Behind the scenes in the Cartier Paris workshop

This video gives a fantastic insight into how Cartier’s craftsmen turn jewels and precious metals into exquisite creations which will one day become wonderful antique jewels.

Featuring the new Royal Collection of High Jewellery that was presented at the prestigious Paris Biennale.

Click on the link to watch the video, via The Telegraph:



High Jewellery Bracelet, part of the Royal Collection of High Jewellery. White gold, one 69.49-carat cabochon-cut sapphire from Ceylon, sapphires, brilliant-cut diamonds.


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Coloured Diamonds – The Facts

Over recent years coloured diamonds have become increasingly popular. They are not new, some of the most famous diamonds have been coloured – The Tiffany Diamond (yellow) and The Hope Diamond (blue) to name just two.

Over recent years coloured diamonds have become increasingly sought and expensive. But how does colour come about and how does it affect the price?

This interesting INFOGRAPHIC will tell you more :

Cleaning Your Diamond Jewellery

Remember when you prepare yourself for an evening out taking a shower and doing your make up, you mustn’t forget your diamond! Diamonds have an affinity with grease and finger prints and hand cream etc can adhere to the surface of a diamond making them appear dull.

Always give your diamond the wash treatment before you go out for an evening. You will be amazed how the sparkle improves !

Cleaning your diamond jewellery is a simple and straightforward task which you can do at home using regular, safe, household products.

Create a warm, mild, soapy solution by mixing liquid soap, dish-washing liquid, or detergent with warm water. Do not use chlorine detergent.

Soak your diamond in the solution.

If necessary, use a soft brush to clean small crevices. Do not use rough or metal bristles. Toothbrushes work the best.

Rinse the diamond jewellery in warm water. You may place the ring in a strainer so as not to drop it. And if you are doing this at the sink, put the plug in for extra safety!

Use a clean, dry, lint-free cloth to dry your diamond jewellery.

It is important to remember that this applies to diamond jewellery.
Please be careful with jewellery set with pearls or other organic material. Take advice from from a jewellery specialist before using ultra sonic cleaners with pearls and particularly emeralds.

Cleaning rings

Smart Jewellery to become more fashionable

Wearable technology is still very much in its infancy, and one of the main criticisms against it is that it looks more technological than wearable. The companies making wearable devices have tended to emphasise function over fashion. But that is starting to change.

Apple, for example, has tried to make its coming Apple Watch fashionable, offering multiple face and band colors. Meanwhile, other makers are collaborating with fashion designers to put design higher on the priority list.

Read more at The New York Times:



Lauren Bacall’s jewellery collection at auction in March 2015

Collectors are eagerly anticipating the auction of Lauren Bacall’s jewellery collection. Lauren Bacall, the acclaimed actress of stage and screen passed away in August 2014,

With her sultry voice and seductive looks, Lauren Bacall was the epitome of Hollywood elegance and glamour. Her fabulous collection of jewellery will be offered at auction by Bonhams New York on March 31 and April 1, 2015.

The collection of jewellery, includes rings, bracelets and earrings by well-known and desired makers such as Chanel, Cartier and Tiffany

Lauren Bacall’s favorite pieces of jewellery were those created by the designer Jean Schlumberger. Aside from Lauren Bacall, his other clients included Marina, Duchess of Kent, Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Gloria Vanderbilt, Babe Paley and Audrey Hepburn.

Schlumberger made this stunning 18-carat yellow gold, diamond, amethyst and turquoise ring. (Pictured below) It has a pre-sale estimate of $8,000 to $12,000 and includes a signed Tiffany box also created by Schlumberger.


Cartier’s iconic tigers sold for $3.2 million

Recently Cartier’s magnificent tiger jewels were top billing at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva. This stunning two piece collection comprises of an onyx and diamond clip broach and bracelet with emerald eyes.

Exquisitely crafted these two pieces were formally owned by Wallis Simpson, The Duchess of Windsor. The Duke of Windsor was King Edward VIII briefly before abdicating to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1936. While living in exile in France they built up an extraordinary collection of avant-garde jewels. After Simpson’s death in 1986 the entire collection was auctioned off. These two stunning pieces were then bought by British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber for his then wife, Sarah Brightman as a present to celebrate the enormous success of “The Phantom of the Opera”.

Nearly 30 years later, Brightman has decided to give someone else the opportunity to appreciate these fabulous jewels and they were sold as one lot for $3.2 million. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation which supports arts and music in schools and to The Architectural Heritage Fund which awards 30 performing arts scholarships annually.


Rare brooch found at table-top sale

A rare jewel-encrusted brooch bought in a box of costume jewellery for just £38 has been sold at a Derby auction for £10,800. The Cartier brooch covered in rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds was discovered by a shopper at a table-top sale in Staffordshire.

The Art Deco ‘tutti-frutti’ jabot brooch has a carved ruby mounted as a flower, with blue sapphires and green emeralds interlinked between diamonds.

Collectors from Paris, USA and the United Arab Emirates were all after this fabulous item, although the successful bidder has chosen to remain anonymous.

Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, and the company remained under family control until 1964. It has a long history of sales to royalty and celebrities. King Edward VII of England referred to Cartier as ‘the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers’. For his coronation 1902, he ordered 27 tiaras and issued a royal warrant to the jeweller.