Francesca Fearon

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David Linley, Earl of Snowdon on the changing world of auctions – the late Princess Margaret’s son and Christie’s chairman has seen Covid-19 shift sales online

The Earl of Snowdon has seen the auction house pivot online during the pandemic, bringing deals in cryptocurrency, sales of NFTs – and sleepless nights of email

The Earl of Snowdon has seen the auction house pivot online during the pandemic, bringing deals in cryptocurrency, sales of NFTs – and sleepless nights of email

6 Jan 2022 - 3:41PM
Explainer | Why are wedding tiaras trending ... again? Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth donned high jewellery headpieces at their royal weddings – a centuries-old statement that endures today

Diadem, kokoshnik or wreath? Diamonds, sapphires, pearls or emeralds? Royals have always loved wedding tiaras, but there’s more to their designs – and history – than glittering glamour

Diadem, kokoshnik or wreath? Diamonds, sapphires, pearls or emeralds? Royals have always loved wedding tiaras, but there’s more to their designs – and history – than glittering glamour

8 Dec 2021 - 5:35PM
Rainbow gem setting, the hopeful new watch and high jewellery trend: how Chanel, Dior and Rolex brought acid bright colour to their 2020 collections

Everything from 1990s rave music to Elizabeth Taylor movies inspired Chanel, Dior and Rolex’s acid bright 2020 collections

Everything from 1990s rave music to Elizabeth Taylor movies inspired Chanel, Dior and Rolex’s acid bright 2020 collections

22 Jun 2021 - 10:52AM
Is men’s jewellery the hottest new luxury trend? Harry Styles, Cristiano Ronaldo and more Hollywood, C-pop and sports celebrities are donning gender-bending Gucci and Cartier jewels

Male celebrities from Harry Styles and Trevor Noah to Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham are donning gender-bending jewels, prompting us to ask: is men’s jewellery the hottest new trend?

Male celebrities from Harry Styles and Trevor Noah to Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham are donning gender-bending jewels, prompting us to ask: is men’s jewellery the hottest new trend?

25 May 2021 - 1:08PM
What are the messages behind Queen Elizabeth’s brooch choices? Royals and public figures don the high jewellery pieces to make a statement – and not just sartorially

Royals and public figures don the high jewellery pieces to make a statement – and not just sartorially

Royals and public figures don the high jewellery pieces to make a statement – and not just sartorially

24 May 2021 - 6:00AM
Why is the tiara coming back in style? Queen Elizabeth and British royals wore them to weddings, but today Asian millennials are rocking bespoke blinging headpieces

Donned by royals like Queen Elizabeth and other heads of state, tiaras have been popular wedding jewellery pieces and heirlooms – now young Asian consumers are snapping up bespoke, transformable versions

Donned by royals like Queen Elizabeth and other heads of state, tiaras have been popular wedding jewellery pieces and heirlooms – now young Asian consumers are snapping up bespoke, transformable versions

21 May 2021 - 5:31PM
His first Breitling Navitimer taught UK’s George Bamford to tinker – now he customises luxury watches for Louis Vuitton, Zenith, TAG Heuer and more

A Breitling Christmas present got George Bamford started on tinkering, then trading, which he has turned into a successful business dealing with the biggest watch brands in the world

A Breitling Christmas present got George Bamford started on tinkering, then trading, which he has turned into a successful business dealing with the biggest watch brands in the world

3 Jan 2021 - 7:00AM
Remembering Pierre Cardin, the pioneering fashion designer who started at Dior, dressed The Beatles and staged a fashion show in China just two years after the Cultural Revolution ended

Trailblazer Pierre Cardin brought ready-to-wear to the masses, made Asia his muse, and was so obsessed with the Space Age, he tried on on Buzz Aldrin’s original spacesuit

Trailblazer Pierre Cardin brought ready-to-wear to the masses, made Asia his muse, and was so obsessed with the Space Age, he tried on on Buzz Aldrin’s original spacesuit

30 Dec 2020 - 3:41PM
Covid-19 forced British jewellery designer Annoushka Ducas to furlough staff and focus on storytelling inspired by men’s watch brands like Rolex and Bulgari

She used to borrow from her godfather Mark Birley’s watch collection – now she owns a collection of concessions in Chow Tai Fook’s Jewelria designer’s hub

She used to borrow from her godfather Mark Birley’s watch collection – now she owns a collection of concessions in Chow Tai Fook’s Jewelria designer’s hub

6 Dec 2020 - 3:00PM
Bentley’s Adrian Hallmark loves car-inspired watches by Rolex and Breitling – how the UK-based CEO sees precision engineering and innovation driving both worlds

The man who persuaded Bentley to enter its Continental GT into the 24 Hours of Le Mans is now excited to lead the charge into an all-electric future

The man who persuaded Bentley to enter its Continental GT into the 24 Hours of Le Mans is now excited to lead the charge into an all-electric future

30 Nov 2020 - 6:00PM
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton wore tiaras on their wedding days – should you? How Graff, Cartier and Boucheron are keeping the tradition of dazzling headpieces alive

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton wore tiaras on their wedding days – should you? The latest pieces from Graff, Cartier and Boucheron might make you think twice

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton wore tiaras on their wedding days – should you? The latest pieces from Graff, Cartier and Boucheron might make you think twice

25 Nov 2020 - 9:00AM
How Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Cartier and Chopard are making opals the latest high jewellery trend

High jewellery designers in London, Hong Kong and Italy are fascinated by the opal’s rainbow of iridescent hues and are creating stunning looks using it

High jewellery designers in London, Hong Kong and Italy are fascinated by the opal’s rainbow of iridescent hues and are creating stunning looks using it

29 May 2020 - 6:00AM
Men’s jewellery is trending in Asia as K-pop and Chinese celebrities embrace hip-hop swag and rock-star bling by Cartier, Bulgari and Boucheron

K-pop is influencing a younger generation of Asian males to bling up and jewellery houses are increasing their output of fine jewellery designs for men

K-pop is influencing a younger generation of Asian males to bling up and jewellery houses are increasing their output of fine jewellery designs for men

27 May 2020 - 2:00AM
Islamic arches and Russian domes: from Boucheron to Van Cleef & Arpels, how luxury jewellery brands are inspired by iconic architecture

Islamic arches and Russian domes, Egyptian pyramids and Rome’s Colosseum – how luxury jewellery brands are inspired by iconic architecture

Islamic arches and Russian domes, Egyptian pyramids and Rome’s Colosseum – how luxury jewellery brands are inspired by iconic architecture

24 May 2020 - 3:00AM
Panther, camellia, question mark … how Cartier, Chanel, Boucheron and other jewellery houses keep their most iconic motifs fresh and alive

As tastes change, the world’s top jewellery houses balance moving with the times while keeping their design DNA intact

As tastes change, the world’s top jewellery houses balance moving with the times while keeping their design DNA intact

21 May 2020 - 2:00AM
From Kate Middleton and Prince William to Napoléon and Joséphine – how royal weddings have inspired engagement rings and bridal trends

From Kate Middleton and Prince William to Napoléon and Joséphine, the glamour of royal nuptials has long held a powerful sway over modern matrimonial trends and tastes

From Kate Middleton and Prince William to Napoléon and Joséphine, the glamour of royal nuptials has long held a powerful sway over modern matrimonial trends and tastes

20 May 2020 - 12:00PM
Can hard stones really heal and ward off evil? Gems and minerals like malachite, turquoise and jade are back in fashion – in pieces from Dior, Van Cleef & Arpels and Piaget

From ancient Egyptians to New Age hippies, hard stones have long been thought to possess magical properties, and are now undergoing a revival in the watch and jewellery world

From ancient Egyptians to New Age hippies, hard stones have long been thought to possess magical properties, and are now undergoing a revival in the watch and jewellery world

20 May 2020 - 10:58AM
Platinum and white gold begone – luxury jewellery is embracing the 70s swagger of bright, bold, yellow gold in new pieces from Cartier, Boucheron, Tiffany & Co., and more

Just as catwalk trends are returning to the me-me-me styles of the 1970s, so too are luxury jewellers embracing attention-grabbing, bright yellow gold creations

Just as catwalk trends are returning to the me-me-me styles of the 1970s, so too are luxury jewellers embracing attention-grabbing, bright yellow gold creations

9 May 2020 - 11:00AM
Five great spring fashion exhibitions coming up, from Studio 54 to Harper’s Bazaar tribute to Man Ray

Fashion exhibitions have become huge attractions for museums worldwide. This spring’s attractions include legendary nightclub Studio 54’s glamour, a celebration of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and Man Ray’s photography.

Fashion exhibitions have become huge attractions for museums worldwide. This spring’s attractions include legendary nightclub Studio 54’s glamour, a celebration of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and Man Ray’s photography.

25 Feb 2020 - 12:19PM
Meghan Markle’s Deneuve pumps or Renée Zellweger in Jimmy Choo? The footwear trends that will define spring/summer 2020

Bottega Veneta’s square-toe quilted pumps have scored at fashion shows so far this year, while Sergio Rossi is on a mission to make women’s shoes more comfortable and Aquazzura is lowering heels altogether

Bottega Veneta’s square-toe quilted pumps have scored at fashion shows so far this year, while Sergio Rossi is on a mission to make women’s shoes more comfortable and Aquazzura is lowering heels altogether

21 Feb 2020 - 6:29AM
Why rich Chinese, Lady Gaga, Anna Hu and other celebrities are choosing yellow diamonds

Piaget, Chanel, Chaumet, Chopard, David Morris, De Beers, Cartier and Chopard all featured precious yellows in their collections

Piaget, Chanel, Chaumet, Chopard, David Morris, De Beers, Cartier and Chopard all featured precious yellows in their collections

8 Jan 2020 - 3:12AM
Piaget, Chaumet, Chanel and Cartier look to the stars for inspiration

The grand jewellery maisons unveiled a number of beautiful cosmic designs in Paris over the summer

The grand jewellery maisons unveiled a number of beautiful cosmic designs in Paris over the summer

4 Jan 2020 - 12:00PM
Meet milliner Awon Golding who counts Meghan Markle, Lady Gaga and rescue dogs as fans

Her Hong Kong upbringing and Anglo-Indian heritage influence her designs and help her bring some exoticism to British millinery.

Her Hong Kong upbringing and Anglo-Indian heritage influence her designs and help her bring some exoticism to British millinery.

2 Jan 2020 - 11:00AM
Chanel, Dior, Cartier and luxury watch maisons whose ingenuity and craftsmanship constantly surprise

Many of the creations are a masterclass in the ancient crafts and preserving these skills for future generations is being encouraged

Many of the creations are a masterclass in the ancient crafts and preserving these skills for future generations is being encouraged

8 Dec 2019 - 4:00PM
Why do Chinese designers pick Milan Fashion Week before London?

Angel Chen, Shanghai label Shushu/Tong, Shuting Qiu and the Chinese-Azerbaijani partnership Act No 1 are among those drawn to the Italian fashion capital

Angel Chen, Shanghai label Shushu/Tong, Shuting Qiu and the Chinese-Azerbaijani partnership Act No 1 are among those drawn to the Italian fashion capital

13 Oct 2019 - 10:00AM
London Fashion Week: The UK is open for Chinese designers, but for how long?

Chinese designers Huishan Zhang, Yuhan Wang, Timothy Mo and Taiwanese designer Jamie Wei Huang are making waves in the UK capital – but where will they stand after Brexit?

Chinese designers Huishan Zhang, Yuhan Wang, Timothy Mo and Taiwanese designer Jamie Wei Huang are making waves in the UK capital – but where will they stand after Brexit?

22 Sep 2019 - 2:00AM
Inside Thai print designer’s colourful wardrobe, where her split style personality shines through

London-based Lisa King says that living between the city and Bangkok has led to her developing two very distinct, separate styles, one full of colour and femininity, the other much more neutral.

London-based Lisa King says that living between the city and Bangkok has led to her developing two very distinct, separate styles, one full of colour and femininity, the other much more neutral.

7 Aug 2019 - 3:03PM
Why pearl jewellery is suddenly looking cool once again

Experimentation by Prabal Gurung, Hisano Shepherd, Bibi van der Velden, Nicholas Lieou and Melanie Georgacopoulos has helped transform pearls into avant-garde gems

Experimentation by Prabal Gurung, Hisano Shepherd, Bibi van der Velden, Nicholas Lieou and Melanie Georgacopoulos has helped transform pearls into avant-garde gems

5 Jul 2019 - 12:00PM
4 lavish bridal gown design trends that will raise eyebrows on your wedding day

Brides can go for a beautiful clean silhouette, eye-catching bows, a voluminous look or be rebellious and try something different

Brides can go for a beautiful clean silhouette, eye-catching bows, a voluminous look or be rebellious and try something different

17 May 2019 - 10:00AM
Pretty in pink: why rare coloured diamonds are the rage among China’s super-rich

From De Beers to Graff, there is steady demand for coloured diamonds in China, with sophisticated buyers seeking these gems for their intense colours

From De Beers to Graff, there is steady demand for coloured diamonds in China, with sophisticated buyers seeking these gems for their intense colours

15 May 2019 - 5:00PM