CELESTIAL SEASONINGS: Jeweler Temple St. Clair Carr, founder of Temple St. Clair, visited a church with astrological reliefs in Vézelay, France, which piqued her interest in ancient astrology and the Ptolemaic hypothesis — the second-century astronomer Ptolemy's his belief that the Earth was at the center of the universe. Now the designer is launching a collection inspired by the topic.

The Celestial Collection, being launched for fall, incorporates multicolored sapphires, diamonds and rare gemstones such as green apple jade and Australian black opals from Lightning Ridge into pendants, earrings and cocktail rings. The pièce de résistance is the Tolomeo Pendant, a circular pendant of multicolored sapphires resembling the geocentric model of the universe and movable orbs with Earth at the center. Other notable styles are 18-karat gold concave pendants done in the same style as the reliefs in Vézelay, with St. Clair's signature on the back in diamonds.

The collection starts at $950 at retail and climbs higher for some rings with rarer stones. The collection will bow at the Couture jewelry trade show in Las Vegas next month. Saks Fifth Avenue has an exclusive on five of the opal rings.

SPEED RACER: Evan Yurman, who heads the men's jewelry division at David Yurman, is showing off his two favorite things at a David Yurman event on May 1: men's jewelry and classic cars. Yurman will celebrate the firm's new men's jewelry and watch collection at Classic Car Club Manhattan, where guests will be invited to give input into the first David Yurman race car, a 2007 Porsche GT3.

RODIN ROADIE: As a huge fan of Auguste Rodin, sculptor David Grieco has created bronze sculptures more than 10 feet high, but now he's focused on something a bit smaller — handbags.

For fall, the New York native, who now lives in Los Angeles, has added bags to the repertoire at his accessories firm, Justice Bodan. The brand, which has jewelry and belts, is based on a fictional character that travels the world searching for nothing in particular. Grieco hand-sculpted honeycomb-inspired brass fixtures that are placed on supple leather on three bag silhouettes: a satchel, a clutch and a hobo. The bags wholesale from $225 to $485."I'm addicted to sculpting bronze, but it costs $80,000 for a 10-foot sculpture," Grieco said. "The sculpture pieces are the pedestal for my bags."

Up next for Grieco: men's bags, tote bags and passport covers.

BETTER IN TWOS: Nicole Richie rarely appears without supersized shades, so it makes sense that Armani Exchange chose the "Simple Life" star to host the national launch party for its sunglasses collection at a private Los Angeles residence Wednesday night.

"I'm a huge sunglasses fan,'' said the vintage-clad waif. "I own over 200 pairs."

Within minutes of her arrival, she had acquired another pair, an aviator style to join others in a special case in her closet.

"I think Armani does a good job of covering all trends of what's happening now," she said. "They really do have every kind of shape and size that there is."

But even with all those options, her favorite style remains the same: "Big, round glasses that cover most of my face. I never wear makeup during the day, so if there's candid shots of me, people always say, 'Why do you wear such big sunglasses?'" Her answer: "I'm just not wearing any makeup."

Richie was joined by Samantha Ronson, who played DJ before Balthazar Getty's band Ringside took to the stage, as well as her pals Lindsay Lohan in a Le Rok metallic minidress with a Chanel belt, and Paris Hilton in a lavender frock from her sister Nicky's new "more high-end" line.

18-KARAT BABY: Jewelry designer Mary Margrill is upping the ante with a new 18-karat gold collection.

"It's a whole new realm for me," said the New York designer, whose signature is to stamp her pieces with words such as "Love" and "Blessed." "We're in a time where people are more introspective."

The pieces are a bit more expensive than her other jewelry, at wholesale prices ranging from $250 to $4,000; one-of-a-kind pieces, like a gem-laden necklace, can climb to $10,000. M2 Design by Mary Margrill's 14-karat gold line wholesales from $150 to $900 and is sold at stores such as Neiman Marcus and Ylang 23 in Dallas. The 18-karat line will make its debut at Couture in Las Vegas next month.

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