Peacocks (Bejeweled Men)

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.

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Throughout jewelry history, the best high luxury jewels have embodied cultural and historical references, attitudes and emotions.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 www.stephenwebster.com – 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.

Maharajah of Patiala

Maharajah of Patiala Wearing Cartier

Image courtesy Cartier ©
  Maharajah of Patiala
 In 1928, Cartier produced a platinum and diamond ceremonial bib necklace for Bhupinder Singh, Maharajah of Patiala.  Pictured above, this majestic necklace is worn by the Punjabi potentate’s son, Sir Yadavindra Singh. The bejeweled bib contained 2,930 diamonds, two large Burmese rubies, and the yellow De Beers diamond, which at 234.69 carats, is the world’s seventh largest diamond. All totaled, this necklace contains nearly 1,000 carats.  (In 2014, I studied this jewel at the Cartier exhibit in Paris’s Grand Palais:  what scintillating stones, and what superb design, gem-cutting and gem-setting!)

Hutton Wilkinson, designer of the Tony Duquette Collection

 Hutton Wilkinson, designer of the Tony Duquette Collection of high luxury, statement jewels.  The author of Tony Duquette/Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry, Wilkinson wears  glamorous pile-ups of necklaces that he and the late Tony Duquette designed.  As you can see, Hutton lives his motto, "more is more."   Stephanie Hanchett photo courtesy Abrams Books.

Hutton Wilkinson, designer of the Tony Duquette Collection of high luxury, statement jewels. The author of Tony Duquette/Hutton Wilkinson Jewelry, Wilkinson wears glamorous pile-ups of necklaces that he and the late Tony Duquette designed. As you can see, Hutton lives his motto, “more is more.”
Stephanie Hanchett photo courtesy Abrams Books.

Carlos Souza: Peacock of the Week

Thank heavens for peacocks, those male birds with crested head sand extravagantly long tail feathers marked with eye-like, iridescent spots that gracefully rise and descend like psychedelic curtains. While avian peacocks are cool, human peacocks are even cooler. We’re talking about guys who wear such well-designed clothing and superb jewelry that they are distinctive, super-stylish and unforgettable. Human peacocks attract attention and delight onlookers with their highly…