mined or extracted from Burma and any articles of jewelry containing jadeite or rubies mined or extracted from Burma,”quoted by President Obama.  The order was expected to expire this summer.  The ban was imposed when the white house had concerns regarding the labor and human right in the gem sector.   Here is the link to all the fun govt info, http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hr3890  One has to wonder how the ban has affected the miners and the people that make their livelihood.  Hopefully when the ban is lifted to be able to give the miners a better quality of life.

Burmese rubies from the mines

Excellent quality ruby and diamond ring
 
   
Miners searching for jade





 
An update on the latest Cannes burglary that occurred a few weeks ago. 72 items were taken with an estimated value of $136 million dollars.  32 of those items were worth several million euros a piece.  Lloyd's of London is offering a reward of $1.3 million reward. "A reward of up to 1 million euros pro rata is offered to the first person who provides information which leads to recovery of the goods. Offer subject to certain conditions," the insurance company said in the statement advising "persons with specific information" to get in contact. Lloyds has set up a gmail account "reward1millionE@gmail.com" for any possible information.

Here's a few pictures of the items that were taken in the heist.
Heartbreaking! Emerald and diamond tassel necklace


Blue diamond ring with pink diamonds

Diamond ring carved out of one diamond stone!






With these pictures its easy to see how it can add up to $136 million!

Keep sparkling until next time~

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