california dreaming

as an independent artist myself, i am all about supporting the indie community by buying handmade treasures to adorn myself, however, what girl does not appreciate a diamond encrusted bauble from an esteemed and world renowned jeweller such as say, van cleef and arpels?

to celebrate their 70th year in america, v&a are launching a 100 one-of-kind piece collection called "california rêverie". the pieces will be introduced in their first ever us store in los angeles.

i love seeing jewellery that will be sold for more than a house plus a car being made, something about seeing it in raw form is magical. it ends up being so shiny and sparkly but starts out so rough and deconstructed.

this white gold lovely (it's a palmier collier that can be worn as a brooch or necklace) will only set you back $1.5 million, mheh.

the ny times' blog, the moment, has an interesting article covering this spectacular milestone, and it's a neat look into the world of fine jewellery creation.
//via the moment//