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Join Hodinkee as they delve inside the F.P. Journe Factory to learn more about the making of their grande sonnerie. The first ever grande sonnerie & petite sonnerie complication watches were created in 1992 by, none other than, Philippe Dufour. The complication is so special that François-Paul Journe launched his Sonnerie Souveraine timepiece in 2006, by himself.

Take this into account as you watch the making of F.P. Journe’s most impressive complication – The F.P. Journe Grande et Petite Sonnerie.

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“As a young girl, I can remember playing in my mother’s jewelry box. I was mesmerized by the colors, the shapes and the details.”

Karen Boulle began designing jewelry in 1983 for the deBoulle Collection®. Originally from England, Karen has traveled all over the world. Architecture and fashion from London, Paris, Baghdad and Singapore have influenced her designs. The design process is a great way to capture those moments, as well as an outlet for her creativity.

The deBoulle Collection® is The Reinvention of Glamour. Having a natural attraction to beauty and luxury, her unique collection offers a wonderful selection of meticulously handcrafted and beautifully designed fine jewelry in 18K gold or platinum with diamonds and gemstones. It’s an eclectic mix that provides a complete range of fine jewelry from beautiful ‘everyday/every event’ diamond earrings to elegant, stately suites of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings for the most special ‘red carpet’ occasions.

This year, Karen is pleased to launch a special collection inspired by nature— Foliole. Featuring hammered leaves in all shades of gold,

including rose and green, the Foliole and The deBoulle Collection can only be found at deBoulle.

Discover the newest pieces from The deBoulle Collection, launched exclusively on Instagram.

Follow us on Instagram @deBoulle.

The Emmys are TV’s biggest awards show, so the stars go all out on the red carpet! This year, oversized drop earrings and colored stones were seen on most stars.

Julianne Hough looked stunning in a pair of shorter emerald drop earrings.

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Julia Roberts wore a massive moonstone and diamond number.

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Julie Bowen wore large blue sapphire drop earrings that looked beautiful!

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Self proclaimed jewelry lover Debra Messing stunned the crowd with a 12 ct. blue sapphire ring.

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There were a lot of great looks this year, but we are already looking forward to next year! I wonder what will steal the show then?

 

Let’s face it, jewelry is expensive. So when you are traveling, you need to make sure that you are taking care of it! Here are some helpful tips for when traveling with jewelry!

-Photograph your jewelry: if a piece is lost and later find, this will let you be able to identify it!

-Carry your jewelry with you: pack your jewelry in your carry-on because checked bags can easily get lost!


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-Pack your jewelry in plastic bags: put each piece in its own bag and label the bag with a description of what’s inside it. This lets you quickly see everything that you’ve brought. REMEMBER, do not store pearls in plastic bags for extended periods of time.

-String chains through straws: this prevents the chains getting tangled and can save you a headache later on!

Remember these hints for the next time you travel!

It is important to make sure your jewelry is not clashing with your wedding dress!

Keep these thoughts in mind:
-if you are wearing white, gold may clash… we suggest going with pearl or platinum
-if you are wearing diamond-white, gold and silver would work well
-if you are wearing ivory, stick to gold to bring out the creamy tint of the fabric

Don’t forget about your neckline! A great necklace is just as important as the ring! It can add character to your gown or highlight a unique feature.

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The best advice we can give: when in doubt, stick to the basics. You can’t beat a pair of diamond drop earrings with a strand of pearls or a diamond chocker.

We want to help you learn a little bit more about some of your favorite jewels!

Diamonds– the rarest gemstone… its hardness and durability cannot be beat while the diamond’s brilliance and scintillation set them apart from other stones!

Jade– typically green, this gemstone comes from the minerals jadeite and nephrite…the highest quality jade stones come from Myanmar!

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Emerald– this gemstone is thought to symbolize rebirth and love… it ranges from a rich bluish green to a bright pure green.

Opal– a gem known for its rainbow color flashes which come from the internal structure of the stone.. it can come in a variety of background colors, black is the most valuable while white is the most common!

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Hopefully, you learned something about these jewels that you might not have known!

Ladies,

Sorry to break it to you… but George Clooney is off the market. Amal Alamuddin is his fiance.

The couple has been seen out and about showing off Alamuddin’s engagement ring. Of course, Mr. Clooney bought his love a great ring.

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The ring is an ethically mined emerald-cut diamond estimated at 7-plus carats and two tapered baguettes set in platinum.

Cheers to a happy marriage for this gorgeous couple!

Jackie Kennedy is an American icon. She has been a role model to countless women throughout the years for how she carries herself– including what she is wearing! Naturally, her engagement ring is just as beautiful as you would imagine.

When John F. Kennedy proposed in the early 50s, he was just a congressman. He would later become President and help Jackie become everyone’s favorite first lady.

The ring that John F. Kennedy bought for Jackie was extremely unique, but extremely elegant and beautiful. It features a 2.84 carat emerald and a 2.88 carat diamond with plenty of diamond accents.

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It’s a lot of bling, but exactly what you think someone from one of America’s most powerful families would wear!

It’s no secret that we love to admire what Hollywood’s A-List stars are wearing. This generally consists of some of the best looking and newest styles of everything.. including, dresses, shoes, handbags, and you guessed it… Engagement Rings!

Kim Kardashian’s beau, Kanye West, bought the star an $8 million 15-carat cushion-cut diamond ring. It is set in a pave band, so it looks like it is floating. A true beauty!

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ engagement may have shocked everyone, but him giving her a beautiful engagement ring certainly did not. Jeweler Lorraine Schwartz designed the ring– a flawless, light pink oval diamond set in a rose gold band. This definitely fits Lively’s style!

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Anne Hathaway is a classy actress and her engagement ring echoes this. Her ring is a six-carat solitaire diamond that is set in a platinum band. A classy ring for a classy lady.

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Take your time in picking out the perfect engagement ring so that you can show off your ring with as much enthusiasm as these A-List celebrities do!

 

 

 

It seems that spring and summer are the most popular times to get engaged. If you are thinking of popping the question, make sure you know what to look for when picking out a diamond for that special someone!

When selecting a diamond, you need to examine the diamond’s 4 C’s.

What are the 4 C’s you ask? Cut, Clarity, Color, Carat.

Cut– This is the most important part of the diamond. Cut is used to describe the shape and the reflective qualities of the jewel. When a diamond is well-cut, light enters through the table and travels to the pavilion where it reflects from one side to the other before reflecting back out of the diamond through the table and to the observer’s eye.

Clarity– Most diamonds do contain some inner flaws that occur during the formation process. The visibility, number, and size of these flaws determine what is called the clarity of a diamond. Diamonds that are clear create more brilliance, and thus are more highly prized, and priced.

Color– Color is a result of the composition of the diamond, and it never changes over time. Colorless diamonds are the most desirable since they allow the most refraction of light and therefore sparkle. Off white diamonds absorb light, inhibiting brilliance.

Carat– This is the unit of weight for a diamond. Since large diamonds are found less than small diamonds, as the size of the diamond becomes larger, so does the price.

Now that you have these guidelines on what to look for when buying a diamond, you are ready to head to the store!