With her gorgeous face, infectious smile, and fabulous figure, it is no wonder that South Florida-based model Alex Collins has amassed a huge following on Instagram. She has over 1.2 million followers and is one of the most talked about models in all of South Florida.
As one of the premier diamond engagement ring, fine jewelry, and luxury watch stores in South Florida, we are blessed and proud to have developed a good friendship with Alexa Collins. We often hook her up with exquisite and expensive fine jewelry and luxury Swiss watches for photoshoots…like this photoshoot you are about to see.
ALEXA COLLINS PHOTOSHOOT WITH DIAMONDS BY RAYMOND LEE & RAYMOND LEE JEWELERS
This photoshoot with Alexa Collins involves two pieces of jewelry and one Swiss watch that together total to more than $320,000. We will be talking about each product in detail, while featuring pictures of Alexa Collins wearing them. Assuming you don’t have a chinstrap ready, prepare to have your jaw dropped.
If you see a woman like this driving around, try not to break your neck, we don’t want accidents to happen. Plus, if these diamonds catch your eye, it’ll be as powerful as a sun glare, because the diamond jewelry Alexa is wearing have ridiculous light performance.
Let’s start with the most obvious piece, her diamond necklace. We are going to break down the details of this necklace from all angles.
We have tons of breathtaking necklaces at Raymond Lee Jewelers and Diamonds By Raymond Lee in Boca Raton, but this is one of our favorites.
When it comes to diamond tennis necklaces, this is an example of the crème de la crème. The price tag reflects that. This diamond tennis necklace wears a very heavy price tag of $203,199, and understandably so, as it features 37.45 carats of high grade emerald cut diamonds.
The emerald cut diamonds is one of the oldest diamond shapes, with its table-cut stylistic origins dating back to the 1500s. As the name suggests, the emerald-cut was made for emeralds originally. It was the best choice as the cutting process for it reduced pressure and thus prevented chips from happening. Remember, back then, everything was done by hands.
Some time after, diamond cutters took to the emerald-cut and began employing it for diamonds as well.
Art Deco Inspired
Interestingly, the actual term “emerald cut” wasn’t used until the 1920s, during which time the Art Deco movement was taking the world by storm. The Art-Deco style was all about clean lines and symmetry. As such, the emerald cut was the perfect option among diamond shapes and it quickly became one of the most popular diamond shapes during the Art Deco era.
This necklace is clearly inspired by the Art Deco era, which remains the most desirable and influential classic jewelry era of all them all.
While emerald cut diamonds have always been a classic, timeless and perennially popular choice, they have been taking over the scene lately. They have become immensely sought after, partially due to the multimillion dollar emerald cut diamond engagement ring Alex Rodriguez proposed to Jennifer Lopez with, not to mention Beyonce’s 18-carat flawless emerald cut diamond engagement ring and Angelina Jolie’s 16-carat emerald cut center stone, but mainly because it is the most stunning example of a step-cut diamond and they are more unique than round brilliant diamond which you see everywhere.
For those who don’t know, there are two main categories of modern diamonds – brilliant cut and step cut diamonds. Brilliant cut diamonds have many small facets as to maximize fire, brilliance and scintillation. They include round brilliants, cushion cuts, oval, marquise, pear, heart shape, and radiant diamonds. Step cuts, on the other hand, have larger, rectangular facets, which create flashes of light known as the “hall of mirrors” effect. They may sparkle less than brilliant cut diamonds, but they showcase a diamond’s clarity way better. It is a very elegant and sophisticated diamond cut.
Of all the step cut diamonds, which includes emerald, Asscher, baguette and carre diamonds, the Emerald Cut is the king. It has always been the step cut diamond in the limelight. Rightfully so, it is the oldest cut and most beautiful example of clarity. It’s a style that kings and queens have cherished and worn for centuries (even to this day, with Kate Middleton always proudly rocking an emerald cut diamond ring from Prince William).
Only 3% of the world’s diamonds are emerald cuts, so it is a rare diamond shape to see, even if it is one every woman would love to have.
As emerald cut diamonds have a clear unobstructed window at the center of the stone, called the table, it is important that there are no inclusions. With emerald cut diamonds, clarity is top priority.
If the emerald cut diamond tennis neckalce Alexa Collins is wearing is of any interest to you, then you’ll be pleased to know they are all VS in clarity, which means they are flawless to the naked eye. The clarity is astonishing, especially with so many emerald cuts of this size…
The perfectly clear, large emerald cut diamonds line the entire length of the necklace, side by side as a tennis necklace entails, using an illusion design.
An illusion necklace, which this one is, places the diamonds in a setting that makes them appear to be floating. The diamonds are secured at intervals. With this necklace, all of this is done using beautifully high polish 18k white gold. The white gold illusion setting complements the large, perfectly clear emerald cut diamonds majestically. What you are left with is an emerald cut illusion diamond tennis for the ages. This is an heirloom necklace that will forever drop jaws and take people’s breath away. Every classy woman needs a diamond tennis necklace for special occasions, but not every woman will be able to have one this outstanding. This is a one-of-a-kind necklace that is hard to come by.
Dangling from Alexa’s ears are a pair of emerald cut diamond illusion dangle earrings. They match the emerald cut diamond illusion tennis necklace perfectly because they were made together by the same designer.
The earrings use the same exact design, with large emerald cut diamonds in an illusion setting of 18 white gold so it appears as if they are floating below her ears.
In total, there are three sizable emerald cut diamonds on each earring. Each earring contains 5.04 carats of emerald cut diamonds, so together the earrings total to 10.08 carats.
Like the necklace, the emerald cut diamonds are of exquisite quality. They are G/H in color and VS in clarity. This means that they are colorless and flawless to the naked eye. So, with a white gold setting, the clarity and luster these emerald diamond dangle earrings surrender to the eyes is unparalleled in beauty. Only the best of the best for Alexa Collins.
These special and ultra distinctive earrings come in at just over $58,000. As with the necklace, they are available for sale now at Raymond Lee Jewelers in Boca Raton. See the full sales listing for these emerald cut diamond dangle illusion earrings.
Alexa Collins has a fine taste for luxury Swiss watches. She recently did a photoshoot with our Richard Mille Black Phantom RM-011 (super sick limited edition watch), so it was only right that she wore another very special watch for this shoot.
Here she is wearing an 18k white gold Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph completely covered in factory set diamonds. The reference number for this AP RO Chrono is 26068BC.
Let’s talk diamonds first, as when you look at this watch, you will immediately be blinded by them. The light performance of this watch is off the charts. Pics only do it a small amount of justice. In person, the watch is really stunning.
Factory-set Diamond Case, Bezel & Dial
The watch’s case, bezel, and dial contain 449 round brilliant diamonds that total to 4.04 carats. As it is a factory setting by AP, you already know its done perfectly. With this watch, you’ll never have to worry about diamonds popping out and the tolerance of the settings are so tight it completely deletes the white gold’s top layer, leaving you with pure unadulterated rows of round brilliant diamonds of the highest grade.
The case and bezel are crafted from white gold, so underneath all those diamonds is solid 18k white gold (AP’s untarnishable white gold alloy). The only white gold you can see are edgings, such as the high polish beveled edge of the bezel. This allows for beautiful contrasts with the diamonds and makes each component of the watch standout.
The same thing applies to the dial. The dial’s backdrop has so many tiny diamonds that its like a perfect diamond sheet radiating at you. It even has small round blue sapphires as hour markers, which pop off the white diamonds making for easily legibility. Then you have the iridescent mother of pearl chrono subdials – only the finest material for a watch of this magnitude.
The mother of pearl chronograph subdials feature a 30-minute subdial at the 3 o’clock, a small 60 seconds at the 6 o’clock and a 12 hour at the 9 o’clock. As the running seconds is in the subdial, the long seconds hand on the main dial is the chronograph, which coordinates with the track around the peripheral of the dial.
The other complication is the standard date display, which has a unique placement at the 5 o’clock.
The case is a classy 39mm. On Alexa Collins, it wears large, especially with the diamond wrist presence being truly larger than life. The chronopushers also extend its presence a bit, making it more like a 40mm or even 41mm.
As for depth, the watch is quite thin for a chronograph at only 11mm. It will sit on the wrist comfortably and elegantly, never getting in the way of a dress cuff or tight sleeve.
We should also note that even with the diamond setting, this watch is perfectly waterproof down to 20 meters. More than enough for any situation that you’d be in with this watch on your wrist.
Balancing the extravagance and heft of the case in impeccable fashion is a beautiful rubber strap. It is an OEM rubber strap that is dust, hair, and everything else you can think of resistant. The strap is super comfortable and it is gorgeously polarizing along the white gold diamond case, bezel and dial. It’s the perfect sporty touch a completely diamond flooded Royal Oak needs. After all, this is a sports watch by nature.
Considering this is an Audemars Piguet, you already know the movement is state-of-the-art. AP is one of the big three in the world of haute horology. Nobody does it better.
With this watch, you have a Selfwinding Calibre 2385. It has 304 parts in total, 37 jewels, and a frequency of 3hz at 21,600 vibrations per hour. The oscillating wheel is a monobloc in 18k gold. The power reserve is 40 hours. And everything is finished with absolute flawlessness. The movement is honestly the greatest and most fascinating work of all, and that is saying a lot as this watch is magnificent on all fronts.
If you want to see this watch in person, it is available for sale at Diamonds By Raymond Lee in Boca Raton. It comes with the original box and paperwork, wearing a price tag of $59,495.
That wraps up this gorgeous jewelry and watch photoshoot with Alexa Collins. If you are interested in the jewelry or watch, please feel free to contact us.
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