Saturday, 29 April 2017

Important Jewels at Christie's

Brooch by Donald Claflin for Tiffany, designed as a pre-Columbine figure flanked either side by a gold staff set with circular-cut diamonds, turquoise, citrine and tormaline, 1967. Est $10,000 - $15,000. Realized $233,000 in 2015
When stunning designs meet exceptional craftsmanship the results are sought-after at auction.

92-carat, D, IF heart shaped diamond will lead Christie's Magnificent Jewels Sale on May 17th.

Art Deco brooch by Cartier, circa 1927, $245,000 in 2013.
Art Deco Green Emerald & Diamond Ring by Cartier. Est $70,000. Sold for $ 1.1m

Elizabeth Taylor's Bulgari Serpenti diamond and gold bracelet watch circa 1961. est $12,000-15,000. Sold for $974,500

In 1962, Elizabeth Taylor immortalized the Bulgari Serpenti bracelet-watch while working on Cleopatra.

Ruby and diamond earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels circa 1990, doubled their estimate fetching $242,500 in 2015

A ruby ‘camellia’ brooch by JAR circa 1982. It made $4,319,591. This price set a new record for a ruby jewel by JAR.

32.08 carat cushion shaped Burmese ruby and diamond ring by Chaumet. Est $3 to $ 5m, it sold for $6,742,440.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Blue Diamonds in short supply

Blue diamonds outperformed the rest of the fancy-color market in the first quarter, as high demand for the stones continued to drive prices, according to the Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF). The price index for blue fancy-color diamond prices grew 1.9% from the previous quarter and jumped 5.7% from a year ago. This compared with a 0.2% price increase for all fancy-color diamonds since the previous quarter, 0.7% year on year.
The "Premier Blue"
Across all color segments, diamonds labeled “fancy intense” or “fancy vivid” gained value, partly offset by declines in diamonds that were just “fancy”.

A 92.15-carat diamond pendant worth up to $20 million will lead Christie’s “Magnificent Jewels” auction in Geneva next month. The heart-shaped, D-color, flawless diamond is the largest of its shape, color and clarity ever to be put up for auction. A 15.03-carat Burmese ruby set in a ring with diamonds is estimated $10 million to $15 million.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Diamond Sales Strong at Sotheby’s New York

A pair of diamond earrings brought more than $5 million at Sotheby’s New York, helping the auction house record a total of $29 million in jewelry sales. The square emerald-cut, D-color, internally flawless diamonds, one of which weighed 20.29 carats and the other 20.02 carats sold for $5.3 million. An emerald-cut, 5.07-carat, fancy gray-blue, VVS2-clarity stone brought $1.6 million.

A pear-shaped, 11.19-carat, fancy pink, internally flawless diamond pendant went for $2.4 million.
The “Stotesbury” emerald-and-diamond ring, designed by Harry Winston, sold for $996,500.

Christie’s will hold its spring New York auction today, led by a 5.26-carat, fancy vivid purplish-pink diamond estimated at up to $3.5 million.

Piaget High Jewelry

Piaget is a Swiss luxury watchmaker and jeweller, founded in 1874 by Georges Piaget in the village of La Côte-aux-Fées. The company belongs to the Swiss Richemont group, specialists in the luxury goods industry.
The company was founded as a manufacturer of watch movements but began marketing its own line of watches in the 20th century.
After a decade and a half at the helm of Piaget, Philippe Léopold-Metzger is ramping up the production of jewellery, increasing the company’s focus on an important battleground for the industry. Luxury groups such as Richemont have devoted significant resources to expanding their jewellery brands.
Piaget's watch and jewelry designs "embody the eternal quest for technical mastery, transformed by boldness, expertise and imagination."

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Jewellery Investing - Hints and Tips

It may be tempting to think of jewellery as a safe haven of value. However, anyone considering jewellery as an investment needs to choose wisely.

The notion that jewellery retains its value is ingrained in cultures around the world with the implication that jewellery endures and retains its value over the long term.
The first caveat about jewellery is that if you buy new from a high end retailer, you will be losing from the start. The retailer usually imposes a 100% mark-up. Then there's the wholesaler's margin and the manufacturer's. You are also paying for marketing. Then there are taxes. If you sell the piece the next day you might get $.30 on the dollar. It might take many years to get back what you paid.
While brand-new jewellery fills a role in the market, wealth preservation isn't part of it. This general rule doesn't always apply to pieces designed by up-and-coming artists. To have any chance of acquiring jewellery that will be a good investment, you need to buy second-hand. Art Deco jewellery from 1920 to 1935, is worth considering. Anything signed by Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Boucheron, Tiffany or similar will always be sought after because their pieces are of exceptional quality.

The worst possible 'investment' is jewellery containing lab created diamonds. There is virtually zero resale value for man-made diamonds.
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Monday, 24 April 2017

The Argyle Blossom Ring

The Argyle Blossom Ring was specially created for the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender 2016.

The ring features five Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender stones totalling 3.22 carats and a 0.33 carat Round Brilliant Argyle violet diamond nestled amongst white diamond petals, bordered by more than one carat of Argyle blue diamonds. It is valued at $3 million.

Asymmetrical High Jewels

Tiara set with red spinels, rhodolite garnets, tourmalines and diamonds. Chaumet

5.7ct marquise-cut peridot, pear-cut aquamarines and fancy-cut green tourmalines. Chanel

Draping chains of emeralds and diamonds. Graff

18 karat white gold earrings set with diamonds and rubies. De Grisogono

The centrepieces of the earrings are reversible to show either the white diamonds or the aquamarines and sapphires. Harry Winston

Friday, 21 April 2017

Bonham's New York

Cartier circa 1935
On April 24th, Bonhams in New York will offer 133 jewelry lots featuring colored diamonds; signed pieces from the likes of Cartier, Verdura, and René Boivin; and a curated collection of art deco, Sixties, and Seventies-era designs.
Harry Winston