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October 2009

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Gem Love

Earlier this week I had a coveted invite to view all of the entries for the AGTA Spectrum Awards, and believe me, I wouldn’t have missed it. This design competition is for the best in colored gemstones, and there were some real stunners that made me remember just how much I love gems. One of my favorites was the intense ring above by designer Paul Kleka. Made from 18K green gold and featuring eighteen radiant-cut Zultanites (91.85 ctw.), the three-finger…

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Designer Watches

Don't get Tricked! Buy Authentic.

Everyone’s purse strings are a little bit tighter these days, but it doesn’t mean that buying replica designer luxury goods is the smartest choice. Here’s Portero.com‘s top three reasons to buy authentic every time: —Investments will last. Purchasing a replica handbag or watch may seem like an economical way to be fashionable, but your savings may be short-lived. The inexpensive materials and construction of many of these pieces means that they will not stand the test of time. Instead, invest in…

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The Annenberg Diamond

Good news on the auction front: several major jewels recently sold at prices far above their estimates. This is exciting on a couple of levels: First, it means the economy is starting to recover, which is a good thing for everyone. Second, it just shows you that certain brands and classic style never really lose its value. Point in case: The Annenberg diamond (above), a 32.01-carat D-flawless stone mounted in a ring by Manhattan jeweler David Webb, sold for $7.7 million at…

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Now or Never–Rolex and Cartier sale today!

Hopefully you’ve checked out the sale preview on Facebook because our first Now or Never watch sale is about to begin! Use promo code NNRC at checkout and you’ll get an extra 20% off already reduced Cartier & Rolex watch prices. Don’t forget: The first shopper to checkout gets the watch, so don’t waste time if you see something you love. Click here to start browsing, but don’t forget, the promo code won’t be active until noon so you’ll need…

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Book Club: No Mere Bagatelles

I was excited to read in today’s WWD that there’s a soon-to-be-released biography of handbag maven Judith Leiber. You probably know all about her gorgeous, bejeweled and exotic skin handbags, but you might not know that the 88-year-old designer is also a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to the U.S. in 1947. In “No More Bagatelles: Telling the Story of Handbag Genius Judith Leiber & Modernist Artist Gerson Leiber”, Jeffrey Sussman explores Leiber’s early life and the start of her company,…

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Hip Bags

Choosing a black handbag may not seem like the most unique way to express your style. But, it’s a great way to invest your money in a tote that will go with most everything in your closet. If you want to mix it up a bit, how about trying a mid-sized purse with a long strap that hits you right at the hip? From above left, Rachel Bilson, Kate Bosworth and Ashlee Simpson are all wearing this trend with a…

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Posh Birkin

If you follow Victoria Beckham at all, you’ll know she’s on the absolute cutting edge of fashion–sometimes choosing to wear things that most of us would never consider a “real life” wardrobe. But just as she has you feeling completely befuddled by her choice of footwear or handbag, she goes and totes a totally classic Hermès Birkin around town. Here she is just yesterday at London’s Heathrow airport looking travel chic. You can never go wrong with a black Birkin, and…

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Behind the Sale: Temple St. Clair

Tomorrow’s Temple St. Clair NOW OR NEVER sale is the perfect excuse to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how and why we choose our fine jewelry for Portero.com. Our fabulous jewelry curator, Jennie, has tons of experience: She studied jewelry in college, is a Graduate Gemologist, has worked for several prominent designers, and now even designs her own collection. I sat down with Jennie to ask her a few question about the baubles in tomorrow’s sale: 1. Why is…

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Unusual Jewelry Storage

I love this fun post on Apartment Therapy today about unusual storage for your jewelry. I must admit, I have always had to come up with inventive ways to store my rather large collection of fine and costume jewelry. Most of my collection is currently housed in the top drawer of my large dresser, separated into compartments and various boxes. I also have a small collection of hand sculptures made from wood, glass and resin that I hang rings and necklaces from.…

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Boot Envy

I just had to point out one of our newest scores in the Accessory category: These gorgeous Sergio Rossi Black Crocodile Over The Knee Flat Boots (sz 37). Talk about a showstopper for fall! The over-the-knee silhouette is hotter than ever right now, and the 1 inch heel means complete comfort. In pristine condition, these boots are super rare, are priced at 62% off, and will definitely go with so much in your closet–from jeans to skirts to dresses. If you’re…

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