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Spotlight on John Hardy

In the mid-1970s, 25-year-old Canadian designer/artist and descendant of the Royal Court of Bali goldsmiths, John Hardy, escaped to Bali, where he met his wife Cynthia and established his celebrated namesake jewelry company. Handcrafted and one-of-a-kind, each John Hardy piece is inspired by the natural world’s beauty.

John Hardy’s commitment to the environment and community does not end with fine jewelry. Over the past year, John Hardy has planted 600,000 bamboo trees in Bali to support forest management and water preservation.  Additionally, its Job for Life program continues to successfully transition Bali orphans into the real world with vocational training.  Once the program is completed, many students are offered positions at the John Hardy Bali Compound, which is not only home to beautiful designs and skilled craftsman, but also an organic farm.

Upon retiring in 2007, John Hardy sold the brand to now CEO Damien Dernoncourt and Head Designer and Creative Director Guy Bedarida.  To date, Dernoncourt and Bedarida remain invested in the brand’s core values and devotion to nature and our community.

Shop Portero’s John Hardy collection here.

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In Love With LOVE: Spotlight on the Cartier LOVE Series

Audrey Hepburn famously said, “the best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” For thousands of years, cultures around the world have expressed their affections through jewelry. With Valentine’s Day at the forefront of our minds, we celebrate the ones we hold dear with the iconic symbol of love and commitment… the Cartier LOVE series.

Originally only sold to couples, the Cartier LOVE series was inspired by the medieval chastity belt with its lock and tiny screwdriver acting as a key. Today, the Cartier LOVE series is gifted to all in celebration of life’s many milestones, including: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and of course, Valentine’s Day.

Shop Portero’s Cartier collection here.

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The most stunning vintage Cartier jewelry

Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 — and these exquisite jewels prove why the French designs are a favored by royalty and celebrities.

Shop Cartier here.

 

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Style crush: Balenciaga + Hermés

A red Balenciaga bag with an orange Hermès Cuff de Chien (CDC) — the ultimate rockstar look.

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Saint Laurent wearable art

An artistic piece that’s a little bit free form in turquoise and gold. Make a statement with this Yves Saint Laurent Arty Ovale and Dots Ring.

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Chopard and Princess Di forever!

In “Diana” the new biopic about Princess Diana, Naomi Watts will wear Chopard jewelry exclusively. Can’t wait to see those 80′s earrings in action!

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Fit for a princess! Let’s help New York’s newest resident out

In the most exciting Royals news on this side of the Atlantic, Princess Eugenie (daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson) is moving to New York. Like so many 23-year-olds before her, she will chase her hopes and dreams in the Big Apple. And this isn’t a pleasure trip  – Eugenie will be working at Paddle8, an online auction house that collaborates with non-profits.

Inspired by Stylite’s guide to Eugenie’s life in New York City, we’ve offered up some of our favorite handbags and accessories so that she can prove that royalty has no geographic boundaries.

THE BAG: Diplomacy comes in all forms – Eugnie has proven she isn’t afraid to make a statement with her handbag before, so here are some she might try toting around the city.

1. If the princess wants to represent her homeland abroad, she might opt for a Burberry Ashbury bag. It suits her youth by eschewing the expected nova check in favor of gold leather.



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2. This is the time to try out an American designer! This Proenza Schouler XL PS1 will fit her work necessities while flaunting the favorite label of New York socialites. Plus, that color!

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3. Eugenie’s mom has been spotted with a Birkin and they are heirlooms. Nothing says on-her-way like the ultimate Hermès it-bag.

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THE WATCH: Even princesses have to be punctual. We like the idea of Eugenie to rely on a traditional wristwatch instead of an iPhone.

1. You’re in America now, so what about the Cartier Tank Americaine? We like the bracelet feel of this white gold version.

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2. This Rolex Cellini watch calls out elegance, but the feel of the leather strap makes it very day and work appropriate.

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3. Since Brits are always off to Polo matches, Eugenie Piaget Polo quartz watch. Bonus: Princesses can always carry off diamonds.

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THE JEWELRY: The crown jewels will presumably stay in England. (Won’t they?) But that doesn’t mean that Eugenie can’t accessorize.

1. A pair of classic diamond stud earrings that she can wear day and night will be perfect for balancing a work-socialite lifestyle.

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2. Young and urban? The Hermès Collier de Chien (CDC) will give Eugenie a downtown edge when she feels rebellious, but not scandalous.

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3. Eugenie seems to favor more delicate jewelry, so a Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace  will suit her just perfectly.

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Elizabeth’s Pick: Floral Cuffs from YSL

Summer is finally here! With T-shirt weather comes the need for outfit-making accessories. Elizabeth Bernstein, Portero’s Director of Handbags, says that this season, it’s all about your wrists.

“A cuff as your only accessory can make an entire outfit if it is the right piece. Don’t get me wrong, I love wearing multiple pieces, but sometimes all a gal needs is one statement piece – and voila!” said Elizabeth. “You wouldn’t want to distract from the insane artistic quality of these pieces.”

Here she demonstrated exactly what that means with two vintage costume cuffs by Yves Saint Laurent. You might try a Hermès leather cuff or wrap or bold David Yurman piece.

Shop Portero’s selection of bracelets here.

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Unlock the Secrets of Tiffany & Co. Key Pendents

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

In addition to opening doors and jewelry boxes, keys have had many meanings through history and literature. The ancient Greeks felt a key represented knowledge and life and a set of three keys together are said to unlock the doors of wealth, health and love.

Tiffany & Co. key pendants can represent that and much more personal sentiments. Introduced in 2009, they are are based on keys from the Tiffany & Co. Archives. Handcrafted in everything from 14K gold to platinum encrusted in diamonds, the designs include hearts and petals.

The key pendants have been spotted on Jessica Biel and Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl for a reason – they add a personal and special feel to just about anything you’re wearing, plus they hit your neckline in a very flattering way. Jessica and blair

You’ll be glad you’ll unlocked this look.

 

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Napoleon + Josephine: Historic ring up for auction

Great love stories often have one simple thing signifying the relationship – a ring.

In the case of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine, that ring is a stunning pairing of a tear-shaped sapphire and diamond, each approximately one carat set into a gold band. It will be up for auction at the Osenat auction house in France on March 24. 

What a love story it represents. The two were engaged two weeks after they met in 1796 and were crowned Emperor and Empress of the French in 1804. In 1810, they divorced because her infertility prevented her from providing an heir. However, their separation included declarations of devotion to each other. Their story didn’t end there as Napoleon uttered Josephine as his final word.

Romantic! And that ring, like all estate jewelry, tells quite a story.

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