Four More!

ImageTo bring you luck this new year, Bel Air Jewelry has listed four more things (check out our previous post!) you possibly didn’t know about the year ahead, for a total of eight (a lucky number in Chinese numerology).

5) This year, 2014, is the first year of the wooden horse in 60 years. According to superstition, in your zodiac year you will offend Tai Sui, the god of age, and will experience bad luck for the whole year. To avoid this you should wear something red, which has been given to you by someone else. In general, the lucky colours of team horse are green, red and purple; the lucky numbers are three, four and nine, and the lucky flowers are giant taro and jasmine.

6) Raymond Lo, a feng shui and destiny consultant, says the year of the horse is a year in which people are likely to stand firm on their principles, making negotiation difficult. For example, 2002 (the last year of the horse) was the year of Roy Keane and Mick McCarthy’s legendary World Cup bustup, and 1990 was the year of the poll tax riots.

7) If you were born in the year of the horse, you’re in good company. Fellow members of the horse club include Genghis Khan, Mongol ruler; Franklin D Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the US; Louis Pasteur, a 19th-century scientist; Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon; the American singer Aretha Franklin; and the model Cindy Crawford.

8) Years of the wooden horse are associated with warfare. The battle of Dien Bien Phu, which ended with the defeat of France by the Vietnamese, happened in 1954 and 1894 saw the start of the first Sino-Japanese war. “With such serious conflicts on historical record in the previous two yang wood horse years, I cannot rule out the possibility of war and fierce battle in 2014,” predicts Lo.

If it’s love, fame, passion, or triumph, from all of us at Bel Air, we wish a bejeweled year!

Wearable Art!

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Today we wanted to feature the designer Claire Prebble. She has created costumes for the Navi charactors in Avatar and her work has been sought after for a shoot with Kate Moss and requested for a Vogue Italia shoot. Her work is described as full body jewelry that is woven from sterling silver. Like Bel Air Jewelry, she has an eye for design and fashion. Her creations are fantastical and creative. We wanted to inspire our clients to be creative with the jewelry they select. Diamonds may be forever, but don’t be afraid to try a brilliant blue, or flaming yellow sapphire! Reach for the stars, and you just might hit the moon!

The Wolf of Wall Street

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The Wolf of Wall Street was based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. Leonardo DiCaprio depicts a suave, brilliant business man devouring life at an insatiable speed. The films itself was a staggering three hours of living the high-life to absolute debauchery. In it’s finer moments, the costumes and cast are beautifully touting the highest quality of, well, everything! We at Bel Air Jewelry were inspired to nudge the men out there to reach for classier attire. Check out our white gold sapphire diamond cufflinks, and don’t be afraid to let your inner class extend outward… just don’t go Belfort on us!

Happy Holidays!

ImageThe holidays can be a special time to re-connect with family, reach out to friends, and enjoy the merriment and good cheer of you neighbors and fellow human beings. This holiday, amongst the Black Friday deals and early Christmas shopping, remember what this time is really about; sharing and giving love and thanks for this beautiful life. From all of us at Bel Air Jewelry, we hope that you had a wonderful, fulfilling holiday, with may more to come!

Holiday Pleasure

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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well. Are you visiting someone special this holiday? Tell us your favorite seasonal memory. Bel Air Jewelry would love to know what you’re thankful for in the comments below.

The Story With The Painting

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Girl With a Pearl Earring tells the story of Griet, a 16-year-old Dutch girl who becomes a maid in the house of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Her calm and perceptive manner not only helps her in her household duties, but also attracts the painter’s attention. Vermeer slowly draws her into the world of his paintings.

On the verge of womanhood, Griet also contends with the growing attentions both from a local butcher and from Vermeer’s patron, the wealthy van Ruijven. And she has to find her way through this new and strange life outside the loving Protestant family she grew up in, now fragmented by accident and death.

As Griet becomes part of her master’s work, their growing intimacy spreads disruption and jealousy within the ordered household and even – as the scandal seeps out – ripples in the world beyond.

Is your love forbidden? Do you dream of being taken into a world of mischief and secret romance? Wear pearl earrings this winter by Bel Air Jewelry, and let the inner beauty of the muse within you shine.

Winter Scarlet

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Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress, model and singer. She made her film debut in North (1994) and was later nominated for the Independent Sprit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in Manny & Lo (1996), garnering further acclaim and prominence with roles in The Horse Whisperer (1998) and Ghost World (2001). She shifted to adult roles with her performances in Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003) and Lost In Translation (2003), for which she won a BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Johansson is also considered one of Hollywood’s modern female sex symbols, and has frequently appeared in published lists of the sexiest women in the world, most notably when she was named the “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire magazine in both 2006 and 2013. Are you also a November baby? Fame or not, the legacy of this month is yours. Show off your love of diamond earrings like Johansson with a pair of dazzling French-cut yellow diamond earrings by Bel Air Jewelry.

The Hottest Birthstone in July: Ruby

Did you know in the original Wizard of Oz books Dorothy’s slippers were silver? But on the silver screen, the director sought bright red ruby slippers to update Dorothy’s wardrobe and show off colored film for the first time. In the modern age, Bel Air Jewelry in Los Angeles puts it good foot forward (no matter what the shoe) and wears the birthstone of July on more accessories than ever!

Bel Air Jewelry Los Angeles ruby earringFlowers and rubies have one thing in common: when exposed to certain light they become more beautiful. Morning glories may look wilted at night, but their petals blossom when exposed to sunlight. Find the hottest ruby and under ultraviolet light it’ll absorb the radiant light and emit its own light called florescence. How strong or what color the light reveals the ruby’s origins. In nature these Ruby and Diamond Floral Earrings are the best of both words: flora and florescence.

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We may not have the Liberty Bell Ruby, which is at large due to a heist and the largest ruby in the world at 8000 carats, but what we have is available here: these beautiful bell-shaped Ruby and Diamond Tulip Earrings on White Gold. Consider yourself worldly in just one pair of earrings. The tulips are the national flower of the Netherlands, the diamonds are French-cut, and the rubies are mined in Asia, Africa, even the Americas. Is there anywhere we missed besides Antarctica?

R2144-R-2TRuby itself is a gemstone with worldly origins. Rubies once traveled the Silk Road, were discovered by Europeans, sailed the Atlantic, and headed west to be worn in Los Angeles. An ruby with that very itinerary could be waiting for you at Bel Air Jewelry. This Ruby and Diamond Ring has qualities of a fantasy world with its harmonious combination of fairy and butterfly wing designs.

belair_logo_onwhite1.jpgThere’s only one place on Earth you can find the most beautiful classic and modern designs: Bel Air Jewelry. From the Golden Age of Hollywood to the modern age, specifically in the month of July, ruby remains timeless and the hottest precious gemstone. Just ask the Wicked Witch of the West.

Spring Forward with Fashion

Looking to turn from a caterpillar into a butterfly, having spent enough time in your cocoon this winter? Spring forward with fashionable accessories found only at Bel Air Jewelry!

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Ever wonder why the Monarch butterflies migrate during the Spring? To try on our most popular piece this season of course! The Sapphire Flower Bracelet (as seen above) beckons humans and beautiful butterflies alike with its sparkly pear-shaped multicolored sapphire flowers. Connected to a chain of 18K White Gold, each flower is made with Spring colors in mind: pink, green, and orange sapphires (Just wait till you see the chart below!) and in the center, a round-cut Pave Diamond (the birthstone of April!). Total multicolor sapphire weight is 19.62 Ct. That’s a lot of butterflies!

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We’ll never know who determines the colors of the season. Mother Nature perhaps? What we do know is what those colors are. Deep primary colors like Monaco Blue and Poppy Red compliment lighter tones like Lemon Zest Yellow and cream-colored Linen this Spring. Notice how African Violets, Grayed Jade, and Nectarine all match perfectly with the Sapphire Flower Bracelet seen above? It couldn’t be a better time to wear one today!

Share with your friends and loved ones your knowledge and appreciation of the fashionable spectrum by donning beautiful jewelry that says “Spring is here!”

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Before Spring ends, wear your new Sapphire Flower Bracelet to the most comprehensive jewelry show on Earth at JCK Las Vegas starting May 31 – June 3, 2013. We’ll be there to showcase the finest quality jewelry and gemstones for all seasons, especially Summer!