|Alleged Jewelry Thief 83 y.o Doris Payne|
|The $21,000 stolen diamond ring|
|Doris Payne in the 1960's during her heyday|
Her criminal history is quite long and will make for an interesting movie ( there has been talk that Halle Berry will portray her in a movie about her life) She has been arrested in 2005, and 2011. She has reportedly stolen$2.0 Million dollars worth of jewels spanning from Japan to Monte Carlo. She has escaped TWICE from custody in 1968 and in 1987. She has been charged with burglary and grand theft and is currently in jail on bail for $65,000. A preliminary hearing is set for December 11th. Since then the ring has been recovered. Doris had sold the ring to a store called " The Exchange" which is 3 miles from the El Paseo jewelry store. The exchange had purchased the ring from her, and now they are out of the money they purchased the ring with. Its truly a no win situation.
Cartier will be celebrating with a mouth watering exhibit that is featuring 600 items from their greatest creations at the Grand Palais in Paris on December 4th 2013 - February 16th 2014 and is titled "Cartier, Style & History" ( not a very original title~) . Here is a link to the exhibit, if you're fortunate enough to be in Paris~ http://www.grandpalais.fr/en/event/cartier-style-and-history
|Countess of Granard Emerald & Diamond Necklace|
|Truly stunning 143.23ct Emerald cut emerald cabochon and diamond collar necklace 1932 and once belonged to the Countess of Granard|
The countless jewels, watches, and objects will make any ones head spin! About 50 items are being borrowed from private collections. Cartier was founded by Alfred Cartier in 1847. His son Pierre Cartier opened the flagship store in the US in New York 1910.
Throughout the years he had custom created pieces of jewelry and objects or art for the likes of Grace Kelly, Barbara Hutton, Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor, Vanderbilt, Hearst, Astor, Rothschild. Gloria Swanson, Edsel Ford, Fred Astaire and Mrs. Cole Porter as well as pieces commissioned by the Maharajahs of India. An absolutely stunning piece that was once owned by the Countess Granard will be on display. The Countess Granard who was formerly known as Beatrice Mills and was an American born heiress who had married the 8th Earl of Granard. And from the looks of it, she had quite the jewelry collection~
|Countess Granard aka Beatrice Forbes|
|Maria Felix, Mexican actress and siren with her crocodile necklace|
She had an affinity for animal pieces as she also had Cartier commission a necklace resembling a snake, set with 178.12cts in diamonds. She had the underside of the snake created in enamel as it was more comfortable against the skin.
|178.12cts Diamond Snake Necklace|
|Maria Felix wearing some of her extensive collection of jewelry|
|Grace Kellys Diamond Engagement Ring|
|Gloria Swanson wearing her rock crystal and diamond bangle bracelets|
|Elizabeth Taylor wearing her ruby and diamond necklace|
|The Lila Vanderbilt Sloan diamond tiara was created to match the exact waves in Lilas hair|
|Duchess of Windsor 152cts + Sapphire and diamond brooch|
|20cm diamond bird brooch, 2nd time it's been on public display|
|Cartier Mystery Clock with diamonds and gemstones|
|Jacob & Co Pink Sapphire Mystery Set watch|
|Bulgari 7 gems|
|Diamond encrusted Chopard|
Along with watches jewelry has been given to commemorate different milestones in someones life. First communion, Sweet 16, graduation, weddings... A company called "Break Up Gems" based in Plattsburgh, New York creates jewelry for mens and women who have experience a break up or a divorce. They carry a line of jewelry including rings, bracelets and pendants, earrings. so0me of the tongue in cheek designs show a heart that is broken in half but is decorated with pave diamonds. Their items are created in 10k, 14k gold, platinum, sterling silver and stainless steel. Their prices are moderate and range from $85 to over $10,000. One of the most extravagant items is a ring created with 119 diamonds that are pave set and feature three diamonds that are channel set. Its titled the "Liberta Diva" ring. It is an eye catcher~
|Liberta Diva Ring with 119 diamonds set in platinum|
|Joyful heart necklace in white gold with black diamonds|
Here is a link to their website, http://www.breakupgems.com/default.asp Im sure many people will take advantage of an unfortunate experience and get a piece of jewelry to celebrate their new status.
The big news from this past week is that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got engaged at AT&T Baseball field with a proposal that showed on the JumboTron that simply stated "WILLL YOU MARRY MEEEE? . The ring is a 15 carat cushion cut diamond set in platinum and is a D flawless stone type II A. After she had said "yes" to a 15 carat cushion cut diamond set in platinum (designed by her favorite jeweler Lorraine Schwartz) her family came from the dug out and celebrated with champagne. Early reports are that the diamond is to be worth an estimate $4 - $5 Million dollars.
|The happy couple|
|A close up the 15 carat cushion cut diamond by Lorraine Schwartz|
|Kim's previous 20ct diamond engagement ring|
Keep Sparkling until next time~