Friday, November 29, 2013

Holidays at Tiffany & Co.

Post by Christine Webb

Tiffany's - jewels of rare beauty, masterful craftsmanship, stunning originality, and ethical sourcing - what's not to love about this iconic American jewelry house.  Oh, let's not forget the Blue Box!!!  In 1837, Charles Lewis Tiffany brought to New York City a vision for the jewelry industry. Today the flagship store on 5th Avenue honors his dream and tradition with captivating and unforgettable jewels.  Charles Lewis Tiffany the founder, and his son Louis Comfort Tiffany (think stained-glass) who took the helm in 1902, would be proud of what their company is doing today - being committed to sourcing gemstones and precious metals in an ethical and environmentally responsible manner - while staying true to the quality and beauty of the jewelry.

Pink and white diamond dragonfly brooch in platinum

Monday, November 25, 2013

JAR - Revisited!

Post by Christine Webb

Well, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday, 5 days after the opening of Jewels by JAR.  All I can say is - GO!  It is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit, and one that I hope to visit again before March 9, 2014, when it closes.  I have seen many photographs of JAR jewelry over the years, but there's nothing like seeing the real thing up close and personal.  The pieces are truly works of art -  so dimensional and vibrant with color - opulent is an understatement!  I fell in love with so many pieces, it would be hard to choose one Gem to Remember!  I just kept thinking about the lucky ladies who own these spectacular gems.  

Really and truly - I have never ever seen pavĂ© done like this before - the craftsmen that are bringing JAR's designs to life are clearly some of the most talented jewelry makers and goldsmiths on the planet.  I now have such an appreciation for the work that goes in to each and every piece - I can't imagine the time, patience, and effort, let alone the talent.  And of course there is the sourcing of the gems to consider! JAR is a master artist and he obviously has master goldsmiths bringing to life his vision and art. It's like nothing else I've ever seen!

Please see my earlier blog post - JAR - with images and information about JAR and the exhibit. Below are a few more images of some of my favorite pieces on exhibit, courtesy Jewels by JAR catalogue!