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‘Contrastes’ jewelry collection at Chanel

February 5th, 2012

Nadine Kam photos
Aubrey McGovern tried on this ring from the Chanel Contrastes Fine Jewelry Collection during a preview that took place Feb. 2 at Halekulani. It’s priced at $307,000.

The Chanel Contrastes Fine Jewelry collection went on view today and will continue from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 6, at the Waikiki Chanel boutique on Luxury Row, 2100 Kalakaua Ave.

It’s a rare exhibition of couture pieces, with the approximately 20 pieces on view valued at about $5 million.

During a preview event Feb. 2 at Halekulani, a handful of guests were able to view and try on pieces, none worth less than $100,000.

True to the collection’s name, each piece is a study in contrasts, from Chanel’s classic black-and-white, to studies in light and shade, with gemstones in a variety of cuts, transparency and reflectiveness, from the radiance of diamonds, to the iridescence of mother-of-pearl and moonstones, and milky opacity of white opals.

Take a look while you can.

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Collier Perle de Rosee necklace in 18K white gold, set with a central 2-carat round-cut diamond, white diamonds, black and grey spinels, moon stones and pearls.

At the Halekulani preview, pieces that caught the eye could be tried on.

This diamond cuff definitely caught my eye, but I wouldn’t want the attention from wearing this many diamonds out!

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Nuage de Glace earrings in 18K white gold, set with 2 round-cut diamonds for a total weight of 2 carats, 621 brilliant-cut white diamonds for a total weight of 7.5 carats, 134 brilliant-cut black diamonds for a total weight of 1 carat and 108 white cultured pearls from 4 to 4.5 mm diameter.

An incredible piece incorporating rock crystals, brilliant- and emerald-cut diamonds. I don’t know the cost, but a ring with a diamond embedded in a single rock crystal is $115,000, so start multiplying.

Another favorite piece, inspired by Coco Chanel’s love of Asian design and inspired by a Chinese folding screen in her apartment at 31 Rue Cambon, Paris.

Hildgund jewelry hunt begins today

December 14th, 2011

Hildgund Jewelry
This pearl bracelet is among the 24 pieces of jewelry that will be hidden around town for anyone to find during Hildgund Jewelry’s “12 Days of Christmas” holiday hunt.

Today marks the start of what has become the annual “12 Days of Christmas Hildgund Jewelry Hunt,” with two jewelry pieces awaiting holiday sleuths daily.

The items, ranging from $100 to $5,300 in value, will be placed in white boxes tied with a gold bow and hidden around town for lucky — and fast — hunters to find, with no strings attached.

Look for daily clues posted at and, where you can also follow the action at #HJHUNT.

When I interviewed Hildgund Jewelry president Bruce Bucky for a story last week, he said it’s not that easy to hide $20,000 in jewels, and I believe him since I was enlisted over the past two years to hide two of the boxes. It’s hard to think of a spot that’s out of the way, so the package isn’t easily swept up or trampled, yet still public enough for everyone to have access.

The first year, I tried to think of the sort of person I would like to find the package, which would be a humble sort of reader. So I stowed it outside the Liliha Library, took a partial picture of the library for sleuths to figure out, and tweeted it. Well, there were several people looking for it at the right spot but they couldn’t find it. I heard later it was found by a homeless man who slept there, who sold it for something like $20. Oh well, at least it made two people happy.

Also to be hidden is this pair of gold and diamond earrings valued at $5,355.

Then, last year I was having lunch at Fresh Cafe, and thought it was a good place for a jewelry drop, so I put it on a shelf near the door. It was pretty obvious if you were looking for it, and certainly easy enough for an employee to have picked up as well, but like Bucky said, how many people really observe their surroundings? It took three days for someone to tweet back that he’d finally found it.

Bucky said others hid them in grocery stacks where they languished for days as well, and it speaks to the fearfulness of the times, that even when found, some people won’t pick them up out of fear of a practical joke or worse.

At any rate, it’s well-intended, and Bucky also wraps up food gift certificates for direct distribution to the homeless.

Good luck to all who go on the hunt! For more information, call 523-1123 or visit