Diamond iWatch You Say?

Check out one east coast store’s idea of an awesome Apple gift. This is definitely no longer your average techi-nerd smartwatch.

Mervis Diamonds Importers, once voted “Best Place To Buy a Diamond” via the Washington Post, decided to add more than a little glitz and glamour to the number one item on every Apple fanatic’s wish list. Resulting in the unveiling of the “Diamond iWatch”.

Their vision includes none other than the hottest metal of the holiday season: 18-karat rose gold for the band covered in full cut round diamonds. They even placed the blinged-out version of the watch to their store’s gift guide.

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The Diamond iWatch features eight rows of round brilliant-cut diamonds set in a shared-prong tennis bracelet design. Includes more than 15 carats of diamonds, E/F in color and VS1/VS2 in clarity.

Jonathan Mervis had a genius idea by adding the item to their gift book. He wanted something to stop consumers in their tracks and give them the itch to come by store this season. A nice contrast to the staple pieces of every other store’s catalogue filled with diamond studs, halo engagement rings and your mother’s tennis bracelets!

Due to the lack of information given to the public on the release of the actual Apple Watch, the Washington, D.C. retailer rendered a life like version to the public instead.

Diamond iWatch Facts:

  • The retail price for this version is $30,150.
  • Prices will vary based on the metal chosen as well as the quality of the diamonds
  •  Mervis is open to customizing the piece according to what the buyer wantS.
  • Once the Apple Watch is actually released and the retailer can buy a few, it will customize iWatches for its customers.
  • Currently, Apple has not released any details about where it will be selling its smartwatch, but Mervis said that even if the store doesn’t become an authorized seller of the Apple Watch, it will go to a retailer that is and purchase a select amount to set with diamonds and sell as the “Diamond iWatch.”
  • The first run of production will be extremely limited.
  • My goal is to make five to 10 in this production and that the second edition might be different – Mervis told National Jeweler.
  • The retailer is not yet accepting pre-payments for the watch but has posted it on its website to gauge interest via pre-orders.
  • Mervis said that the Diamond iWatch is garnering attention from all over the world, including from a number of buyers in the Middle East. Pre-orders are expected to ship in June 2015.

I’m Thinking Pink!

Now That’s What I Call Pink October!
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How fitting that right in line with Pink October we see a record breaking rare pink diamond become one of the most expensive gems ever sold at a auction Sotheby’s in Hong Kong this moth.

The Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink Diamond, weighing in at 8.41 carats and mined and cut from a 19.54-carat rough by the world’s leading diamond corporation, De Beers.

Sold for $17.8 million.

An Asian private buyer bought the diamond, which Sotheby’s had mounted. Its sale shattered the former record of $10.8 million, which was set in November 2009, also in Hong Kong, for a 5-carat fancy vivid pink diamond.

Considering its impressive clarity – graded as Internally Flawless (IF) – the estimate was bound to be surpassed and it was!

 8.41 carat Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink diamond.

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After (mounted  in setting)

After (mounted in setting)

Happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Please be sure to wear your pink (jewels or not) this month to show your support in the fight against breast cancer. This cause is very near and dear to me as both my mother and grandmother survived it. Fight like girl and wear PINK!

XxOo,

Callye

So So Sophia!

Sofia-Vergara-So-Sofia-Kay-JewelersHollywood’s sexiest latin lady of the red carpet, Sofia Vergara, has partnered with Kay® Jewelers to launch her jewelry collection, aptly named SOFIA VERGARA so Sofia™.

The collection captures the look of fine jewelry at an affordable price. Sofia’s cheerful, vibrant and sultry style shines through many of the pieces in the collection.

She pays homage to her home country of Columbia by inserting hidden hints of emeralds in the sides and under galleries of the jewelry. She has created for the public a collection that showcases her personal taste. She recently donned two pieces of So Sophia, before announcing the line, creating a media frenzy suggesting she had gotten engaged to her beau. A genius PR move on her part to promote the unveling of the line! 

Sofia is about as obsessed with jewels as they come. I have had the pleasure of working with her style team in the past and she is definitely hands on with the accessories that make up her finishing looks.

While you’re not getting the luxurious jewels that Sophia adorns on the red carpet, you can purchase her signature line at a fraction of the cost in sterling silver and 10K gold creations with lab created bold gemstones and genuine diamonds.

The SOFIA VERGARA so Sofia™ collection is available exclusively at select Kay® Jewelers stores or online at kay.com and retails from $230 – $1600 USD.

Kudos Sophia! See some of my picks from the collection here:

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 Shop The SOFIA VERGARA So Sofia Collection

The Istanbul Blues

I was already very saddened by the news of recent protests and violent outburst in the streets of Istanbul. I stood there in that very place where the chaos broke out in Taksim Square year before last and fell in complete love with the city as I pranced around buying jewelry watching it refract off my bronzed skin under the mediterranean sunlight.

I listened to the call of prayer, took a deep breath and thought to myself I have found a second home in Istanbul. It was like being in New York for me, except in a magical version submerged in breathtaking architecture, culture, history and most apparent of all LOVE. The Turkish people were amazing and embraced me with open arms. There wasn’t a single place I visited where I wasn’t greeted with coffee or tea. At night they wrap you in warm blankets and prop your feet up for you while they serve you hookah. And the night life is like that of no other! You may have think you’ve partied in life but you haven’t till you hit the streets of Istanbul after dark.

People so kind, cuisine so fine, endless baubles that shine. I could really get used to frequenting this place.  You see, I have this problem of me not being able to go any where without buying stuff for myself and others too like my mom, sister and besties! Take a peek at a few things I brought back:

  • Diamond and sapphire evil eye ring
  • Diamond evil eye and glass charm on roap
  • Muslim prayer cuff – GOLDAS
  • Muslim prayer earrings – GOLDAS
  • Bangels – blue agate and gold

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This week The World Federation of Diamond Bourses is holding its President’s Meeting inIstanbul despite the recent violence that was too close for comfort for their sister group the International Diamond Manufacturers Association, who opted out on their attendance.

Apparently safety wasn’t the only issue that affected the IDMA’S presence this year. It was reported that they had a lackluster turn out of registrants as well. Sad because Istanbul is a wonderful place to hold the meeting.

Nonetheless, I will continue to keep the people of Turkey in my prayers and close to my heart.

Each and every place I go you can count on me checking out two things for sure; the jewels and the plants. I may be a dainty diamond darling but I am also a total garden girl at heart! I have to take off my rings and swap them out for a pair of planting gloves from time to time. While on vacay always make sure to stop and smell the roses!

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