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Rare & Beautiful: Immunocologie & the Skin Whisperer

By Manon Crespi

I remember the first time I went to a spa. I was a college student in the mid-1980s working part-time as a concierge at Marriott’s five-star five-diamond Camelback Inn Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. The resort had just opened its first spa facility and it was gorgeous. When I was invited to receive a few spa treatments so that I could […]

Rare & Beautiful: Paul Morelli  

By Manon Crespi

After speaking with American jewelry designer Paul Morelli, one thing became abundantly clear: my small-town Nebraska childhood was even less eventful than I remembered it being – at least compared to Mr Morelli’s childhood! While I went home after school every day to chores and homework, Morelli went to his father’s costume shop, which he says, “was filled with sewing […]

Rare & Beautiful: Padparadscha

By Manon Crespi

JB Star platinum ring with 3.14 carats unheated oval Padparadscha sapphire, 0.60 carats half moon diamonds and 0.84 carats round diamonds, $59,990, borsheims.com Padparadscha has always been a fan favorite among avid gemstone collectors, but my friend,  Douglas K Hucker, CEO of American Gem Trade Association, says it’s gaining fame and recognition outside the gem community as well. Known for […]

Rare & Beautiful: Alexandrite

By Manon Crespi

Oscar Heyman platinum Alexandrite ring with 4-carat Alexandrite and 1.69 carats diamond, $170,000, oscarheyman.com William Noble platinum ring with 3.81-carat cushion-cut Alexandrite and 0.92 carats diamonds, $96,000, williamnoble.com What could be more intriguing than a rare and beautiful gemstone with an interesting past? Image a Finnish mineralogist climbing down into the mines of the Russian Ural Mountains in the early […]

Rare & Beautiful: David Yurman High Jewelry

By Manon Crespi

David Yurman 18K white gold High Jewelry Chain Stax bracelet with 2.75 carats blue sapphires and 9 carats custom-cut baguette diamonds, $58,500,  davidyurman.com It wasn’t the first jewelry piece David Yurman made when he and wife, Sybil, launched the David Yurman company back in 1980, but it was arguably the one that put his name on the map: the cable […]

Rare & Beautiful: Enchanting Metals

By Manon Crespi

I’ve been intrigued lately by the unique way jewelry designers are using metal colorations in their fine jewelry collections. Some are forsaking traditional 18K gold altogether for stronger and lighter titanium, while others opt for ceramic and rhodium-plating to enhance 18K gold. The wonderfully creative and exquisite jewelry below showcases varying applications of all three materials. Neha Dani titanium and […]

Rare & Beautiful: Roberto Coin Animalier

By Manon Crespi

Roberto Coin 18K white gold limited-edition Snake necklace with 56.89 carats black and white diamonds and 23.71 carats blue sapphires, $210,000, available by special order, +1 212 486 4545, robertocoin.com Welcome to jewelry designer Roberto Coin’s animal kingdom, where fierce beasts leave trails of sparkle at every turn and catch of light. Lions and tigers, with exposed golden fangs, are […]

Rare & Beautiful: Made in Italy

By Manon Crespi

Made in Italy. What is it about these three words that make our hearts go aflutter? Having window-shopped the side streets near Piazza San Marco in Venice recently, I can attest to its endless objects of desire. Exotic shoes with lipstick-shaped and pearl-studded heels, the earthy scents of gorgeous leather handbags and the smartly-cut jackets made of the richest textiles […]

Rare & Beautiful: Moving Parts

By Manon Crespi

It could be said that I have an ardent affection for all jewelry designers simply due to their ability to create something visually exquisite. When said jewelry designers are also mathematicians, architects and philosophers? Well, then they have me enthralled with their genius as well! I had the pleasure of meeting three of these beautiful, passionate and very intelligent jewelry […]

Rare & Beautiful: Carved Gems

By Manon Crespi

With the resurgence of carved gemstones in jewelry design, I was curious to learn more about the art of stone carving, otherwise known as glyptography. While the craft’s required precision and skill is impressive in its own right, the history of glyptography is rather notable as well. In my opinion, the most interesting part of the history of carved stones […]