Louis XV had Parisian jeweler Boehmer make a fabulous diamond bauble for his inamorata, Madame du Barry. By the time the necklace -- valued at $100 million in today’s currency -- was finished, the king was dead and the lady was banished.
You can take the aesthete out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the aesthete. That's one way of explaining the success of the German (and now British) store Manufactum, best described as a Wal-Mart for the 1%.
Jackie Siegel, the busty, Botoxed trophy wife who steals Lauren Greenfield’s irresistible documentary “The Queen of Versailles,” recalls a family vacation taken after her billionaire husband’s time-share empire went south.
Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep are among the stars flying in for this month’s Berlin Film Festival, bringing political movies to an event that promises to mix a dash of Hollywood glamour with hard-hitting, topical themes.
New York jeweler Ralph O. Esmerian pleaded guilty to a bankruptcy fraud scheme and other crimes for pledging at least $20 million of jewels as collateral on multiple loans from Merrill Lynch & Co. and other lenders.