Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co. has been the world's premier jeweler and America's house of design since 1837. For more than 175 years, Tiffany & Co. has been synonymous with luxury and style. Creations of timeless beauty and superlative craftsmanship.

Self-managed superannuation funds buying into Argyle pink diamonds

One of the exclusive sellers of Argyle pink diamonds says a number of the stones are being purchased for self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF). Rio Tinto's Argyle mine in the East-Kimberley, in the far north of Western Australia, is the only source of the diamonds, and it is scheduled to close production by 2020.
There are only 34 luxury jewellers, or ateliers, who are officially allowed to buy and sell the rare Argyle pink. Investment strategists said there was merit in considering rare diamonds for SMSFs. But they caution there are variables that needed to be taken into account.

According to Rio Tinto the Argyle pinks have increased in value, on average, 15 per cent a year for the last ten years. The overall price for Argyle pink diamonds has tripled since 2000. In the last decade or so there has been an increase in demand for pink diamonds from India and China.
The Linney's Argyle Pink diamond tiara showcases 178 of the rarest pink diamonds.

Laurence Graff bought the entire first Argyle diamond tender
See ----->http://highlifelivingluxury.blogspot.ca/2017/01/pink-diamonds.html

Luxify and Birks Launch Exceptional Diamonds to Asian Buyers

A new collaboration between Luxify, Asia's premier online luxury marketplace, and Birks is offering selective Asian buyers a convenient and discreet way to invest in high-end, distinctive jewellery.

The display features Canada's largest coloured diamond of 35.11 carats, a rare fancy 4.05 carats intense purple pink diamond and an emerald cut 7.01 carat D flawless white diamond among other exclusive gems.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Koh-i-noor Diamond in the News

The Koh-i-Noor (Persian for Mountain of Light) is a large, colourless diamond that was found near Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, India in the 13th century. It weighed 793 carats uncut and was first owned by the Kakatiya dynasty. The stone changed hands several times between various feuding factions in South Asia over the next few hundred years, before ending up in the possession of Queen Victoria after the British conquest of the Punjab in 1849.

In 1852, Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria had it cut down from 186 carats to 105.6 carats. The diamond is set in the front of the Queen Mother's Crown, part of the Crown Jewels, and is seen by millions of visitors to the Tower of London each year.

Duleep Singh
India’s top court heard a petition filed by a rights group asking it to direct India’s government to seek the diamond’s return. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government told the Indian Supreme Court that it should forgo any claims to the jewel because it was given to the British as a gift by the Sikh ruler of Lahore, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, in 1851. “It was neither stolen nor forcibly taken away,” Solicitor-General Ranjit Kumar said.

Those who want the diamond returned to India argued that Ranjit Singh’s young son, Duleep, was actually the ruler at the time the British acquired the diamond and that they tricked or coerced him – which would make their ownership of the diamond illegal.

The governments of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran have also previously made claims to the diamond over the years, which has passed over the centuries between Mughal princes, conquerors from Persia, Afghan rulers and Punjabi maharajas before it was given to the East India Company, which then offered it to Queen Victoria.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh
The diamond was worn by Queen Elizabeth's mother at the coronation of her husband George VI in 1937. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will wear the crown on official occasions when she becomes queen consort.

Legend says that whoever owns the Koh-i-noor rules the world; another says it will bring bad luck to any man who wears it. Queen Victoria, taking this last legend more seriously, stipulated in her will that only female royals should wear the diamond.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Dior et d’Opales collection

When pressed to pick a favorite gemstone, Victoire de Castellane is fond of saying she’d pick the opal because it already contains all the colors in the world.

For Dior’s high jewelry creator, that only makes the stone more precious. In the 27-piece Dior et d’Opales collection, she uses the gemstone to revisit the Cher Dior theme.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Dhamani becomes ‘select atelier’ for Argyle pink diamonds

Rio Tinto named Dubai-based jeweler Dhamani to its exclusive list of ‘select ateliers’ for Argyle pink diamonds, granting it access to the miner’s supply of rare stones.

The move came as Dhamani launched its new line of pink-diamond jewelry, the DPINK Collection, in Dubai. It will mostly comprise diamonds from Rio Tinto's Argyle mine in Australia. ‘Select ateliers’ are companies that Rio Tinto has entrusted with retailing Argyle pink diamonds not sold through Rio Tinto’s main annual tender.
Dhamani, founded in 1969, is a second-generation family business with several boutiques in Dubai and one in Oman.
See ----->http://highlifelivingluxury.blogspot.ca/2017/01/rio-tinto-pink-diamond-jewelry-in-japan.html
See ----->http://highlifelivingluxury.blogspot.ca/2017/01/red-diamonds-argyle-tender.html

Gem Flowers by Chopard

Chopard is a Swiss watchmaker founded in 1860 by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in Sonvilier, Switzerland, originally known for making ladies' watches and pocket watches.

In 1963, Chopard was sold to Karl Scheufele, a watchmaker from Pforzheim, Germany. The Scheufele family have owned the company up to the present day. The company is headquartered in Geneva.
In 2010, the company celebrated its 150th anniversary with estimated sales of €550 million from about 100 stores around the world. In 2014 Chopard had sales of CHF800m (US$915m) with 2000 employees worldwide.