Saturday, May 26, 2012

Jessica Simpson: A Star is Born on

Big diamond news, jewelry hounds.

Giving birth to baby Maxwell isn’t the only new development in uber-celeb Jessica Simpson's life these days. The singer/reality star/tv host/fashion mogul/celebrity mom just partnered with my Sugar Momma,, to launch an exclusive boutique offering her fine diamond jewelry for we huddled masses yearning to bling free.

The collection is aptly called, Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend (don’t we know it, sister), and the pieces feature diamonds, gold and sterling silver in versatile ring, earring, necklace and pendant designs.

What I like about Jessica’s diamond jewelry collection (aside from the budget-friendly price points – thanks, Jess!) are the personalized elements she brings to each piece – a hot trend these days showing up in designer lines I’ve been tracking for the upcoming season.

Also hot? Her affordable price points ranging from $69 - $899. 

"Jewelry is a very personal expression that celebrates who you are and this collection is very much a reflection of who I am," said Simpson in a release.

Jessica Simpson Butterfly Necklace in 10K Pink Gold with Diamonds
Exhibit A – Check out this butterfly pendant that uses the famous ‘J’ in Jess’s signature to make those perfectly pink gold butterfly wings flutter like a pair of Daisy Dukes on a windy day.

Jessica Simpson Stackable Ring in 10K Tri-Tone Gold with Diamonds
I also like that she creates versatile pieces you can mix and match like this super sweet stackable ring set featuring all three of her signature silhouettes – the butterfly, the heart and the cross .

And there are many more to choose from - from creative cross necklaces to locket looks to drop earrings and then some. All timeless and trendy. Just like our Jess.

So. What have we learned, jewelry hounds? When it comes to identifying the proper food group for tuna, our beloved Jessica might be a bit (ahem) 'slow on the uptake'. But this recent Forbes article putting her on the Celebrity 100 Ones to Watch list proves she’s the sharpest tack in the drawer when it comes to bringing her unique fashion sense to America. Ba-ling!

And (shameless plug alert) her taste in partners - birthing and business - is impeccable.

So let's go boutiquing! Shop Jessica Simpson’s entire Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend Collection right here on and let me know what you think. Welcome to our bling-lovin’ family, J-Simp!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Cannes Jewelry 2012: Delightful, Delicious, de GRISOGONO,

Jewelry hunting at the Cannes Film Festival is like shooting fish in a barrel. With Chopard as a sponsor and the Geneva-based couture jewelry house, de GRISOGONO throwing celebrity-studded fetes left and right, the red carpets are full of Elizabeth Taylor-worthy jewels that will keep this jewelry hound drooling long into June.

While Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman represented the A-list with their delicate diamonds (lovely, but been there done that) and Angelina Jolie didn't even show up to disappoint me with her snore-worthy studs, de Grisogono's jewels was where the real action was. Meow!

As if model, Irine Shayk, isn't enviable enough for her soccer stud boyfriend (Ronaldo, anyone?) she'salso the red carpet muse for the 'best of' from the de GRISOGONO vault.


We know you're looking at her earrings. Right? The earrings....

de GRISOGONO "ANELLI" earrings in pink gold set with 1128 white diamonds

de GRISOGONO flower braceletin in pink gold set with 2 white diamonds of 2.60 cts and 2663 white diamonds

Angelina Jolie? Now THESE are emerald earrings!

White gold earrings with emerald and white diamond briolettes

200 white diamonds, 60 briolette diamonds and 198 yellow diamonds worth nearly $1m.

That's about $6 million worth of minerals there, jewelry hounds. Big. Deep. Breath.

45-carat yellow diamond ring with 407 emeralds! Did I mention 45 carats? Worth $5 mil.

While the Oscars may be the gold standard for jewelry gawking, I am hear to tell you my fellow jewelry hounds. Cannes blows our A-listers out of the water in terms of unbridled, passionate, bring-out-the best-you've-got bauble gawking. It's tailor-made for jewelry dreamers like me.

THANK YOU de GRISOGONO. THANK YOU Ronoldo-loving Russian models. Vive la joaillerie!

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cannes Jewelry 2012: Jane Fonda Rocks it in Red

Jane Fonda's Chopard jewelry at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival is red hot and rockin' my world. Her most recent appearance was at the premiere for “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” in a custom-made Roberto Cavali Wizard-of-Oz red sequined number. Dorothy, eat your heart out.

This woman is 74, people. Wowzers.

But let's get to the jewels, shall we. Chopard couture is makin me crazy again with a pair of 60-carat rubellite and black and white diamond drop earrings that matched her pear-shape 50-carat (!) rubellite tourmaline ring set in ruby and white diamond pave.

It's red carpet couture on crack, jewelry hounds. Cannes always brings it.

And for one more jaw-dropper before I sign off - behold my favorite Cannes jewelry star, Israeli TV Host Hofit Golan, with this stunning butterfly bling by de GRISOGONO. We're talking white and pink gold sparkling with emeralds and amethysts.

Big. Deep. Breath.

But this is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more couture craziness from the Croisette! What's next? In a word: Brangelina.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Charlize Theron's Emerald Elegance

What's better than Charlize Theron in Dior? Charlize Theron in Dior dripping in emerald jewelry.

Yup, my favorite style star has done it again with one of the most jaw-dropping red carpet looks I've seen lately at the World Premiere of her latest film Snow White and the Huntsman. To die.

Let's face it. We've all 'been there and done that' with the basic black/emerald combo on the red carpet from Angelina Jolie to Reese Witherspoon to Julianne Moore and back again.

But these stunning jewels by Solange Azagury-Partridge put Theron's latest look in the red carpet record books as far as I'm concerned.

Let's break it down, shall we:

We have the disco ball drop emerald earrings in 18K blackened gold.

We have this crazy couture cup ring in blackened and white 18K gold with emeralds.

And (big, deep, breath) she finished the ensemble with this sensational step cuff featuring a (wait for it....) 74 ct cabochon emerald with pave set green beauties surrounding it - all in 18K blackened white gold.

The Dior dress has some bloggers crying foul for the 'unflattering fit', but I'm blown away by it. It puts an elegant, sexy spin on what could have been an Angelina-Jolie-esque basic black snorefest.

What do you guys think? Do you dare dish the diva in black? Or are you worshiping at her Dior-clad feet like me? Weigh in! And is offering 20% or more on ALL emeralds right now for May's birthstone blow out! Go get em!

Up next? Stay tuned for my crazy Cannes coverage of all those couture jewels from the croisette! Diane Kruger is a juror this year and is sure to wow with some stunning Chopard ice!

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