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Van Cleef & Arpels

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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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A French Connection; French Fashion Designers

French fashion designers

What is it about the French that exemplifies elegance and sophistication? Is it something in the water, or the eau, is it the French air that makes French designers so effortlessly chic? French design is instantly recognizable by the clean silhouettes, and minimalist approach. The French truly believe that “Less is More,” after all, it was Mademoiselle Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel who first said “Before you go out, always take something off.” Get to know our Top 5 French Fashion Designers…

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Red Coral- Hottest Hue in the Vintage Market

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The hottest color in the secondary market right now is red coral. Although corals can be found in different hues, like pink, black, white, and yellow, red is the most sought after color. Red coral has been used in decorative items for thousands of years. It is believed that red coral has healing properties, prevents bad fortune, strengthens the circulatory system and nourishes blood cells. In addition, the color red is highly stimulating visually, lifting the mood and protecting from depression…

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The ABCs of PORTERO – Part 2

N is for Nick Marmol, our Creative Director Born in London, Nick is a second-generation antiques specialist; a field the English take very seriously. A lover of historic landmarks and an avid traveler, Nick has been all over the world, but his favorite place to visit is India. Nick enjoys playing tennis and fishing, and his favorite restaurant is The Inn at Pound Ridge, where he enjoys the Maine Lobster pan roasted in the shell with oregano and chili. Although he’s British,…

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Set in Style: Van Cleef & Arpels

Sometimes, seeing amazing jewels up close and personal can be tough for the average shopper. That’s why I’m looking forward to going to the Van Cleef & Arpels exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt: it’s a rare chance to see some spectacular gems firsthand. Running from February 18–June 5, 2011 in NYC, the showing will include more than 350 pieces – a treasure trove of gorgeous gems and impeccable craftsmanship. Whether or not you are able to attend in person, I highly recommend that…

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