When the news broke in March during Basel 2011 that Shawish Jewelers of Geneva had created the world's first entirely all diamond ring (a ring that would have no setting, no metal, but instead have entire ring and shank cut from the stone), the story of the unusual piece of precious jewelry was featured on blogs and news sites all over the world.
At that time, they released only one or two press images of the actual ring (and a drawing) and those were shared all over the web and tv. As happens with much breaking news, it was quickly forgotten about by most. However, more images of the ring (which ironically is shaped similarly to the plastic gemstone rings that used to be found in gumball machines) have since been released and it's a sparkling site to behold.
The ring is made entirely from one, single faceted diamond, weighing 150-carats. It was unveiled in mid April at via an in-depth animation in the video shown below, which was directed by Elia D'Anna with music by Simon Baring & Rufus and produced by Elio D'Anna Jr at Intoit Management & The House of Luxury:
The making of the world’s first diamond ring, touted to fetch £43 million ($70.46 million), wasn’t easy. According to President and CEO of Shawish Jewelry, Mohamed Shawesh, It took one year to get the copyright and they had to do multiple tests with the design, to get the precision of the circle right. Diamonds are made of carbon and molecules that can change, even the color can be altered when attempting to cut it. They had to buy special laser equipment, to cut directly into the diamond. The most important aspect is preserving the integrity of the diamond and of course the most difficult phase is precision cutting an entire stone into a ring.
The thrilling journey of crafting the most unique ring in the world was accomplished through passion and innovation. "A ring made entirely of a faceted diamond has always seemed like a fantasy, it seemed impossible, so we decided to embark on the adventure of creating the perfect diamond ring that is the epitome of art." - Mohamed Shawesh
The images of the ring you probably saw on the news or on blogs:
BASEL, Switzerland (AFP) - Swiss watchmaker Hublot unveiled on Wednesday, preview day of the Baselworld Watch & Jewellery Show, the Swiss watch show's most expensive watch, which carries a price tag of US$5 million and is inlaid with with 1,292 diamonds - including six stones each weighing more than 3 carats.
Mr Jean-Claude Biver (above), president of the watch company which is owned by French luxury giant LVMH, said it would be hard to make a more expensive watch 'because the surface of the watch is limited.'
It took 17 people 14 months to set the more than 140 carats of diamonds on the watch's white gold bracelet, said Mr Biver at the world's biggest watch show in Basel, which opened to the public yesterday.
Several people have expressed interest in acquiring it, said Mr. Biver, without giving details.
Carter has been airing this three and a half minute commercial, L'Odyssée de Cartier, which is a beautiful three and a half minute film consisting of seven chapters, shot by Bruno Aveillan for the luxury brand.
The new Cartier film, which took two years to make, is a journey between dream and reality and the very first time Cartier has decided to create a cinema epic focusing on its 165 year history, its values and inspiration, its artistic and universal scope. The lush visual story features the Panther, the historical icon of the House of Cartier.
The dedicated website features the seven chapters of the brand's Odyssey film, the making of, information about the musical score and other bonus features. Learn how they trained the three panthers and other interesting information at their site.
L'Odyssee de Cartier
above: Philippe Tournaire's New York Ring in white gold with an aquamarine representing the Chrysler building
One of my favorite posts of all time was the one in which I featured the amazing Villa de Reve Collection (dreamhouse rings) by jeweller Philippe Tournaire. The miniature custom hand crafted replicas of personal residences, mansions and villas in rose, yellow, white gold and platinum, some accented with gemstones are still on my "If-I-Ever-Win-The-Lottery" list.
Baller bling, baby.
It's not enough to have diamond earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, body jewelry, belt buckles and even grills. Now, your athletic shoes must be adorned with ice as well.
KickBars' designer, Robert B. Martin Jr., used to put his mom's rings on his fat shoelaces in the 1980s. He took that same concept and turned it into real diamond and colored gemstone encrusted 14k bars that lace onto your kicks.
Three versions are available. The rectangular Kickbars come in two sizes; regular and junior. The full sized Kickbars average 2 carats total diamond weight and are set with approximately 54 full round cut stones. The Jr. Kickbars average 1.5 carats total weight and have approximately 37 full round cut stones.
above: brilliant cut Kickbar and princess cut diamond Custom Kickbar in 14k white gold
The Custom Kickbars are invisibly set princess cut (square cut) diamonds and have a total carat weight of a whopping 6 carats with approximately 30 stones in each.
black diamonds and emeralds:
rubies and pink sapphires:
Since launching the company in 2006, they also offer the rectangular diamond and gemstone studded pieces as bracelets and necklaces.
For those who don't want to cough up the minimum price of approx $6,500 a pair, they have also launched Sneakerbars.com, rhinestone versions of the same.
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You can order Kickbars here.