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Beyond Indulgence: Our First Annual Gift Guide, Part 4: Jewelry

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DESTINATION LUXURY MAGAZINE, July 2015--

PASQUALE BRUNI BON TON EARRINGS (PRICE UPON REQUEST).

The five-petal flower, an icon of the Italian jewelry designer Pasquale Bruni, vibrantly comes to life and seductively blooms anew in the luxurious enchanted garden of the maison. The Bon Ton collection, including the Bon Ton earrings and Bon Ton Ring, features versatile jewelry with romantic yet casual style. Bon Ton is a jewel that a woman can wear during all the special moments of the day. The flowers of the splendid Bon Ton bouquet are jewels that pay homage to the fifties. These precious earrings and ring are simultaneously refined and simple, delicate but decisive with a dizzy scent of femininity.

PASQUALE BRUNI BON TON RING (PRICE UPON REQUEST)

The five-petal flower, an icon of the Italian jewelry designer Pasquale Bruni, vibrantly comes to life and seductively blooms anew in the luxurious enchanted garden of the maison. The Bon Ton collection, including the Bon Ton earrings and Bon Ton Ring, features versatile jewelry with romantic yet casual style. Bon Ton is a jewel that a woman can wear during all the special moments of the day. The flowers of the splendid Bon Ton bouquet are jewels that pay homage to the fifties. These precious earrings and ring are simultaneously refined and simple, delicate but decisive with a dizzy scent of femininity.

PASQUALE BRUNI SISSI COLLECTION RINGS (PRICE UPON REQUEST)

These timeless Sissi Collection rings are in pink gold with blue topaz, smoky quartz, and white and brown diamonds. Elisabetta Amalia Eugenia of Wittelsbach, but for everyone else simply Sissi, is the empress of rare beauty with a tenacious soul, an aesthete, sporty and nature lover. Sissi, daughter, mother and wife is a symbol of all contemporary women, delicate, romantic, relentless and at times paradoxical, true empresses of their time. The Sissi rings display a distinctive style, unconventional and harmonious: a delight to look at, a pleasure to wear.

The Royal Blue Diamond, a natural fancy blue diamond weighing 10.06 carats. Due to it's rarity, blue diamonds cost 10 to 50 times as much as a comparable colorless diamond.

The Royal Blue Diamond, a natural fancy blue diamond weighing 10.06 carats. Due to it's rarity, blue diamonds cost 10 to 50 times as much as a comparable colorless diamond.

M.S. RAU ANTIQUES THE ROYAL BLUE DIAMOND 10.06 CARATS ($9.8M)

This magnificent, 10.06-carat Natural Fancy Blue diamond is one of the world's rarest and most extraordinary natural gemstones. Aptly named The Royal Blue, this stunning, radiant-cut jewel is the color of the clear blue sky, and is certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) as being a Natural Fancy Blue diamond with almost flawless VVS1 clarity. It is also certified as being a rare Type IIb diamond. This means that it contains no nitrogen, and therefore displays outstanding brilliance. The result is a highly important stone of monumental size, significance and beauty. Surrounded by 96 Vivid Pink diamonds weighing 1.05 total carats and 62 white diamonds weighing .97 carats, this captivating, completely natural gem is the finest blue diamond on the market today. All gems are set in platinum and rose gold.

The Panther diamond ring by Cartier

The Panther diamond ring by Cartier

M.S. RAU ANTIQUES CARTIER PANTHERE RING ($124,500)

Daring yet elegant, this exquisite diamond Panther ring from the important Panthare de Cartier Collection is a brilliant example of the firm's undeniable creative genius. The entire platinum ring is encrusted with approximately 6.90 carats of luscious pavé set round brilliant white diamonds. Brilliant green emeralds and sleek black onyx form the eyes and nose respectively. The most alluring feature of this ring is the articulated head and paws that are set "en tremblant," meaning they are put in motion with the movements of the wearer. The panther has been a style icon for Cartier since 1914, showcasing a perfect and unparalleled blend of fearlessness and femininity.

Incredible 9.28-Carat Colombian Emerald Ring

Incredible 9.28-Carat Colombian Emerald Ring

M.S. RAU ANTIQUES COLOMBIAN EMERALD RING 9.28 CARATS ($495,000)

An outstanding, 9.28-carat Colombian emerald exhibits perfect color and clarity in this captivating ring. Displaying an intense, "Old Mine" green hue and incredible clarity with no trace of oil, this octagonal step-cut gem is flanked by two shield-cut white diamonds weighing approximately 1.82 total carats. A true natural wonder, this incredibly rare gem is one of the few of this size and clarity with absolutely no heat treatment. Certified by C. Dunaigre Consulting as Colombian and untreated, this wonderful emerald and its supporting diamonds are set in platinum and 18K yellow gold.

ORQUIDEAS MAXI EARRINGS ($45,100)

Earrings in yellow gold, rubies and diamonds. Impressive jewels of extraordinary beauty that represent the Fine Jewelry line of Seda Imperial. A world where creativity, inspiration, and innovation join luxury and elegance.

SUTRA SPINEL AND SAPPHIRE WING RING WITH DIAMONDS ($38,000)

Sutra Jewelry embodies luxurious sophistication. Designer Arpita Navlakha pulls inspiration from elements of nature, presenting a vibrant array of designs showcasing each gemstone in a unique way. This particular piece was inspired by her love of feathers. Set in 18 karst Gold she paired spinel and sapphire creating the illusion of angelic like feathers. The curve of the ring provides the perfect silhouette for both beauty and comfort.

STEPHEN WEBSTER HINGED THORN RING($31,044)

Stephen Webster is an award-winning designer who merges fine craftsmanship with edgy design. This fabulously ornate hinged ring, crafted in 18 karat rose gold, is a fine example of his unmistakable style. Curving up and around the finger, its shape takes the form of twisting thorns. Set with sparkling full pavé white diamond embellishment, it is a vision to behold and wear.

LYDIA COURTEILLE JEWELRY (PRICES UPON REQUEST)

A certified gemologist, Lydia Courteille sources the finest precious stones and transforms them into intricate adornments that have earned her critical acclaim. Courteille's new jewelry collection transports us to the Amazonian forest filled with tropical birds, exotic insects and indigenous plants. Crafted from green turquoise this delightful frog is resting on a bed of green garnet and diamond lily pads. This ring is the ultimate embodiment of whimsy and playfulness.

An explosion of surprising green colors in Lydia Courteille's new jewelry collection sources inspiration form the "Amazonia" collection. The green turquoise used in this collection evokes landscapes from a bird's eye view of the forests' canopy or the duckweed in swamps. Centered with green turquoise the piranha fish and skull and crossbones create the contradiction between immortality and mortality.

Lydia Courteille - biochemist, antiquarian and collector, traveler - has always had a fascination with the beautiful, the strange and the curious. An autodidact, her inquisitive mind knows no limits, be it for design or her choice of stones. Her unique jewels start with either a drawing or evolve around a central theme, which is usually a stone. Iridescent stones are a favourite, especially opals, moonstones, cat's eyes; the play of light on the surface creates a special atmosphere, a mystery. She uses frogs, bats, piranha fish, monkeys and insects deliberately, not just for their provocative quality but because the shapes help her add interest. Although not particularly religious, the ethnologist in her is hard. One of a kind piece from the "˜Cabinet of Curiosities' collection featuring black rhodium gold, black diamonds, rubies, and pink sapphires.

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