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Chanel Resort: Now with Diamonds!

While I wasn’t in love with everything in Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel 2012 Resort show, I did find something that made me personally happy: the jewels! Karl brought on the bling, all from Chanel’s haute jewelry collection, and accessorized everything from turbans to maillots. While the ensemble above may seem impractical to some, it just screamed summer on the Riviera to me (in a great way). I love the peek of a diamond statement necklace under an outfit totally reminiscent of…

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The Modern Hoop

For a while, chandelier earrings were all the rage. And then we were seeing long, straight drops. But the hoop seems to be back and bigger than ever — literally. Take a cue from Jennifer Hudson, above, and go big even during day. Jennifer chose a diamond-studded version for her appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly and I think they add the perfect amount of sparkle to an ensemble with girly touches like pintucks and ruffles. Oversized might be…

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RIP Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor‘s passing is top news today, and here at Portero we’re sad not only for the death of a great actress and activist, but one of the world’s foremost jewelry connoisseurs. Her book, “My Love Affair With Jewelry,” is one of my all-time favorite compilations on the subject. The coffee table tome talks in-depth about the pieces her stunning collection, but also about the stories behind the jewels. If you’re a fan of all that glitters, I highly recommend…

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Notable Necklaces

I think Mandy Moore looks adorable here promoting her new Disney movie Tangled. Her sweet Paule Ka LBD only needs two strong accessories–fabulous red satin heels and a multi-strand pearl and diamond necklace (that I’m assuming is vintage). Some people might look at this necklace and think ‘old’, but Mandy did it just right. Her not-too-perfect topknot is just the right hair for her age, and she wisely stays minimal on the makeup and other jewelry. Think pearls and crystals…

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Diamonds & Lace

Lately all the young starlets have been taking to the red carpet in peek-a-boo black lace dresses. Just in the past couple of weeks, Emma Watson stepped out in Rafael Lopez, Taylor Swift chose Jenny Packham and Kirsten Dunst wore just-off-the-runway Valentino. It’s interesting to see just how different these similar fabrics can look—Emma is sexy and sassy, Taylor is black-tie-ready, and Kirsten’s choice could go from day to night. One thing that could tie all of these dresses together? A…

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Big Ice

September 24, 2009 was a lucky day in the South African Petra Diamond Cullinan mine when a 507.55 carat rough diamond (above) was found among the rubble. The huge stone–extremely rare and apparently of exceptional color and quality–is one of the top 20 largest high-quality rough diamonds ever found. Amazingly, three other very large rough diamonds were found in the same run at sizes of 168, 58.5 and 53.3 carats each. I particularly love stories about Cullinan because I was lucky enough…

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Designer Jewelry

Aurora Butterfly of Peace

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Over the last few years, people have been getting more and more interested in colored diamonds. The intrigue actually shot up when Ben Affleck proposed to Jennifer Lopez in 2002 with a 6 carat pink diamond from Harry Winston, and now consumers are really starting to see the appeal of natural colored diamonds as accents or as centerpieces of major pieces of jewelry. I actually have a personal connection with colored diamonds–my boyfriend recently proposed with an amazing 2.5 carat…

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