These Apollo and Artemis diamonds may soon sell as the most expensive earrings in the world

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Sotheby’s is known for getting the grandest of things under the hammer. And they are set to do just that at the exclusive ‘Magnificent and Noble Jewels’ sale in Geneva on the 16th of May, 2017. Amongst a series of precious items that will be auctioned here, the star is touted to be a pair of exceptionally beautiful mismatched earrings valued at a staggering £55 million! (708,58150 US Dollars)

Created exquisitely from two odd colored diamonds, the earrings shine beautifully in a pear-like shape. Named Apollo and Artemis after the Ancient Greek gods of power and beauty, the diamonds are cut and polished luxuriously into the form of danglers. While the Artemis is a fancy 16-carat Intense pink diamond worth £14.5 million, the real thunder-stealer is the Apollo – a 14.54-carat ‘Fancy Vivid blue diamond’. Since, it’s a rare phenomenon for a gem to acquire this grade, its estimated price stands at an astounding £40 million!

Marketed as ‘The divine diamond twins’ by Sotheby’s, the earrings further showcase a perfect match in size, cut and tonality that is worth battling for. The awe-inspiring pair will however be auctioned separately owning to their extreme rarity, power and presence. This means that buyers will need to fight doubly hard to own the pair as a whole. Well, all precious things as they rightly say, need to be earned and not merely purchased!

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Cartier goes bold and untouchable with new cactus-inspired jewellery range

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The desert-themed collection was launched in a unique setting. A vast open space off Avenue Franklin Roosevelt next to the River Seine in Paris displayed each piece of jewellery in mirrored viewing booths. The items were placed delicately on desert landscapes made from orange sand piles. Guests relished on these pieces by savouring on green foie-gras balls dipped in nuts and other hors d’oeuvres which the waiters circulated. Dinner by “twice Michelin-starred Lisbon chef José Avillez”, was later served.
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Black Eyed Peas’ member has collaborated with the house of Gucci to create and bring you the latest and best take on smartwatches.

The American singer, songwriter and rapper has teamed up with Gucci Timepieces on a “smartband” that carries the trademark of being completely standalone, that is, unrestricted by any existing smartphone or mobile device.

What makes it so smart after all? Well, despite the fact of its standalone features, the said smart watches have the technology and ability to send and receive text messages and even emails, make and receive phone calls, hold music, maps, calendar, and track your fitness. One thing we’re loving on the other hand is the fact that you have a sophisticated personal assistant in the said device which is activated and operated by voice command.

Gucci President and CEO Marco Bizzarri said in a statement that the brand and smartband worked and developed together a device that is both fashionable and technologically advanced, something that is truly unique in the fashion market. Bizzarri coined the term ‘fashionology’, which is a beautiful melange of fashion and technology, something that the x.i am smart watches truly represent.

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Bulgari’s serpentine Eyes on Me jewelry line is as hypnotic as it is stylish

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With emeralds, amethysts and rubies for eyes, these snakes are defined by glittering diamond bodies and geometric scales. From Cleopatra to ancient Greece, the serpent has always been associated with sensuality, strength and the circle of life and we love how Bulgari reimagines this motif every season through their beautiful accessories.
The designs vary from earrings and pendants dripping in diamonds to rings and bracelets that are more subtle. We particularly love the snake head pendants with the hexagon shaped lattice design and the thin gold chains. These pendants are perfect to dress up a casual white shirt and jeans for daytime or can be layered up under a suit jacket (sans shirt, of course!) for evening.
The collection will be launched in July with prices starting at approximately US$2,070 (S$2,860).

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Bulgari’s SerpentiForm exhibition in Rome will be a celebration of the brand’s favorite motif

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Expect to see plenty of jewelry, Bulgari designs, vintage dresses and costumes, as well as works by artists and photographers, including Keith Haring, Niki de Saint Phalle, Alexander Calder, Paul Klee, Joana Vasconcelos, Robert Mapplethorpe and Helmut Newton. A section of the exhibition will be dedicated to the costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the movie Cleopatra.

Bulgari has also created a book whose launch will coincide with the opening of the exhibition. Titled “Serpent in Art,” the book discusses 32 artists used the motif of the snake from the end of the 19th century up to today, and features pictures and original sketches of Bulgari’s Serpenti creations.

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The 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe is a piece of history, foregone but not forgotten. Marked by its distinct flowing coupe lines acquired over time and styled by Jean Bugatti himself. Today, there’re only two of them. One skillfully restored belongs to Ralph Lauren, and is the inspiration behind the house’s latest AutomotiveTimepiece Collection.
“I’ve always been inspired by automotive design — the materials, the lines, but also the power and functionality. Cars are like art — moving art — an accomplishment in mechanics and precision.” — Ralph Lauren
So, unsurprisingly, details from the automotive world feature throughout the collection. But each extends wonderfully into the horological. The Super-LumiNova Arabic numerals, for instance, emulate those found on the car’s iconic gauges. The Amboyna burl wood bezels, Elm burl wood dials and black alligator straps are reminiscent of the rich interiors of Mr. Lauren’s Bugatti.
Five new watches are a part of the Automotive Collection. Each piece in the collection is powered by a Swiss mechanical movement, symbolizing the motor itself and offering precision and superior function. The masterpiece, however, is the Ralph Lauren RL Automotive Skeleton.
It is a versatile timepiece in a shot-blasted black gunmetal steel case, and redolent of bold masculinity. It measures 44.8mm wide by 11.20mm thick, and boasts a matte finish. Its bezel, crafted out of Amboyna burl, a noble hardwood, is hand-cut and finished by an expert craftsman – handiwork so exquisite, it reveals intricate patterns and depth of color in its rich, twisted grain. And finally, the “bombé”-shaped bezel is set by hand.
Underneath, the bridges of the movement have been blackened to reflect the aesthetics of the watch. The RL Automotive Skeleton is the brand’s first open-worked timepiece. The main plate has been artfully cut away, to reveal the intricate mechanics underneath – manually wound caliber RL1967 runs at a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour and has a 45-hour power reserve.
This hand-wound mechanical movement made by IWC has been customized by Val Fleurier for Ralph Lauren, and is one of the things that make this vintage automotive inspired timepiece one of the finest ever crafted. It is classic, made by hand and it captures the imagination. At $50,000, it’s definitely the highest valued of the Automotive collection.
The 45mm RL Automotive timepiece on the other hand, is priced at $14,000. and shares a similar design philosophy, except that its caliber RL98295, a hand-wound mechanical movement also made for Ralph Lauren by IWC, is only visible through a smoky sapphire crystal case back. Featuring an Amboyna burl wood bezel and black gunmetal steel case, it too bridges the automotive and horological worlds and captures Ralph’s love of fine watchmaking and things made by hand.

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