'Jewelry'

Tabulous Tastemaker: Tony Duquette

June 11, 2015

By Tab Byrum

Today we celebrate the 101st anniversary of the birth of a true Tastemaker, Tony Duquette. Duquette can best be described as a man of many talents, he designed sets for both stage and screen productions, as well as costume design and eventually began designing interiors for major stars of the day like Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers.

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Following WWII and serving in the U.S. Army Duquette returned to working for private clients in their homes as well as designing for both theatre and motion pictures.

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Flower Of The Month: Lily Of The Valley

May 14, 2015

By Tab Byrum

Known as much for its scent as it is its beautiful appearance, Lily of the Valley is a favorite for springtime and is the birth flower for the month of May.  Lily of the Valley has beautiful little white (sometimes pink) bell-shaped blooms, it usually starts appearing in late winter and early spring.

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Lily of the Valley has often been a favorite in bridal bouquets, used in the bouquets of Grace Kelly and most recently Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.  Lily of the Valley has also been a favorite of designers, Peter Carl Fabregé used it in the design of jeweled and enamel Easter eggs for the Russian royal family, the little flowers have also inspired jewelry as well as home accessories and even wall paper.  Join me today as we look at Lily of the Valley, Enjoy!!!

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Emerald Green

May 13, 2015

By Tab Byrum

Last month we spent a great deal of time celebrating diamonds so I didn’t want to overload you on this month’s birthstone, Emeralds. But, I couldn’t let a chance like this pass me by and not take a look at design inspiration coming from the verdant green jewel. Emeralds are one of my favorite jewels, their green color really speaks to me, it’s just so rich looking.

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Join me as we celebrate Emeralds and get lost in that glorious green. Enjoy!!!

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Hello Harry!!

April 29, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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Throughout the month of April we’ve been talking about great jewelry design and the companies that design and make it. So far we’ve talked about jewelers from Paris, Rome and London, but I thought today we would close out our look at diamonds with an American firm, Harry Winston.

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Fine Jeweler Buccellati

April 23, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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I have to be honest and say before doing this series on diamonds and fine jewelers I had never heard of the Italian jeweler Buccellati.  Mario Buccellati began his jewelry business in 1919 and established stores in Milan, Rome and Florence, an overseas presence was established in 1956 with the opening of a store in New York City on Fifth Avenue. Today there are stores all across Europe and Asia with design being handled by Andrea Buccellati and his daughter Lucrezia.  Buccellati is known for it’s work with Italian gold, and true to it’s Italian heritage many designs are done in Roman styles but are given lacy effects through carvings.  Let’s take a look today at the amazing work of Buccellati, Enjoy!!!

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Large Stones: Graff Jewelry

April 21, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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Today we continue to look at great jewelry design, with today’s focus being on a relative newcomer to the world of high end jewels, Graff Diamonds. Graff was founded in London in 1960 by Laurence Graff and today is known for top quality merchandise and excellent service. Laurence Graff has stated that Graff is all about large stones, especially huge diamonds.  Today Graff has expanded world wide with 35 stores and 500 employees bringing the Graff tradition to the world. Join me as we take a look at some of the amazing jewelry from Graff Diamonds, Enjoy!!! 

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The House Of Bulgari

April 16, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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Today we continue our look at jewelry design,  we’re off to Italy to check out the Italian Jewelry firm of Bulgari. Bulgari was started in 1884 in Rome by Greek jeweler Sotiorios Bulgaris, he had started his jewelry career in his hometown in Greece but immigrated to Italy in the late 1800’s, settling in Rome.  Bulgari has always been a leader in the world of fine jewelry, they are known for their over the top pieces and the combinations of brightly colored stones they use. Many of the designs from Bulgari are known for their use of large links of gold chain often decorated with diamonds and other stones.  One holdover from the glamorous 60’s is the use of cabochon stones, the rounded and highly polished stones, as well as their fruity and colorful creations.  Let’s step into Bulgari and see if there’s anything we like, Enjoy!!!

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120 Years Of Gorgeous

April 14, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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Last week I told you that diamonds are the birthstone for the month of April and I shared some beautiful jewelry designs in diamonds with you, since I try and focus on design here at Tabulous I thought we would take a look at some of the great jewelry design houses and their creations.  Today we are going to start with a great French jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels.  VCA is a jewelry, watch and perfume company founded in 1896 in Paris by Alfred Van Cleef and Salomon Arpels, today the company has stores all over the world from New York to Beverly Hills, Naples to Chicago, Monte Carlo and Aspen. The jeweler is no longer family owned but is still producing amazing designs in jewelry, over the years they have made stand out pieces for the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Empress Farah of Iran.  Here’s a look at some gorgeous sparkle from Van Cleef & Arpels, Enjoy!!!

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A Girl’s Best Friend

April 7, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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Diamonds are the birthstone for the month of April so I thought today we would take a look at great design in diamond jewelry.  Diamonds are the one stone that everyone seems to agree on that they want at least one of.  Diamonds have been looked on through the ages as having great powers, some are rumored to be cursed and bring bad luck to whomever wears it.  Some diamonds have been given names such as the Hope, Star of Africa, The Cullinan (1-9) and the list goes on and on.  So let’s take a look today at some gorgeous diamond jewelry designs, Enjoy!!!

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Tabulous Tomes: Spring 2015

March 24, 2015

By Tab Byrum

Now that we are officially into Spring, I think it’s time we take a look at new Design books scheduled to come out in the next few weeks and months.  These are a few that caught my eye from a couple of my favorite publishers, here we go, Enjoy!!!

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