Making a Memorial of Memorial Day
Greetings from the Big Apple: It. Is. Spring!
Sherry Hayslip Talks Coffee Tables with Park Cities People
2013 ASID Design Ovation Awards: It was Our Night!
Greetings from the Big Apple: The Importance of Culinary Aesthetics
Friday Flowers - Tulipmania
The Spring Fling Continues
Spring Has Sprung...
Greetings from the Big Apple: Or in this Case, Los Angeles
Color Essay: I've Got the Blues
For Your Valentines Pleasure: A Fantasy Dinner for Two…
Dallas… Modern… Luxury…
New York State of Mind
Greetings from the Big Apple: Ghosts of Christmas Past
Peace at Christmas and Throughout the Year
If Life were a Color...
While the Cat’s Away, the Mice will Play
Design Dialog: Dressing Room Reveal
Design Dialog: Watch for the Big Reveal
Hayslip Design Associates and The Crystal Charity Ball
Design Dialog: Peyton’s Closet is Almost Done
Design Dialog: A Sneak Peek in Park Cities People
Design Dialog: Room Envy
Greetings from the Big Apple: Frankenstorm
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Design Dialog: Color
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Design Dialog: Confessions of a Lapsed Decorating Mother
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Design Dialog: Words, Words, Words...
The Painted Desert: The Enduring Appeal of Santa Fe
Bienvenue ŕ Dallas: This Style Scout May Have Found Her Calling
Design Dialog: The Duchess is a Diva
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Greetings from the Big Apple: NYU Redux
Design Dialog: First, Step Lightly…
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Design Dialog: Anxiety Over a Chair
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Design Dialog: It's All in the Planning
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Hayslip Design Associates visits P.E. Guerin: A Treasure Chest in Greenwich Village
Design Dialog: Taking on a New Client
Coming Soon: A New Blog Series
Let the Games Begin
Summer in the City - Hayslip Design Associates hits New York
Happy Fourth of July
Martha Says "It's a Good Thing"
Ode to Summertime
Million Dollar Furniture
Memories of Morocco: A Day Trip to Fes
Memories of Morocco: Le Jardin Majorelle
Memories of Morocco: The Hidden and Not-So-Hidden Treasures of Marrakech
Obscenely Beautiful Things – A Small Update
Home Again... Dallas in Bloom
The Family who Wanders Together...
Trend Setting: All Aboard the Marrakech Express
21st Century Homes
The Enduring Appeal of Chinoiserie
The Art of the Room
The Color of Love...
Love is the Answer...
Living Large in Small Spaces
Greetings from the Big Apple (and farewell Big D): Beginning a Collection
La Mode de Gaultier
Casa View Elementary School
Out with the old (soon enough)...
My Christmas Wish to You
Greetings from the Big Apple: Window Shopping in a Winter Wonderland
Greetings from the Big Apple: I confess... I’m a Pack Rat
My bags are packed, I'm ready to go...
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Spooktacular Skulls: The Trend of Skulls in Fashion and Design
Bienvenue a Paris: Lost in Paris
What a Girl Wants: Or Are Great Closets Better than Sex?
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Introducing Our Style Scouts
Black is the New Black
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How to Turn Your Home into a Piggy Bank... or at Least a Star!
A little love from our friends at D Home...
Born to the Purple
A Glimpse of Things to Come
My Talented Staff II
Happiness on Any Scale
Sherry's Blog featured on DG's Online Editorial
2011 TX ASID Design Ovation Awards
The Meaning of Love...
Blanc des Blancs
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Dwell with Dignity
Another Dip in the Gene Pool
A Little Link-Love
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John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center
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Smith, Ekblad and Associates: Architects and Engineers
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A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 2
a la Michelangelo...
A Weekend, in Three Acts
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A Passion for Paper Art
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Rubbing Shoulders with History
It all began with Cole
Un Petit Symposium
Obscenely Beautiful Things
“I’ve never been a millionaire, but I just know I’d be darling at it.”
- Dorothy Parker
Remember my post a few months ago on fabulous closets? It really got my juices flowing and I started imagining WHAT the glitterati might put in those closets…
You might remember this from my previous blog, What a Girl Wants: Or Are Great Closets Better than Sex?
“Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping.”- Bo Derek
In this day and age, purses seem to be the ultimate signature of fashion status and style, and storage and display of these costly items is important. Some of us might be lucky enough to have a few good bags, possibly picked up at Last Call or other nifty discount sources… some of us even have shady purchases we might prefer to keep under wraps. A young lady who worked for me shared her story of adventure on her first trip to New York, where she made contact somehow with a “gentleman” who took her to a hidden back room somewhere near the corner where she met him and then offered her purses that looked very like the real thing. This girl, an active church attendee and a sweetheart in general, gave in to fashion temptation… and a chance to carry a very good looking bag that she could actually afford. I don’t think I am pure enough to criticize anyone who tries to dress in their budget but look like they don’t. Final sale is my middle name. And the cost of the real purses has become outrageous.
Yes, we can have a designer purse, discounted or not. But the really rich can have the limited edition, black crocodile Hermes Birken bag. A purse of this magnitude doesn’t need a shelf… it needs an illuminated pedestal and security pads that clang if you step too close.
“Money, if it does not buy you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort.”- Helen Gurley Brown
Now, I see most people as pretty down to earth, and virtually no one I know flaunts their hugely expensive goodies. Stores don’t usually post the really high prices, galleries don’t advertize the cost of their best pieces. Similar to shopping for major real estate, I am guessing that a person needs to “qualify” before most of these prices will be shared. No need to rile the natives, or sully the precious object’s mystique by being too loose with the secret of its phenomenal price. Almost in the tradition of “old money”, talking too much about it can be considered a bad thing. So, in the privacy of my own blog, I want to talk about this. Jaw dropping pieces with even more jaw dropping prices are fun to talk about, to titter over, to criticize, to covet, but most of all to put in perspective. What are these things? Why do they cost so much? Could they be worth it? And does it all trickle down in simplified forms to more affordable stuff? Like couture, I suppose that these truly super high end items, obtainable by only the tiniest few, can serve as inspiration and style nourishment all the way down the fashion and style food chain.
So here are some examples:
The Birken and other leathery things…
Fendi “B” Bag, which sells for around $27,200 in black crocodile
The Hermes “Birkin” ranges in price from $9,000 to $150,000.
In 2005, the handbag pictured above, the “special edition in black crocodile with diamond hardware” sold at auction for about $65,000 USD.
It’s also available in my granddaughter’s favorite color… PINK! In 2007, the limited edition, crocodile Birkin in pink reportedly sold for $140,000. I can’t possibly fathom HOW GOOD she would have to be for Santa to leave THAT under the tree for her…
Have you been a very good girl this year?
And, at only $14,000+, this Ralph Lauren “Ricky” bag is a steal!
The Watches “Time is money.”- Benjamin Franklin
These pieces give new meaning to Benjamin Franklin’s memorable phrase…
Piaget’s Emperador Temple chimes in at $3.3 million
Cartier’s phoenix-shaped wristwatch at $2.7 million
Frank Muller’s Aeternitas Mega 4, with 36 complications, at $2.7 million
At around $216,000 The Patek Phillipe Ladies Split Chronograph, in 18k rose gold, features 153 flawless diamonds in the bezel. And if that’s not enough bling, the back of the case is paved with 76 additional diamonds. This is good for “everyday”, compared with the Piaget and the Cartier, since croc goes with everything.
Louis Moinet’s new piece, Meteoris, is a $4.6 million set of four tourbillion watches, made using four meteorites and comes with a planetarium of the solar system.
“A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”- Marilyn Monroe, Gentlemen Prefer Blonds
Wallis Simpson’s Cartier-designed diamond panther bracelet broke all the auction records as it was sold for $12,417,369 at Sotheby's. This uniquely-designed bracelet is adorned with ruby, sapphire, diamond and emerald.
This rare pink diamond ring has set a record of selling at $11.7 million at the Christie’s autumn sales of Asian and Chinese art in Hong Kong. This diamond, called Vivid Pink, weighs 5 Carat and was mined in South Africa. By comparison, a simple 4 carat, vintage, not-quite-white diamond is only $80k.
Christie’s Hong-Kong Magnificent Jewels Spring Sale sold one brilliant pair of diamond earrings which are originally from the Golconda mines, India. The earrings are named the Imperial Cushions because of the cushion-shaped diamonds studded in the pair. Weighing around 23.11 Carats, the pair was sold at a whopping $9.3 million to an anonymous buyer (sadly, not my husband).
This piece was the centerpiece at the Sotheby's semi-annual sale in Geneva in 2009. This amazing blue diamond ring sold at the hefty price of $ 9.69 million at the auction. The rectangular-shaped blue diamond alone weighs 7.03 carats which is set in a platinum ring. This diamond is smaller than a coin and was discovered in Cullinan mine in South Africa.
And, whatever will we sit on?...
Stay tuned! I’m tackling the crème de la crème of furniture in an upcoming post called “Million Dollar Furniture”.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
- Oscar Wilde
Let’s not even bother to go into cars, planes, art, or houses… those are all too crazy to think about. But the little nuggets I mentioned above… these are things you can run to the store (albeit a very fancy store) and just pick up. Inflation is truly on the high end.
Posted: March 30, 2012