At Nicole Barr enamel is their passion. On each piece enamel is applied by hand to 18k gold or silver and complemented with diamonds and gemstones.
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True vitreous enamel, a technique made famous in the 1900′s by jewelers like Lalique, Faberge and Tiffany, is the beautiful fusion of fired glass with sterling silver, resulting in a lustrous color that will never change. Each piece is enameled by hand. We’d like to introduce you to just a few of the difficult techniques used to produce the exclusive Nicole Barr jewelry designs.
Plique à Jour is the same technique used by the French enamelists Lalique and Feuillâtre in the 1900′s. The French term means “glimpse of day” and describes how the lights shines through the rich, lustrous enamel color. Each beautiful, delicate piece is translucent – suspended between silver wires without a backing, creating the effect of a stained glass window.
French for “low cut”, in this technique a pattern is created in the sterling silver before enameling, so that when the enamel is laid over it the pattern shines through the transparent glass. Basse Taille adds texture and life to the design.
The 87th Academy Awards dazzled us with diamonds and colored gemstones. The majority of celebrities wowed us with stunning chokers of all different shapes, sizes, and colors. There were a variety of styles, from modern to art deco, both over the top and simple. Here are some of the most talked about looks from the red carpet.
What a unique tassel inspired pendant Margot wore, estimated to be worth $1.5 million. The necklace features a fully functioning zipper and has 150 diamonds and 300 sapphires. The design was inspired by the Duchess of Windsor in the 1930s.
Zoe looked dazzling in this $1 million diamond collar necklace… simple and elegant.
It looks like Scarlett’s bold high neck choker is a separate piece of jewelry, but it was actually a part of her dress. The custom made piece is made of Swarovski crystals. Scarlett also wore a pink gold ear cuff with five pear shaped emeralds, 278 diamonds, four pear shaped aquamarines and two pear shaped green tourmalines.
Big and bold was the look Cate was going for in this bright blue chunky necklace made of turquoise, aquamarine, and diamonds. It added the perfect pop of color to her all black dress.
Anna was the second actress we saw wearing jewelry that was part of the dress design. The 5 row marquise and pear shaped diamond collar necklace and 13 carat diamond earrings really complimented the color of her peach Thakoon dress.
Carmen’s is retro chic in this spectacular diamond necklace by Chopard, which contains large round diamonds and pear dangles, with a corset collar silhouette.
Jennifer decided to rock the green trend from the Grammy Awards, wearing these large square cut emerald drop earrings and matching cocktail ring.
These diamond encrusted Lorraine Schwartz earrings are absolutely stunning. They look like perfectly formed ice crystals dripping from Jenna’s ears.
Wow! Gwyneth really made a statement with these “Fire Phoenix” earrings. Worth about $425,000, the earrings consisted of two pear shaped cabochon rubellites amid white and yellow diamonds, blue, pink and purple sapphires, spinels and paraiba tourmalines. She also wore a “Petales d’Amour” ring. A rare 6.27 carat pigeon-blood Burmese ruby with pink and white diamonds.
These $7.5 million 40 carat Victorian style diamond drop earrings went perfect with the gold accents in Rita’s Marchesa dress. The singer also wore a 25 carat champagne diamond ring.
These turquoise and opal drop earrings with pave diamonds are such a beautiful color against Ferrera’s hair and skin tone.
Chloe continued the new ear cuff trend at the Academy Awards. We loved the way the cuff fit her ear perfectly and wrapped its way up like a delicate leaf.
These rose gold 1940′s inspired diamond cuffs, worn on both wrists almost looked like they were a part of Emma’s dress. Emma also wore emerald cut diamond stud earrings worth about $112,000.
Up and coming actress Dakota Johnson wore multiple diamond bracelets and diamond studs, a total of 100 carats estimated to be worth $2.2 million.
Red carpet veteran Nicole wore over 100 carats of diamonds from head to toe. She wore emerald cut diamond and platinum studs, an 82.14 carat diamond and platinum bracelet, an emerald cut 16.5 carat diamond solitaire ring and diamond band.
Always a style icon, Naomi chose to wear large modern art deco drop earrings with diamonds and 50 carats of sapphires, worth about $3 million. She also wore a one of a kind Wallis Simpson diamond bracelet, inspired by the Duchess of Windsor which has 385 diamonds weighing about 34.06 carats, and is valued at $980,000.
Lupita looked absolutely stunning in her Chopard diamond drop earrings and cocktail ring. But what really took our breath away was her custom Calvin Klein dress made with over 6,000 pearls!
Reese looked elegant and sophisticated wearing diamond cluster earrings, a large diamond bracelet and multiple diamond rings, including a rare 3.03 carat fancy intense blue diamond ring.
Valentine’s Day is Saturday! What better way to show your love than with a beautiful piece of jewelry. Whether it’s a small token of your love or something a little more extravagant.
Our silver line of jewelry is a great gift option. It fits everyone’s budget and it’s great for wearing everyday…
Colored gemstones are another fun gift idea, whether it’s her birthstone or her favorite color.
You can never go wrong with diamonds, they are such a classic look and really go with everything…
For something a little more personal hearts, infinity and the circle symbols are a great way to make her think of you every time she puts that special piece of jewelry on.
This year’s SAG Awards seemed to be all about simplicity, whether it was natural makeup, effortless looking hair, and little to no accessories. Unlike at the Golden Globes, we saw a lot of celebrities opting to skip dramatic necklaces and stick to earrings, bracelets, and statement rings. Colored stones seemed to be a big trend on this red carpet as well as ear cuffs.
Top Left- Emma Stone in Repossi designer diamond cuff earrings. Top Right- Rashida Jones in Norman Silverman diamond cluster cuff earrings, estimated over 20 carats and worth $130,000. Bottom Left- Tatiana Maslany wearing Graziela black and white wave cuff earrings. Bottom Right- Kiera Knightly also wearing Repossi’s Serti Sur Vide Collection in rose gold.
One of the few celebrities to wear a statement necklace at the SAG Awards, but she minimized her makeup and kept her hair simple.
This yellow gold and black ”Amrit” necklace and bracelet matched perfectly with Jenn’s vintage Galliano gown. And of course we couldn’t keep our eyes off her 10-carat antique rose cut engagement ring estimated to be worth $500,000.
We love the sea foam color of these chrysoprase and princess cut diamond drop earrings, ring and platinum bangle estimated to be worth $318,000!
Dripping in diamonds from head to toe… simple white gold diamond flower studs paired with 3 diamond platinum and white gold bracelets.
Naomi wowed us with her Bulgari Serpentine necklace at the Golden Globes, and she decided to recreate the look again with a Bulgari 43.42 carat bracelet with rubies and over 13 carats of diamonds in a reptile like design and texture. She also wore a diamond pave ring and round diamond earrings.
The young actress dazzled us in her cascading platinum and blue sapphire and diamonds earrings. She also wore 3 large blue sapphire and diamond rings that really took our breath away.
Sophia skipped a statement necklace and instead went for multiple statement rings worth $38,240! All four rings are yellow gold, one with lapis, another featuring chrysoprase, a rainbow moonstone and a one-of-a-kind ring with Mexican fire opal.
These 4.24 carat white gold amethysts earrings added such a great contrast of color with Julianne’s emerald green dress, she also wore two stunning diamond rings one featuring a 10.34 carat oval diamond.
Looking simply elegant in $3.5 million worth of Harry Winston diamonds, including 9.2 carat emerald-cut diamond drop earrings in platinum, a 24 carat princess-cut diamond line bracelet in platinum, and a cushion-cut pink sapphire and diamond cluster ring, 17.66 carats.
These unique one of a kind turquoise and natural pale yellow diamonds and are set in green gold and are worth $14,650.
The 72nd Golden Globe Awards were sparkling with beautiful jewels, as always. This year diamonds were the biggest trend! Here are some of our favorite looks of the night.
Simple and classy on the red carpet in a Beladora diamond and pearl necklace, and later while hosting the night wearing a dramatic Irene Neuwirth labradorite statement necklace.
Another gorgeous diamond necklace that took our breath away.
The young singer really wowed us in this 100-carat platinum diamond ”Cleopatra” art-deco necklace by Neil Lane.
Just the right amount of sparkle! Julianna paired her diamond Bulgari necklace with simple diamond studs.
Always elegant and perfectly styled, Naomi Watts had one of the best statement necklaces of the night! She has worn similar Bulgari serpentine necklaces to several red carpet events this year, shown below…
Helen Mirren can do no wrong; she always looks stunning! We love how she matched these diamond and ruby earrings with the beading on the bodice of her Dolce and Gabbana gown.
These dramatic earrings and matching bracelets really complimented Kate’s beaded Elie Saab dress, she look’s beautiful from head to toe.
Doesn’t Kate look stunning in this Versace dress and Forevermark diamond cluster earrings? The beading along the bodice of the dress really brings out the sparkle in the earrings.
These floral Paraiba tourmaline and diamond jewels really add a great pop of color to Emily’s white dress.
These feather like diamond earrings looked great with Salma’s intricate diamond cuff.
Love the classic look of the pearl paired with a modern twist in this unique ring and bracelet set.
The red carpet at the Golden Globes is known for elegance and style. Most importantly we get to see all the beautiful mouth watering jewels! With the award show just around the corner we decided to share some of our favorite looks.
Don’t forget to tune into the Golden Globes red carpet, Sunday, January 11th to see what the hottest jewelry trends are this year!]]>
White, yellow, or rose gold…
Trendy or classic…
Sleek or elaborate…
We have them all!
We have one of the most extensive and unique collections of colored gemstones in Connecticut!
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Fancy diamonds have impurities and structural defects which create a stunning variety of different colors. The more intense the color the more rare and valuable the diamond. Yellow, brown, and black are the most common colored diamonds, followed by pink and blue. Red, green, purple, and orange are more rare.
The Hope diamond, known as the worlds most legendary gem, is a spectacular deep blue, weighing 45.52 carats.
The most well known and current sources of colored diamonds are India, South Africa, and Australia. Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, and Indonesia also produce fancy colored diamonds.
During the 16th century India used colored diamonds to represent different status levels. Kings were allowed to wear any colored diamond they desired, while priests and rulers “Brahmins” wore white to colorless diamonds. Landowners and warriors wore brown diamonds, merchants wore yellow diamonds, and lower class citizens wore black or gray diamonds.
The Dresden diamond is the largest natural green colored diamond. It is described as “apple green” and is approximately 41 carats. Discovered in the 17th century, the Dresden diamond was worn in an elaborate hat ornament, designed by Prague jeweler Diessbach, for about 200 years. This vibrant green diamond has been on display in the “Green Vault” at Dresden Castle in Germany for the last 2 centuries.
Natural red diamonds are considered extremely rare, there are only a handful that have been documented in the jewelry industry. Found in the 1900s by a Brazilian farmer, the Moussaieff Red diamond is the largest red diamond discovered to date. It is approximately 5.11 carats and is cut in a triangular brilliant shape.
The Pumpkin diamond is a rare vivid orange colored diamond that was discovered in South Africa in the mid 1900s. Usually orange diamonds appear brownish in color with only a hint of orange but this particular diamond displayed a pure saturated orange hue when it was cut. Harry Winston purchased this orange diamond in 1998, the day before Halloween, therefore it was named the Pumpkin diamond. In 2002 Halle Berry wore the Pumpkin diamond in a ring for the Academy Awards where she won an Oscar for Best Actress.
The Tiffany Yellow diamond was discovered in 1878 in the Kimberly Mine in South Africa. Weighing 128.54 carats, it is one of the worlds largest yellow diamonds. The diamond was known to be worn by only two women. In 1957 Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse had the diamond mounted in a necklace for the Tiffany Ball held in New Port Rhode Island. Audrey Hepburn also wore this beautiful yellow diamond in 1961 for publicity photographs for the now famous movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Do you want something unique? Incorporate colored diamonds into your jewelry collection! This year add a right-hand-ring accented with chocolate diamonds, or a striking black and white diamond pendant to your wish list. If you want to make a statement, go for a vibrant yellow diamond ring. Stop in to try one on!