Pantone 2014 Color of the Year

Get ready for a whole lot of purple in the next year…

Pantone Color of the Year 2014 Radiant Orchid

The Pantone Color Institute today announced that the 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid, succeeding 2013’s Emerald. This pinkish-purple shade appeared in Pantone’s Spring 2014 color report and was seen quite a bit on the Spring 2014 runways. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” I imagine it will be a booming year for pinkish-purple sapphires, tourmalines and spinels!

A ring from Tiffany & Co.'s Soleste collection with a pinkish-purple sapphire.

A ring from Tiffany & Co.’s Soleste collection with a pinkish-purple sapphire.

L'Odyssée de Cartier Parcours d'un Style Orchid Brooch  featuring a 46.12-carat purple tourmaline.

L’Odyssée de Cartier Parcours d’un Style Orchid Brooch
featuring a 46.12-carat purple tourmaline.

Louis Vuitton Voyage dans le Temps 'Dentelle de Monograme' Ring  featuring a 9.50ct Tanzania spinel.

Louis Vuitton Voyage dans le Temps ‘Dentelle de Monograme’ Ring
featuring a 9.50ct Tanzania spinel.

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Gilded New York

A gold, natural pearl, demantoid garnet, and enamel necklace circa 1900 by Marcus & Co. (Courtesy of Siegelson, New York)

A gold, natural pearl, demantoid garnet, and enamel necklace circa 1900 by Marcus & Co. (Courtesy of Siegelson, New York)

The Gilded Age in New York, the late 19th century, is a legendary time of enormous Fifth Avenue mansions, sumptuous balls and one-upmanship that kept dressmakers and jewelers alike busy. Competing barons, and their wives, were determined to break through the old guard (and their old money) to be on top of New York society, and spent eye-watering sums of money to mark their status. The Museum of the City of New York is exploring this era in an exhibition entitled ‘Gilded New York’, which has over 100 pieces from this time on display, including jewelry. Like with fashion, many jewels came from Parisian maisons, but American companies like Tiffany & Co. and Marcus & Co. established their place in society and ushered in a new style that incorporated colored gemstones into the usual piles of pearls and diamonds. The exhibit is housed in the newly opened Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery at the museum and runs until November 30, 2014.

A gold, sapphire, zircon and enamel brooch  circa 1900 by Tiffany & Co. (Copyright Tiffany & Co. Archives 2013)

A gold, sapphire, zircon and enamel brooch
circa 1900 by Tiffany & Co. (Copyright Tiffany & Co. Archives 2013)

A platinum, gold, diamond, pearl, ruby, garnet and sapphire brooch  circa 1900 by Tiffany & Co. (© Tiffany & Co. Archives 2013)

A platinum, gold, diamond, pearl, ruby, garnet and sapphire brooch
circa 1900 by Tiffany & Co. (© Tiffany & Co. Archives 2013)

A gold, diamond, enamel, turquoise and pearl necklace  circa 1904 by Tiffany & Co. (© Tiffany & Co. Archives 2013)

A gold, diamond, enamel, turquoise and pearl necklace
circa 1904 by Tiffany & Co. (© Tiffany & Co. Archives 2013)

A book has been published in conjunction with the exhibition called ‘Gilded New York: Design, Fashion and Society’, which you can get here. Also, check out this post on the exhibition for more images of the items and era.

Gilded New York Book Cover (The Museum of the City of New York/The Monacelli Press)

Gilded New York Book Cover (The Museum of the City of New York/The Monacelli Press)

Gilded New York Exhibition (The Museum of the City of New York)

Gilded New York Exhibition (The Museum of the City of New York)

Bonhams October 17 New York Auction Results

Bonhams October 17 New York auction top lot.

Bonhams October 17 New York auction top lot.

Bonhams held a $6.3 million total fine jewelry auction yesterday in New York and here are some of the highlights:

Highest price item of the day was a sapphire ring, which sold for $461,000. It features a 5.85-carat oval Kashmir sapphire set in 18k gold and flanked by 1.00ctw diamonds.

Bonhams October 17 New York auction top lot.

Bonhams October 17 New York auction top lot.

The catalog cover star, a 8.06-carat light-pink, pear-shaped diamond pictured below sold for $389,000.

8.06-carat light pink diamond.

8.06-carat light pink diamond.

The auction was notable for having 21 pieces of Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. items up for grabs, my favorite of which was this ring featuring a 12.70-carat sapphire that sold for $93,750. All the pieces of this popular designer sold.

Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Ring

Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Ring

Two Exhibitions by Tiffany & Co. in London Now

Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. brooch previously owned by Elizabeth Taylor.

Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. brooch previously owned by Elizabeth Taylor.

Here is yet another jewelry-related thing to do in London, but you’ll have to be quick for this one. Tiffany & Co. has opened up the archives for two exhibitions running simultaneously at the Bond Street flagship store. ‘A Brilliant Legacy: Treasures from the Tiffany Archives’ puts on display some of the most interesting pieces owned by the jeweler, like brooches that once belonged to Elizabeth Taylor and Diana Vreeland, items from the French Crown Jewels that Tiffany’s purchased and more. While those pieces aren’t for sale, the ‘Legendary Diamonds Collection’ certainly is. Showing for the first time in the UK, this collection features some of the most spectacular gemstones that Tiffany’s has acquired and designed pieces around. Yellow diamonds are heavily featured in all their sunny glory.

The exhibitions are in town until October 18, after which they will go on tour (locations and dates TBA).

Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. brooch designed for Diana Vreeland.

Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. brooch designed for Diana Vreeland.

A brooch once part of the French Crown Jewels.

A brooch once part of the French Crown Jewels.

Another brooch once part of the French Crown Jewels.

Another brooch once part of the French Crown Jewels.

Dragonfly brooch circa 1890-1900.

Dragonfly brooch circa 1890-1900.

A diamond and pearl brooch circa 1910.

A diamond and pearl brooch circa 1910.

A freshwater pearl brooch circa 1904.

A freshwater pearl brooch circa 1904.

A 15.04 carat vivid yellow diamond ring in the Legendary Diamonds Collection.

A 15.04 carat vivid yellow diamond ring in the Legendary Diamonds Collection.

Legendary Diamonds Collection necklace.

Legendary Diamonds Collection necklace.

Legendary Diamonds Collection earrings.

Legendary Diamonds Collection earrings.

Legendary Diamonds Collection necklace.

Legendary Diamonds Collection necklace.