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Tag: jewellery

September 9, 2017

Gone with the Joseffs

by Matthew Steeples

Vivien Leigh’s necklace and Clark Gable’s cigarette case from ‘Gone with the Wind’ to be sold at auction in Los Angeles   Gone with the Wind is undoubtedly one of the all-time classic films. It took in excess of $390 million at the box office, won an astonishing eight Academy Awards in 1940 and propelled … Continue reading “Gone with the Joseffs”

November 26, 2016

Gianna Lahainer

by General

“One-time secretary” Gianna Lahainer hit gold when she married a Palm Beach real estate tycoon named Frank Lahainer. He “indulged her every whim” and she is said to have a 25-carat engagement ring from Harry Winston, a white Rolls-Royce Corniche, a 32-carat sapphire, and a 26-carat emerald. When he died of leukemia and left her … Continue reading “Gianna Lahainer”

August 23, 2016

Eric Meier– What’s on your mantelpiece?

by General

A 20-question interview with jetsetter Eric Meier   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My intuition.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? ‘Forgive but don’t forget’.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in … Continue reading “Eric Meier– What’s on your mantelpiece?”

March 3, 2016

Nadja Swarovski-Adams (AKA “Nadja Swarovski”)

by General

A scion of the Swarovski AG crystal dynasty, Southern Methodist University, Texas educated Nadja Swarovski-Adams has been described as a “modern-day Medici in the fashion and design worlds”.

July 8, 2015

A luxury estate

by Matthew Steeples

Unusual Aston Martin estate car owned by Richemont director Alain Dominique Perrin heads to auction

July 1, 2015

Alwen Hughes (also known as “Alwen Harris”)

by General

The wife of the disgraced entertainer and convicted paedophile Rolf Harris, jeweller and sculptress Alwen Hughes complained of “sleepless nights” during his 2014 trial.

June 3, 2015

A penthouse barbecue

by Matthew Steeples

An evening showcase of Chavín Jewellery with a barbecue by Le ‘Bab

February 22, 2015

Josie Goodbody

by General

With a name worthy of a Bond Girl, Josie Goodbody has morphed from working in public relations in London to writing novels in Uruguay.

January 14, 2015

Ampika Pickston

by General

Oldham born divorcee and former glamour model Ampika Pickston describes herself as “feisty, fun loving and warm hearted”.

August 22, 2014

Arab avoidance

by Matthew Steeples

UAE issues map telling their citizens of which areas of London to avoid   Supercar hating busybody Panda Morgan-Thomas will be delighted. The UAE have issued a “map of the dangerous areas of London” and it includes Knightsbridge.

July 10, 2014

Simon Ogilvie-Harris: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the founder and managing director of Chavín Jewellery Simon Ogilvie-Harris: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I don’t really have a guiding force. I take every day as it comes.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, … Continue reading “Simon Ogilvie-Harris: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

June 3, 2014

Charity and Chavin

by Matthew Steeples

Jewellery brand Chavin hosts charity event at Mahiki   On 29th May, Simon Ogilvie-Harris of the jewellery brand Chavin hosted a cocktail party and charity event at Mahiki with the help of the socialite Henry Conway.

December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas from ‘The Steeple Times’

by Matthew Steeples

Wishing our readers a very Merry Christmas   As we all head home for the holidays, may we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We’ve had a busy year at The Steeple Times and below we highlight some of our favourite stories as a collage.

September 7, 2013

An evening at Theo Fennell

by David Kerr

David Kerr captures an evening showcasing the craftsmanship of Theo Fennell   It was not only the silver in Theo Fennell’s Fulham Road showroom that glistened on Thursday 5th September.

August 7, 2013

He who dares, gets the rocks

by Matthew Steeples

Viewer of Petra Ecclestone’s £32,000,000 Eaton Square home leaves with £500,000 of jewellery   In 2008, the Financial Times’ Richard Holledge described Finchatton’s renovation of 63 Eaton Square in Belgravia as a “daring conversion”. Last month, the very same property was the location of something equally daring: a £500,000 jewellery heist.

August 2, 2013

Charlie Cooper

by Matthew Steeples

After being convicted of stealing £1,500 worth of jewellery from Vandra Henderson of Whitstable, Kent in July 2013, this cleaner took to Facebook to berate a local newspaper who featured an image of him. Claiming his human rights had been breached didn’t win him any sympathy with his mother. In reply, Teresa Cooper wrote: “You … Continue reading “Charlie Cooper”

July 28, 2013

Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun

by Matthew Steeples

If being vice president of product development at Tiffany’s isn’t enough, why not help yourself to a little bit more to be sure? That’s just what Georgetown University graduate Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun did after 22 years with the company. Married to a hedge fund manager named Robert Okun, this sociable sort was used to Manhattan galas … Continue reading “Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun”

July 4, 2013

Monica gets blown out

by Matthew Steeples

Monica Lewinsky’s soiled clothing fails to sell   Last week, we reported on an auction of items owned and relating to Monica Lewinsky, President Kennedy, Wallis Simpson and Adolf Hitler.

July 3, 2013

As safe as Stockinger

by Matthew Steeples

Stockinger’s safes represent the most secure of investments   Masterpiece 2013 closes today. This impressive showcase is something that has been crammed to the brim with some of the finest works of art, design and antiques currently on the market, but given that many of these items are of immense value, they need to be … Continue reading “As safe as Stockinger”

June 25, 2013

Heroes and villains

by Matthew Steeples

Two auctions featuring Princess Diana, Monica Lewinsky, President Kennedy, Wallis Simpson and Adolf Hitler   This Thursday, the Chelsea Arts Club in London is holding an event to conclude their silent auction of images and paintings by members of heroes and villains. In Los Angeles, on the same day, Nate D. Sanders, a specialist in … Continue reading “Heroes and villains”

June 24, 2013

Bhavna Ahluwalia: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks fashion management consultant Bhavna Ahluwalia: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Spirituality.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? That certainly isn’t mine. My motto is: “To love and to belong”.  

June 7, 2013

Alexandra Naylor: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks interpreter and businesswoman Alexandra Naylor: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Faith, hope and love.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Treat others the way you want to be treated.   … Continue reading “Alexandra Naylor: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 18, 2013

Francesco Paolillo: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks high jewellery expert Francesco Paolillo: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My guiding forces are the everyday challenges that I face and my family of course.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s … Continue reading “Francesco Paolillo: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 9, 2013

Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau (born Lillian Lee McKim; 1931 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

This Palm Beach based “Queen of Prep” was the daughter of a Standard Oil heiress who began her career selling orange juice on Worth Avenue. Customers loved Pulitzer’s bright dresses and seizing on this, she began to sell them. Soon, her creations became the favourites of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Caroline Kennedy and members of the … Continue reading “Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau (born Lillian Lee McKim; 1931 – 2013)”

July 3, 2012

Jeweltastic

by Matthew Steeples

A private view of handcrafted pieces by Arianna Cerrito By Claire Rubinstein   Tomorrow, Wednesday 4th July, sees the leading-edge jewellery and fashion designer Arianna Cerrito host an exclusive private sale event at her beautiful London home.   Readers of The Steeples Times are invited to attend and offered a sneak peek at some of … Continue reading “Jeweltastic”

April 28, 2012

Andrew Davis

by Matthew Steeples

He was labeled “Baron Von Essen” but evidence of his pedigree failed to surface. Starting in 1990, this buccaneer built up a collection of 26 luxury hotels but the £300m empire, developed with loans from bankers who plainly asked very few questions, collapsed in 2011. Since then, instead of quietly going to ground, he’s bought … Continue reading “Andrew Davis”

April 27, 2012

Alexander Mavros

by Matthew Steeples

The eldest of four brothers, Alex is a scion of the oldest family in Zimbabwe. His family’s business creates masterpieces in silver, gold and leather and brings the mystique of Africa to the West. Their patrons include HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Denzel Washington and J. K. Rowling.

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