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How To Wear “Greenery,” The Color Of The Year, using $1.5-Million In Emerald Jewelry

Emerald and diamond bracelet by Roberto Coin.

A lot of Pantone-posing happens around the time of year when the Pantone Color Institute announces its annual Colors of the Year. Greenery, the top tone of 2017, is showing up in everything from nail polish to sofas and coffee makers, but really, is there any better way to express the natural warmth of green than with emeralds, which after all come from the earth? Especially if they are designed in floral or leaf compositions, like this $1-million suite of jewelry by Roberto Coin or this $500,000 trio of treasures from the Chopard Green Carpet collection.

Emerald earrings from the Chopard Green Carpet collection.

Chopard’s Palm D’Or-inspired jewelry watch, with matching ring and earrings, celebrates Chopard’s 20th anniversary of its sponsorship of the Cannes Film Festival and its top award. The company designed and produces the gold Palm D’Or statue, and repeats the motif in this jewelry collection. Drenched with over 90 carats of emeralds, the jewelry watch is part of the brand’s Green Carpet collection, named for the brand’s commitment to combining sustainable luxury and red-carpet glamour. It is set with 11.7 carats of emeralds sourced from Gemfields’ Kagem mine in Zambia, which adheres to environmentally and socially responsible mining principles.

Emerald ring from the Chopard Green Carpet collection.

The gems are prong-set rather than surrounded by metal in order to let in as much light as possible through the pavilions, which is in turn reflected out through the table. The watch is priced at $297,000. The matching ring is 18k white gold, set with 3.1 carats of marquise-cut emeralds, priced at $51,310. The earrings are set with 11.8 carats of marquise-cut emeralds, priced at $151,890.

Emerald and diamond necklace by Roberto Coin.

The emeralds in Roberto Coin’s dazzling necklace, bracelet and earrings ensemble were also sourced in Zambia. Zambian emeralds are the stars of the gem world right now because of their high clarity and stunning bluish-green color – and their greater affordability compared to Colombian emeralds. The matching necklace, bracelet and earrings are collectively priced at just under $1-million. Together they contain 91.6 carats of emeralds and 68.15 carats of diamonds.

Emerald and diamond necklace by Roberto Coin.

The bib-style necklace contains 63 carats of emeralds cut into oval, emerald, marquise and round shapes, and 48 carats of round and marquise cut diamonds. It is priced at $650,000. The chandelier-style earrings contain 12.50 carats of emeralds and 7.7 carats of diamonds, and is priced at $150,000. The bracelet contains 16.10 carats of emeralds cut in oval, emerald, marquise and round shapes, and 12.45 carats of marquise and round shaped diamonds, priced $159,000.

Emerald and diamond earrings by Roberto Coin.

The power of these emeralds to improve not only your appearance but your mood is best described by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute: “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. It satisfies our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite.”

Emerald and diamond bracelet by Roberto Coin.

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Best of Baselworld 2017: New Watches From Blancpain, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Bulgari and more

Baselworld 2017 opening day.

New introductions at Baselworld this year tended to fit one of two categories. 1. Trends that reflect the times – and by “times” I mean an industry that is entering its third straight year of decline (see my story on that here) – with watches that are smaller, less complicated and more realistically designed and priced. And 2. Watches that reflect the fact that Baselworld is also about showmanship and haute horology, with high complications (like the Breguet Equation of Time) and metiers masterpieces (like the Dior VIII Grand Bal). Here are my top five men’s and top five ladies’ introductions for Baselworld 2017. Click on each link to find more pictures and detailed descriptions. Read more

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph For Ladies: Because Women Also Drive

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph for ladies.

There is more to Chopard for women than Happy Diamonds and high jewelry watches. The ladies’ Mille Miglia is a smaller, diamond-set version of this year’ special-edition Mille Miglia for men, a mechanical sports watch with substance. Chopard has been a supporter of the Mille Miglia, a scenic, 1,000-mile race from Brescia to Rome, since 1988, and each year introduces a new special-edition timepiece in commemoration. A couple of years ago, Chopard started producing ladies’ Mille Miglia editions, and this year the men’s and ladies’ are identified as a duo.

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph for ladies.

Essentially they are the same model, but the ladies’ is 39mm compared to the men’s, which is 42mm. The ladies’ model has a mother-of-pearl dial with or without a diamond-set bezel (the two elements that most often distinguish a ladies’ watch from a men’s watch), and the men’s has a black or silver dial. Both contain the same COSC-certified automatic chronograph movement, ETA Caliber 2894-2. The rubber strap is inspired by the tread on 1960s Dunlop racing tires. Hands and indexes are coated with Super-LumiNova. Prices range from $4,800 to $12,140.

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph; men's on the left, ladies' on the right.

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph; men’s on the left, ladies’ on the right.

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Ladies' without diamonds.

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Ladies’ without diamonds.

 

Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Ladies’