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Rare & Beautiful: South Sea Pearls

By Manon Crespi

I’ve always been captivated by the exotic South Sea pearl, and for good reason. South Sea pearls, which range in size from 8-18mm, aren’t just larger than other types of pearls. These rare and beautiful pearls also possess high-luster colorations with extraordinary metallic nuances. I recently caught up with Scott Friedman, a Master Gemologist Appraiser and founder of the luxury […]

Rare & Beautiful: A Path to Exotic Diamonds

By Manon Crespi

Scott West platinum Argyle Violet ring with 2.83 carats Argyle violet diamond, 0.67 carats Argyle heart-shaped vivid pink diamonds and 0.83 carats Argyle round vivid pink diamonds, price on request, scottwestdiamonds.com Sometimes when tragedy strikes new paths are forged. Such was the case for Larry West back in 1972. He was a jazz-piano-playing physics student at the University of New Mexico […]

Rare & Beautiful: Statement Cuffs

By Manon Crespi

Graziela Gems 18K yellow gold Egyptian cuff with 1.71 carats emeralds, 0.28 carats blue sapphires, 0.20 carats rubies, 0.13 carats pink sapphires and 0.08 carats white diamonds, $31,099, grazielagems.com There’s something very empowering about wearing a statement cuff. I can’t deny that Wonder Woman’s bullet-defying cuffs are the first to come to mind, even if they serve a greater purpose […]

Rare & Beautiful: Monica Rich Kosann

By Manon Crespi

For a self-proclaimed introvert, fine-art photographer and jewelry designer Monica Rich Kosann certainly has a knack for drawing out the emotional side of her subjects. “I’m like everyone’s hairdresser or bartender,” says Kosann of her clients, “I’m there to reveal it.” While speaking with Kosann and researching her background, I discovered a prominent thread running through each of her endeavors […]

Rare & Beautiful: Couture 2017 Trends

By Manon Crespi

Renowned jewelry brands and independent designers from around the world descend upon Las Vegas each June to unveil their latest collections at the Couture show held at The Wynn. Far more than a tradeshow, this is a must-attend event for exclusive luxury jewelry retailers and global media outlets, all of whom are eager to discover fresh, new jewelry creations in […]

Rare & Beautiful: The Irresistible Opal

By Manon Crespi

The opal gemstone holds an indefinable allure for me. There’s something about its iridescence and dancing flashes of color that has always reminded me of water. After speaking with my gemologist friend, Anissa Carroll, I discovered I wasn’t far off. According to Carroll, a Gemological Institute of America graduate and long-time international diamond and colored gemstone grader, the opal is […]

Rare & Beautiful: Vahan

By Manon Crespi

In catching up with Greg Der Calousdian of the Vahan jewelry company, I was fascinated to learn the rich history of this multi-generational family-owned jewelry company. Greg and his younger brother, Cedric, both work in the family business, but it’s the older brother, Greg, who co-designs today’s Vahan collections alongside his father Sacha Der Calousdian. In my interview with him, […]

Rare & Beautiful: Garden Party

By Manon Crespi

With spring in the air flowers are cropping up everywhere. And so, too, is the next wave of spring’s floral-themed jewelry. Nature has always been a source of inspiration for jewelry designers, but it can hardly get old when it references the new life and new beginnings that springtime faithfully brings. Whether classical or contemporary in form and finish, this […]

Rare & Beautiful: Temple St Clair

By Manon Crespi

  American fine jeweler Temple St Clair celebrates 30 years of storytelling through imaginative designs, precious materials and meticulous craftsmanship. Her jewelry sojourn began in Florence, Italy, where she continues to employ the masterful skills of Florentine goldsmiths who have carried out her creative vision for the past 30 years. In my interview with St Clair, I learned that she […]

Rare & Beautiful: Jewelry as Art

By Manon Crespi

Whether the medium is canvas and paint, a sculpture of bronze or a modern dance, art is an intersection of life experiences; a meeting place of enlightenment and kinship. The same is true of fine-jewelry works of art, except before we get to the enlightenment and kinship part, we are first confronted with a deep, visceral response to a visual […]