Sunday, 23 July 2017

Graff Diamonds

Working solely with the world’s rarest and highest quality diamonds, Graff was founded in London in 1960 by Laurence Graff, and has gone on to become the brand of choice for the mega wealthy.

The House of Graff is synonymous with the most fabulous jewels in the world. Graff diamond jewellery is exceptional; the quality, the style and workmanship are the best in the world.
In 1970 Laurence Graff assembled $ 500,000 of diamonds on and around the head of a model for a photo shoot. 43 years later, Graff recreated the image with 500 million dollars worth of diamonds in celebration of his 40th boutique and 60 years in the industry.
Today Graff is one of the largest producers in South Africa with one of the largest polishing and cutting factories based in Johannesburg employing over 300 craftsmen. Thousands of carats of diamonds are cut and polished and from these diamonds only the best go into Graff retail stores around the world.

Diamonds are also cut and polished at Graff’s factories in New York, Antwerp, Botswana and Mauritius.
Graff is now a top global diamond jewellery brand. There are 30 Graff stores worldwide. More recently new flagship stores have opened in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Geneva, Dubai, New York and Moscow.

Over the years Graff has handled the world's most fabulous and treasured gemstones.

Graff’s The Royal Star of Paris features a 107.46 carat Fancy Yellow cushion-cut diamond, suspending the Graff Perfection, a 100 carat D Flawless pear-shaped diamond drop.

Le Collier Bleu de Reve necklace features a 10.47 carat Fancy Vivid Blue Internally Flawless briolette diamond, above a 4.22 carat old-mine Colombian emerald.

Sapphire and Diamonds “Secret” Tassel Brooch. A pavé diamond watch face is concealed suspended from a platinum chain.

10.62 carats fancy diamonds crossover ring. 5.01 carat Fancy Brown Orange Pink Internally Flawless pear shape diamond and a 5.05 carat Fancy Vivid Orange Yellow pear shape diamond.

Graff tassel necklace, featuring pigeon's blood Burmese rubies and white diamonds

Graff's Diamond Flower Brooch features an 8.97 carat pear-shaped Fancy Vivid Pink Orange diamond

24.78 carat Pink Emerald-Cut Graff Diamond
“The Golden Empress” a 132.55-carat Fancy Intense cushion-cut yellow diamond set on a necklace with 30 other yellow diamonds.

Graff Rhythm platinum necklace featuring rubies and diamonds

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Bonhams’ Fine Jewelry

Art Deco enamel, gem-set and diamond ‘Tutti Frutti’ bracelet by Cartier. Made in 1929. £458,500
Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house, founded in 1793.

It is one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Bonhams is recognized internationally for fine art, jewelry, motorcars and collectors' markets.

Diamond 'Torsade' bangle by Suzanne Belperron, circa 1932. £164,500.
The Hope Diamond had a counterpart in the collection it was in — the Hope Spinel.

Both belonged at one time to powerful London banker Henry Philip Hope, who died in 1839. The 45.52-carat Hope Diamond now resides in the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian, while the 50.13-carat spinel smashed its pre-sale estimate of £150,000-£200,000 selling for £962,500, achieving a new world record price of $30,000 per carat
Colombian emerald ring of 10.49 carats and set between diamonds brought $610,039 in 2014
White diamond weighting 3.93 carats with VS2 clarity and D Color with a blue diamond weighting 3.72 carats with SI2 clarity. £800,000

A cabochon ruby sits atop this Van Cleef & Arpels’s diamond ring.

A carved coral flower with circular-cut diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels

A fancy colored diamond ring weighing 16.64 carats sold for $305,000 in April

Cartier jadeite and diamond pendant sold for $268,291 in 2013

A 12.55-carat emerald and diamond brooch £160,000

Piece carved from a single piece of opal matrix, depicting the head of Mercury.

A 25-carat Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring by M. Gérard reached a total of $581,000 this spring.

An Art Deco jadeite and diamond brooch by Mauboussin. $122,500

Farmer in Madhya Pradesh’s Bundelkhand finds diamond worth $ 22,500

Suresh Yadav, a farmer from Madhya Pradesh’s Bundelkhand area was weary of his crop losses and invested a pittance in leasing a 8mx8m shallow mine from the government. He worked as a farm labourer during the day and dug for diamonds in the morning and evening. Last week the 40-year-old struck it rich when he dug out a pebble sized diamond. The 5.82 carat gem quality diamond is said to be worth at least $ 22,500 and has changed the poor farmer and his family’s life.

When someone finds a diamond here, it's not for keeps. Not right away. After the victory dance that the finder presumably does, it is deposited with the 'district diamond officer' in Panna, who auctions it. The state keeps 11.5% of the proceeds; the rest goes to the finder.
If no one buys the stone, the finder can buy it for 11.5% of the expected price. This story of rags to riches is not the first in the area. Last year another farmer found a diamond that was twice as big as Yadav’s.

More often than not the news from Madhya Pradesh's Bundelkhand region is about farmers committing suicide as changing weather patterns have brought lingering drought and crop failures.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Ruby Rings

Ring in platinum and 18k yellow gold with 7.07 ct. Mozambique ruby, 3.1 carats t.w. round rubies, 0.15 carat t.w. fancy yellow diamonds, and 0.48 carat t.w. diamonds, $700,000; Omi Privé
There is no color more passionate than red. When we’re angry, it’s the color red we see, no other. When we’re in love, we draw red hearts. No stone wears red better than ruby.

Long considered the most magnificent of all gems, the queen of stones and the stone of kings. Ruby can command the highest per-carat price of any colored stone.

Dome ring in 18k white gold with 2.28 carats t.w. rubies and 0.9 carat t.w. diamonds,Lord Jewelry

Ruby Slice collection ring in 18k rose gold with 6 carat ruby slice, 1 carat t.w. rubies, and 1 carat t.w. diamonds, $5,000; Sutra

Ring in 18k yellow gold with 5.96 carats t.w. rubies, $6,626; ZDNY

Ring in palladium and 18k rose gold with 4.15 carat ruby, 3.41 carats t.w. black diamonds, and 1.11 carats t.w. diamonds, $19,905; Zorab Atelier

Ring in 18k white and yellow gold with 16.26 carat ruby cabochon and 8.34 carats t.w. black and fancy yellow diamonds, Andreoli
Ring in platinum with 1.38 carat emerald-cut ruby, 0.64 carat t.w. emerald-cut diamonds, and 0.28 carat t.w. round pink diamonds, $14,450; Leibish & Co.
Three-stone ring in platinum with 9.1 carat cushion-cut ruby, 2.03 carat t.w. half moon diamonds, and 0.57 crat t.w. round diamonds, $590,000; John Buechner