Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Toney Duquette Jewelry

One of the designers I find most inspiring is Tony Duquette.

above images: Town and Country December 2009

Tony Duquette had a life long fascination with jewelry. The jewelry he designed was opulent, extravagant, and exotic. He first started to make jewelry during the 1940s' and gained an international following after his one man exhibition at the Louvre in 1951. Over the next 45 years the jewelry Tony Duquette created did not number more than 500, and before 1960 none were signed. He used precious and semi precious stones mixed with materials such as, antiques pieces, silver, gold, glass to name a few. With his masterful skill and sophisticated eye Tony along with his partner Hutton Wilkinson created one of a kind pieces that were valued for design and not gemology. He was commissioned to design jewelry by celebrities, socialites, even the Duchess of Windsor. In 1994 the jewelry was brought to the attention of Bergdorf Goodman in New York who commissioned Tony Duquette and Hutton Wilkinson to design an exclusive line for the store. After Tony Duquette's death in 1999, his partner Hutton Wilkinson continues designing jewelry under the Tony Duquette name available exclusively through Sakes Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Hutton Wilkinson has shared much more about the jewelry and Tony Duquettes life in his books Tony Duquette and More is More:Tony Duquette

Firoozeh Khorrami

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Gift Books

Books make a great holiday present. Here are a few that I've selected

Which one would you like to receive?


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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gift Guide

Under $100

Stationary available at Elum Design

Yummy - Isn't this a wonderful gift - Twig and thistle mallows

Home Fragrance by Joe Malone

Linnea's Lights soy wax candles available at Giannetti Home

And if we wrap them as beutifuly as these gifts I don't think anyone would want to open it...

Gift wrapped boxes all from one of my favorite blogs A Giftwrapped Life

Let me know if you have anything to add to the list.....


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