Whether you are a collector, window shopper, or simply love gems, we suggest you run (NOT WALK!) to Sotheby’s in New York to preview their one-of-a-kind collection of jewels being auctioned off this morning. Not in the Big Apple? No excuses. You can browse the 254 lots online as well.
Some of the show-stopping highlights: The legendary Stotesbury Emerald, a piece that has been M.I.A. since 1971; imported colored diamonds; and a citrine suite by Sterlé, which previously belonged to Queen Narriman of Egypt. Here are some of our favorites from the auction.
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The only problem with writing a debut novel that sells 20 million copies and spawns a Hollywood film is – your follow-up has a lot to live up to.
Paula Hawkins’ 2015 debut The Girl on the Train was a publishing phenomenon, and the first reviews for her new book Into The Water are in.
And most critics are not impressed.
Reviewing it for The Guardian, crime author Val McDermid predicted Hawkins’ sales would be “massive” but “her readers’ enjoyment may be less so”.
McDermid was puzzled by the 11 narrative voices used in Into The Water, which is released in the UK next week.
She wrote: “These characters are so similar in tone and register – even when some are in first person and others in third – that they are almost impossible to tell apart, which ends up being both monotonous and confusing.”
She added: “Hawkins had a mountain to climb after the success of The Girl on the Train and no doubt the sales of her second thriller will be massive. I suspect her readers’ enjoyment may be less so.”
Slate‘s Laura Miller declared that Into the Water “isn’t an impressive book”.
She wrote: “Its tone is uniformly lugubrious and maudlin, and Hawkins’ characters seldom rise to the level of two dimensions, let alone three.”
But Miller pointed out: “None of this will necessarily prevent Into the Water from triumphing at the cash register. The book surely will become a best-seller, if only on the strength of residual name recognition for The Girl on the Train.”
“If The Girl on the Train seemed overplotted and confusing to some readers, it is a model of clarity next to this latest effort.
“Her goal may be to build suspense, but all she achieves is confusion. Into the Water is jam-packed with minor characters and stories that go nowhere.”
‘Plausible and grimly gripping’
She asks: “What happened to the Paula Hawkins who structured The Girl on the Train so ingeniously?”
However, The New Statesman‘s Leo Robson defended the book, writing: “Most of the time, the novel is plausible and grimly gripping.
“Into the Water follows its predecessor in applying laser scrutiny to a small patch, but there are signs of growth and greater ambition.”
He described Hawkins’s writing as “addictive”, adding that the novel “is on a par with The Girl on a Train”.
The Evening Standard‘s David Sexton wrote: “Unfortunately, Into the Water turns out to be hard work.”
“There’s a ridiculous multiplication of narrators from the start, some first-person, others third, so that on first reading it is almost impossible to keep track of who’s who and what relation they have to one another… several of the stories never really cohere.”
Marcel Berlins in The Times said: “This novel has its intriguing attributes.
“It does not follow the usual samey fashionable pattern of ‘domestic noir’ and psychological thrillers. For that Hawkins ought to be commended, even if the result is not a full success.
“She is let down by her overambitious structure and a lack of sufficient tension. Hawkins does not quite pass the second-book test.”
Of course, reviews of any kind are unlikely to deter the millions who enjoyed The Girl on the Train.
After all, critics didn’t much like the film adaptation of her previous book, starring Emily Blunt, but that didn’t stop it being a box office success.
A music venue is to ditch the “toxic” name it shares with a 17th Century slave trader.
Colston Hall bosses had previously maintained that the Bristol attraction was named after the street it is on, rather than Edward Colston.
Much of the Bristol-born MP and merchant’s wealth came from the slave trade.
The change, which will not come into effect until 2020, follows a campaign to urge Colston Hall to alter its name.
Ready for ‘backlash’
Louise Mitchell, chief executive of the Bristol Music Trust charity that runs Colston Hall, said it was the “right thing to do” for artists, the public and the “diverse workforce” at the venue, which recently announced plans for a refurbishment costing nearly £50m.
She said: “The name Colston does not reflect the trust’s values as a progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation.
“We want to look to the future and ensure the whole city is proud of its transformed concert hall and so when we open the new hall, it will be with a new name.”
She acknowledged there would be a “backlash” over the change, but admitted the trust had “needed to resolve” the issue ahead of talks with potential sponsors.
“Effectively, I’ve been selling a toxic brand up to now,” she said.
“We need to move forward on this. It’s not actually about commerce, it’s about doing the right thing.”
Over the years, some of the world’s biggest music stars have performed at Colston Hall, including The Beatles, David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Bob Dylan.
The legendary Bristol band Massive Attack have always refused to play at Colston Hall, and the city’s mayor Marvin Rees has said he is “not a fan” of the name. A petition launched in February calling for a change gathered more than 2,000 signatories.
Edward Colston (1636-1721)
Colston was born into a prosperous Bristol merchant’s family and, although he lived in London for many years, was always closely associated with the city
By 1672, he had his own business in the capital trading in slaves, cloth, wine and sugar. A significant proportion of Colston’s wealth came directly or indirectly from the slave trade
In 1680, he became an official of the Royal African Company, which at the time held the monopoly in Britain on slave trading
He donated to churches and hospitals in Bristol, also founding two almshouses and a school
Colston also lent money to the Bristol corporation and was a city MP for a short time
The bronze statue commemorating Colston in the city of his birth has an inscription on it which reads: “Erected by citizens of Bristol as a memorial of one of the most virtuous and wise sons of their city”. There is no mention of his role in the slave trade
Source: BBC History/Nigel Pocock
However, the majority of those who have taken to BBC Radio Bristol’s Facebook page to express their opinions have not welcomed the move.
Chris Goldsworthy said it was “political correctness gone mad”, while Nick Davies said it was a mistake as the “past should not be airbrushed out”.
Kate Gillam said “changing the name won’t change what happened. It’s part of our heritage”.
The music venue is not the only place in Bristol with links to Colston that has come under fire. Bristol Cathedral is reportedly considering removing a large stained-glass window dedicated to the merchant, following criticism from anti-racism campaigners.
Bridal Fashion Week is already in full swing in New York City, where designers are showing their spring 2018 collections. But that doesn’t mean it’s all strapless gowns, quite the opposite. Swoon-worthy long-sleeve wedding silhouettes are attracting their fair share of attention.
Reem Acra showed a gorgeous sweetheart-neck off-the-shoulder number with bow sleeves that were a total head-turner. And designer duo Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia sent down the runway an exquisite deep V-neck ball gown with long sleeves made from delicate lace.
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Take a look at some of the most beautiful long-sleeve designs and keep checking for regular updates.
As usual, there will be a number of special screenings out of competition. This year, Barack Obama and Donald Trump will be seen in a An Inconvenient Sequel, Al Gore’s follow-up to his 2006 climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
Going short for summer doesn’t just apply to hemlines—it’s a seasonal given for haircuts as well. And with spring beauty’s glorious low-maintenance vibe, combined with the fact that a new beach spray launches seemingly every day, treating your bob, lob, or even pixie to a tousled, wavy, and undone style is a must. If these celebrity looks don’t convince you to ditch your flatiron and call up your salon, we don’t know what will.