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21 Heart-Shaped Jewelry Picks for Valentine’s Day That Are Anything but Cliché

21 Heart-Shaped Jewelry Picks for Valentine’s Day That Are Anything but Cliché

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Although heart-themed gifts are usually deemed cheesy for Valentine’s Day, we prefer to think of the motif as classic – especially when it comes to the carefully curated selection of jewelry below.
The best heart-shaped jewelry not only shows that you wear your heart on your sleeve this February 14, but the right piece will work all year round, too.
Drop a hint to your other half: you could command attention in the Van Robot pendants or with the Brooke Gregson crimson ring.  There’s even something for the minimalist with the Jennifer Meyer necklace, that would make an ideal addition to your everyday jewelry.
Shop Vogue’s edit of the best heart-shaped jewelry now.
Alison Lou
Brooke Gregson
Chopard
Dior
Emily P. Wheeler
Gucci
Ileana Makri
Jennifer Meyer
Locquet
Missoma
Pandora
Seb Brown
Selim Mouzannar
Shay
Stone and Strand
Sydney Evan
Tiffany & Co
Van Cleef & Arpels
Van Robot
Wilhelmina Garcia
Yvonne Léon
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk

Chanel Unveils a Celestial Masterpiece to Celebrate 90 Years Since Coco’s First (and Only) High Jewelry Collection

Chanel Unveils a Celestial Masterpiece to Celebrate 90 Years Since Coco’s First (and Only) High Jewelry Collection

Coco Chanel. Photo: Getty
Today, Chanel unveils a glimpse of its new high jewelry collection for 2022, and it’s one that quite literally reaches for the stars. The centrepiece of the 1932 collection, which celebrates 90 years since Bijoux De Diamants, its founder’s historic and one and only high jewelry collection, is the Allure Céleste. This magnificently modern sapphire and diamond necklace was inspired by the same celestial theme that spurred Gabrielle Chanel’s own creations. “I wanted to cover women in constellations,” said the designer when her collection was unveiled at her private apartment at 29 rue du Faubourg de Saint-Honoré, on November 5, 1932.
The Allure Céleste is the starry centrepiece of the 1932 collection. It can be worn in a number of ways including as a short necklace, three brooches and as a bracelet.
Patrice Leguéreau, director of the Chanel jewelry creation studio today, says he wanted 1932, which will launch fully in May, to pay homage to the audacity and wearability of Coco’s Bijoux de Diamants – which eschewed clasps and fuss in favor of bold, transformable pieces in a palette of diamonds and platinum – and at the same time move the conversation forward. “I wanted to create a different vision of this legacy, by setting these celestial elements in motion,” he explains.
In the Allure Céleste, the movement and light that emanates from the night sky is captured in shimmering halos of diamonds that radiate out from each motif. A crescent moon cradles a 55.55 carat (naturellement, five being Coco’s favorite number), intense blue sapphire, while a comet centres on an 8.02 carat pear-shaped diamond, its fiery tail coming alive in gradated lines of diamonds in assorted cuts.
Coco Chanel pictured here in 1937. Photo: Getty
Coco herself was as renowned for her contradictions as she was for her style and her sharp wit. She once proclaimed she favored costume jewelry over fine jewelry, because she found it “disgraceful to walk around with millions of dollars around your neck, just because you are rich”. Under her direction in the 1920s, costume jewelry became no longer a mere imitation of the “real thing”. She helped establish it as an art form in its own right, whether in commissioning the magnificently opulent Maltese cross cuffs from her friend Duke Fulco di Verdura, or in her elegant tumbles of long pearl necklaces layered over a little black dress.
A shooting star necklace from Chanel’s 1932 Bijoux de Diamants collection.
She was prompted by the Great Depression however to revisit her thoughts around precious jewels. The Wall Street crash of 1929 had a calamitous effect on the entire world, as people and businesses found themselves in ruin. In typically bombastic style, her dislike of ostentation and high-value gems was turned on its head. “This aspect fades in times of financial crisis, when an instinctive need for authenticity in all matters returns, reducing an amusing bauble to its actual worth,” she said in the press kit for the Bijoux de Diamants collection. “If I have chosen diamonds, it is because they represent the greatest value in the smallest volume.”
The cover of Vogue Paris, January 1933, in which the collection was reviewed.
The collection was financed by the London Diamond Corporation, who hoped that Chanel’s creative talents might kickstart renewed energy in the market following several years in the doldrums. Their gamble paid off. Following the two-week exhibition, which was visited by the great and good of the Parisian creative scene, including Pablo Picasso, Gloria Swanson, Condé Nast and star dancers from the Ballets Russes, shares in the company rose and a new buzz around diamonds and precious jewelry was achieved. As Coco herself said, “Nothing could be better for forgetting the crisis than feasting one’s eyes on beautiful new things, which the skills of our craftsmen and women never cease to unveil.”
In customary fearless style, Chanel chose to display her creations on wax busts rather than on jewelers’ trays. With the help of friends including artist Paul Iribe, who designed the jewelry, the poet Jean Cocteau who wrote the collection manifesto, and Robert Bresson (later a celebrated film director), who photographed it, she created a unique collection that above all was focused on the female body and how jewelry should work to enhance it, not hinder it. “In a world that was deeply masculine, Gabrielle Chanel was a woman who designed for women. In her view jewelry should be an idea, not a status symbol of the men who bought it for the women in their lives,” says Marianne Etchebarne, Chanel’s global head of watches and fine jewelry product marketing, clients, and communication.
Robert Bresson’s images of the Bijoux de Diamants exhibition appeared in Vogue Paris, January 1933.
Just as she created fashion that offered women new freedom and flexibility in their clothes, a star brooch could be worn in the hair or on a lapel. A comet caressed the neck, its tail of diamonds flattering the wearer’s décolletage. She focused on the motifs that made up her world, from supple couture ribbons of diamonds to the mosaic floors of the Aubazine abbey where she was raised that detailed the sun, the moon and five-point stars.  “It caused a sensation at the time and still today it remains the cornerstone of our jewelry designs,” says Etchebarne.
“My stars! How could anything be more becoming or more eternally modern?” Gabrielle Chanel.
But the collection was not without controversy. Paris’s traditional jewelry houses were outraged that a mere couturière — a dressmaker —  and a woman to boot, had been tasked with creating a high jewelry collection in the hope of reinvigorating the diamond market, and they demanded that the corporation close the project down. The corporation persisted but its plans to bring Bijoux de Diamants to London never materialized, and most of the pieces were broken up, never to be seen again. Little did those Parisian jewelers know that the collection’s legacy – and Coco’s vision – would live on, and still be inspiring the world today.
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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

The Celebrity Guide to Nailing Everyone’s Favorite Jewelry Trend—The Neck Mess

The Celebrity Guide to Nailing Everyone’s Favorite Jewelry Trend—The Neck Mess

Photo: Instagram/ Marlolazjewelry
The right accessories can make or break an outfit, whether you’re trying to elevate a basic outfit, or adding extra frills to a statement piece to pull your look together.
Today’s accessorizing focus is necklaces, or in other words, a “neck mess”. Necklaces have been around for plenty of years and never fail to stay on trend. Of course, everyone has their own taste when it comes to jewelry—while some prefer dainty, elegant pieces, others have a soft spot for chunky chains. However, what these two aesthetics have in common is their ability to layer beautifully. Over the years, we’ve seen several A-listers, It girls and models hopping onto the layered necklace bandwagon. These days, wearing just one solitary necklace is no longer enough. The trend is all about piecing your favorite chains together, and carrying them all off at once. There’s no need to leave any behind! The beauty of a neck mess is that its a form of daily expression. It tells your story. One great example of a “simple” neck mess would be the one spotted on Sarah Jessica Parker. The And Just Like That… star was recently caught on the sets of her new show wearing Marlo Laz’s 14k gold Southwest inspired beaded necklace, with an 18 inch textured chain featuring a medium pendant, and lastly, a 20 inch beaded chain necklace centered with a slightly smaller pendant. Her layering clearly translates the persona of Carrie Bradshaw, New York’s favorite fashion lover.
Photo: Instagram.com/marlolazjewelry
And it’s not just SJP who loves the easy-yet-quirky look. Other fans of the neck mess include Hailey Bieber and Rihanna.

The question remains, how does one create the perfect neck mess?
While this look may seem artfully created, it’s actually quite simple and easy. Pick one necklace that you want to wear, and build your mess around it.
Photo: Instagram.com/badgalriri
Photo: Instagram.com/haileybieber
Tip 1: Play with different lengths
Don’t forget to take into consideration the different lengths of chains when planning your neck mess. A recommended combination is to play with even numbers. If your starting chain is 14 inches, your layers should go from 16 inches to 18 inches, and lastly, 20 inches, for a good balance.
Jaquie Aiche x Josephine Pre-Fall Collection
Tip 2: Don’t be shy of textures
For a little added drama, don’t be afraid to play around with textures. Go crazy with beads, ropes, cable, or mesh! The sky is the limit!
Photo: Instagram.com/danahourani
Tip 3: Just have fun!
The easiest way to ruin a look is to overthink it. Yes, certain lengths look good together, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with your own combinations and permutations. All it really takes to carry off a cool trend is confidence.
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This Fine Jewelry House’s Creations Pay Tribute to Three Italian Cities—Rome, Venice and Verona

This Fine Jewelry House’s Creations Pay Tribute to Three Italian Cities—Rome, Venice and Verona

Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Like painting on a canvas, Roberto Coin slabs brushstrokes of different colors, and aesthetics influenced by various cultures, nature, and people into his fine jewelry designs. Roberto Coin’s beginnings took place in the Italian city of Vicenza during 1996, when for the first time ever, a jewelry house was signed off by a small ruby that corners the inside of each piece in its Appassionata collection. Lovingly put together by Italian craftsmen, each of Coin’s jewelry creations narrates a unique story, and every story is a portal to a different world that comes to life through mastery and creativity. Defined by experimental designs and bold compositions, the jewelry house did not take long to embellish the bodies of celebrities with its creations and champion pages in renowned fashion magazines.
Photo: Courtesy Roberto Coin
Paying homage to three spots, Roberto Coin’s special collections—Love in Verona, Venetian Princess, and Roman Barocco—are all part of a thread that highlight the beauty of Italy’s most iconic cities and takes us on a tour while also solidifying their essence in the form of a timeless piece of jewelry. Take a closer look below.

Love in Verona
Love in Verona Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Love in Verona Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Love in Verona Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Verona is the Italian city of love, it is home to  the Juliet Club that has resided there since 1930, and the city that still stages the Shakespearean legacy, Romeo and Juliette. Made with three shades of gold that are worked on to create a highly glossy effect, the Love in Verona collection reintroduces the signature four-petal diamond flower that pays tribute to the architectural structure of the Arena of Verona. With each diamond individually added by hand, the collection is distinguished by its polished and satin finish, which complements its clean lines and silhouette. The collection is rich in symbols, and brightly glossed through a minimalist contemporary finish. 
Venetian Princess
Venetian Princess Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Venetian Princess Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Venetian Princess Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Recreating romance in a visual featuring motifs found in every corner of Venice, the Venetian Princess line by Roberto Coin is a mythical-inspired collection that belongs to Coin’s romantic family of Princess pieces. Polished in an intricate structure of twisted threads found in all the Princess jewels, and the Barocco collection, this woven look is produced in 3D to ensure solidity, and remains hidden only for the wearer to enjoy it. A special lining of black and white diamonds are carefully manipulated in size for this collection, and are placed by hand using a microscope, evoking the flickering lights of the street lamps in Venice as they beautifully reflect on the city’s waters.
Roman Barocco
Roman Barocco collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Roman Barocco collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
Roman Barocco collection. Photo: Courtesy of Roberto Coin
The Roman Barocco collection is a member of the Coin’s Barocco family, which celebrates Rome as the Italian city that emperor Adrian declared as an incubator for all western culture. Distinguished by their woven gold wire technique, the pieces of this line were birthed out of the DNA of the Roman architecture. The creations come in two shapes, the first of which is inspired by theatre and Roman cupolas, and the second, which stages a light show inspired by the Baroque era, using diamonds. The collection champions an optical effect that is accentuated by sharp silhouettes and the artful play of shadows.
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7 Major Engagement Ring Trends You Will See Everywhere in 2022

7 Major Engagement Ring Trends You Will See Everywhere in 2022

Over in Paris, Viltier’s offering is made for those on the hunt for a fabulously unique engagement ring. Even rings that were not designed with the intent of becoming an “engagement ring” – as such – have become the ideal choice. “We do have a ring that initially was not created thinking it would become an engagement ring, but it has been chosen as an engagement ring by many of our clients because it features a big, unique, coloured stone, which is a good alternative to diamonds,” says Thomas Montier Leboucher.
Hancocks London yellow diamond ring, Hancocks London
Gee Woods Asscher cut diamond ring with baguettes, The Cut London
Bear Brooksbank vintage Cartier diamond ring, The Cut London
Viltier Brulante ring, Viltier
Lily Kamper rainbow sapphire ring, The Cut London
Chaumet Liens D’Amour ring, Chaumet
Good things come in threes
Sometimes, less is more. On occasion, more is more. Whatever your preference, rings with multiple dazzling stones are becoming increasingly popular. Trio settings – a sparkling hat trick, if you will – are a timeless engagement ring style. Trilogy settings are entrenched in symbolism: the three stones represent the past, present and the future.
Modern takes on the classic three-stone engagement ring are a winning option for those who can’t pick between gemstones or want maximum impact. Be it a classic diamond flanked by sapphires or vice versa – or an offbeat rainbow stone arrangement – a band can never be too crowded.
Jessica McCormack mini diamond vine ring, Jessica McCormack
Ruberg diamond cluster ring, The Cut London
Conscious mindset
With any purchase, there comes a responsibility. Conversations regarding transparency, sourcing and sustainability have been brought to the fore of the jewelry conversation this year and 2022 will truly put this to the test. No longer can people buy with disregard for the environment or ethical practices involved in the making of their goods – and for jewelry, especially.
“If the brand doesn’t have a sustainability agenda or sustainability credentials, then for many consumers – millennials in particular – it will just not be viable,” McKinsey partner Alexander Thiel said on the McKinsey on Consumer and Retail podcast earlier this month.
Together with Tyler Harris – an associate McKinsey partner and expert in various fields, including jewelry – he conducted a 96-page report entitled State of Fashion: Watches and Jewellery, that details changes in consumer behavior in the watches and jewelry sector, specifically the “sustainability surge”.
Origin is more important than ever – customers are keen to know where the raw materials come from. “I’ve seen a marked increase in enquires for lab-grown diamonds, as well as a lot of clients wanting to reset inherited or heirloom diamonds,” says Baxter. “If clients are unsure about lab-grown, I always suggest finding an antique diamond as a more sustainable alternative.”
Thelma West rebel rose ring, Thelma West
Viltier Scintillante ring, Viltier
Toi et moi is a shape to keep an eye on
Toi et moi rings – a coiled band, with two gemstones nestled side by side where it meets around the finger – dominated the market in 2021. Emily Ratajkowski and Ariana Grande were responsible for the toi et moi hype, but it’s been a romantic style for some time. Napoleon Bonaparte proposed to Joséphine de Beauharnais with one in 1796 – a gesture that inspired Chaumet’s Joséphine Duo Éternal collection. “The symbolism of two stones in one ring is full of romance,” says Baxter, who has witnessed piqued interest in the style.
Toi et moi engagement ring styles have grown in popularity. Jemma Wynne
Bespoke pear and emerald cut diamond open ring, Jemma Wynne
Toi et moi ring, Katkim
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk 
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Bulgari Reaches Beyond the Stars this Holiday Season

Bulgari Reaches Beyond the Stars this Holiday Season

Vittoria Ceretti as Bulgari’s Holiday Season Campaign 2021 muse, wearing the Serpenti Viper bracelet
Italian jewelry house Bulgari grants more than just one wish this holiday season as it hangs a constellation of stars with every Bulgari gift shared. Starring Vittoria Ceretti and Blesnya Minher, the Bulgari Holdiay Season Campaign 2021 summons the joy of the season with a sparkling night sky, and evokes the charm of infinite creative horizons.
Blesnya Minher as Bulgari’s Holiday Season Campaign 2021 muse, wearing the Fiorever ring
With a backdrop of Condotti eight pointed stars, and luminous orbs shadowed by the deep opaline marine blue sky, the ‘More Than a Wish’ campaign remembers the great wonders of life that illustrate boundless potential for making dreams come true. 
Bulgari’s Serpenti Fiorever Shoulder Bag
This festive season, the maison joins the world under one sky by stretching beyond borders from Shanghai to New York to display the same Meraviglia animation in over 1,000 stores worldwide. Sparkling with some of the brightest natural gemstones and the sleekest designs, a dramatic fireworks display brings the holiday collection to life. 
Bulgari’s Divas Dream Necklace
The campaign also takes us on a mystic journey through its gifting collection, which includes everything from the Diva’s Dream necklace and Serpenti Viper bracelet to the b.Zero1 necklace and a Fiorever shoulder bag. It marks a time for luck, aspiration, and hope—which is exactly what the world needs during today’s tough times.

Looking to find the perfect gift for the end of the year? The Serpenti Viper bracelet elegantly embodies sleek opulence in two colors, white gold and rose gold. The Diva’s Dream necklace gives versatile staples a creative spin with a wide spectrum of colors ranging from green to turquoise. And there’s no going wrong with the Fiorever ring, an expression of nature’s divine femininity, as it lays an assembly of diamonds, intricately cut to fit the four-petal flower.
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There’s a New “Carrie” Necklace–and It’s Heart-Shaped and Diamond-Studded

There’s a New “Carrie” Necklace–and It’s Heart-Shaped and Diamond-Studded

Carrie Bradshaw, Sex And The City
Whether you love it or hate it or have even yet to watch it, the new installment of Sex and the City is the most-talked-about thing on TV right now. And Just Like That features Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte in a new set of adventures in, where else, but the city that never sleeps.
The original Sex and the City was marked by its fair share of iconic outfits and fashion items, from tulle skirts to Mary-Janes, but perhaps there was none so iconic as Carrie’s necklace. As the story goes, the show’s stylist Patricia Field spotted cool kids at her downtown New York City store wearing scripted necklaces, and thought a custom one might work for Sarah Jessica Parker’s character on the show. It was rumored to cost under $100. And so, the Carrie necklace was born but unlike her Berger-era fascinator, it was an accessory choice questioned for good reason. Many were quick to point out that the Carrie necklace gave the script necklace a new connotation—the style became associated with an HBO show and its TV appearance muddied the cultural connections to Black, Latin, and Arabic communities. 2.0 Carrie wears a different, blingier necklace (new Carrie also seems to have a much bigger budget); meet the Marlo Laz Pave Spiked Heart Necklace, which makes an appearance in the And Just Like That trailer and in the first episode.
Marlo Laz Spiked Heart Necklace, $13,360
The style was released in 2017, designed by Marlo Laz founder Jesse Marlo Lazowski. It’s part of the Agape Collection, which is inspired by seven types of Greek love–from Philautia, which corresponds as self-love to Pragma, meaning committed love.
Hand-cast from 14-karat gold, a sunburst heart pendant surrounded by spiked diamonds hangs from a small but chunky chain. “The pavé diamonds represent strength, and the motif of rays of sunshine serves as a symbol for letting the light shine in, to remind us to always try to find the light in both good times and in bad,” explains Lazowski.

Since the necklace itself is made in New York City, and the store’s boutique is in the West Village, where Carrie’s OG townhouse still stands, it almost felt kismet that the necklace would make its way onto the show. When Lazowski and her team received the call from stylists Molly Rogers and Danny Santiago requesting the necklace, they were already extremely excited and hopeful. Lazowski found out the heart-shaped necklace debuted on Carrie when she was in Miami for Art Basel. Her phone was dead and when she turned it on, she had tons of messages from friends and family who had spotted the style on Carrie in the trailer.

The designer’s Squash Beads are also worn by Carrie in multiple scenes throughout And Just Like That. “I walk by Carrie’s brownstone almost every day on my walk from our store to pick up a coffee from Sant Ambroeus. Since we found out she was wearing the heart necklace in the show, it’s been a ‘pinch me’ moment every time I pass by,” adds Lazowski.

“Collectively, we’ve spent years watching, learning from, and feeling so deeply invested in Carrie’s experiences in many different types of love and relationships,” says Lazowski. “This necklace signifies all of these loves, but most importantly, self-love. It makes me think of one of my favorite Carrie Bradshaw lines, ‘The most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.’”
Given that the heart has emerged as one of the most popular motifs in jewelry and accessories right now (from Gucci’s Aria heart clutch to Balenciaga and Isabel Marant’s earrings, and more), it makes sense that a bold heart necklace is primed to be one of the most ubiquitous accessories of late. Even more important, though, is the messaging behind it: “More and more women have begun purchasing hearts for themselves, as an emblem of self-love and empowerment–very much in the spirit of Carrie Bradshaw,” adds Lazowski. “I love to see how women have changed the narrative, reclaiming a symbol that was often a gift given by a significant other, and using it to honor themselves.”
Originally published on Vogue.com 
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Louis Vuitton Celebrates the 200th Birthday of Its Founder With a New High Jewelry Collection

Louis Vuitton Celebrates the 200th Birthday of Its Founder With a New High Jewelry Collection

Bravery, crafted with gems and precious metals, denotes Vuitton’s inborn sense of determination, courage, and adventure. “Born under the constellation of the bravest,” remarks Amfitheatrof, is La Constellation d’Hercule. It references Vuitton’s birth on August 4, the only time of year when the constellation is visible. L’Elan Vital speaks to the unique life force that makes us all stand out and be different, says the multicultural artistic director, born of a Russian father and Italian mother, who also has a singular past, having lived in Tokyo, Rome, London, Moscow, and New York. She is also a graduate of the Chelsea College of Art & Design, Central Saint Martins, and the Royal College of Art.
The L’Aventure chapter offers pieces set with Colombian emeralds, which took two years’ research to pair, representing the Jura forests. “Imagine being young Louis, 13 years old and embarking on a two-year journey to Paris,” wonders Amfitheatrof. The jeweler is considering the times she herself needed to be brave. “Jumping out of a plane parachuting, aged 17; landing a plane in Malibu aged 22; diving with sharks in Madagascar; childbirth; and a brave moment running away from a snake in my house in Connecticut!” she laughs.

Fawaz Gruosi Shares the Top Three Tips Every Woman Should Follow When Investing in Jewelry

Fawaz Gruosi Shares the Top Three Tips Every Woman Should Follow When Investing in Jewelry

Hend Sabri wearing Fawaz Gruosi jewelry. Photo: Courtesy Fawaz Gruosi
When Egyptian star Youssra and renowned jewelry designer Fawaz Gruosi stepped out on the red carpet at the Red Sea International Film Festival, it was only fair for the duo to mark the moment of sophistication, elegance, and luxury. Youssra, wearing a white gold necklace set with diamonds, rubies and turquoise drops, shone as brightly as her jewelry set next to Gruosi, who partnered up with the film festival to drape some of its most stunning visitors in his unique creations.

Counting the likes of Sharon Stone among his celebrity loyalists, Gruosi worked closely with Hend Sabri, Irina Shayk, Shanina Shaik, and Candice Swanepoel to bring together the jewelry pieces that worked best with their ensembles for the opening night of the Red Sea Film Festival. And his efforts paid off—As Sabri walked the red carpet in an off-white long sleeve dress distinguished by its simplicity, her neck dazzled with an emerald choker that almost perfectly demonstrated “the Fawaz Gruosi brand coming to life when it is matched with the perfect woman.” In fact, each woman who was seen in Gruosi’s creations that evening seemed to create a moment of magic in Jeddah, proving that no one can do what he does. “For me, it’s not about who I would like to see wearing my pieces, it’s about the women wanting to wear them. If they are drawn to a Fawaz Gruosi design, we would always want to see how we could build that relationship,” the icon shares with Vogue Arabia in a special interview. “I am incredibly lucky to work with some of the world’s most precious gems; and to design and craft them into beautiful pieces that bring real joy to my clients. My team have been with me for many years, and we have taken great pride in crafting a business that is reflective of our values.”
Sharon Stone wearing Fawaz Gruosi at the ‘No Time To Die’ premiere in 2021. Photo: Courtesy Fawaz Gruosi
Fawaz Gruosi’s Lebanese background shines through his bold compositions, often inspired by the Arab aesthetic. “Our Colorissima Collection channels the magic of color that you find across the Gulf, and I often think the Amber Collection is very reminiscent of the color tones of agarwood, which is, of course where the Gulf’s favourite scent, oud, comes from,” Gruosi explains. And when it was time for the Red Sea Film Festival to finally light up the city of Jeddah, the jewelry mogul couldn’t resist becoming a part of the journey. “Film and cinema have always been the home of truly glamorous women, and with the huge changes that have come in Saudi Arabia in the past few years, it felt right to be bringing together the Fawaz Gruosi brand with the RSIFF. It has truly been a joy to be in the Kingdom after all these years, and to see the women looking so fantastic in their gowns and their jewels on the red carpet. This was on a parallel with the other fabulous film festivals around the world such as Cannes or Venice.”
Candice Swanepoel wearing Fawaz Gruosi jewelry. Photo: Courtesy Fawaz Gruosi
But what of the women who don’t live their lives at film festivals, but love a little glamour nonetheless? With the holiday season slowly approaching, Gruosi advises women interested in becoming a part of the Fawaz Gruosi family to make their jewel choices wisely. “I believe earrings a great place to start as they frame the face and can be worn to any event when you want to sparkle. Of course, a matching necklace or bracelet always elevates the look!” he shares. And for investment pieces, his advice couldn’t be simpler. “First of all, think long-term. This is a serious investment, so you want to be as happy in ten years’ time as you are the day you buy. Secondly, work with your jeweler. At Fawaz Gruosi, we have our fabulous collections but there is nothing I like more than working directly with a client to create something bespoke. Finally, be bold with your jewel choices. There are so many options to play with, from different cuts of emeralds to unusual stones such as tsavorite and onyx. I also love to use different materials such as black ceramic. There’s a whole world to choices to be explored, so be brave!”
Shanina Shaik wearing Fawaz Gruosi jewelry. Photo: Courtesy Fawaz Gruosi
Tina Kunakey wearing Fawaz Gruosi jewelry. Photo: Courtesy Fawaz Gruosi
Mayssa Maghrebi wearing Fawaz Gruosi jewelry. Photo: Courtesy Fawaz Gruosi
Irina Shayk wearing Fawaz Gruosi jewelry. Photo: Courtesy Fawaz Gruosi
Fawaz Gruosi. Photo: Damian Foxe
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“Pretty Woman Holds a Special Place for Me”: Emma Roberts on Launching the Film’s Namesake High Jewelry Collection By Fred

“Pretty Woman Holds a Special Place for Me”: Emma Roberts on Launching the Film’s Namesake High Jewelry Collection By Fred

As Fred opens its first boutique in the UAE, actor Emma Roberts launches its Pretty Woman jewelry campaign with heart and head.
Emma Roberts wearing Pretty Woman Glamorous Earring, Unconditional Ring, and Glamorous Necklace. Photo: Courtesy of Fred
The French have the expression “Il pleut des cordes” to describe a downpour. Meanwhile, Americans would remark, “it’s raining cats and dogs.” It was one such night in Paris for a dinner hosted by actor Emma Roberts and French high jewelry brand Fred in the courtyard of the Michelin starred restaurant Apicius. Under such dreary climes, both the sparkle of jewelry and a high-wattage smile can transform the evening into a bright soiree.
A welcoming demeanor as embodied by Roberts colored the evening, as did the high jewelry necklace of white diamonds and rubellites set as hearts within hearts forming a necklace around her neck. “I felt very glamorous,” remarks Roberts the following day. Petite, the star is dressed in a chic black suit and sitting in a suite at Hôtel de Crillon. Her blonde hair is loose to her shoulders and her red mouth offers a spot-on resemblance to her aunt Julia Roberts. “It was special because I haven’t traveled abroad since before the pandemic. So, to be a new mom, be in Paris, and have a night out surrounded by such great personalities – and I brought my best friend with me as my date – the jewelry was the cherry on top.”
If cheerful, warm, and curious are a few of the qualities Roberts embodies, the star of the Fred Jewelry Pretty Woman campaign and niece of the Pretty Woman of cinema is also a successful actor. Her debut role was as the daughter of Johnny Depp’s character in Blow (2001), when she was nine. Later roles would see her thrive in the satirical horror genre with the likes of Scream 4 (2011) and the TV series Scream Queens, but also romantic comedy with a leading role in Holidate, which came out last year.
Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Photo: Courtesy of Fred
For the time being, Roberts is enthused about her role as the face of a high jewelry campaign. “They approached me mentioning they were doing a Pretty Woman collection and obviously Pretty Woman holds a special place for me, as well as being such an iconic movie. I was immediately honored that they asked me – being an American girl to be approached by such a gorgeous, luxury French jewelry brand is, well… It makes the day much better,” she says, laughing in a sing-song voice. “I was just so honored, I said yes, immediately.” Pointing to the campaign posters, Roberts notes that she was seven months pregnant at the time of the shoot, with her now one-year-old son, Rhodes. She wears earrings that dangle with diamonds to drop hearts; a diamond and rubellite ring; and a sautoir necklace with a graphic heart larger than her wide green eyes, fully encrusted with diamonds. There are also delicate pieces that can be layered, and their various gold colors mixed and matched.
While vice president and artistic director Valérie Samuel oversees the jewelry creations today, the house was founded by her grandfather Fred Samuel in 1936, who engraved the words “Creative Modern Jeweller” on his first business cards. Born in Argentina in 1908, Samuel first developed his passion for cultured pearls and later explored colored stones, ultimately being commissioned by the king and queen of Nepal to create jewelry to match the court saris. His quest for color and light remains a pillar of the house. The jewels have seduced Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Hutton, and Princess Grace of Monaco and the maison has collaborated with artists Jean Cocteau and Bernard Buffet. Recently, Fred expanded to the UAE, with a boutique opening in the Dubai Mall.
Fred Samuel, the founder of Fred Jewelry. Photo: Courtesy of Fred
“The history of Fred is so beautiful and fascinating – it’s a family-owned business. You can feel how organic the brand is,” nods Roberts. “There are these high-end luxurious pieces and these great dainty pieces that are more affordable and that you can wear every day. To have a maison that can do both is unique and it speaks to me. When I’m not on the red carpet having to give back the jewelry to the security guards at midnight, I still want to wear the brand, in my everyday life, as a mom, with jeans.”
Photo: Courtesy of Fred
Roberts reveals that she feels beautiful when she is settled and carefree. “To me, the prettiest woman in the world is never the most done up and looking for attention; it’s always the one who is comfortable and happy.” When Roberts is à l’aise, don’t be surprised to see a book in her hand. She is exceptionally well-read and even launched an online book club called Belletrist in 2017, which has 265 000 followers on Instagram – Roberts’s own feed has 17 million. “I was homeschooled, and I had to work harder on my own time to catch up with what everyone was doing at school. Often, it was me and a tutor or me and my mom and a pile of books. I made books my best friend because I wouldn’t have gotten through high school otherwise,” she remembers. “I would go out of my way to find books I loved and that kept my morale up. With the job I do, if I have downtime on set, I try to read and not be on my phone. When I was doing American Horror Story: Coven, I read Steven King and became obsessed with that.”
Pretty Woman Glamorous Brooch. Photo: Courtesy of Fred
When traveling, Roberts’s first stop when shopping is always a bookstore. In Paris, she is sure to visit WHSmith and Shakespeare and Co., where she purchased W-3: A Memoir by Bette Howland, and she always picks up a tote as a memento. Jewelry souvenirs also hold a special place in her heart. For her mother’s recent birthday, Roberts found a vintage tennis charm from 1916 to gift her. For her own 30th birthday in February this year, her mother gave her a diamond band. “I remember seeing her wear it when I was younger and thinking it was so sparkly,” Roberts recalls. “It was a ring my father gave her when she had me. It was so meaningful and unexpected. I was just taken aback that she thought to do that.” Perhaps 30 years from now, Roberts will gift a member of her family a high jewelry keepsake, one from this trip from Paris marked by this very pretty woman who will decide for herself.
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Originally published in the December 2021 issue of Vogue Arabia

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