High Jewelry Made a Big Impact at Paris Couture Week

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Haute couture is one-of-a-kind creations crafted from the finest materials by skilled artisans using century-old techniques. Haute couture had humble beginnings. In 1858, an English couturier, Charles Frederick Worth, established the first haute couture house in Paris championing exclusive luxury fashion for the upper-class woman and coining the term “fashion designer” in lieu of the basic dressmaker. Today, haute couture is still synonymous with high-quality materials and workmanship. And when haute couture meets haute joaillerie (high jewelry), the result is transformative! The jewelry becomes an extension of the designer’s vision for his or her collection creating a complete story – one that is truly a work of art!

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GIAMBATTISTA VALLI AND ELEUTERI:

Giambattista Valli accessorized his haute couture collection, comprising of ethereal tulle gowns, draped silk chiffon dresses and embellished minis with exquisite vintage jewels from Eleuteri. The jewels focused mainly on bracelets featuring a glorious 1950s French amethyst and turquoise piece as well as a intricate jade and gold design from David Webb and several Tubogas wristwatches from Bulgari.

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GUO PEI AND CHOPARD:

The Chinese designer made a name for herself when she dressed singer Rihanna in yellow couture for the MET’s “China through the Looking Glass” gala and red carpet. For her haute couture collection, she collaborated with Chopard paying homage to the golden era of haute couture and Hollywood icons of the 50s. The results were a perfect fusion of Chinese and Western cultures, high fashion and exquisite jewels.

The deep jewel toned hues of Pei’s dresses paired effortlessly with Chopard’s the Silk Road collection, which featured an emerald bib necklace, diamond and pearl drop earrings and an amethyst pendant necklace. The Chopard jewels complemented the opulence and extravagance of Pei’s couture collection perfectly.

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The Top Jewels that Sparkled in Cannes, 2017

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The Cannes Film Festival is arguably one of the best showcases for the top international jewelry houses to showcase their finest and brightest gems and designs for the world to see.

This 12-day festival brings out the most exceptional designs and creations from the likes of Chopard to Harry Winston.

It’s where you can see leading ladies like Charlize Theron and Jessica Chastain as well as ingénues like Dakota Fanning and Rihanna parading down the red carpet in the latest couture gowns and decadent jewels.

Here are the best jewels from the most revered jewelry houses that were showcased on the festival’s red carpet.

CHOPARD:

The jewelry house has a deep history with the Festival as it’s been the official partner and designer of the coveted Palme d’Or trophy awarded to the most critically-acclaimed movie. This year, the buzz on the red carpet was their collaboration with music super-star Rihanna.

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Singer Rihanna wore emerald, rock crystal quartz and diamond earrings, a black nephrite and diamond bracelet with a 31.95-carat emerald, three emerald and diamond rings and a floral bracelet set with diamonds, all from the Rihanna Loves Chopard High Jewellery collection, at the premiere of the movie ‘Okja’.

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Model Adriana Lima wore a diamond bib by Chopard at the screening of the film ‘Loveless’.

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Actress Miriam Odemba wore a titanium and white gold necklace with kunzites, beryls, tanzanites and diamonds, and matching earrings, from the Red Carpet collection by Chopard.

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Karolina Kurkova wore a sapphire and diamond necklace from the High Jewellery Collection from Chopard at the premiere of ‘Based on a True Story’.

Actress Juliette Binoche wore platinum and diamond earrings by Chopard.

Actress Elizabeth Olsen wore diamond flower stud earrings by Chopard. We simply adore the placement of these earrings.

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This jewelry house showcased some of the best and boldest designs to hit the red carpet with their use of brilliant colored stones.

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Model Hailey Baldwin wore stunning drop earrings set with white and brown diamonds, and edged with citrine briolettes.

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Model Jenaye Noah wore a pair of exquisite de Grisogono chandelier earrings that glowed with oval-cut citrines from their Melody of Colours collection. A perfect compliment to her vibrant blue gown.

BVLGARI

This iconic jewelry house showcased their classic Serpenti jewelry and picked up major press when actress and model Emily Ratajkowski was photographed wearing their pieces both on the red carpet and on her personal Instagram.

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Model Bella Hadid wore a Bulgari High Jewellery Serpenti necklace and bracelet in white gold.

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Model and Actress Emily Ratajkowski combined two Bulgari necklaces, one comprised of pearls, rubellites and diamonds from the High Jewelry Collection and the other pendant necklace made with diamonds, emerald and rubies.

BOUCHERON

The design house had some of the most striking statement-making pieces to hit the red carpet at Cannes. Actress Salma Hayek’s necklace rendered us both breathless and speechless!

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Actress Salma Hayek wore the Baïkal necklace with a 78.33-carat Santa Maria aquamarine, moonstones, Akoya pearls and diamonds from the new Hiver Impérial High Jewellery collection by Boucheron

Model Laetitia Casta paired the Lumière de Nuit diamond and pearl earrings from Boucheron’s Hiver Impérial High Jewellery collection with her gown at the premiere of The Meyerowitz Stories in Cannes

De Beers

The classic diamond jewelry house is known for their slogan “a diamond is forever” .This year, Chinese movie actress and taste maker Fan Bingbing embodies the classic elegance of Hollywood that the brand is synonymous with as she modelled a coveted collection of jewels from the house.

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Fan Bingbing wore the Arpeggia five-line earrings, bracelet and Aria ring at the ‘Amant Double’ premiere.

Piaget

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At the closing of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, actress Jessica Chastain, Piaget’s International Brand ambassador since 2015, paired her show-stopping gown with earrings in white gold set with diamonds from Piaget’s new High Jewellery collection Sunlight Journey.

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Model CoCo Rocha wore earrings in white gold set with diamonds, blue sapphires and black opal from the new High Jewellery Collection Sunlight Journey.

Another noteworthy mention is model Naomi Campbell’s earrings, necklace, ring and cuff in white gold set with emeralds and diamonds from the new High Jewellery Collection Sunlight Journey.

Harry Winston

Known as the “jeweler to the stars” and Nicole Kidman’s ‘go to’ jeweler, Harry Winston notably had Nicole Kidman wear his jewelry on the red carpet. Best bet as she had the most films to debut on the Cannes Red Carpet this year.

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Nicole Kidman wore Secret Cluster diamond earrings, Sunflower ring and diamond bracelet by Harry Winston at ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ premiere.

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Top Ten Best Jewelry Looks of the 2017 Met Gala

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This year’s theme for the evening’s Met Gala was “The Art of the In-Between”. The exhibit offers a retrospective of designer Rei Kawakubo of the famed design house Comme des Garçons. Stars and socialites embraced the juxtaposition of redefining the traditional placement of jewelry by wearing key pieces around the ear, in the hair and in some cases even backwards. The red carpet dazzled with both futuristic, avant-garde statement pieces and traditional vintage diamonds from iconic jewelers.

Below is a selection of the most striking examples we found to be featured on the red carpet. We are counting down our top ten looks, including the above look worn by Chinese fashion model Liu Wen.

1. Liu Wen wearing Chanel fine jewelry, photos via NY Mag.

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2. Claire Danes wore an antique yellow gold and seed pearl earrings and antique cut steel arrow brooch, circa 1850, worn in the hair by Fred Leighton.

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3. Karen Elson stuns in Tiffany & Co. earrings and ring.

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4. Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen wearing a plethora of what looks like vintage baubles.

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5. Actress Elle Fanning wore an Art Deco aquamarine and diamond bandeau, circa 1920s, in platinum along with 6.0 tcw diamond studs in platinum by Fred Leighton.

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6. Kate Bosworth wore vintage ruby and diamond earrings and a vintage diamond necklace by Cartier.

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7. Katie Holmes wore a fabulous set of antique diamond and paste necklaces from Kentshire.

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8. Kerry Washington wore a safety- pin choker by Michael Kors Collection.

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9. Sarah Paulson wore custom Calder-inspired sapphire in oxidized gold chandelier earrings by Irene Neuwirth.

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10. Cassie wore a custom-made diamond ear cuff by Indonesian designer Rinaldy A. Yunardi.

All above photos via Getty images.

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Lauren Conrad’s Jewelry Line Might Just Be A Huge Rip Off

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“YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID!” LC screams as MTV makes her accidently run into new nemesis, once best friend, Heidi in an infamous scene of The Hills. If you’re a millennial, you know exactly where you were when that episode aired and you may have even had a “Team LC” t-shirt on. Nearly ten years later, Lauren Conrad has built a mini-empire with her sense of fashion and likeability. She has plugged into the large fanbase created from the show, a show often critiqued for how fake, construed, and far from reality it was.

Meanwhile, I’m over here screaming that same phrase as I look over Lauren’s newly launched jewelry line and see the astronomical prices for the products with her celebrity name on them. Again, something happening here is far from reality.

I haven’t kept up with Lauren or her work for many years, but was surprised to read this morning about her new fine jewelry line launch on Who What Wear. Simple designs–some may call them “classic,” others may say they are undeniably basic. The rings are done in 10k rose and white gold, the lowest karat gold alloy out there to still be considered “fine” jewelry. The gemstones are a mix of commercial grade diamond melee, ranging in full cuts and single cuts, and gemstones like morganite, green quartz and blue topaz.

The descriptions from the Kohl’s website, where you can purchase the jewelry from, give all the details (which I for one am thankful for the full disclosure on the goods, including diamond grades and sizes) however most of these details for the average shopper are just as well off in another language. Clarity, color and diamond weight are descriptors that your average shopper might not be able to connect with or translate.

As an experienced jewelry appraiser with more than nine years in the business, what I saw had alarmed me, and I felt I needed to educate the masses who may not be familiar with evaluating jewelry and putting a monetary value on a piece like this. I’m also 99% sure Lauren herself doesn’t know how to appraise jewelry, let alone design it and price it–so I know it is not her personally that is responsible for these overpriced items. I believe it is my responsibility, as a member of the press, to educate and express my concern when I see something I don’t understand or feel is ridiculous. I am simply an advocate to the blind consumer, who hopefully won’t be so blind after reading this!

I’d like to take a few pieces from the LC Lauren Conrad jewelry line and break them down, in appraiser’s terms, and let you know what retail replacement value I would give these rings if they were brought to me for an appraisal.

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First up, this single solitaire ring from the LC Lauren Conrad Collection. Website says it is 10k rose gold and I can see it is clearly stamped that as well. As I alluded to above, 10k gold is the lowest karat grade to be considered fine jewelry, at least in the United States. A quick gold lesson–24k gold is pure gold, it comes out of the ground this way. It is too soft in this form, so the gold is alloyed or combined with other metals to make it more durable and affordable for jewelry wear. 10k gold means that 41.6% of that ring is actual gold, the 58.4% is other metals. Keyword here is affordable; most 10k gold rings are found in stores like WalMart or department stores and pricing should be as such. Not $1,200. That’s insane. If you put this ring on a scale and weighed it for gold weight, a scrap gold value would be most likely around $30-60. That is the offer you would be getting from a jewelry store or pawn shop that buys unwanted jewelry from the public–they wouldn’t even consider the stones because of how low quality they are (they might pop out the morganite and give it back to you).

My retail replacement value: $295, compared to $1,200

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Next up, the 1/8th of a carat diamond band done in 10k white gold. Here, let’s focus on the diamonds in this ring–first and foremost the carat weight. One eighth. That’s not a lot. Do you know how tiny the diamonds need to be to ADD UP to an even tinier number of 1/8th?! So tiny! That’s roughly 0.13 carats between, looks like 14 diamonds. The photo of the ring is blown up to show detail, so please please don’t pay $800 for a ring like this with hardly any diamond weight, let alone high quality diamond weight. Just as the other rings within the collection show, the clarity is I-1/I-2 meaning its at the bottom of the scale–eye-visible inclusions abound. We’re talking commercial grade, on-the-brink industrial grade, diamonds.

My retail replacement value: $250, compared to $800

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Lastly, this solitaire morganite ring done in 10k rose gold. It’s cute; people are going to love it because the blush color of the stone, paired with the blush color of the rose gold–two very fashionable things happening right now. But the price tag kills me–$2,000! Morganite is a gemstone in the beryl family, the same family of gems as a more well-known stone, emerald. Still, Morganite does not compare to emerald in rarity and price. The price per carat varies widely on Morganite, but on average anywhere from $70-200 is a good estimate. This particular ring features a 1.87 carat stone.

My retail replacement value: $375, compared to $2,000

I understand these prices are set with a huge premium as a celebrity is endorsing them, the profit needs to be split and divided multiple times amongst several different channels–I GET THAT. But, hopefully after reading this you will understand that these pieces have a value that doesn’t match up to the retail price given. It is high-end prices with low-end products. Heck, there’s even a “Buy one, get one half off” sale going on–so if that doesn’t concern you, then you must just be shopping for the name brand.

 

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What the BEST Golden Globes Jewelry Says About Today’s Trends

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This year’s Golden Globes had us anticipating some knockout jewels, but as with most situations, I tried to set the bar low so I wouldn’t be disappointed. And I wasn’t. I was pleasantly happy with what I saw on the red carpet. Diamonds glistened one right after the other, and although it seemed like California had their own “white out” going on, it was the few pops of color that we did see that totally stood out. But hey, who can complain about diamonds?! From Sienna Miller’s unexpected pearls, to the numerous bold diamond necklaces, and the cherry on top for me was Michelle Williams’ black velvet bow around her neck. I loved all these looks I just mentioned and thought they suited each celebrity perfectly. I couldn’t imagine any other person rocking those pearls the way Sienna Miller did (well I could, but they would have ended up on my worst jewelry list) and that is what makes these jewelry trends able to translate into the real world.

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Celebrity Designer Jewelry at the 2015 Academy Awards

Celebrity Jewelry at the 2015 Oscars

With the 2015 Academy Awards said and done, now is the time to check out all the latest fashion choices from the world-famous celebrities in attendance! With each annual Oscars event, the red carpet is probably the best place to spot the latest and greatest in fashion, including the most extravagant in designer jewelry. From Anna Kendrick all the way to Zoe Saldana, we take a look at 25 top Hollywood celebrities and the designer brand jewelry they wore that star-studded night. Just click on any image below to open the full-size gallery. [Photos via Forbes, Vogue and Hollywood Reporter]

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Roberto Coin Jewelry – Fall Sale Top 10

Besides being one of our favorites, Roberto Coin is often ranked in the top 10 jewelry brands, both internationally, here in the States and among other Italian brands. We’ve put our entire selection on sale at up to 60% off for anyone looking to upgrade their fall wardrobe. And in case you’re having trouble deciding, we’ve picked out 10 favorite pieces to share with you (along with a few favorite celebrities wearing Roberto Coin):

Katy Perry wearing Roberto Coin Jewelry

Katy Perry wearing Roberto Coin.

Kristen Stewart wearing Roberto Coin Jewelry

Kristen Stewart wearing Roberto Coin.

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Celebrities Who Love Le Vian Jewelry!

Did you know the House of Le Vian’s history actually stretches all the way back to 1500 AD? The LeVian family were famous for their jewelry across Persia around that time and by 1700 AD, they were the Crown Jewelers for Persian royalty. LeVian was relaunched as a modern company by Abdulrahim Ephraim LeVian when he emigrated from Persia to New York in 1950. Still run by the LeVian family, their brand has only grown in success and popularity since. Today, it’s a hot name in jewelry making, especially here in the USA, with many celebrities counted as fans. So we have rounded up a big gallery of top celebs wearing their creations (With many of the celeb photos via the Le Vian Jewelry facebook page). And below we have a beautiful selection of Le Vian Jewelry that we have in stock and on sale for up to 77% off!

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Le Vian Aquamarine Leaf Pendant Necklace

This pendant from Le Vian is a classic beauty. Made of rose gold, it features an openwork design made of leaves and vines. The highlight is a aquamarine stone accented with .75 carats of champagne diamonds.

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Celebrities who love Stephen Webster Jewelry!

Christina Aguilera for Stephen Webster Jewelry

Christina Aguilera for Stephen Webster Jewelry

British jewelry designer Stephen Webster jumped onto the scene with his first boutique in london in 1994. By 2008, he brought his total of global boutiques up to 20. He reputation goes far beyond the quality of his creations, but for his unique style that takes influence from gothic and rock and roll. His edgy designs have earned him a huge following of actresses, musicians and models over the relatively short life of his brand. For some fashion inspiration, check out our big gallery of celebs sporting his jewelry below, along with our current sale pieces. (Celebrity photos via the Stephen Webster Jewelry Facebook page)

Stephen Webster Gemstone Band Rings

First we have a pair of classically designed white gold rings that feature a strip of either turquoise or onyx stone with diamond accents.

Stephen Webster Turquoise Band Ring

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Stephen Webster Turquoise Bangle Bracelet

Next we have another piece featuring a lovely inlay of turquoise stone. It’s made of white gold and also features diamond accents around each stone inlay. It’s from the Crystal Haze collection, which means the turquoise is covered with a thin layer of faceted white quartz, giving it a hazy, dreamy glow.

Stephen Webster Crystal Haze Turquoise Bracelet

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Stephen Webster Turquoise Earrings

Also from the popular Crystal Haze collection, these earrings feature turquoise stones with a white quartz overlay. They’re made of yellow gold and also include diamond accents around the rim of the design.

Stephen Webster Crystal Haze Turquoise Earrings

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Stephen Webster Hematite Earrings (Estate)

These estate earrings are in white gold and also from the Crystal Haze collection. They use an unique take on hoop earrings and feature quartz layered black hematite. The each entire earring is also set with diamonds (2.38 carats).

Stephen Webster Crystal Haze Hematite Earrings

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Stephen Webster Citrine Cocktail Ring

Our last piece is a fun cocktail ring in yellow gold. It features an intricate design that suspends a large citrine stone with diamond accents.

Stephen Webster Citrine Cocktail Ring

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Celebrities who Love David Yurman Jewelry!

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Kate Moss has modeled for David Yurman for 10 years.

Since their launch of the New York City in 1980, The David Yurman brand has been an influential part of the jewelry industry, both domestically and internationally. This private boutique brand is still run by its namesake David Yurman and his wife Sybil. Their success continues to grow after 34 years, with plenty of celebrity fans to vouch for them. Check out the big gallery from David Yurman of top actors, actresses, musicians, athletes and other famous individuals spotted wearing their jewelry. And check out some of their jewelry we have on sale below.

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David Yurman Cable Classics Bracelet

The “cable” motif is David Yurman’s most iconic design and one of the most recognizable in the world of jewelry. This cable bracelet is truly timeless in yellow gold set with a single smokey topaz stone.

David Yurman Cable Classics Bracelet

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David Yurman Cable Classics XL Hoop Earrings

This large hoop earrings feature just a clean cable design made with sterling silver.

David Yurman Cable Classics XL Hoop Earrings

David Yurman Double Strand Diamond Necklace

Here we have a very luxurious example from their collection. It uses two yellow gold chains highlighted with a diamond-set hook motif.

David Yurman Double Strand Diamond Necklace

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Estate Classic Cable Crossover Choker Necklace

This is the first of four estate pieces we have from David Yurman. First is a unique choker style necklace that’s twists together yellow gold with a sterling silver cable.

David Yurman Estate Classic Cable Crossover Choker Necklace

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Estate Amethyst Necklace

This takes a classic multi-strand necklace design and applies their signature cable motif. The cables are sterling silver and feature a bunch of rich purple amethyst beads accented with yellow gold.

David Yurman Estate Amethyst Necklace

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Estate Amethyst Ring

Our last piece matches the necklace above purple amethysts with yellow gold accents. The ring is also sterling silver and is engraved with the cable motif.

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Estate Diamond Pave “X” Bracelet

This piece uses an unique chainmail style for it’s sterling silver bracelet. It’s marked with a large “X” that’s set with a full diamond pave.

DAVID YURMAN Estate Diamond Pave “X” Bracelet

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