Monthly Archives: May 2015

Festival de Cannes Jewelry Report

Most of us know that the annual Cannes Film Festival is the world’s premiere film fiesta.  Yet Cannes is an equally prestigious showcase for high luxury jewelry that influences the global jewelry industry, style reporters and of course, consumers.  With distinguished actresses and gorgeous supermodels draped in the latest high jewelry from leading international luxe…

Mikaara Resplendent

Mikaara Resplendent

New Zealand Maori artist, poet, seer, grandfather and father Mikaara Kirkwood is a peacock par excellence. Here Mikaara wears antique sterling silver bracelets, marcasite, gold and sterling rings, plus a sterling earring in one ear. For good measure, my most magical friend and advisor wears a bone mere tucked into his waist. Carved into a teardrop shape, the mere is a traditional Maori weapon for hand-to-hand combat. Because Mikaara is a peacemaking peacock, he wears the mere more for adornment than for any other purpose.

Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat Gold Earrings

Iranian-born, New York-based visual artist Shirin Neshat in golden cylindrical earrings and trademark dramatic eye make-up.

Vanessa Traina


Stylist Vanessa Traina crowned in sleek and gleaming chic outside a Givenchy show circa 2009. photo by Hanneli Mustaparta


Vanessa Traina

Vanessa @ Repossi Forçat Collection de Gaia Repossi 2012

Stylist Vanessa Traina adorned in haute luxe chain cuffs from Gaia Repossi’s Forçat Collection, presented at the Louvres’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts) in July 2012. Traina served as Repossi’s muse for this poetic and priceless suite of jewels. Traina is standing in the Art Nouveau Salon in the Louvre’s West Wing.


Gaia Repossi

Gaia Repossi Forçat Collection

Gaia Repossi, Creative Director of her family’s heritage jewelry house, premiered her limited edition collection of haute luxe jewels called the Forçat collection, (la collection Forçat de Gaia Repossi), at a special evening presentation on July 4, 2012, in the Museum of Decorative Arts in the west wing of Paris’s Louvre Museum. here Repose wears the chain mail vest of intricately woven chains that covers both the front and back like medieval armor.

Stephen Webster MBE courtesy of Richard Young

Stephen Webster: An Appreciation of his Lady Stardust Collection

Throughout jewelry history, the best high luxury jewels have embodied cultural and historical references, attitudes and emotions.  In the 20th and 21st century, Stephen Webster’s carefully conceptualized collections have drawn inspiration from 19th century science literature, rock’n’roll; punk and his native British culture.  (Note:  his website is – If you are attending the COUTURE…

Maharajah Bhupendra Singh of Patiala

Meet the Maharajah who commissioned the most lavish diamond necklace in history! Here, Maharajah Bhupendra Singh of Patiala embodies Sikh chic in a glamorous pile-up of pearl necklaces, but in 1928, this Punjabi prince ordered a ceremonial bib necklace from Cartier comprised of several thousand carats of glorious diamonds. Scroll down one image to view Bhupendra’s stupendous son Yadavindra draped in this epic piece of jewelry art and history.