04 août 2015

White pearl jewellery

Inspired by Australia's blue Vanda orchid, the Vanda cuff from Autore jewellery features 44 large Keshi pearls, 7,000 diamonds, and both rough and facetted sapphires. This brooch from Glenn Spiro jewellery in the form of an Indian turban ornament features a droplet-shaped natural pearl and is set with 1,230 diamonds. This fashion-forward choker from New York-based Mizuki features a Chinese baroque freshwater pearl. (by courtesy of TheJewelleryEditor) 

04 août 2015

The Illustrations of a Thousand Shells by Yoichirō Hirase

Image from, The Illustrations of a Thousand Shells by Yoichirō Hirase, Volume I Plate III © Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)  Image from, The Illustrations of a Thousand Shells by Yoichirō Hirase, Volume I Plate XV © Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)  Image from, The Illustrations of a Thousand Shells by Yoichirō Hirase, Volume I Plate XVIII © Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) Image from, The Illustrations of a Thousand Shells by Yoichirō Hirase, Volume II Plate XL © Peabody Essex Museum... [Lire la suite]
04 août 2015

The finest opal ever unearthed will be publicly displayed for the first time in Australia

Opals were first discovered at Coober Pedy -- widely-known as the opal capital of the world -- in 1914 by a boy named Willie Hutchison. Photo by Richard Lyons, courtesy South Australian Museum. SYDNEY.- An Australian museum said Monday it would exhibit what it believes is the best opal stone ever found -- a 6.0-centimetre (2.4 inch) multi-coloured gem unearthed in the Outback named the Virgin Rainbow. The South Australian Museum said the stone, valued at more than Aus$1.0 million (US$730,000), would go on public display... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2015

National Gallery announces an exhibition focusing solely on Goya's work as a portraitist

Francisco de Goya, 'Self Portrait in his studio', 1793-5 © Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid. LONDON.- Portraits make up a third of Goya’s output – and more than 150 still survive today – but there has never been an exhibition focusing solely on Goya’s work as a portraitist, until this autumn when almost half this number will come together at the National Gallery, London. Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) is one of Spain’s most celebrated artists. He was an incisive social... [Lire la suite]
03 août 2015

Contemporary pearl jewellery

  Tasaki's signature Danger ring in Sakura gold with six Akoya pearls. Suzanne Syz Picture Perfect ring in white gold and titanium, set with a Colombian emerald, diamonds and pearls. Courtesy of Suzanne Syz.  Suzanne Syz Lady Hamilton earrings in white gold and titanium set with Ceylan sapphires, domed crown diamonds and pearls. Courtesy of Suzanne Syz.  Pink and green tourmalines surround freshwater baroque pearls in this award-winning 18ct yellow gold Venus bracelet by Paula... [Lire la suite]
03 août 2015

Bergdorf Goodman Archives. Coctail & Evening Dresses: Balenciaga

Bergdorf Goodman Archives. Coctail & Evening Dresses: Balenciaga
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03 août 2015

Palladian villa in Brandenburg

  Not only the villa itself (in the photo - its rear facade), but also the park with her manor ensembles reminiscent of the Classical period. Ceremonial Hall recalls the interiors by the end of the XVIII century Robert Adam Lock Syon House. The chandelier is made on the design of the house owner. Photo: René Stoelti Detail of the living room. The interior is dominated by white color: it is not only part of the styling, but a winning background for antiques. Photo: René Stoelti Above... [Lire la suite]
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03 août 2015

A Carved Chinese ChenXiang-Wood of Mountain Scenery

A Carved Chinese ChenXiang-Wood (Aloeswood) of Mountain Scenery. Estimate $1,200 – $1,800. Photo EDEN Fine Antiques Galleries This piece is carved from a single piece of wood and undercut in high relief with a landscape scene. The decoration comprises figures and pavilions amongst pine and wisteria trees in a rocky river landscape. The wood varies from reddish to dark-brown tones. Dimension: 6-1/4" H x 6-1/2" W  Note: Aloeswood, also referred to ChenXiangMu or eaglewood,... [Lire la suite]
03 août 2015

Important and very rare carved Chinese ChenXiang-wood Libation Cup, 18th century

Important and very rare carved Chinese ChenXiang-wood Libation Cup, 18th century. Estimate $2,000 – $3,000. Photo EDEN Fine Antiques Galleries Carved in form of deep bowl borne with flared lotus-leafs petal rim, deep carving of over laid stems and branches with group of tigers clambering up the side. The wood patina varies from reddish to dark-brown tones, with strong fragrance of Aloes-wood. Dimension: 4-1/4" H x 5-3/4" Diam. Note: Aloeswood, also referred to ChenXiangMu or eaglewood,... [Lire la suite]
03 août 2015

Two Pearls, Margarita Shipwrec, 1622

Two Pearls, Shipwreck: Margarita 1622. Recovered in 2007. Weight: 16.62 & 16.52. Estimate $300,000 – $400,000. Photo Guernsey's. In June 2007, Blue Water Ventures in conjunction with Motivation, Inc. (the Fisher family's salvage operation) found a lead box within the Margarita's wreck site that contained thousands of pearls. Following the discovery, a gemologist from the GIA was enlisted to analyze and categorize the pearls so that their history and guidelines for future care could be established.... [Lire la suite]
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