A Christmas Tale by Cartier

Cartier’s Winter Tales have sort of become the house’s tradition so we couldn’t resist posting this year’s magical ad. Directed by Bibo Bergero, the video is taking us to a magical walk through Paris of the 1920’s with baby panther once again the protagonist. Just watch the video and who knows? Maybe Cartier’s baby panther and elves could pay you a visit this Christmas 🙂

A glimpse of Jewellery Arabia 2013

Three halls dipped in gold, silver and precious stones… For yet another year Jewellery Arabia had everything: From mythical collections brought by famous jewelry and watches’ houses to affordable bling bling or even copies of iconic jewelry…

My favorite was Bulgari’s pavilion.

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Partly because it hit my “greek sensors”…

First it was the minimalistic dummies on which the beautiful jewelry was showcased and that would resemble figurines borrowed from a Cycladic Art museum.

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Then, some of their jewelry showed clear influence from the ancient Mycenaean art. Just look and compare:

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Mycenaean necklaces exhibited at Athens Archaeological Museum

Is it my idea? Anyways, their jewelry was exceptional and unique.

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Chopard had a beautiful pavilion too and is my favorite of all jewelry makers, but I believe their selection for the exhibition was limited, I can’t hide that I have seen better pieces -for my taste at least- when visiting their shops around the world. Nevertheless they had some really classy men’s watches.

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And talking about men’s watches, Montblanc presented their newest collection, a tribute to Nicolas Rieussec, the inventor of the chronograph. Quite interesting.

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Then the classic “Princess Grace” collection with watches, pens, and jewelry. Pure Grace.

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Finally, the limited edition Leonardo and Albert Ainstein pen collection.

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November, the month of jewels

Every year Bahrain hosts Jewellery Arabia, claimed to be Middle East’s biggest and most prestigious jewelry and watch exhibition. The 22nd exhibition in a row will take place at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre from the 19th to the 23rd November 2013. Admission is free of charge to trade and public visitors but mind that children under 16 years of age are not admitted, even if accompanied by their parents (bling-bling not for naughty kids I suppose!). My favorite participant is Chopard and I was promised that I will get to see their newest collection of watches and jewelry so I will be hopefully writing soon on the highlights of the exhibition.

Additionally, a set of complimentary seminars on precious and semiprecious stones and jewelry shopping are offered, conducted by the Gemological Institute of America, and they seem quite interesting to attend, my focus turns on diamonds and pearls. For the full schedule of the seminars click here

As much as I love precious stones and expensive jewelry, I consider faux jewelry an affordable everyday luxury that compliments any outfit.  Last Tuesday me and Dona visited another -in budget- jewelry exhibition in Saar, or Xmas jewelry party as Liz wished to call it. A costume jewelry designer, Liz Ceaplen, showcased her work of  bracelets, necklaces, earrings and ornamented scarves in a party atmosphere where ladies enjoyed their time having a drink, chatting and shopping Liz’s creations. Nice work Liz!

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Liz wearing one of her beautifully made scarves
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Liz’s creations
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Lots of colorful bracelets