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Monday, May 4, 2015

So sweet! The name of Britain’s new royal princess has been revealed: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. I’m all choked up about it. I vividly remember getting up early to watch young Diana Spencer get married to Prince Charles in 1981 and now I’ve seen Princess Di’s first granddaughter arrive. Speaking of arrivals, did you see little […]

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

I really need to get back to writing my history-inspired posts! Here’s a throwback one in honor of the Chinese New Year. One of my favorite badass royal ladies was Empress Wu, as she’s known now. When she ruled China in the 7th century, she used the name Emperor Shensheng (spelling may vary), making her […]

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

If you’re in New York, run to the nearest newsstand and get the New York Post.  Today’s edition includes the Post’s Alexa luxury supplement, and my Empress Wu dragon earrings are featured in Alexa! I’m in great company, sharing the page with Balmain, Valentino, Christian Louboutin, Erdem and Dolce & Gabbana, among others. Thanks, New […]

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Look who has joined my flat-faced animal family! This is Purrkoy, an Exotic Shorthair kitteh from breeder Lynn Cooke of Callyn Cattery. My older kitteh, FitzRoy (aka #thecatinthebowl), who joined us in 2012, has quite a few Instagram cat friends who were from Lynn, so that’s how we found her and Purrkoy. The name Purrkoy […]

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Leo period of the astrological calendar begins today. You really don’t have to be a Leo to wear my lion-themed jewelry — the pieces weren’t inspired by astrology — but if you ARE a Leo, they’re even more compelling, no? My Eleanor necklace was inspired by Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the most powerful […]

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Monday, July 22, 2013

I am pleased to see that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has had a baby boy, though I confess I was hoping for a little queen-to-be.  Many of the designs in my signature jewelry line are inspired by queens and other royal wimmins. I don’t usually work with contemporary personalities, so I’m not sure […]

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

I’ve rediscovered a booklet from a July 13, 1987, Madonna concert. During her “Who’s That Girl” World Tour, Madonna did this show at Madison Square Garden to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). This booklet looks like a regular program from the outside, but inside was a comic explaining AIDS and safe sex. […]

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Friday, May 31, 2013

The Couture and JCK fine-jewelry trade shows are taking place in Las Vegas this weekend. WWD reports that the color orange is expected to be a key trend. If you want to be first to flaunt jewels in a citrus-y shade, check out my Edburga poison ring set with a vivid fire opal cabochon. The […]

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Monday, February 4, 2013

A lot of my jewelry is inspired by royalty, but I focus on females: queens, empresses, queen consorts, princesses. I figure history as it is taught in elementary and high school is basically about men, so I prefer to concentrate on herstory. However, I have a soft spot for one dude: England’s 15th-century Richard III. […]

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

… I’d wear this beautiful Dolce & Gabbana gown on casual Fridays at Versailles. Joan Rivers has a good line about the French queen that she uses when showing off her own apartment: “Marie Antoinette would have lived here … if she had money.”

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