Tuesday, September 23, 2014

$2 Million Dollar SHOES, Wallis Simpson & Roman Hoard Discovered!

 After the discovery of the "Cheapside Hoard" jewels locating anything like jewelry that can be hundreds of years old is a fabulous and an obvious newsworthy find.

The Roman finds~
Being a jeweler and a jewelry designer it gives us insight as to the style and techniques that the jewelers from hundreds of years ago had used. Techniques that we still use to this day!

 The newest discover occurred on September 8th at a location of a Williams & Griffin department store in the UK. An area planned for redevelopment was being excavated when a jewelry box (even in the 1st century women used them). Inside the box were “three gold armlets, a silver chain necklace, two silver bracelets, a substantial silver armlet, a small bag of coins, and a small jewellery box containing two sets of gold earrings and four gold finger-rings,” according to the Colchester Archaeological Trust, which discovered the hoard". It is the finest collection of jewelry ever excavated in the UK. The items are going to be donated to the Colchester & Ipswitch museum services.

  The grim news about the find is that there was wheat, peas, figs part of a human jawbone and a shin bone that could of been cut by a sword.The actual structure was a house that had burnt down and they had figured that the jewelry box was on a shelf when chaos happened.  These archaeologist are like an early version of CSI...

 I had written a little while back about Pablo Picasso and how Doyles of London was going to be auctioning off some items that had been found in his ex lovers Doras house in France in a box under her bed. ( can you imagine?) Dora became famous for the blue series that he painted of her. Picasso's simple yet reflective of his paintings. Simple, not to ornate. They sold for much higher than was originally anticipated.  Now there is a well known abstract painter, Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky who's jewelry is going to be auctioned by Lucas Rarities in London. A selection of 14 pieces are making their debut since the first time they were created~ Quite historic in itself as no word as to how many pieces he might have created.

Kandisnky himself, dapper!

One of his notable paintings

The tiny gold balls called granulation are soldered on, incredible detail~

The only piece in the collection that features diamonds and emeralds

Interesting structure, gold discs and sterling and silver

Bezel set colored diamonds maybe? Interesting~
 He was known for his abstract art pieces.  As you can see from his jewelry his painting style can be recognized. From the looks of the jewelry it looks as if he had them created with a jeweler, not unless he had the ability to do that as well. Picasso's pieces were very simple, while Kandinsky jewelry is truly a reflection of his abstract painting style.

  Blue is one of the most beautiful of colors when it comes to diamonds.  A stunning blue internally flawless diamond is currently on loan and display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. It originally was cut from a piece of rough that was 29.60 carats. The blue diamond affectionately called "The Blue Moon" was purchased for $25.6 Million dollars earlier this year or $864,865 per carat. The stone is on display from September 13 through January 6, 2015.

12.60carats Blue Moon Diamond

The 29.60cts rough blue diamond
Women have always had a love affair with shoes (don' judge us, that's just the way it is!) . But there is someone who might be taking over. Nick cannon currently the husband of Mariah Carey and the host of the show "Americas Got Talent" show that showcases unusual talents of people from across the nation.  On the hows finale on September 17th. He is known for having great personal style with his unusual color combinations and his fetish for great mens shoes.  What is being touted as the worlds most expensive pair of shoes at the staggering cost of $2 Million dollars , that's $1 Million per shoe! I think Carrie Bradshaw would be envious~

Nick Cannon had collaborated with Tom Ford ( his last collection was fabulous) and was created by jeweler Jason of Beverly Hills. Jason is a jeweler to the stars that has created numerous pieces of jewelery for Mariah Carey, Rhianna, P Diddy, Jennifer Lopez, Dwayne Wade. The list is quite extensive. You can see some of his work here, http://jasonofbh.com/

 These shoes took one full year to create, over 3,000 man hours and contain 14,000 full cut round diamonds that weigh 344 carats. And are set into white gold. The shoes are going on tour and will be auctioned of to raise money for a charity.  The next day on the "Today" show Host/Anchorman Matt Lauer was modeling hem and had said they were very heavy. Being crafted in white gold I could only imagine.

Nick Cannon on the set of the finale of "America's Got Talent"
 Lions tigers and bears oh my! At least tigers anyways... The Duchess of Windsor had one of the most famous of all jewelry collections.  And an even better life long world wind history changing romance that went along with it. Even Dame Elizabeth Taylor is a close second.  Two pieces that the Duke had purchased for her was a tiger bracelet adorned with emeralds , onyx and diamonds. Cartier created the Tiger Collection in 1928.The Duke had purchased the brooch and bracelet in 1958. After the Duchess had passed away in 1986 Christies held an auction of her jewelry in 1987. They had estimated lots, 306 of them were expected to fetch around $10 Million dollars.  They were surprised when all the items sold for $120 Million dollars. Elizabeth Taylor had purchased a feather  brooch that she was particularly fond of that Wallis would wear.  The two of them were friends and Elizabeth would often comment on how much she adored that piece.  She purchased the brooch for $800,000 and had said it was the first significant piece of jewelry she had purchased for herself. She said she felt obligated to purchase it.  The proceeds from the auction went to the Pasteur Institute for medical research. they are a French non profit foundation dedicated to the study of biology, microorganisms, diseases and vaccines. It was started by Louis Pasteur, who also introduced te world to pasteurization.

The Tiger bracelet on left and brooch on right
Wallis wearing the tiger bracelet, and that incredible emerald engagement ring~
The composer Andre Lloyd Wright , writer of "Phantom of the Opera had purchased both pieces for his then wife Sarah Brightman to congratulate the success of Phantom in New York. The auction will be held on 11 November, at Christies magnificent Jewels Auction in Geneva. with a combined pre-sale estimate of US $1.8-2.5 million. Sarah Brightman plans to donate a portion of the sale to "The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation".  The foundation was started in 1992 to support the arts, culture and heritage in the public sector. It also awards 30 performing arts scholarships every year to talented students with financial needs.

Sarah Brightman wearing the tiger brooch and bracelet
                                                   Keep sparkling until next time~

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