• Jaeger-Lecoultre : The Franco-Swiss Watchmaking Alliance

    Jaeger-Lecoultre : The Franco-Swiss Watchmaking Alliance

    The story of Jaeger-Lecoultre began in 1833 in the Vallée de Joux in the Swiss Jura when Antoine LeCoultre, a 30-year-old Swiss inventor, set up a watchmaking workshop in the family barn. A true mechanical genius, he designed the Millionometer, the first instrument capable of measuring microns and enabling the creation of increasingly miniaturised movements. He continued his innovations by creating one of the...
  • Apatite, the beautiful stone with a tender heart

    Apatite, the beautiful stone with a tender heart

    Unlike most other gemstones, apatite has not crossed peoples and civilizations. The stone is not mentioned in any historical legend, or in any story or any artistic archives. History and significance of blue apatite : It was not until 1767 that we heard about apatite for the first time, by the Spanish naturalist Pedro Francisco Davila. He described the mineral as a "phosphoric stone"....
  • Recycle your old jewelry at Les Pierres de Julie

    Recycle your old jewelry at Les Pierres de Julie

    Recycling at the heart of the jewelry creation, Do you have necklaces, rings, bracelets sleeping in a drawer? Sentimental inheritance or damaged or worn out jewelry... However you don't want to get rid of them but you don't know what to do with them? Have you thought about recycling them ? Good news for you, Les Pierres de Julie offers to guide you in...
  • Spessartite : the burning gem!

    Spessartite : the burning gem!

    In the large family of garnets, I would like to mention the spessartite.  This gem is a variety of alumina garnet discovered in 1880 in Spessart, Bavaria, Germany, from which it takes its name. Its fiery colour range is from bright orange to orange-red to red-brown. It is best appreciated in the light of a sunset.  It owes its colour to manganese, which is...
  • Omega : The most 007 of watches

    Omega : The most 007 of watches

    The Omega brand was born in 1848 under the name of Louis Brandt, its Swiss-born creator, offering watches of great quality and precision for their time. After his death, his sons Louis Paul and César Brandt renamed the brand Louis Brandt and Fils in 1879.  The brand's final name became Omega in 1894 following the launch of their eponymous creation: a 19-line calibre using...
  • The Padparadscha Sapphire : A sunset on the Indian Ocean

    The Padparadscha Sapphire : A sunset on the Indian Ocean

    This variety of pink-orange sapphire gets its name from the Sinhalese padam radshen "lotus flower" which was the first expression to describe the color of this very special sapphire. Indeed the shade oscillates between a pink and an orange sapphire, ranging from light to dark. Traditionally it is defined as similar to a sunset. This rare stone was widely discovered by the general public...
  • Fred : Du Soleil d'Or à Pretty Woman ...

    Fred : Du Soleil d'Or à Pretty Woman ...

    On the occasion of the great retrospective exhibition "Fred, jeweler-creator since 1936" held in Paris at the Palais de Tokyo, I decided to tell you a little about this great house of the Place Vendôme. Born in 1908 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to parents who fled Alsace after the French defeat in 1870, Fred Samuel grew up in a family of merchants. In 1924,...
  • Heated or unheated gemstones?

    Heated or unheated gemstones?

    Heated or unheated gemstones? Some of you will ask yourself this question when buying a precious or fine gemstone.
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