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The March 30 preview at Sothebys Los Angeles marks the public unveiling of the auction-bound lot, which is set to go under the gavel in New York on April 29. If you know anything about Gorme -- beyond the fact that she was a singer -- its probably that she was half of the vocal duo Steve & Eydie. She and Steve Lawrence were married 55 years; she died in August 2013 . But Gorme had another longtime love -- jewelry (specifically diamonds), and over the course of her lifetime she had built a fairly sizable collection. And its some of those pieces that are headed to auction. An excerpt from the auction houses Magnificent Jewels catalog describes the collection as follows: Eydies love and appreciation of diamonds is evidenced in her beautiful collection of jewelry gifts from her husband to mark special occasions including their 25th wedding anniversary, when they hosted a spectacular, star-studded party at the Beverly Hills Hotel.Eydie dreamed of owning a diamond in view website every shape, and when she received her 15.44 carat pear-shaped diamond ring the couple fondly nicknamed it 'The Enterprise.' The other diamonds in the collection include an emerald-cut Harry Winston stone of 17.40 carats, a marquise-shaped D color, Internally Flawless diamond ring received on the occasion of her tenth wedding anniversary, and a 5 carat round diamond in a polished gold mount.Lawrence once gifted Gorme with a gold jewelers loupe lovingly engraved, 'to Flawless, from VVS2,' further testament to one of the great, enduring romances in show business history. The public preview of pieces from the Eydie Gorme collection is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. March 30 at Sothebys Auction House, 9200 W.
These wares offer a convincing imitation of Indian-cut diamonds and cabochons. (Fortunately, however, these are far lighter on the lobes and the wallet than they appear.) Still, any heritage house must modernize for a new generationand that is where falls headline comes in. With its new range of accessibly priced mixed jewelry designed to appeal to both men and women, Goossens is reaching out to a younger, edgier customer. Take, for example, slim gold-plated bangles and rings that snap closed with a top hinge; crystal pendants that rotate (an idea carried over from last seasons Rune collection); and twin bracelets that can be left to jangle on the arm or, thanks to a clever clip, be worn as one piece. That last detail actually caters to the noise-sensitive guys out there. All men hate jangling, Goossens admits.
Weems, now 17, still oversees the designs of the lockets and charms her company sells and stops by the Chandler, Arizona office almost every day after school. "I want to be involved in the business for the rest of my life," she says in the video above. "When I was 14, I never thought this would have happened. It's been a dream come true." Related: Jimmy Choo founder is changing the fashion industry again Origami Owl has succeeded through a direct sales model: "designers" purchase a kit for $149 and host parties (aka "jewelry bars") at their homes. The kit contains everything needed to sell the lockets, chains and charms, which customers can personalize to their liking.