The Soul of Jewellery

French Maison Chaumet unveils its newest coffee-table book, The Soul of Jewellery. A tribute to the virtuosity of jewellers, this beautiful book offers an unprecedented approach to the art of High Jewellery.

Illustrated with the most beautiful pieces from the Maison’s historic and contemporary collections, it dives into the very heart of these fascinating objects and their abundant symbolism. From elevation to fashion, nature to desire, dive into the soul of jewellery.

‘Chaumet The Soul of Jewellery’ is available in French and English versions, in a selection of bookstores and online. Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.

Fred is looking for Fred

Famous Parisian jewelry house Fred is often compared to the world’s best jewelry houses. Fred Samuel was a master of colored stones who seduced his clients with the chic lifestyle of the French Riviera at its peak. Opening his first jewelry shop in Paris in 1936, the jeweler became famous by transforming original drawings by Jean Cocteau into glowing jewels, garnering celebrity and royal clients around the world.

Inspired by the freedom of the sea, and the colors and textures of the Côte d’Azur, today the brand’s modern ingenuity remains in the spotlight with colorful and unique jewels featuring exceptional stones.

Today Maison Fred is looking for pieces of its high jewelry for a book project and exhibition retracing the history of the Maison since its founding in 1936. Necklaces, bracelets, rings, erarrings or…? Please feel free to send any relevant details by email to the following address: heritage@fred.fr.

All details will remain strictly confidential and anonymous.

Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Fred

Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth

Abraham (Avi) Loeb is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University, chair of Harvard’s Department of Astronomy, founding director of Harvard’s Black Hole Initiative, and director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He also chairs the Advisory Committee for the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative, serves as the science theory director for all Initiatives of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, as well as chair of the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies. Author of four books and over 700 scientific papers, Loeb is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the International Academy of Astronautics.

And now Harvard’s top astronomer professor Avi Loeb lays out in his book ‘Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth’ his controversial theory that our solar system was recently visited by advanced alien technology from a distant star. He has said that the object, named 1I/2017 U1 ‘Oumuamua’ by Nasa, wasn’t a natural occurrence but a bit of space junk sent to us by aliens from another galaxy.

1I/2017 U1 ‘Oumuamua’ was the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system that was discovered October 19, 2017, by the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS1 telescope, funded by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observations (NEOO) Program. The program finds and tracks asteroids and comets in Earth’s neighbourhood.

Oumuamua was originally classified as a comet, however, observations revealed no signs of cometary activity after it slingshotted past the Sun on September 9, 2017, at a blistering speed of 196,000 miles per hour (87.3 kilometers per second), as per information available on solarsystem.nasa.gov. Nasa’s findings say that the space object had been wandering through the Milky Way Galaxy, unattached to any star system, for hundreds of millions of years before its chance encounter with our star system.

In December 2017, Loeb cited ‘Oumuamua’s unusually elongated shape as one of the reasons why the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia would listen for radio emissions from it to see if there were any unexpected signs that it might be of ‘artificial orgin’, although earlier limited observations by other radio telescopes such as the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array had produced no such results. On 13 December 2017, the Green Bank Telescope observed the asteroid for six hours. No radio signals from ʻOumuamua have been detected.

On 26 October 2018, Loeb and his postdoc, Shmuel Bialy, submitted a paper exploring the possibility of the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua being an artificial long/thin solar sail accelerated by solar radiation pressure in an effort to help explain the object’s non-gravitational acceleration. Other scientists have stated that the available evidence is insufficient to consider such a premise, and that a tumbling solar sail would not be able to accelerate. In response, Loeb wrote an article detailing six anomalous properties of ‘Oumuamua that make it unusual, unlike any comets or asteroids seen before.

On 27 November 2018, Loeb and his undergraduate student at Harvard College, Amir Siraj, proposed a search for ‘Oumuamua-like objects that might be trapped in the Solar System as a result of losing orbital energy through a close encounter with Jupiter. They identified 4 candidates for trapped interstellar objects that could be visited by dedicated missions (2011 SP25, 2017 RR2, 2017SV13 and in 2018 TL6). The authors pointed out that future sky surveys, such as with Vera C. Rubin Observatory, previously referred to as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), should find many more.

In public interviews and private communications with reporters and academic colleagues, Loeb has become increasingly vocal regarding the prospects of proving the existence of alien life. On April 16, 2019, Loeb and his undergraduate student, Amir Siraj, reported the discovery of the first meteor of interstellar origin. This discovery pioneers a new path for studying the composition and nature of interstellar objects.

‘Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth’ describes the detection of ‘Oumuamua, the first known interstellar object passing through our Solar System. In ‘Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth’, Loeb takes readers inside the thrilling story of the first interstellar visitor to be spotted in our solar system. He outlines his controversial theory and its profound implications: for science, for religion, and for the future of our species and our planet. A mind-bending journey through the furthest reaches of science, space-time, and the human imagination,Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth’ challenges readers to aim for the stars – and to think critically about what’s out there, no matter how strange it seems. A must read!

Loeb has received many honors, including:

  • 2015 – Elected Fellow of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) SETI Permanent Committee
  • 2015 – Elected Member of the American Physical Society (APS)
  • 2014 – Member of the Board on Physics & Astronomy (BPA) of the National Academies
  • 2013 – Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award from the American Astronomical Society, for the book ‘How Did the First Stars and Galaxies Form?’ (2010)
  • 2013 – Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 2012 – Elected member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • 2012 – Galileo Galilei Chair (Cattedra Galileiana) Award, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy
  • 2011 – Sackler Lecturer in Astronomy, Leiden Observatory, Netherlands
  • 2011 – Las Cumbres Observatory Prize Lecturer in Astrophysics, UC Santa Barbara
  • 2009 – Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena
  • 2007 – Inaugural Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) End of Year Lecturer
  • 2007 – Merle Kingsley Distinguished Visitor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • 2006/7 – John Bahcall Lecturer at Tel Aviv University University
  • 2006 – Salpeter Lectureship at Cornell University
  • 2004 – Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the Faculty of Physics and the Einstein Center for Theoretical Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • 2002 – Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 1987 – The Kennedy Prize, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358278146
  • ISBN-10: 0358278147
  • Pages: 240
  • Price: $27.00
  • Its also available as paperback, ebook and audiobook

Bvlgari Roma: Travel Tales for Beauty Lovers.

Introducing Bvlgari Roma: Travel Tales for Beauty Lovers. Rome’s majesty can be found in the flamboyant jewels of Bvlgari’s most daring creations, with the city’s architecture mirrored in every facet of the Maison’s signature styles.

Every one of Bvlgari’s bold creations pays tribute to its historic home; Rome. So their New Year’s Resolution is to show the world just how influential the beauty of the Eternal City has been on the Roman jeweler.

In their new book, ‘Bvlgari Roma: Travel Tales for Beauty Lovers’, the iconic Italian jeweler capture the allure of the Eternal City with fresh perspectives on its formidable presence – a poignant companion to the capital. Prepare for Bvlgari to reveal how great works of Roman architecture like the Castle Sant’Angelo, the Palazzo Falconieri and the Church of Saint Charles at the Four Fountains, have all inspired lavish High Jewelry pieces from the Heritage Collection.

The Italian Maison will be showing off the corresponding masterpieces as seen in the pages of the new book; ‘Bvlgari Roma: Travel Tales for Beauty Lovers’ – and as worn by exuberant ambassadors like Luna Bijl and James Turlington.

You are invited to delve deeper into the detail of this enigmatic city, with contributions from Anna Della Russo, Lily Aldridge, Ennio Morricone, Roberto Rossellini, Boy George, and Francesco Vezzoli, edited by Jan Králíček from Vogue Czechoslovakia, published by Rizzoli.

‘Bvlgari Roma: Travel Tales for Beauty Lovers’, is on sale in store December 1st, available online now at Rizzoli USA. Come into the beautiful world of Bvlgari.

Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia on the incredible family jewels featured in his new book

‘Once Upon a Diamond: A Family Tradition of Royal Jewels’ is a new coffee table book written by Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, a jewellery designer, gemologist and former senior vice president of the jewellery department of auction house Sotheby’s, whose heritage links him to great royal jewels of the past, and by Lavinia Branca Snyder.

‘Once Upon a Diamond: A Family Tradition of Royal Jewels’ is essentially divided in two sections: one of the grand jewels worn by the Prince Dimitri’s ancestors, and another one on the jewels he has designed himself. The cover emphasizes this, with an Indian inspired jewel of his own design juxtaposed over a photograph of Princess Olga, his grandmother.

Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia traces his ancestor’s history in Once Upon a Diamond: A Family Tradition of Royal Jewels. Published by Rizzoli with a foreword by fashion designer Carolina Herrera, the richly illustrated tome gave Prince Dimitri the impetus to further research the provenance of rare treasures, illustrating his family’s love for jewellery through generations and across European royal courts.

Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark photographed by Cecil Beaton in 1940 (collection of Prince Dimitri)

Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia recounts the enthralling exploits of his beloved family members and describes their extraordinary jewelry collections. Among the many royals whose stories are richly illustrated in this volume are his paternal grandparents Prince Regent Paul and Princess Olga of Yugoslavia; Grand Duke Vladimir and Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (better known as Grand Duchess Vladimir); his great-grandparents Prince Nicolas and Princess Helen of Greece as well as his maternal grandparents King Umberto II and Queen Marie-José of Italy. Prince Dimitri uncovered surprising revelations about his family’s finery while researching his publication.

On the cover of the book, my grandmother wears an amazing tiara that we always thought to be from Cartier. After further research they discovered that when Grand Duchess Vladimir was in Paris on one of her visits to Cartier to order things she had the tiara with her and asked them if they could repair it as it was damaged. According to the Cartier Archives they did repair it but it was actually a Chaumet tiara!

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Examples include the Vladimir tiara. Finished by Romanov court jeweller House of Bolin in 1874 for the Grand Duchess Vladimir – the wife of Emperor Alexander II’s son – the pearl and diamond design today forms part of The Queen’s collection of jewels, and is among the personal favourites of Prince Dimitri, and a hoard of Harry Winston diamond gems embellishing a triple-chignon updo his mother Princess Maria Pia sported for a 1960s photoshoot.

Princess Maria Pia wearing Harry Winston diamond gems in her hair (collection of H.R.H. Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma)

The exquisite photography and family albums of Grand Duchess Elena of Russia (later Princess of Greece and Prince Dimitri’s great-grandmother) present remarkable never-before-seen images of prerevolutionary life of the Russian imperial family, their court, and their many European royal family members and friends.

This luxurious tome also includes exclusive and previously unpublished designs by Prince Dimitri, which juxtapose uncommon materials and color in imaginative yet timeless forms.

Written by Lavinia Branca Snyder and Prince Dimitri, Photographed by New York based Mark Roskams. With a foreword by fashion designer Carolina Herrera, and an introduction by Francois Curiel, who is chairman of Christie’s Europe and Asia and head of its global luxury division.

  • Hardcover : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0847866912
  • ISBN-13 : 978-08478-66915
  • Product Dimensions : 10.25 x 1.15 x 13.38 inches
  • Publisher : Rizzoli (September 8, 2020)
  • Language: : English

If you love jewels with a royal lineage – breathtaking tiaras and a noble family that spans across Yugoslavia, Italy, Greece, Belgium and Russia, then you are sure to get lost in jewelry designer Prince Dimitri’s history… Come into the beautiful world of Rizzoli.

Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle The First Twenty Years

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Written by Frédéric Malle, foreword by Jean-Claude Ellena, and text by Marion Vignal, this volume explores the inspirations and vision of one of the great protagonists of contemporary perfume.

Parfumier Frédéric Malle was born into the world of fragrance; his grandfather Serge Heftler-Louiche founded Dior Parfums before passing on its art direction to his daughter. Malle s deep knowledge of scents and his radical vision of perfumes led him to establish Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, a house for perfumers where fragrances are conceived as haute couture creations. This volume marks the twentieth anniversary of Frédéric Malle’s quest for beauty and creative freedom.

Journalist Marion Vignal delves into Malle’s lifelong devotion to perfume, personal history, and myriad inspirations to uncover the evolution of his precise olfactory aesthetics, while imagery of perfume bottles, sketches, advertising campaigns, and photos of boutiques explores his comprehensive vision. Malle offers readers an intimate glimpse into his brand s saga and shares the stories behind four of his most successful scents in graphic-novel form. A necessary addition to the libraries of industry masters, this volume is an invitation to a sensorial journey that will delight perfume lovers everywhere.

About the author

Frédéric Malle is a French parfumier, expert, and publisher. He founded Éditions de Parfums Frédéric Malle in 2000. Jean-Claude Ellena is a French perfumer and writer. Marion Vignal is the head of design and architecture at the major French magazine L’Express as well as the author of numerous design and lifestyle publications.

 

Published by Rizzoli, ISBN: 978-0-8478-6933-6, in a beautiful 240 page red hardcover – the brand’s signature color, ‘Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle The First Twenty Years’ will be available from October 6, 2020, at selected stores and online. Come into the beautiful worlds of Rizzoli and Frédéric Malle.

 

 

 

 

Chanel’s Riviera: Life, Love and the Struggle for Survival on the Cote d’Azur

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Far from worrying about the onset of war, in the spring of 1938 the burning question on the French Riviera was whether one should curtsey to the Duchess of Windsor. Few of those who had settled there thought much about what was going on in the rest of Europe. It was a golden, glamorous life, far removed from politics or conflict.

Bestselling social historian Anne de Courcy reveals the glamour and grit of the Second World War on the French Riviera.

Featuring a sparkling cast of artists, writers and historical figures including Winston Churchill, Daisy Fellowes, Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Eileen Gray and Edith Wharton, with the enigmatic Coco Chanel at its heart, ‘Chanel’s Riviera’ is a captivating account of a period that saw some of the deepest extremes of luxury and terror in the whole of the twentieth century.

From Chanel’s first summer at her Roquebrune villa La Pausa (in the later years with her German lover) amid the glamour of the pre-war parties and casinos in Antibes, Nice and Cannes to the horrors of evacuation and the displacement of thousands of families during the Second World War, ‘Chanel’s Riviera’ explores the fascinating world of the Cote d’Azur elite in the 1930s and 1940s. Enriched with much original research, it is social history that brings the experiences of both rich and poor, protected and persecuted, to vivid life.

Chanel’s Riviera: Life, Love and the Struggle for Survival on the Cote d Azur, 1930 1944 by Anne de Courcy is available as hardback (ISBN 1474608221), paperback (9781474608190) and as e-Book.

 

 

 

 

Konstantin Kamynin 2019 Official Calendar

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Since his early days of modeling, he is our favorite male model. Konstantin Kamynin, fitness model, personal coach, and director of operas too, was born in Russia, October 22nd, 1991. He had always a passion with sports and fitness. Every year he and his good friend, renowned photographer Serge Lee make an incredible art project.

Konstantin and Serge did it again. Great body and sensual pictures. That’s everything you need to have at your wall in 2019. Come into the beautiful world of Serge Lee and order your calendar now!

 

 

 

 

Gucci Opens Its Very First Gucci Wooster Bookstore In New York

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Directly inspired by the small, niche and indie bookstores for which this city is known, the innovative Italian fashion house is determined to create a space for truly literary souls.

Way before the arrival of Supreme and Glossier, the downtown neighborhood of SoHo has long been the creative and innovative hub of New York City – and, perhaps, the world in general. Be it music, film, fashion, art or literature, only the newest, coolest and most daring can establish themselves along those cobblestone streets.

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It is in this spirit that Gucci has decided to open its very first Gucci Wooster Bookstore on 63 Wooster Street. Directly inspired by the small, niche and indie bookstores for which this city is known, the innovative fashion house is determined to create a space for truly literary souls. Expect the bookstore’s titles to revolve around a specific theme: avant-garde art and photography.

David Strettell, founder of Dashwood Books (a Manhattan bookstore specializing in photography), has been hand-picked to compile the collection of over 2,000 titles. So, dear fashion nerds, also expect to see a wide range of covers here from the latest publications and used books, to discontinued rare books and others that rotate continuously according to Gucci’s current inspirations and seasonal projects. The Gucci Wooster Bookstore will also hold an impressive selection of specialized magazines in fashion, culture, art, illustration, design, and photography.

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The bookstore will be decorated with restored pieces, wooden furniture and series of works by friends of Gucci, such as Petra Collins, Ari Marcopoulos, Ryan McGinley, Martin Parr, and Florence Welch. For those of us who are more fashion than nerds, Gucci Wooster sells a variety of great gifts, including canvas bags, pencils, notebooks. These will be sporting Gucci’s new ’63 Wooster’ design as well as a pattern of green and cream tones to represent the cast iron architecture typical of SoHo.

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Get a taste of the Gucci Wooster Bookstore in the images below, or see it for yourself at 63 Wooster Street, New York City. Come into the world of Gucci Wooster Bookstore.

 

 

 

 

Chaumet releases two new books

 

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Chaumet, established in 1780, is one of the great treasures of Place Vendôme, the first fine jeweler on the square, and today Chaumet continues its legacy of fine technical craftsmanship and innovative, sophisticated design with ever more inspired high jewelry collections.

The Parisian Place Vendôme jewellery house continues to delight with its annual foray into literature with two newly released books.

The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale

Chaumet heads off the beaten track to explore innovative and fun pastures new: the world of childhood, a first for the Maison. The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale tells a story of transmission from one generation to the next, in an unending life cycle. Its circular carousel format echoes and symbolizes this perpetual movement. Here the tiara, the Maison’s signature piece, is a gift passed from mother to daughter, and represents the transformative journey from girl to woman and mother. A book with a universal message, for children and adults.

Brimming with Chaumet’s illustrious history, The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale is a carousel book published by Rizzoli that explores the idea of the circle of life ingrained in the brand’s DNA.

In six paper cut-out scenes, The Enchanted Tiara relates the journey of a young girl in a captivating Paris, from her first steps to her first love, to the day she gives birth to her own little girl. The illustrations by Hélène Druvert, paper designer and author of numerous best-selling books, describe happy scenes, accompanied by dreamy short poetic texts. The book is an ode to colour, characteristic of the French Maison. The Chaumet deep blue on the cover, then a dominant tone for each scene, are enhanced by the brilliance of warm gold. The jewellery virtuosity of Chaumet pulses through this exquisite tome.

 

Chaumet Crown JewelsLes Mondes de Chaumet

 

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This year Assouline introduces a third Chaumet slipcase set of Mémoire volumes on the themes of Figures of Style (distinguished clients), Crown Jewels, and Les Mondes de Chaumet (international influences). A thematic collection illustrating all aspects of the Maison’s culture.

A heavily illustrated box set published by Assouline features a trio of works delving into the Maison’s essential themes, including its connections to reigning families of Europe and the unique women who have helped inspired and supported it through the centuries.

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Crown Jewels by Sophie Motsch

Crown Jewels recounts the close connections Chaumet has always enjoyed with the reigning families of Europe and further afield, sealed by numerous orders of regalia and majestic adornments. These jewels still exist today, handed down from generation to generation, still worn on major official occasions, or preserved and exhibited in the greatest museums and collections around the world.

Les Mondes de Chaumet by Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter

Les Mondes de Chaumet lifts the veil on those ‘elsewheres’ that have been inexhaustible sources of inspiration for the Maison from the start, from the confines of Asia to the vast expanses of Africa and Russia. From archival documents at 12, Place Vendôme to the three chapters devoted to the Les Mondes de Chaumet High Jewellery collection, the Maison has always sought to look beyond its horizon, engaging with faraway and artistic cultures to constantly reinvent itself.

Figures of Style by Julie Verlaine

Figures of Style celebrates women of character who have long been faithful to the Maison, depicting the encounter between the jewellery virtuosity of Chaumet and the unique taste possessed by these personalities who marked their respective eras. Having been a part of their lives for over two centuries, the art of jewellery reflects the emancipation of Western women – their social enfranchisement, sartorial freedom and aesthetic expression.

The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale and the Chaumet box set will be available in bookstores on October 9 and in November respectively.