Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Queen Victoria's Coronet


Official portrait of the young Queen Victoria, in 1842, by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, left
The Victoria and Albert Museum has acquired one of Queen Victoria’s most important jewels. The sapphire and diamond coronet designed by Prince Albert in 1840, the royal couple’s wedding year.

The day before their wedding on Feb. 10, 1840, Albert gifted Victoria a sapphire brooch. The couple then arranged Victoria’s collection of sapphires into a suite of jewels, of which the coronet became the centerpiece.
The coronet was inherited by King Edward VII and then by King George V and Queen Mary, who gifted it to their daughter, Princess Mary, on her marriage to Viscount Lascelles in 1922. It was then sold into private hands.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Taboo-busting jewellery exhibition at Paris' Museum of Modern Art


Reproduction of Salvador Dalí's Ruby Lips brooch
The worlds of jewellery and art are even more intertwined than those of art and fashion. From jewellers taking inspiration from artists to artists themselves turning their hands to goldsmithing, the two fields have a symbiotic relationship. Until now, no modern art museum has ever staged a significant jewellery exhibition. 'Medusa: Jewellery and Taboos' is featured at Paris’s Museum of Modern art.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Mayweather and McGregor to fight for 'Money Belt' - encrusted with 3,360 diamonds

The WBC has created a special 'Money' belt ahead of Floyd Mayweather and Conor Mcgregor's 'fight of the century' in Las Vegas. The belt, which will be claimed by the winner of Saturday's fight, contains 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 160 emeralds and approximately 3.3 pounds of 24-karat gold.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Diaspore a part of the National Gem Collection

In 2014 two large, rare color-changing diaspore gemstones were donated to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Gem Collection, thanks to Milenyum Mining Ltd.

The Dubai-based miner donated the stones, a 44.48-carat faceted oval-shaped diaspore and a 159.33-carat cat’s eye cabochon diaspore, at the American Gem Trade Association’s GemFair.
Diaspore is a naturally color-changing gem, and is mined at only one source, the Anatolia Mountains of Turkey. Milenyum is the only company that mines the gemstone.

Zultanite and Csarite are trade names.
Diaspore is a durable gemstone with a hardness of 6.5 – 7 on the MOHS scale. Since Diaspore has perfect cleavage in one direction it can be difficult to cut because parts of the stone will cleave off.

Typical loss cutting rough diaspore is 98 percent. This makes large gemstones extremely rare and valuable.
“To our knowledge, currently there are fewer than 20 faceted csarite gemstones in the world that have a weight of 40 carats and above. Given the rarity of this unusual gem, we feel the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection is a fitting home for two of the few examples available in this size and quality,” said Milenyum Mining President Murat Akgun.

The National Gem Collection is housed at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Diamond Necklace with a beating heart

New York-based Paul Forrest Co. is bringing jewellery to life with a diamond-encrusted necklace that’s built with its very own beating heart. The action of the beating heart is controlled by a mechanical movement similar to that found in a watch.

The mainspring, which is wound by a tiny key, powers a chain of trains, levers and wheels that drive the beating halves in the pendant, slowly moving back and forth to create the illusion of a beating heart.
The movements are all made in Switzerland, with price points ranging from $19,000 to $45,000.

Customers can personalize their pendants with a selection of diamonds or gemstones.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

One 'Carrot' Diamond found after 13 years

An 84-year-old lost her diamond engagement ring in September 2004 while gardening. Despite searching the farm thoroughly, Mary Grams couldn’t find the ring, given to her in 1951. “I cried for I don’t know how many days,” she said. Grams eventually settled for a replacement ring -- a cheaper alternative -- and told no one but her son. She said her late husband never noticed the difference.

The band was eventually found by Mary's daughter-in-law, who now lives on the farm with her husband. She was pulling carrots when she saw one was encircled with the engagement ring.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Newly Discovered Gemstones generate millions for Ethiopia

Newly discovered sapphire and emerald gemstones from Ethiopia generated over $7.8m, reports Addis Fortune. The two gemstones were discovered in Tigray and Oromia regional states respectively. The exported sapphire is blue, and it was extracted from Tigray Regional State in two Weredas amounting to 31kg. Emerald was discovered in Guji Zone, Oromia Regional State. 2,000kg of the precious mineral was sold.

The gemstones were mainly exported to Switzerland, Australia and the US. They are currently extracted by artisanal miners who are organised in unions and cooperatives. Sapphire was discovered in November 2016, emerald at the beginning of 2017.
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2017 American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Spectrum Awards


Mikola Kukharuk of Nomad’s with a pair of neon blue tourmalines (53.56 ctw.)
The AGTA Spectrum Awards is for jewelry designers and artists who create jewelry with colored gems. The AGTA Cutting Edge Awards is for skilled lapidary artists and technicians to show their skill at cutting, polishing and sculpting colored gems. Both competitions are sponsored by the American Gem Trade Association.

Allen Kleiman, platinum and 18k pink gold earrings with unheated pink sapphire
The AGTA Spectrum and Cutting Edge Awards is the most prestigious colored gemstone competition in the world.


Brett Kosnar, - 24.26 ct. round, Portuguese-cut rhodochrosite.

Ardeshir Dabestani, necklace featuring a 436-carat citrine accented with aquamarines (44.50 ctw), yellow beryls (87.30 ctw) and diamonds (23.54ctw)

Christopher Wolfsbergwith a 32.75-carat specialty-cut quartz with chrysoprase and opal.

Joel Price with a 100.66-carat harlequin pattern black opal

Friday, 11 August 2017

Gold and Jewels of Elvis Presley

Seven jewels and two watches were placed on auction on January 7 along with 120 other items. In terms of material they were unremarkable, low-karat gold set with diamonds and gems with seemingly little significance. The designs were unconventional. Yet they commanded significant sums. That’s because the jewels were either owned or gifted by Elvis Presley.

Presley, who died in 1977, is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century.
The necklace was gifted by Presley to his bodyguard. TCB, an acronym for “Taking Care of Business,” with the lightning bolt was designed by Presley and his wife Priscilla and became the logo for the Presley operation. The necklaces were given by Elvis to his employees and personal friends. $9500

A ruby, sapphire and diamond American flag pin that Presley wore to the White House to meet President Richard Nixon in 1970.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Royal Spinel - Balas Ruby

Spinel is the magnesium aluminium member of the larger spinel group of minerals. It has the formula MgAl2O4. Balas ruby is an old name for a rose-tinted variety.

After the 18th century the word ruby was only used for the red gem variety of the mineral corundum and the word spinel became used. "Balas" is derived from Balascia, the ancient name for Badakhshan. The Badakshan Province was for centuries the main source for red and pink spinels.

Cartier Royal ring, platinum, 20.02 carat emerald-cut pink spinel, onyx, brilliants.
Spinel is most famous for its deep red variety that closely resembles ruby. The two gemstones can be very difficult to distinguish. Until the late 19th century, there was no distinction made between ruby and red spinel, as they look identical and are found in the same localities. Many famous old "rubies" were discovered to be spinel.

Mining in Afghanistan has a history over 2,000 years. Afghanistan's ruby/spinel mines were mentioned in the writings of many early travelers. The Badakhshan mines were of great importance during the period from 1000–1900 AD. They were the source of many of the finest early red spinels in gem collections around the world.
The crown jewels of Iran, the collection in Istanbul's Topkapi, Russia's Diamond Fund, and England's Tower of London all contain fine spinel.
Black Prince Ruby

The Hope spinel sold for a record £962,500 in late 2015

Imperial Mughal necklace sold in 2011 for $5,214,348
Samarian Spinel - 500 carats, largest known
Pink and Purple Spinel Ring