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The History of Van Cleef & Arpels [infographic]

Van Cleef and Arpels Alhambra Necklace(2)

Van Cleef & Arpels is some of the most sough after pieces in the world. Crafted with precious stones and the highest quality materials, VCA jewelry often depicts intricate, whimsical designs like flowers and animals. Van Cleef & Arpels’ iconic Alhambra collection was first launched in 1968, and continues to be the maison’s identifiable emblem, symbolizing luck, love, fortune, and good health. At PORTERO one will find pieces from the coveted Alhambra collection, as well as many of Van Cleef…

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Designers to Watch Series; Madyha Farooqui

Madya Farooqui

Today we’re excited to launch our new Designers to Watch Series, featuring talented fine jewelry designers. Our first designer is Madyha Farooqui. Maydha Farooqui was raised in New York City, while traveling the world as the daughter of a UN diplomat. Summers were filled with exhilarating continent hopping to locations such as London, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, and Delhi. Having spent a lifetime inheriting and collecting jewelry, textiles and art from all over the globe, Madyha knew she would work…

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Designer Spotlight: The History of David Yurman Jewelry

David Yurman jewelry history

David Yurman is an American jewelry brand founded in 1980 by David Yurman and his wife, Sybil. Yurman grew up in Long Island, New York, and became an apprentice of sculptor Jacques Lipchitz  in the 1960s. When he met his wife, painter Sybil Kleinrock, they undoubtedly had a knack for not just art, but business, as they created Putnam Art Works, a company that specialized in sculptural jewelry. For the next decade, David and Sybil showcased their jewelry and artwork at…

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Look of the Day: Blake Lively

One look at Blake Lively at the National Board of Review Gala last night in NYC and I was starstruck. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes an outfit feels completely fresh, very of-the-moment, and just has that ‘oh!’ factor. My eye was first drawn to the gorgeous pop of turquoise jewelry against her purple Marchesa dress. If this pairing doesn’t convince you to immediately try the two colors together, I don’t know what will. Plus, it’s a great reminder that…

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Good for you Gold?

Apparently gold facials have gone mainstream. Who knew? Equinox spas are now offering signature treatments containing 24-karat gold flakes said to ‘moisturize, hydrate and reduce signs of aging’. I dug around a bit and found that the idea is far from new. Cleopatra herself was said to sleep wearing a gold mask, and ancient Chinese empresses had gold rollers for facial massage. Gold flakes have been put in consumer products ranging from liquor to paint to desserts–mostly for aesthetic value. But…

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Now or Never: JUDITH RIPKA

Summer is the perfect time to show off your favorite gemstones–you’re showing a lot of skin, and the bright colors of semiprecious stones just works in the heat. That’s why we are doing a great Judith Ripka Now or Never sale through noon ET tomorrow; these jewels are bold, bright and just in time for the season. Our current favorites are this fabulous green peridot cocktail ring, this menswear-inspired diamond ID bracelet, and this sapphire and diamond hinge bracelet (similar…

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Poker Face?

Our Now or Never Sale today is really special, and if you’re in the market for a totally unique gift for a loved one or yourself, you’re in luck! Designer Rachelle Epstein came upon a collection of antique poker/casino chips and knew that they were the perfect inspiration for one-of-a-kind accessories. The mother-of-pearl chips are casino chips used around 1900 (before plastics) in European and South American Casinos. Some are from Vichy, France and others are from a casino/spa in…

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Get the Look: Rihanna

Normally, it’s hard to try to copy a style as out-there as Rihanna‘s. From the funky hairstyles to the crazy dress cutouts, she doesn’t usually do downplayed. But then she goes and tones it down while sitting courtside at the Knicks game on Monday night in NYC. There is nothing I like better than a simple white t-shirt for showing off a great selection of jewelry. Rihanna mixes and matches several yellow gold necklaces (including what looks like two rosaries…

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