Friday, 20 July 2018

Mahenge Umbalite

With a unique range of color, from purplish-pink to purple and orange-pink, Mahenge umbalite went from being an outcast stone to one of the most coveted garnets on the market today.

Mahenge umbalite is a rare stone, featuring a unique blend of pyrope, almandine and spessartine garnets. Mahenge umbalite ranges in color from a purplish-pink to deep purple. Orange-pinks have also been found.

Compared to rhodolite garnet, its closest cousin, umbalite features less red blush, resulting in a cooler colored stone, a result of the trace amounts of spessartine.
Umbalite has excellent fire and dispersion. With a Mohs hardness around seven to seven and a half, umbalite is ideal for daily wear jewelry. Round and oval shapes are the most popular for faceting.

Mahenge umbalite is not treated in any way.
Discovered in late 2015, Mahenge Umbalite is from deposits near Mahenge in the Ulanga District of Tanzania’s Morogoro Region. Mining of this rare gemstone has been very irregular since its discovery.

Due to Umbalite’s rarity, they are highly prized by gem collectors.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Van Cleef & Arpels new high jewelry collection

Van Cleef & Arpels has launched a new collection inspired by four fairy tales, originally written by the Brothers Grimm. The four fairy tales are The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Golden Bird, The Three Feathers and Town Musicians of Bremen.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Bvlgari goes Wild Pop

Bvlgari’s new Wild Pop collection was launched at an event last month in Rome’s Stadio dei Marmi. In the 1980’s it was a small, family-owned jeweller with a little shop on a cobblestoned street in Rome. Fast-forward thirty years and Bvlgari has become a global powerhouse of high jewellry.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Queen Elizabeth II spanks Trump with Brooches

Royal watchers are suggesting that Queen Elizabeth II picked her bling to make a subtle statement against president Trump. The Queen wore a brooch that was a gift from former US President Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle when they visited in 2011. It was purchased out-of-pocket by Michelle and Barack Obama and given to her as a personal gift.

Famous 'Three Queens in Mourning’ photo
When the Queen met with Trump last Friday, she wore a brooch made famous at her father King George IV’s funeral.

The third brooch she wore was the Sapphire Jubilee Brooch, a gift from Canada to celebrate her 65th year on the throne. This was the same day that Trump left the UK ahead of his summit with Russian President Putin in Helsinki.

Monday, 16 July 2018

'Hero' Diamonds from the 2018 Rio Tinto tender

Square-radiant-shaped, 1.29-carat, fancy vivid purplish-pink Argyle MaestroRio Tinto's Arglye mine in Australia is heading for closure in 2020 and this will be one of the last tenders.
Headliner is the Argyle Alpha vivid pink diamond, weighing 3.14 carats.
1.57-carat, fancy dark grey-violet Argyle Alchemy
1.12-carat fancy red radiant-shaped Argyle Mira2.28-carat oval purplish-red Argyle Muse2.08-carat round brilliant-shaped Fancy Intense Pink Argyle Odyssey

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Ruby - July Birthstone

Ruby have always been one of the 'big four' in fine jewels, alongside emeralds and sapphires. Always scarce and precious, fine ruby remains highly valued.

Dior Joaillerie, Soie Dior ‘Froufrou Rubis’ ring
It was long believed wearing a fine red Ruby bestowed good fortune.

In the hierarchy of precious gems, the ruby has no peer: the Indians call rubies ratnaraj, the “king of precious stones”. Burmese stones, from the Mogok area, are rare and their growing scarcity has driven prices to record levels. Rubies continue to be a very good investment.

Cartier, Resonances Bracelet

Graff, Ruby and Diamond Earrings
Mozambique rubies have emerged on the world stage over the past few years. Even so, larger sizes remain elusive. So rare are rubies that heat-treated stones, once taboo, are now included in Sotheby’s and Christie’s auctions.
Chaumet est une fĂȘte, ‘Aria Passionata’ ring

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Alrosa's largest pink diamond

A pink diamond weighing 27.85 carats mined by Russian diamond producer Alrosa last year is expected to be auctioned at $500,000 per carat. Colored diamonds weighing over ten carats are very rare.

By far the largest pink diamond previously from Alrosa was a 3.86-carat diamond found in 2012.

Alrosa accounts for about 25 percent of global production and 95 percent of all diamonds mined in Russia.

Friday, 13 July 2018

2018 Rio Tinto Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender

Rio Tinto is offering a 3.14-carat, vivid pink diamond at its 2018 tender, the largest vivid pink stone in the history of the Argyle mine. The emerald-cut 'Argyle Alpha' is one of 63 rare pink, red and violet diamonds at the 2018 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender. The tender weighs a combined 51.48 carats. The stone is part of a collection of six “hero” diamonds.

Over the next several months, the gems will be shown around the world to a select group of elite buyers.

They will eventually be sold to the highest bidder.

Argyle Muse

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Cartier - Coloratura

Cartier officially unveiled its Coloratura high-jewelry collection. Each piece in the collection is a one-of-a-kind work of art, although several pieces can be reproduced.

The series includes individual necklaces, as well as complete suites of jewelry inspired by a specific culture or color.