An Afternoon with Boodles

Boodles Suite

Yesterday I paid a visit to a lovely suite at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto that was hosting a team from London-based fine jeweler Boodles. The company, which was founded in 1798 and is currently in the hands of the 6th generation of the family, has several retail locations in London, the greater UK and Ireland. Having found that a noticeable number of their customers were visitors from the United States and Canada, they decided to bring the store to them with stops in New York and Toronto.

Wearing the one-off 'Aurora' necklace.

Wearing the one-off ‘Aurora’ necklace.

I was thrilled to discover that the brand-new Aurora diamond suite had crossed the Atlantic to be here. Only one set has been (and will be) made of this stunning design that features multiple colors of square-cut diamonds. Subtle shades of yellow, pink, orange and greyish-green blend together to beautiful effect in these pieces inspired by the Northern Lights. I got goosebumps trying on the necklace! If you are interested, contact Boodles because once it’s gone, it’s gone.

The platinum 'Aurora' necklace set with 16.49 carats of colored diamonds.

The platinum ‘Aurora’ necklace set with 16.49 carats of colored diamonds.

The 'Aurora' earrings.

The ‘Aurora’ earrings.

The 'Aurora' ring.

The ‘Aurora’ ring.

The 'Aurora' bracelet.

The ‘Aurora’ bracelet.

I was also very happy to try on my favorite ring from the new Maymay collection. Tulips don’t really get their due when it comes to jewelry, so I certainly appreciate the design. I was also told that the Rose ring was the most popular in the series, followed by the Tulip.

The 'Tulip' ring from the Maymay Collection.

The ‘Tulip’ ring from the Maymay Collection.

The 'Rose' ring along with its newly introduced matching pendant and studs.

The ‘Rose’ ring along with its newly introduced matching pendant and studs.

Another piece that caught my eye was the Thrilliant Ashoka Tassel Pendant. The tassels on the end are actually detachable and the necklace is still stunning without them. Ashoka-cut diamonds are exclusive to Boodles in the UK and the linear facets lend well to these architecturally and deco-inspired pieces.

Pieces from the Ashoka Collection, including the Thrilliant Tassel Pendant on the bottom right-hand corner, draped over the matching earrings.

Pieces from the Ashoka Collection, including the Thrilliant Tassel Pendant on the bottom right-hand corner, draped over the matching earrings.

The 'Thrilliant Tassel Pendant'.

The ‘Thrilliant Tassel Pendant’.

My vote for most versatile piece would have to go to this necklace from the Raindance Collection. I can see how easily it could be worn with a white tee and jeans or a gown and be perfect for both occasions.

A necklace from the Raindance Collection.

A necklace from the Raindance Collection.

All in all it was a lovely time getting see both the established, signature collections and the stunning one-of-a-kinds in person. My Christmas wishlist just got a bit longer…

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Alexandre Reza Exhibition Opens This Week

A choker featuring 146.10 carats of sapphires circa 1975.

A choker featuring 146.10 carats of sapphires circa 1975.

There will be some stunning jewelry on display at Sotheby’s New York beginning on Friday, but don’t bother bringing a cheque book because it’s not for sale.

Alexandre Reza is best known for being the collector of some of the most extraordinary gemstones in the world and a key supplier to the venerated maisons of Place Vendôme from the 1950s onward. Beginning in the 60s, he started to design jewelry around the rare beauties and the exhibition titled ‘The Extraordinary Jewelry of Alexandre Reza’ brings together many fine examples of work spanning 40 years. On display to the public from November 1 to 13 will be more than 25 pieces that feature enormous sapphires, rare emeralds and impressive natural pearls. Now retired, the company has been taken over by his son Olivier, who continues to design jewelry from a beautiful, by-appointment Place Vendôme salon. Some of his contemporary designs are also on display alongside those by his father.

Fortunately for those unable to make it to New York in time, you can view the jewelry auction-style on the Sotheby’s website now. After New York, the exhibition will travel to Sotheby’s offices in London, Doha and Beijing. You can also pick up the luxurious Assouline tome by Vivienne Becker titled ‘Alexandre Reza’ if you can’t get enough of his pieces.

A diamond and natural pearl necklace circa 1996.

A diamond and natural pearl necklace circa 1996.

'Manhattan' earrings featuring 22.31 carats of emeralds circa 1996.

‘Manhattan’ earrings featuring 22.31 carats of emeralds circa 1996.

A suite of jewelry featuring a necklace with 9 sapphires weighing 151.45 carats total, a ring with a 31.93 carat sapphire, a bracelet set with 5 sapphires weighing 44.76 carats total and earrings with 15.82 carats of sapphires,  circa 1981.

A suite of jewelry featuring a necklace with 9 sapphires weighing 151.45 carats total, a ring with a 31.93 carat sapphire, a bracelet set with 5 sapphires weighing 44.76 carats total and earrings with 15.82 carats of sapphires, circa 1981.

A diamond toi et moi style ring by Olivier Reza.

A diamond toi et moi style ring by Olivier Reza.

Natural pearl and diamond earrings by Olivier Reza.

Natural pearl and diamond earrings by Olivier Reza.

New Van Cleef & Arpels Exhibition Opens Today

Ruby and diamond mystery-set brooch circa 1951.

Ruby and diamond mystery-set brooch circa 1951.

The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California has just opened an exhibition called ‘A Quest for Beauty: The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels’. From the Maison’s own archives, 200+ pieces that span over 100 years of craftsmanship will be on display, along with drawings and documents from the vaults. The show is organized around four themes that have and continue to inspire the designs of the house: nature, elegance, exoticism and femininity. The show will run until Saturday, Februray 15, 2014.

Turquoise 'Panka' necklace circa 1974.

Turquoise ‘Panka’ necklace circa 1974.

A golden dragon brooch.

A golden dragon brooch.

A Cambodian-inspired diamond cuff bracelet.

A Cambodian-inspired diamond cuff bracelet.

A 'Passe-Partout' necklace circa 1940s.

A ‘Passe-Partout’ necklace circa 1940s.