Graff Diamonds, the world-renowned hi-end jewelry brand, has acquired the Firebird 20.7ct diamond from ALROSA. The parties do not disclose the transaction details, but note that it achieved one of the highest prices per carat for such a stones in recent years.
Yellow Asscher-cut 20.69 ct diamond was graded by GIA as Fancy Vivid Yellow – VS1 – Excellent polish and symmetry. Created by nature and brought to perfection by ALROSA cutting and polishing masters, the diamond resembles a simultaneous ensemble of flame, reflections of sunlight on crystal water and a trail of sparkles coming from the tail of a Firebird.
“This Fancy Vivid Yellow with high clarity and very special step-cut is truly unique. And one can only imagine the wealth of rough colors that comes from that fire that sparks the diamond’s lightness. It is extremely rare and very special in the world of diamonds to see unique yellow diamond like this,” said John King, GIA Chief Quality Officer.
The diamond is a part of “The Spectacle” unique diamonds collection, dedicated to the Russian ballet. There are two more diamonds in the collection, one of them is “Spirit of the Rose” 14.8 ct Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink stone. Another diamond will be announced later when cutting and polishing is finished.
The “Firebird” ballet was part of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes productions with music composed by Igor Stravinsky. The plot is based on the Russian fairytale of the Firebird, the blessing and curse it possesses for its owner.
The Firebird diamond was created from “Stravinsky,” a 34.17 ct rough, bearing rare honey-yellow overtones and incredible clarity. Discovered at the “Ebelyah” mine in Yakutia, it became the largest yellow rough diamond extracted in Russia in 2017.
continues to celebrate its ongoing collaboration with Disney through
the unveiling of a new Disney Princess
Diamond Timepiece collection, available for purchase
exclusively at Zales.
delights its Disney timepieces with some of the most beloved Disney
princess characters including Ariel, Belle,
Cinderella and Snow White.
Each watch is adorned with treasured symbols from each princess that
true Disney fans will cherish.
collection commences with a limited-edition Snow White-inspired
timepiece showcased two-tone stainless steel and gold tone case and
bracelet. The dial is embellished with Snow White’s floral
wreath pattern etched onto elegant mother of pearl. Hidden
amongst the detailing is Snow White’s signature red apple placed
between the 3 and 4 o’clock markers. One diamond and one red
Swarovski Genuine Topaz dance freely among the unique outer ring
designs allowing them to interplay with light on the wrist. The
timepiece is complete with the iconic phrase “Fairest of them all”
noted on the case back.
the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast, Citizen’s new
Belle inspired watch is showcased in rose gold-tone stainless
steel with a beautiful mother of pearl dial. A rose seen in a
bell jar is embellished in gold detailing paying homage to the
enchanted scene. A collection of diamonds is placed on the dial while
a single diamond and yellow Swarovski Genuine Topaz move freely along
the outer ring. Etched on the case back is a reminder to always “Find
the beauty inside.”
the Princess who never stopped dreaming, Cinderella is honored
in the collection with a stainless-steel timepiece that dazzles
with a blue gradient mother of pearl dial. The exquisite dial
features Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage etched in silver print.
Complete with Roman numeral indexes, whimsical hands, and a singular
diamond placed at the 12 o’clock position, the timepiece is
finished with “A dream is a wish your heart makes” on the case
rounds out the Disney Princess Diamond collection making a
splash with the princess of the sea, Ariel. The timepiece
inspired by the world’s most iconic mermaid is held in a
stainless-steel case and bracelet adorned with a teal gradient mother
of pearl dial. The dial showcases her majestic fin etched in a
shimmering print and a clam shell embellished with a diamond on the
12 o’clock marker. Freely floating on the outer ring is a diamond
and purple Swarovski Genuine Topaz. “Above the waves adventure
awaits” graces the case back of the timepiece.
Princess Diamond collection
is exclusively available for purchase in-store and online at Zales.
Later this year, two other Disney heroines will be honored through
additional celebratory timepieces by Citizen. To view the full
launched the ultimate luxury accommodation package for jewellery
lovers this festive season. Guests wishing to immerse themselves in
the hotel’s five-star comforts, an extraordinary exhibition by
elite jewellers Van
Cleef & Arpels
and everything else Italy’s fashion capital has to offer can book A
Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels.
23 February 2020,A
Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels
features complimentary access tothe jeweller’s exhibition Time,
accompanied by an expert guide. Other package benefits include
accommodation in an elegant Deluxe Room, with breakfast and a
limited-edition book of the exhibition.
place at the city’s Palazzo
Nature, Love exhibition
showcases more than 400 of Van Cleef & Arpels’
most exceptional and beautiful creations. Running until the end of
February, the exhibition traces the maison’s artistry from 1906 to
the present day, with jewellery, watches, archival documents and line
drawings on display.
visiting the exhibition, guests can relax at Mandarin
spa and enjoy Italian fine dining at the hotel’s
Only a few steps away from the elegant boutiques of Milan’s fashion
district, the hotel makes an ideal base for exploring city sights and
for Christmas shopping. With haute couture fashion labels, high
street shops and independent retailers, Milan is the perfect place to
find gifts for loved ones.
Photo Credits: All Images photographed by Connie Zhou, Mo Daoud, and David Zheng (and provided by Nordstrom Inc. PR)
On October 24th, Nordstrom, Inc. opened the doors to its first-ever flagship store for women and children in New York City. Located at 225 West 57th Street, across from the Nordstrom Men’s Store which launched in April 2018, the new store occupies the base of Central Park Tower, the tallest residential building in the world. Customers can shop 320,000 square-feet of retail space across seven-levels in the heart of the city. Nordstrom NYC represents the biggest and best statement (as well as the biggest gamble) of what the brand has to offer.
diverse as New York City itself, merchandise includes a curated
offering across all categories. Customers can shop a comprehensive
selection of apparel brands across a broad range of accessible and
aspirational price points, including Dries Van Noten, Givenchy,
Saint Laurent, Vince, Ted Baker London, Madewell, Reformation and
Topshop, complemented by an extensive selection of accessory
brands like Longchamp, Chloe, Valentino, Fendi, Loewe, MCM, Coach
its heritage in shoes dating back to 1901, Nordstrom NYC offers
customers three shoe departments, including one entire
floor dedicated to women’s shoes. The vast shoe selection will
include Gucci, Prada, Christian Louboutin, Golden Goose, Tory
Burch, Birkenstock, UGG, Steve Madden, Nike and more.
testament to the ever-evolving nature of the New York City store, the
first level will be home to a rotating series of installations,
kicking off with a Christian Louboutin pop-up featuring an
exclusive 30-piece capsule of footwear, handbags and gift items
for men & women, inspired by the Palais de la Porte Dorée
Museum near Louboutin’s childhood home in Paris.
to its roots in shoes, Nordstrom is launching Perfect Pairs,
an exclusive collaboration with 14 customer favorite brands, and a
diverse group of NYC muses, bringing together the likes of Steve
Madden with model Winnie
Harlow; Cole Haan with
poet and activist Cleo Wade; Nike with
Tennis champion Maria Sharapova; Birkenstock
with celebrity stylist Leslie Fremar; UGG with costume
designer Patricia Field, and more.
Kim, Nordstrom Vice President of Creative Projects, also brings
the unique Nordstrom offering to life, curating concepts within the
flagship to create a sense of newness and discovery for customers.
Beginning with British fashion house Burberry, the exclusive Nordstrom concept shop will showcase products from the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, housed within a giant, immersive installation spanning five rooms, accented with wood paneled walls and raised theatre style seating, windows for visitors to illustrate or tag with graffiti, and a café featuring Nick Knight‘s Portrait of a Rose print throughout with a menu of British classics available to order.
off fall with Nordstrom x Nike (NxN), Nordstrom has developed
the ultimate women’s sneaker boutique with a distinctive view on
style and sport. NxN is the place to find coveted Nike product with a
curated selection of merchandise from the most compelling brands in
fashion. To celebrate the opening, the shop will exclusively launch a
Jordan Air Latitude 720 sneaker with Swarovski and the Nike by
Olivia Kim capsule collection of sneakers and apparel, inspired
by Kim’s NYC-experience during the 90s, launching in-store on October
opening of the New York City flagship brings the exciting in-store
curation of SPACE, a boutique featuring advanced and emerging
designer collections selected by Olivia Kim from brands such as
Cecille Bahnsen, Bode, Eckhaus Latta, Jacquemus, Martine Rose,
Molly Goddard, and Simone Rocha, as well as exclusives
from Tom Wood and Sandy Liang. Unique to the flagship,
SPACE includes the first branded in-store shop from Acne Studios,
and a one-of-a-kind Comme des Garçons shop designed with
artist and furniture designer Marc Hundley.
This New Location Marks The Company’s Second Connecticut Store and The First Of Two East Coast Openings This Fall
past week, leading
fashion retailer Nordstrom,
the doors to Nordstrom
the SoNo Collection,
the company’s second full-line store in Connecticut. The three-level,
140,000 square-foot store features the latest store design, a
brand-new service concept, a new beauty and wellness experience, and
a comprehensive offering of clothing, shoes and accessories for the
entire family. The first Nordstrom store in Connecticut opened at
Farmington in 1997.
The SoNo Collection (100 N. Water St, Norwalk, CT 06854 +1-203-299-0701) is a new 83-store strong shopping, dining, art, and entertainment destination located near I-95 in South Norwalk, Connecticut , just one hour outside of New York City. The SoNo Collection has a lot to offer, including an expansive selection of your favorite fashion retailers and an abundance of one-of-a-kind art and entertainment experiences in Fairfield County.
newest store design concept includes lighter fixtures, more windows
and natural light that connect the shopping experience to the outside
world. The goal was to create spaces where customers want to spend
their leisure time, to encourage a sense of discovery for new brands
or styles they haven’t tried before.
apparel features fashion in a variety of price points including
of-the-moment brands like rag
& bone, Veronica Beard, FRAME,
designer brands including
Missoni, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta;
and exclusive and limited distribution brands like Madewell,
and more than 35
Nordstrom Made labels.
In shoes, customers can find everything from Nike
Doc Martens to
including several Nordstrom Exclusive styles from Valentino,
Prada, Golden Goose
The store also has four specialty handbag boutiques including Chloe,
will also find the retailer’s latest beauty concept Nordstrom
which highlights wellness, haircare and beauty tools with top
trending brands and services to pamper customers from head-to-toe –
whether they have 30-minutes or three hours. Services include:
Beverly Hills Brow Suite:
A boutique brow experience with experts trained to reshape and
sculpt using the Anastasia method.
Coat Nail Salon:
Featuring manicures and pedicures using plant-based and mostly
This light bar service brings convenient and effective five to
sixty-minute treatments to customers using the latest LED
technology. The facial bar offers various treatments ranging from
spot treatments to peels.
beauty brands include dedicated boutiques by Chanel,
Atelier Cologne, Diptyque, Jo Malone,
as well as Charlotte
Tilbury, Sulwhasoo, Arcona, Herbivore, Kopari
Shoes and clothing include designer brands like
Ksubi, Norse Projects,
as well as Madewell
Men, Patagonia and
to name a few. The Kid’s Wear department features Tucker
+ Tate, Miles Baby
and the store also has an
At Home department,
a full-service bistro-style restaurant Bazille,
for artisan coffee and snacks.
eager to welcome customers to showcase our latest store design and
some of the company’s most exciting new beauty and service concepts,
in addition to great fashion at a breadth of price points,”
said Molly Carmody, Nordstrom the SoNo Collection store manager. “We
can’t wait for customers to experience the best of what we have to
offer and look forward to welcoming them right here in Norwalk.”
the retail landscape continues to evolve, Nordstrom is looking to
make shopping in-store and online a seamless experience that’s easy,
convenient and serves customers on their terms. The answer? A new
service concept called Express
launching at Nordstrom the SoNo Collection for the first time. This
new department features a dedicated 2,700 sq. ft. area where
customers can pick-up online orders, try them on, issue express
returns and access in-store alterations and tailoring services all in
one place. Additional services include Curbside
bra and prosthesis fitters,
Day kicked off at 8 a.m. with Beauty
a high energy beauty party – just outside the store’s SoNo
Collection mall entrance. Customers enjoyed a preview of the store’s
exciting cosmetics selection as well as one-on-one time with
Nordstrom beauty experts who provided inside scoop on fall beauty
trends. More than 320 employees welcomed customers when the doors
officially opened at 10 a.m.
night before opening, Nordstrom hosted Nordstrom
Night Out –
an opening party that raised more than $80,000 for Fairfield County’s
Foundation and Domestic Violence Crisis Center.
More than 1,000 guests were in attendance to experience an exclusive
preview of the new store while enjoying cocktails, gourmet delights
and desserts; entertainment from artists DJ
fall fashion presentations and an opportunity to shop the season’s
the end of the month, Nordstrom the SoNo Collection will be joined by
– the company’s first flagship store in New York City, opening
Men’s Store NYC
opened in April of 2018.
Love and Pride, the premier jeweler inspired by and in support of the LGBTQ community, is pleased to announce its launch on Bloomingdales.com.
Originally launched in 2005, Love and Pride is a jewelry brand that ties luxury style with an ethos of unity, love, and respect. Love and Pride is the first of its kind: a premium designer online shopping destination for people who believe in equality, diversity, and tolerance. Founder Udi Behr designs intricate accessories and fine jewelry made with precious metals and gemstones. The jewelry collections include engagement, commitment, wedding and anniversary rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings, watches, and other accessories for women and men. Sometimes romantic, sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical. Styles available on Bloomingdales.com include rings crafted in 14k white, yellow and rose gold, many of which are complete with glittering diamond insignias.
The first LGBTQ jewelry line to be sold at a major department store, the occasion marks a milestone for Behr. “Throughout my long journey building a brand that stands for equality and supports the LGBTQ community, I have had moments of triumph and moments of great challenge,” he says. “Getting Love and Pride into amainstream retailer has been on my list from the moment we embarkedon this journey in 2005. Having my collection in Bloomingdale’s is a triumph for all; for me personally, for Bloomingdale’s as a brand and for the LGBTQ community.”
Despite its only recent entrance into the mainstream market, Love and Pride have long been celebrated for its dedication to supporting the LGBTQ community. Honored with some of the most highly-esteemed industry awards, the brand’s accolades include the Marriage Equality USAAward; Matthew Shepard Foundation Essential Piece Award; and JCKDesigner of the Year Award.
A former paratrooper turned award-winning jewelry designer, Udi Behr is a native of Israel who lived through three wars determined to create things of beauty and promote peace. After learning his trade in theTel Aviv diamond industry, Udi’s fame as an original designer took off upon his arrival in New York City in 1983.
Udi has won acclaim everywhere from The New York Times to People Magazine for his iconic love and pride jewelry, including Designer of the Year honors from Luxury Magazine and the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s Essential Piece Award, recognizing his continued support for the LGBT community in the workplace and beyond. His jewelry collections have been showcased in leading retail stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Fortunoff’s and Macy’s, and worn by celebrities including EltonJohn, Ringo Starr, Jay Leno, Paula Abdul, Ludacris, Pam Grier, Gwen Stefani, Cyndi Lauper, Sharon Stone, and Paris Hilton.
Love and Pride also featured collections for television series “The L Word,” “Queer as Folk,” “Dexter,” “True Blood” and “Star Trek.“
Lightbox, the laboratory-grown diamond jewelry company from the DeBeers Group, kicked off CyberWeek 2018 with the opening of their first pop-up activation, now through December 2, at The Oculus, Westfield World Trade Center on Monday morning.
The innovative new laboratory-grown diamond jewelry company from De BeersGroup gives consumers an interactive experience for Cyber Week
Lightbox is the innovative new company offering consumers fashion jewelry featuring high-quality pink, white and blue laboratory-grown diamonds at transparent and accessible prices. The company is the only brand that sources lab-grown diamonds from Element Six, the world’s leading lab-grown diamond producer, based in Oxford, England, and built on more than 50 years of groundbreaking innovation. Lab-grown diamonds share the same physical, chemical and optical characteristics as rare, natural diamonds. But the process needed to create them is different from nature, so while they are neither as valuable or precious, they are just as sparkly. A tiny piece of lab-grown diamond, rather like a seed, is placed into a plasma reactor. Then heat that plasma to 4000 Kelvin (over 6000 degrees Fahrenheit).
Gradually the tiny crystal grows. After around 400 hours, it’s big enough to cut into a polished stone. And if they desire a bigger stone, they simply run the process for longer. They can now play with chemistry, time and temperature to make a lab-grown diamond in different colors. The very same lab-grown diamond can then be used in many cutting-edge technologies, from today’s finest audio systems to tomorrow’s quantum computers. Element Six have pioneered the use of lab-grown diamond in multiple applications, from the sharpest surgical blade to the unrivaled speaker ‘tweeters’ used in Abbey Road studios.(*Learn more at www.lightboxjewelry.com.)
For Cyber Week, shoppers will have the opportunity to experience the launch collection from Lightbox (currently only available online) featuring pretty pendants and stud earrings with sparkly lab-grown diamonds in blush pink, pale blue and traditional icy white. The jewelry is set in either silver or rose gold and Lightbox’s easy-to-understand linear pricing model is highlighted within the space, making purchasing a lab-grown diamond easier than ever. Prices start at just$200 for a quarter carat and range up to $800 for one-carat total weight, plus the cost of the setting.
Visitors to the pop-up can engage with a customized styling display and try on jewelry from the collection. Brand ambassadors will be on hand to facilitate online orders through the Lightbox website and all orders placed at the pop-up will receive free expedited shipping. The pop-structure also features an interactive selfie video wall where visitors can share a moment.
Lightbox General Manager Steve Coe and Head of Marketing Sally Morrison were joined by models from the brand’s advertising campaign for a lighting ceremony at the 20′ x 20’light-filled structure.