New Additions to Chaumet Liens Collection

Gold, diamond and sapphire ring featuring a 7.33ct center stone.

Gold, diamond and sapphire ring featuring a 7.33ct center stone.

12 special rings have been added to the ‘Liens’ (or ‘ties’) collection from Chaumet and this time it’s all about cool blue stones. The fine jewelry house has been using the criss-crossing motif for many years and it has become a symbol for the company. In July they debuted these particular haute joaillerie pieces which feature only white diamonds and blue sapphires, tanzanite and tourmaline. I’m calling third from the top my favorite because the center stone looks like it’s floating and you just can’t beat that color. Gorgeous.

Gold, diamond and sapphire ring featuring a 10.81ct center stone.

Gold, diamond and sapphire ring featuring a 10.81ct center stone.

Side view of above ring.

Side view of above ring.

Gold, diamond and sapphire ring featuring a 10.69ct center stone.

Gold, diamond and sapphire ring featuring a 10.69ct center stone.

Side view of above ring.

Side view of above ring.

Gold, diamond and sapphire ring.

Gold, diamond and sapphire ring.

Gold and diamond ring.

Gold and diamond ring.

Gold, diamond and sapphire ring.

Gold, diamond and sapphire ring.

Gold, diamond and 5.29ct tourmaline ring.

Gold, diamond and 5.29ct tourmaline ring.

Gold, diamond and 18.97ct tanzanite ring.

Gold, diamond and 18.97ct tanzanite ring.

Gold and diamond ring featuring a 3.18ct center stone.

Gold and diamond ring featuring a 3.18ct center stone.

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An Epic Heist in Cannes

Police stand outside the InterContinental Carlton  Hotel in Cannes on Sunday July 28 after the jewel heist from the Leviev 'Extraordinary Diamonds' exhibition. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Police stand outside the InterContinental Carlton Hotel in Cannes on Sunday July 28 after the jewel heist from the Leviev ‘Extraordinary Diamonds’ exhibition. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

I don’t know what it is about Cannes this year, but it’s been jewel-thievery central the last few months and Sunday’s was record-setting. In what is now known as France’s biggest jewel theft ever, over US$136 million in jewelry was stolen in broad daylight from an exhibition by Leviev called ‘Extraordinary Diamonds’ at the famed Carlton Hotel along La Croissette. The armed robber walked in alone wearing a hat and face-concealing scarf, apparently through a door that was supposed to be bolted shut, waved a pistol around threatening those in the room, and then proceed to exit through another door with a briefcase full of jewels. Ballsy!

This is immediately being linked with the (also ballsy) recent escape of notorious jewel thief Milan Poparic on July 25, said to be a member of the ‘Pink Panther’ gang. Interestingly, a documentary about the international jewel thieves called “Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers” is set to be released in the US on July 31. Too much of a coincidence??

This follows the two not-small jewelry thefts that happened during the Cannes Film Festival in May of this year. In one instance, the hotel room safe of a Chopard employee containing $1.4 million in jewels was ripped from the wall. A few day later came the second theft straight under the noses of 80 security guards at a star-studded De Grisogono party celebrating the company’s 20th year in business. A special collection for the milestone was modeled and put on display, then at the end of the night, a diamond necklace worth $2.6 million had vanished.

It is notable of course that the famous ‘To Catch a Thief’ movie, starring Cary Grant as a jewel thief, was largely filmed at Carlton Hotel, but this makes me think far more of Ocean’s Thirteen. Perhaps George Clooney & Co. can take some inspiration for another installment?

Three Jewelers on Moda Operandi Now!

Gold, diamonds and carved white jade earrings by Bochic.

Gold, diamonds and carved white jade earrings by Bochic.

Moda Operandi is currently holding trunkshows for three fine jewelry designers and their Resort 2014 collections. Bochic (ending August 1) offers up a touch of the exotic with earrings featuring fossilized mammoth, jet and white jade. Dana Rebecca Designs (ending August 2) brings in the color with another all earring collection in the timeless combo of pink and green. Elise Dray (ending August 4) goes strictly diamonds with her signature graphic style.

Gold and diamond 'Bird Cage' earrings by Bochic.

Gold and diamond ‘Bird Cage’ earrings by Bochic.

Gold, diamond and jet earrings by Bochic.

Gold, diamond and jet earrings by Bochic.

 

Gold, diamond, watermelon tourmaline and rubellite earrings by Dana Rebecca Designs.

Gold, diamond, watermelon tourmaline and rubellite earrings by Dana Rebecca Designs.

Gold, diamond and ruby earrings by Dana Rebecca Designs.

Gold, diamond and ruby earrings by Dana Rebecca Designs.

Gold, diamond and watermelon tourmaline earrings by Dana Rebecca Designs.

Gold, diamond and watermelon tourmaline earrings by Dana Rebecca Designs.

Gold and diamond 'Hirrondelle Bird' earrings by Elise Dray.

Gold and diamond ‘Hirrondelle Bird’ earrings by Elise Dray.

Gold and diamond 'Rolled Lys' ring by Elise Dray.

Gold and diamond ‘Rolled Lys’ ring by Elise Dray.

Gold and diamond 'Muse' earrings by Elise Dray.

Gold and diamond ‘Muse’ earrings by Elise Dray.

 

Pierres de Caractère – Variations: Van Cleef & Arpels Latest Celebration of Stones

'Pongal' ring featuring a 27.81 carat Colombian emerald.

‘Pongal’ ring featuring a 27.81 carat Colombian emerald.

Continuing on with the haute joaillerie collections presented in Paris this month, Van Cleef & Arpels decided to concentrate on interesting stones, rather than a particular theme. The result is Pierres de Caractère – Variations, a colorful and varied collection that shows off the technical abilities of the artisans who crafted them.

'Lotus d'Orient' ring featuring a 24.44ct Mozambique tourmaline.

‘Lotus d’Orient’ ring featuring a 24.44ct Mozambique tourmaline.

'Precious Light' earrings featuring two 4.52ct yellow diamonds.

‘Precious Light’ earrings featuring two 4.52ct yellow diamonds.

'Oriental Princess' necklace (image via A Private Collection).

‘Oriental Princess’ necklace (image via A Private Collection).

'Summer Cocktail' ring featuring a 21.19ct spinel.

‘Summer Cocktail’ ring featuring a 21.19ct spinel.

'Matinée d’Orient' bracelet featuring aquamarines and turquoise.

‘Matinée d’Orient’ bracelet featuring aquamarines and turquoise.

'Matinée d’Orient' earrings featuring turquoise.

‘Matinée d’Orient’ earrings featuring turquoise.

'Ancolie Précieuse' ring featuring a 9.03ct diamond.

‘Ancolie Précieuse’ ring featuring a 9.03ct diamond.

'Fleur de Lapis Lazuli' brooch.

‘Fleur de Lapis Lazuli’ brooch.

'Rayons Précieux' necklace (image via A Private Collection)

‘Rayons Précieux’ necklace (image via A Private Collection)

'Camaïeu de Bleus' ring.

‘Camaïeu de Bleus’ ring.