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Retro Period Guide – Jewelry Design and Styles

April 19, 2012
Retro Period Guide – Jewelry Design and Styles

After the bold, sleek designs and decadence of the Art Deco period , jewelry took a decidedly softer turn. The Retro Period (1935 to 1960) was characterized by romantic motifs, the heavy use of gold, and “larger than life” sized jewelry. Retro Period jewelry aesthetic and style During the Retro Period, America was reeling from its involvement in World War II. Amid the turmoil overseas and the uncertainty at home, society turned to Hollywood for a romantic, “larger than life” escape from reality. Retro Period jewelry reflects this escapism: mimicking the abundance and glamour of Hollywood, designers crafted enchanting, oversized pieces that created a sense of romance and grace. Settings that featured pleats or drapes were also popular. Charm bracelets , watches and necklaces were particularly vogue during this jewelry period , as were oversized pins, clips and cocktail rings. The Duchess of Windsor’s bold style and fondness for cat motifs also propelled many of the period’s luxury jewelry trends. Popular metals, gems and stones during the Retro Period Gold is the hallmark of Retro Period jewelry. Although platinum was vogue during the Art Deco period, wartime restrictions made it largely unavailable for jewelry making during the Retro years. Thus, yellow gold became the metal of choice in the 1940s and 1950s. Yellow gold was often paired with rose or green alloys to create settings with a soft, romantic luster. Stones such as aquamarine , topaz, amethyst and citrine were extremely popular during the Retro Period, and like most jewelry settings from this period, were magnificent in size. The rectangular cut was one of the period’s most popular cuts, featuring prominently in cocktail rings with oversized stones. Although luxury designers still used rubies , sapphires and diamonds as accents, this period also saw the birth of costume jewelry using synthetic gems and wallet-friendly stones. Popular jewelry motifs during the Retro Period A Retro Period motif is unmistakable. Bows , fans, ribbons and ruffles reinforced this period’s femininity, while nature-inspired images such as flowers also began to grace everything from earrings and rings to brooches . Patriotic motifs were vogue, especially during the wartime periods, as were sculptural or 3-D designs that mimicked the movement of fabric. And although the trends varied from year to year, one thing remained constant: motifs during the Retro Period were almost always oversized, reflecting the grandness of Hollywood. Popular jewelry designers during the Retro Period Designers such as Cartier, Harry Winston and Van Cleef & Arpels shaped the luxury jewelry aesthetic during the Retro Period. With its nature-inspired designs and eye for romance, Van Cleef & Arpels ushered in the period’s emphasis on femininity and glamour more than any other design house. To this day, Van Cleef & Arpels is synonymous with 1940s and 1950s naturalism, an aesthetic just as vogue today as it was a half-century ago. Retro Period jewelry and Diamond & Estate Trust The Retro Period is defined by romance and glamour, a spirit captured meticulously by this 1950s-inspired custom ring in the Diamond & Estate Trust collection . Named the Aurora, this romantic ring features a soft 18K gold setting paired with lustrous yellow and pink colored diamonds. The center stone of this floral ring is a .72 carat GIA certified fancy intense pink diamond . A delicate row of white diamonds and 7 carats of perfectly matched natural fancy yellow pear-shaped diamonds complete this ring’s bouquet motif. This custom ring seamlessly blends the Retro Period’s fondness for oversized jewelry and love of whimsical, nature-inspired images. The Aurora is our tribute to the Van Cleef & Arpels designs that defined 1950s naturalism. Whether you’re looking for a funky cocktail ring or a romantic brooch or pin, you’ll find the perfect Retro Period piece in Diamond & Estate Trust’s luxury jewelry collection .  With an unparalleled inventory of loose gems such as sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds , and vintage pieces including watches, rings and signed designer pieces, Diamond & Estate Trust is regarded as the premier luxury jewelry buyer and seller in Southern California. Read the rest here: Retro Period Guide – Jewelry Design and Styles

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Brown Diamond Guide – Celebrity Jewelry Trend 2012

April 13, 2012

Diamond & Estate Trust couldn’t let our colored diamond week end without spotlighting the brown diamond, which has quickly become a luxury jewelry staple over the past few years. With celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Hillary Swank, Lea Michelle, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez trusting the cognac diamond to complete their Red Carpet looks, you’ll be in fashionable company once you select a gorgeous brown diamond for your own collection. Here’s a quick guide to the brown diamond, also known as the cognac diamond or the chocolate diamond. A orange-brown diamond from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection. How rare are brown diamonds? Only one in 10,000 diamonds mined is a color other than white, making any colored diamond a rarity. Within the spectrum of colored diamonds , the brown diamond is in the middle of the road: a little more common than the yellow diamond , blue diamond , pink diamond , green diamond , and red diamond. But even though the brown or cognac diamond isn’t the rarest of the colored diamonds , it is still exceptional to find one naturally. Most of the world’s exquisite brown diamonds are produced at Australia’s Argyle Mine (which is also famous for champagne diamonds and pink diamonds). How do brown diamonds get their color? Because brown diamonds have soared in popularity lately, gemologists are devoting more time to understanding just what gives the brown diamond its beautiful, rich cognac color. Like most colored diamonds, a brown diamond gets its hue because of a structural irregularity in the diamond’s lattice. Some varieties of brown diamonds include golden brown diamonds,  brownish orange diamonds, champagne diamonds and cognac diamonds. As with any other colored diamond , the most important word to look for in its color classification is “natural.” Diamonds treated with irradiation or other artificial methods to achieve a brown color are far less valuable and far more common than natural fancy brown diamonds. What are some famous brown diamonds?

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Yellow Diamond Guide – Celebrity Jewelry Trends 2012

April 10, 2012
Yellow Diamond Guide – Celebrity Jewelry Trends 2012

With spring finally upon us, it only seems fitting to devote some time to the colored diamond , spring 2012’s most vibrant jewelry trend. First up in Diamond & Estate Trust’s colored diamond series is the yellow diamond , which has long been celebrated for its lively hue but has become even more vogue lately thanks to celebrities such as Heidi Klum , Jennifer Lopez and Michelle Mangan. Here’s everything you need to know about the yellow diamond. What are some famous yellow diamonds? The Tiffany Yellow Diamond When most people think of the yellow diamond, the Tiffany Yellow is the first gem that comes to mind. Discovered in 1877 at South Africa’s Kimberley mine, the Tiffany Yellow has a stunning, rich saturation. It was a magnificent 287.42 carats when discovered, but was later cut into an awe-inspiring 128.51 carat cushion cut. One of the most recent yellow diamonds to go up for auction is the 110-carat Sun-Drop Diamond . The fancy vivid yellow diamond , found in South Africa and cut in a beautiful pear shape, fetched $11.3 million at a Sotheby’s auction in late 2011. It’s the latest indication of the yellow diamond’s strong popularity. Other famous yellow diamonds include the 407.48 carat Incomparable Diamond, the 205.47 carat Red Cross Diamond, the 137.37 carat Florentine Diamond, and the 132.43 carat cushion cut Sarah Diamond How rare are yellow diamonds? One in 10,000 diamonds mined is a color other than white. Within the spectrum of colored diamonds , the yellow diamond falls in the middle of the road: it’s more rare than brown or black diamonds, but a bit more common than red or blue diamonds. But even though the yellow diamond isn’t the rarest of the colored diamonds , it is still exceptional to find one with a natural yellow hue: a mere .1 percent of all diamonds mined have an intense fancy yellow color. How do yellow diamonds get their color? A fancy intense yellow diamond Yellow diamonds get their gorgeous, lively hue when there’s a surplus of nitrogen available while a diamond is forming. The more nitrogen trapped within a diamond’s carbon molecules, the more intense the diamond’s yellow hue. When you’re determining the worth of a yellow diamond, remember that a more vibrant hue is generally more valuable. Canary yellow diamonds, which are typically pale in color, are worth less than the darker, richer intense fancy yellow diamonds (although both lately have been commanding much higher prices than white diamonds !) It’s also important to remember that naturally enhanced (heat treated) yellow diamonds are far less valuable than yellow diamonds with a natural yellow color. Be sure to check a GIA certification to make sure the yellow diamond you’re considering hasn’t been artificially treated to achieve its color. What cuts and shapes are best for yellow diamonds? Yellow diamonds are typically seen flanked by white diamonds , which provide contrast that brings out the beauty of the yellow diamond’s hue. Fiery cuts such as the radiant, princess and brilliant cuts are preferred for yellow diamonds, as these cuts have striking facets that amplify a colored diamond’s color and depth. Which celebrities wear yellow diamonds? Marilyn Monroe and the Moon of Baroda Heidi Klum made fashion waves when she selected a large, cushion cut fancy light yellow diamond ring for her engagement to then-husband Seal. Hillary Clinton wore the gorgeous Kahn Canary Diamond to Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration in 1993, and Carrie Underwood wears a 5 carat round brilliant yellow diamond engagement ring. Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, and Penelope Cruz have recently chosen yellow diamonds to complete their Red Carpet looks. And we can’t forget to mention Marilyn Monroe: the jewelry icon wore the famous Moon of Baroda yellow diamond to the premier of her film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes . Yellow diamonds and Diamond & Estate Trust Diamond & Estate Trust has an exquisite collection of colored diamonds of every hue imaginable. And when it comes to yellow diamonds, this stunning custom piece in our collection takes the prize.  Called the Aurora , this show-stopping custom piece featured a gorgeous .72 carat GIA certified fancy intense pink diamond bordered by round white diamonds and 7 carats of perfectly matched natural fancy yellow pear shaped diamonds that complete its lustrous look. A buttery 18K gold setting complements the striking color of this ring’s yellow diamonds and ensures that once you slip it on, your hand will glow from every angle. It’s not every day you come across a yellow diamond ring, let alone one with this many gorgeous fancy color graded yellow diamonds. Diamond & Estate Trust is the premier buyer and seller of diamonds, gems, vintage jewelry and luxury watches in Los Angeles and Southern California. For the ultimate statement piece, look no further than our exquisite collection of colored diamonds . Visit link: Yellow Diamond Guide – Celebrity Jewelry Trends 2012

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