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Victorinox’s I.N.O.X. V Proves that Strong is the New Pretty

Victorinox’s I.N.O.X.

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Why should men have all the fun? Victorinox’s rugged-but-sexy I.N.O.X. men’s watch collection stylishly handles everyday adventures, and is virtually indestructible having withstood more than 130 stringent durability tests including being run over by a steamroller. It’s shock-, temperature- and water-resistant, keeping time in extreme environments, and paired with a Naimakka military-grade paracord strap, it’s a potentially life-saving combination.

With the introduction of the tough-but-beautiful I.N.O.X. V, it’s now in touch with its feminine side, and is just the sort of thing Wonder Woman wishes she had instead of that clunky pocket watch she inherited. Made for self-empowered, multi-tasking wonder women everywhere, the sculptural ladies’ timepiece has a 37mm stainless steel case with a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, Super-LumiNova hands and indexes and a Ronda 715 Swiss-made quartz movement. Four models make up the I.N.O.X. V range, including a crisp white dial with rose-gold details, and a black dial/black rubber strap version that acts as the Little Black Dress of the collection. Two sporty pieces – in dark blue and soft grey — have a paracord strap that can spring into action… sort of like Wonder Woman’s rope of truth. It even passes the “handbag challenge,” surviving clashes with metal keys, loose change, oily hand lotion, and corrosive insect repellent. And like the wondrous Princess of Themyscira, I.N.O.X. V watches can also be cleverly accessorized with a matching shield, supplied with each watch.

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Just in Time for Mother’s Day — The Perfect Pavé Diamond Initial Pendant Necklace

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The new Pavé Diamond Initial Pendant Necklace by Bony Levy is personalized perfection. The diamond-studded letter charm adds just enough sparkle and understated glam to the delicate chain it hangs from. Available in Rose Gold, Yellow Gold or 18K White Gold, this classic initial pendant necklace can easily be layered with other jewelry to create a modern and stylish look. Wear one necklace with your own initial, or wear multiple necklaces to include family members and childrens’ initials. The 16-inch chain with 2-inch extender hangs at the perfect length to seamlessly match any outfit it is paired with. Finished with a lobster clasp, the capital letter initial necklace dazzles with roughly a dozen glittery white diamonds. An essential addition to any modern jewelry collection.

Fresh in stores for Spring 2017, this 0.04 carat diamond-studded capital initial necklace is exclusive to Nordstrom, and just in time to make a heartfelt statement on Mother’s Day, as a Birthday gift, or any other occasion. The unique and personal Bony Levy jewelry line is made of the finest materials, and created to add luxurious, but understated, elegance to every day style.

The timeless Bony Levy Perfect Pavé Diamond Initial Pendant Necklace is $498, and available exclusively online from Nordstrom.com and in Nordstrom stores worldwide.

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Breitling’s Avenger Hurricane 45 Breaks The Unwritten Rule

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Breitling introduces their updated Avenger Hurricane 45, breaking the unwritten rule of acceptable use of construction materials. Once the preserve of the less conservative brands, Breitling’s Avenger Hurricane 45 is constructed using Breitlight an avant-garde polymer of their own design, but will it take off or simply fade away?

If you’re a traditional luxury watch connoisseur you maybe find yourself baulking at the thought of change when it comes to the messing around with construction materials. But if you’re old enough to remember the 1972 watch scare that saw Audemars Piguet release the first luxury watch, the Royal Oak, in steel rather than precious metals, perhaps you can appreciate just how fickle we really are? The world didn’t stop turning and the name of Audemars Piguet was never ground into the dirt and dismissed as a dissident brand.

So what are we getting in this brand new high tech package? The Avenger Hurricane 45 as you’ve no doubt guessed is a 45 mm case constructed of Breitlings ultra-sturdy and ultra-light case named Breitlight. With impressive properties that could have come straight out of a science fiction checklist, it is 5.8 times lighter than steel, 3.3 times lighter than titanium at the same time as being tougher with outstanding resistance to scratching, traction and corrosion. Being a high-tech polymer it’s also scoring points for its anti-magnetic, thermal stability, anti-allergic properties.

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The case is a serious bit of kit, boasting a screw-down crown with two gaskets, crystal cambered sapphire glare-proofed both sides, surrounded by a unidirectional ratcheted bezel. But what’s it got going on under the hood? Well, the heart of this beast is the Breitling manufactured Caliber 01, 47 jewels, self-winding mechanical Chronograph movement. The movement gives you all the expected build quality, the Chronograph giving 1/4th second, 30 minutes, 12 hours, the water resistance 100 m (330 ft)and a power reserve of 70 hours.

For the aviation-inspired dial there’s basically a choice of two, either black or yellow depending on your persuasion and a choice of three straps, Diver Pro, Military or Military Rubber. Prices for this piece are suggested at around the $8,000 mark but I have seen them as low as €6,669 which is around $6000 in real money.

I want to leave you with my thoughts on this new and innovative piece. It is true that I am myself somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to my favorite brand and it’s difficult to tear myself away from the Brietling Superocean, but I need to remind myself that change is good and nothing stands still for long. 

Sure, there’s nothing wrong with traditional design and that will always stay with us, but in this industry, there’s plenty of room for innovation and traditionalism.

So, will this become the next best thing, or just fade into the background? I don’t know, and the jury is still out on this one, but one thing is for sure. There are as many people as there as watches and always a niche to be satisfied. For the price around $8,000 it depends on how you look at the world. Do you relish high tech materials or look to the past for conformity and tradition?

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Logan Hollowell’s Fine Jewelry Line is Inspired by the Cosmos

Logan Hollowell

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Logan Hollowell is known for natural and spiritual symbolism in her work. Her fine jewelry collection is handmade in Downtown Los Angeles, and is laden with totem animals, constellations, precious stones and metals, and sacred numerology. Her Zodiac Constellation Necklaces are her most sought-after design. They are available in every zodiac sign in either 18K yellow gold, white gold or rose gold, and glittered with sparkling diamonds to represent the stars of each sign’s constellation in the sky.

Logan Hollowell

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Hollowell’s zodiac jewelry is a favorite with fashion bloggers around the world, and her custom jewelry has been worn and praised by celebrities such as Jessica Alba with her Double Tusk Ring, Jennifer Lawrence with her Diamond Constellation Ring, and Rhianna, who frequently wears her Diamond Tusk Wrap Ring. It has also graced the pages of top fashion magazines, such as Elle, InStyle and Cosmopolitan.

Logan Hollowell

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The Constellation Necklace collection ranges in price from $975 to $1,920. Each necklace is handmade to order, and comes on either a 16-inch or 18-inch chain. Whether worn as  your own Astrological sign or the sign of a loved one, these necklaces make the perfect custom gift and timeless keepsake.

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887-Carat Marcial de Gomar Star Emerald Going to Auction

Emerald

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On April 25th, 2017, New York City-based auction house Guernsey’s will be auctioning off the Marcial de Gomar Emerald Collection of rare emeralds at a live event at Americas Society at 680 Park Avenue with online bidding at liveauctioneers.com.

The collection includes a 887 carat emerald named La Gloria, which is know to be one of the largest museum-quality emeralds in the world. This stone has previously been featured in a joint exhibit in 2002 with Arthur Groom & Co. and the Smithsonian Institute in New Jersey. This piece, along with 20 other loose emeralds (both cut and rough) and 13 pieces of extraordinary emerald jewelry will be sold.

Some pieces include the emeralds Marcial de Gomar Star, the largest of only eleven star emeralds known to exist in the world and possibly the first of its kind as a double-sided star emerald and Tears of Fura, a matched pair of large teardrop-shaped Muzo emeralds.

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The collection also includes the largest group of cut emeralds from the famed Nuestra Señora de Atocha sunken galleon and the single largest cut emerald recovered from that ship, considered the most important wreck site discovered.

Decades ago, Mr. Marcial was selected from many experts by Mel Fisher, the famed treasure hunter, to be the independent appraiser of all emeralds recovered from the Atocha. As payment for his services, Marcial received a selection of these stones from the world-famous wreck.

Mr. Marcial started off as an interpreter for American Corporations working the the emerald mines in Colombia. He stayed in the mountanis for six years, becoming an expert in the field of emeralds and mining. He eventually became the founder of Emeralds International, an emerald wholesaler to foreign buyers, a gem consultant and a retail jeweler and designer. 

Today, Emeralds International, LLC, continues its family legacy with the next generation of family at the helm, his eldest daughter Marina del Alba and her husband, South African-born Carl Anthony, building on the foundation created by Manuel Marcial de Gomar. 

Collectors and enthusiasts of sunken treasures will also be excited to learn that the Collection features a number of historic gold coins from the 1715 Fleet. All of these items were privately owned and will be presented to the public for the very first time at the auction of the Marcial de Gomar Collection.

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Complete your Summer Look with Ben Amun’s Venetian Breeze Tassel Jewelry

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Colorful tassels on shoes, bags, and jewelry are having quite the fashion moment right now. MABU by Maria Bk Pom and Tassel Sandals were all the rage this spring, but for summer you can count on jewelry embellished with the fun, swingy adornments to be your go-to accessories. Ben Amun makes the perfect tassel jewelry for any warm summer night or tropical beach vacation.

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The colorful Tassel Jewelry Line by Ben Amun looks like summer on your wrist. The Venetian Breeze Tassel Octagon Bracelet is the perfect summer fashion investment. It is fun, flirty, and matches any outfit. Pair it with the perfect white maxi dress for a stroll on the beach, or pair it with all black and some hot lace-up heels for a warm night out.

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The Venetian Breeze Tassel Petite Bar Necklace goes perfectly with the current low-dipping neckline trend. 

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The ultimate statement piece from Ben Amun’s tassel line is the Venetian Breeze Tassel Cuff. Reminiscent of warm Miami nights and sunset walks on the beach, this cuff is so colorful and insanely sexy. Paired with a slinky dress, this cuff completes the perfect look for a long night of dancing.

Ben Amun’s Tassel Jewelry ranges from $130 for a simple tassel brooch, to $420 for the tassel cuff. Any piece from the line will surely become your summer fashion staple.

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Beauty AND Brains in One Touchscreen Smartwatch

Fossil Q Wander Smartwatch

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A lot of activity tracker and smartwatch companies have yet to achieve fashion and function all in one product. Many come with ugly rubber wristbands that should only be worn to the gym, and others have a screen that is so large it looks like a tablet on your wrist. Fossil has finally gotten it right with the Q Wander Touchscreen Smartwatch. The sleek styling of the Q Wander combined with the functionality of a smartwatch with some of the highest specs in the smartwatch realm, makes this one brilliant fashion accessory.

Fossil Q Wander Smartwatch

The Fossil Q Wander doesn’t just look better than most other smartwatches on the market, but it’s functionality beats most others in its class as well. With more memory than any other smartwatch and the option to choose between leather, silicon and a link band, this watch has good looks AND brains. It’s a personal assistant on your wrist that allows you to stay connected through display notifications for texts, calls, emails, and app updates. Also, control Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud, GooglePlay, iTunes, or Apple Music on your favorite bluetooth speaker.

The Fossil Q Wander Smartwatch is $255-$275, and available in various finishes of metal link, silicone and leather bands that are all interchangeable and equally stylish.

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Ringly: The Activity Tracker that’s Smart AND Stylish

Ringly

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Wearing activity trackers has been a trend for the last few years that many are weary of trying due to the bulky screen and ugly rubber wrist band that really just doesn’t fit into their daily style. And, unless you’re a personal trainer or in another profession where it is deemed necessary to wear an entire computer on your wrist, the tracker phase just doesn’t seem necessary to a lot of people. But, in order to get everyone to try the trend, many companies are coming up with ways to hide the tracker so it looks like a fashionable accessory.

Ringly

Ringly created gorgeous faceted cocktail rings and beautifully simple gemstone bracelets, that yes, also act as discreet activity trackers. With a series of four different vibrations and a small light, the jewelry can alert you of incoming calls and texts, important emails, and receive notifications from various apps. The integrated Ringly app is customizable to ensure that only the notifications from the apps you want to see come through. The water-resistant activity tracker ring also tracks steps taken, calories burned and general activity levels throughout the day, so you can stay on track with your health and fitness routine. And, of course, the jewelry also comes with it’s very own USB jewelry box for charging. Smart jewelry that is effortlessly beautiful, too!

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Ringly activity tracker rings and bracelets are $165, all set in 18k gold or stainless steel, and come in a variety of gemstones to match any outfit. 

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$35 Million Shirley Temple Blue Diamond Will Hit the Auction Block

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In 1940, Shirley Temple’s father bought a $7,210 fancy diamond ring for the child star’s 12th birthday. He chose a deep blue colored stone to commemorate her 44th movie, The Blue Bird, which was also completed the same season. The actress-turned-diplomat was particularly fond of the rare blue stone, and the ring remained in her possession until her death in 2014. Now the Shirley Temple Blue Diamond is being sold at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction in New York on April 19 and is expected to fetch as much as $35 million.

Shirley Temple Blue Diamond

The child star was known for lighting up the silver screen during the Great Depression before becoming an American diplomat in her later years. While the ownership of the ring alone makes it a collectors piece, colored stones were not particularly popular in the ‘40s making the stone itself exceptionally rare. The titanium-set, 9.54-carat cushion-cut Fancy Blue Diamond ring boasts WS2 clarity and is potentially Internally Flawless. Estimates put the final auction price somewhere between $25 million to $35 million.

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The Classiest Way to Wear a Hair Tie Around Your Wrist

Photo Credit: Bittersweet by Maria Shireen

Nearly every girl with reasonably lengthy locks has worn a hair tie around her wrist. And it looks tacky, but let’s face it: they are necessary part of having long hair. So we deal with it and sometimes forgo wearing one in the name of style, only to realize our mistake later when we just want our hair out of our face. Maria Shireen was inspired by this little problem and created Bittersweet, a simple (yet totally genius) design that takes the wrist-worn hair tie from necessary evil to both function and fashion. Available in 925 silver and 22k rose gold or gold plate, Bittersweet bracelets are adorable both with and without a hair band perfectly nestled in the grooves of the piece, so whether your hair is up or down, your wrist still looks cute. The shape and design is simple and can be paired with just about any other look; you can stack them or mix and match.

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