Jewels and Gemstones have Captivated human minds

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With a dazzling array of colors, shapes, and applications, it’s no wonder humankind has been captivated by jewels and gemstones since the beginning of time. We are consistently seeking the most impressive ways to display them. Passed down as heirlooms, kept as talismans and signifying momentous occasions – jewelry has a distinctive place in our history.
One company which consistently delivers work at an expert level of craftsmanship and technical ability is the Parisian jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels. Founded in France in 1933, it is a testament to their craft that over 100 years later they operate boutiques in the USA, Middle East, South East Asia and Australia.

With a dazzling array of colors, shapes, and applications, it’s no wonder humankind has been captivated by jewels and gemstones since the beginning of time. We are consistently seeking the most impressive ways to display them. Passed down as heirlooms, kept as talismans and signifying momentous occasions – jewelry has a distinctive place in our history.One company which consistently delivers work at an expert level of craftsmanship and technical ability is the Parisian jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels. Founded in France in 1933, it is a testament to their craft that over 100 years later they operate boutiques in the USA, Middle East, South East Asia and Australia.

Just as jewels and gemstones have captivated human minds, so have the lives and traits of our animal companions and the symbolism that goes along with them. It makes sense then, that they’ve featured with such frequency as inspiration for jewelry design throughout the ages.

From its early years, Van Cleef and Arpels have been known for their detailed work featuring flora and fauna. Their latest collection is no exception. Inspired by Noah’s Ark, it includes beautiful renditions of koalas, elephants, owls and even a few creatures of mythical origin.

January Birthstones-Garnet

Weary or rested from celebrating or resting over the December break, January may feel like a rough month to have a birthday. But these January folks are not down-hearted. They are ambitious leaders, who love to learn new things and take living seriously. They also have a cracking birthstone in garnet to back them up, thought to bring strength, good health and prosperity.

This beautiful rock can be found in many colours but most commonly in the red of almandine and pyrope garnets. Iron and magnesium cause the colour differences in these stones.

Garnet has been used in digit decoration from Romans times, with these simple styles still holding their own in contemporary adornment as we see here in this mercury ring by Astley Clarke.

It is thought that the name garnet derives from the Latin for pomegranate ‘granatum’, due to the similarities of colour of the fruity innards. This is a possibility explored in detail by ‘Winged Lion‘ jeweller Sergey Zhiboedov with their garnet pomegranate pieces.

From Louis Vuitton – The Flower Bag

The identifying detail of the Flower line is the conspicuous placement of a Louis Vuitton gold-tone padlock attached to a base in the shape of one of Vuitton’s iconic flower motifs. So far, the collection is made up of four pieces: a tote, a hobo and a flap wallet in two sizes. The bags are both roomy, useful everyday bags, and the wallets are the kinds of pieces you could easily throw in your bag and use for years. Below, get a closer look at all of them, including interior shots and prices.

The brand’s creative director Nicholas Ghesquiere is practically singlehandedly responsible for the resurgence in popularity of the newly-released iconic LV logo bags  it is his sheer commitment over the last several fashion cycles to introducing several new logo bag design options that has piqued his audience’s attention, and recent past logo bag capsule collections have been selling out all over the world.

There’s a good reason for this. Ghesquiere’s latest spring collection hits all the right notes; the bags are practically-sized to fit all of the trappings of daily life without being overly big, and they have a sleek, modern look to them that still retains a hint of classic appeal so they’ll age well as style trends come and go. Design-wise, all of this season’s flower bags share one design elementa Louis Vuitton gold padlock attached to a base in the shape of one of the design house’s flower patterns.

Perhaps our favorite pick of this latest group is the Flower Tote a sensible style tote with both top handles and a shoulder strap. This is a bag that will work well to and from the office, and have no trouble at all making the transition to a night out. But if you like it, I wouldn’t wait. If Ghesquiere’s previous logo bag capsule collections are anything to go by, these bags may not be around for very long!

Just in time for spring (or where spring would normally be if you are living in a part of the world that is still being battered with late-season freezing temps and snow), iconic design house, Louis Vuitton has released yet another collection of must-have bags that is fanning the flames of a renewed interest in their famous logo bags.