Ritz-Carlton Magazine - Winter 2014 - (Page 66)
By Brooke Magnaghi
Left, from top: Zebra brooch, 1987; agate, diamonds, sapphire,
silver and gold. Butterfly brooch, 1994; sapphires, fire opals,
rubies, amethysts, garnets, diamonds, silver and gold.
jewels by jar
london's lost jewels
The founder of Belmacz on
whaT makes her collecTions
➼ Tell us about your London shop.
What was your inspiration?
Art and jewels go hand in hand at
Belmacz - all things benefit each
other and are added in this mix to
stimulate, entertain and intrigue
friends and clients.
➼ How has your vision for Belmacz
transformed the way we experience jewelry?
In 1912, the single most important trove of Elizabethan
jewelry was discovered buried in a cellar on Cheapside in
London. Since then, the mystery and intrigue surrounding
the provenance and ownership of this vast hoard of nearly
500 gems remain. A virtual time capsule from the 16th and
17th centuries, the collection lends insight into the craftsmanship of that period as well as clues to London's global
position in the gem trade. According to jeweler Shaun Leane,
"This is a really important collection as it shows us that
London was a thriving hub of jewelry. Jewels were becoming really refined during this period with advancements in
technology, stone-cutting and craftsmanship; it also contains
the only example of preserved enameled chains from the
Elizabethan period." The Museum of London presents the
collection in its entirety through April 27.
Left: The world's largest
Crisscut emerald diamond,
weighing 20.62 carats,
As an artist jeweler, I feel the strong
urge to get away from all pretense
and show how there is glamour
and mystery as well as the value
of a unique piece. It's essential to
celebrate nature, which gives us
countless gemstones and materials
and which I transform into treasure.
➼ For the Belmacz girl, what role
does jewelry play in her life?
Above: Gold pendant
set with emeralds
and pink sapphires
with a spinel drop.
All wearers of Belmacz jewels come
back to tell me how indispensable
their gems have become and how
their every day is transformed. It's
about being enchanted by the jewel
you call your own and finding the
A cut Above the Rest
Brilliant, cushion and emerald are some of the most common cuts associated with diamonds, and while they may
all shine like a beacon on your finger, there is one cut that boasts more brilliance and firepower. Enter Christopher
Slowinski, founder of Christopher Designs who in 1998 invented the Crisscut, a fancy cut available in several
shapes and featuring a higher number of facets in comparison to standard cuts. Last year, when Slowinski came
across a sizable piece of rough, he pondered what to do with it . The result? The world's largest - and brightest -
Crisscut emerald diamond, weighing in at 20.62 carats and set in an art deco-inspired design. Shades required.
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PhotograPh by Katharina Faerber; Courtesy oF Jar, Paris (butterFly and Zebra); MuseuM oF london (lost Jewels)
Joel Arthur Rosenthal's much anticipated retrospective at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art is on through March 9.
More than 400 glittering masterpieces
are on display showcasing the distinctive
style, imagination and craftsmanship of this
highly acclaimed jeweler. To accompany the
exhibition, Rosenthal has designed a group
of pieces available for sale exclusively at the
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