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Lisa Van Alst

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Today's Wedding Jewelry: Floral Hair Ornaments to Boho Chic

BY : Lisa Van Alst

While pearls are recognized as the traditional wedding accessory, conventional baubles just don’t cut it for many young brides. Just as engagement rings are becoming more individualized, so are earrings, necklaces, and hair ornaments.

Most brides still opt for white, feminine, and a bit of sparkle - diamonds, pearls, clear crystal. Florals are still a favorite and we're seeing more variety in metals - white metals, blackened silver, yellow and rose gold - sometimes all at once.

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Topics: Engagement Rings, Jewelry

Becoming a Master Goldsmith in Germany: A Centuries-Old Tradition

BY : Lisa Van Alst

On a bright spring morning Amely Heinrich sits in her East Berlin workshop and boutique, Amely & Julia Goldschmiede, hard at work on a pair of gold earrings. In 2011, Heinrich opened her shop in the trendy neighborhood of Friedrichshein with fellow goldsmith, Julia Riedler, whom she met while studying at Pforzheim School of Design. Monday through Saturday, the pair can be found creating whimsical pieces of jewelry in their brightly decorated studio, with the help of two apprentices.

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Topics: Gold, Jewelry

How to Select the Perfect Sports Watch for You

BY : Lisa Van Alst

Let’s face it. Most people don’t wear luxury sports watches for practical reasons. They buy them because they look cool. The best chronographs on the market are like wearable versions of a luxury sports car.

But if you happen to be an outdoor enthusiast who actually needs a watch that will stand up to the rigors of your adventures and even offer some useful benefits, there are myriad timepieces for sports enthusiasts of all means and athletic persuasions.

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Topics: Watches

Watchmakers Target Celebrity Athletes, High-Profile Sports

BY : Lisa Van Alst

When watchmakers want to promote their brands, they turn to the celebrities their male customers admire most: star athletes. Luxury and sports watch brands are gearing up for this years big sports seasons to begin, after a winter spent targeting the Olympic Games, watched by millions of sports fanatics (and watch collectors) worldwide.

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Topics: Watches

Spring Jewelry Trends on the Upper East Side and Brooklyn

BY : Lisa Van Alst

From the refined Upper East Side to Brooklyn’s haphazard and hip Williamsburg, the city is teeming with jewelry creations in anticipation of spring—call it march madness for jewelry lovers, if you will. Here’s what’s hot in these two contrasting neighborhoods.

Upper East Side

Known for its easy access to Central Park, swanky townhouses and high-end shopping, NYC’s Upper East Side is the go-to location for the jewelry needs of the rich and famous. Madison Avenue is the street to stick to when browsing flagship stores of luxury designers such as Graff Diamonds, Fred Leighton, and Chopard.  

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Topics: Jewelry

 
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