Thursday, 30 November 2017

The Crown Jewels



The collective term Crown Jewels denotes the regalia and vestments worn by the sovereign of the United Kingdom.

The earliest known use of regalia in England was discovered by archaeologists in 1988 in Deal, Kent and dates to between 200 and 150 B.C. Inside the tomb of the "Mill Hill Warrior" was a bronze crown, a sword, a scabbard, a brooch and a ceremonial shield.
The Crown Jewels are displayed to millions of visitors every year, and are guarded by Yeomen Warders (‘Beefeaters’) in the Tower of London. The Jewel House at the Tower has been used for the secure storage of the precious ceremonial objects since the early 14th century.
Although attempts have been made to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower, most notably by Colonel Blood in 1671, none have succeeded.
The Sovereign's Sceptre signifies temporal power. Gems include the 530 carat Cullinan I diamond.
The Imperial State Crown incorporates many famous gemstones including the 317 carat Cullinan II diamond, Black Prince’s Ruby, the Stuart Sapphire, St Edward’s Sapphire and Queen Elizabeth’s Pearls. The Sovereign traditionally wears the Imperial State Crown at the conclusion of the coronation service, when leaving Westminster Abbey. It is also worn for the State Opening of Parliament.

The St Edward's Crown is placed on the monarch's head at the actual moment of crowning by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Sovereign's Orb weighs 1.32kg and is made from unmarked gold and set with over 600 precious stones and pearls.
Regalia includes swords which represent mercy, spiritual justice and temporal justice.
The ampulla, dated 1661, is a golden eagle flask which holds the holy oil used in the anointing of the Sovereign during a coronation.

King William's Coronation Ring.



'Pink Promise' leads Christie's Hong Kong

'The Pink Promise' was the top lot at Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale. The 14.93 carat fancy vivid pink VVS1 diamond made $31,861,000 – approximately $2.13 million per carat.

The sale features 27 jewels by renowned jewelry artist Wallace Chan.

A 8.80 carat fancy intense pink diamond estimated at $8.8m to $12m.
Top lot among rubies was an 8.17-carat pigeon’s blood Burmese ruby with an estimate of $5.8m to $8m. The supply of large Burmese ruby is dwindling, driving prices ever higher.

Burmese rubies of 4.04 and 4.03 carats. The pair has an estimate of $2m to $3.2m.
A 28.04-carat Sri-Lankan Padparadscha sapphire made $2.4m

A Jadeite bead and diamond necklace $12m. A jadeite pendant $3.5m to $4.8m

Friday, 24 November 2017

1stdibs.com - Brooches


Cartier Paris Turquoise Amethyst Diamond Gold Bird Brooch $42,750.96CAD
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Tiffany Coral Turquoise Diamond Gold Brooch $14,898 CAD

Pink Sapphire Pink Topaz Rose Gold Butterfly  $5,052.39 CAD

1960s Harry Winston Ruby Diamond Platinum Brooch

1940s Two Dimensional Retro Turquoise Ruby Sapphire Gold Fly Brooch $3,879.97CAD

Victorian Demantoid Garnet Ruby Diamond Gold Salamander Brooch $11,335.48 CAD

Rosenthal Emerald Yellow Gold Baby Bee Brooch

Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Coral Gold Brooch/Pin $42,750.96 CAD

Tiffany Diamond Peridot Yellow Gold Fish Brooch

Cartier Diamond And Multi-Color Sapphire Brooch $64,881 CAD

Ark Design Blackamoor Brooch, Diamonds, Rubies, Pearl, 18 Karat Gold, Paladium $583,936.59 CAD

Burmese carved ruby & diamond brooch. $42,822 CAD

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

'Pink Promise' leads Christie's Hong Kong

'The Pink Promise' will be the top lot at Christie’s Hong Kong upcoming Magnificent Jewels sale. The 14.93 carat fancy vivid pink VVS1 diamond has a wide estimate of $28m to $42m.

The sale features 27 jewels by renowned jewelry artist Wallace Chan.

A 8.80 carat fancy intense pink diamond carries an estimate of $8.8m to $12m.
Top lot among rubies is an 8.17-carat pigeon’s blood Burmese ruby with an estimate of $5.8m to $8m. The supply of large Burmese ruby is dwindling, driving prices ever higher.

Burmese rubies of 4.04 and 4.03 carats. The pair has an estimate of $2m to $3.2m.
A 28.04-carat Sri-Lankan Padparadscha sapphire carries an estimate of $2m to $2.8m

A Jadeite bead and diamond necklace $7.3m to $10m. A jadeite pendant $3.5m to $4.8m

Monday, 20 November 2017

Yellow Diamonds to cross the Block at Bonhams

Five fancy vivid yellow diamonds with a historical connection to the Cullinan family will go under the hammer in London at Bonhams Fine Jewellery sale on December 7.

Three of the step-cut diamond are 5.29 carats, 3.11 carats and 2.37 carats and form a brooch carrying a high estimate around $400,000. The others are 2.08 carats and 1.93 carats and together are high estimated around $100,000.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Green Diamonds


The 5.03 carat Fancy Vivid Green 'Aurora Green' made $16.8m or $3.3m per carat in 2016.
Green diamonds are among the rarest of all fancy colors. The green color is caused by exposure to radiation or radioactivity and is extremely unique.

Natural radiation creates an external skin or surface of green color. It is uncommon for the green color to reach deep within a diamond.
Lab graders assess the natural color of green diamonds by this skin. Irradiated green diamonds are often found in the marketplace, so determining natural color for value is key. Labs may be unable to conclusively determine the natural origin of green diamonds because the cause is radiation.

1.56 carat, Fancy Vivid Green Diamond
Green is the color between blue and yellow, so common secondary colors in green diamonds include bluish green and yellowish green, and if the color is desaturated, grayish green or brownish green. Natural green diamonds are second to red diamonds as the world's rarest fancy color. True greens devoid of secondary hue are the most valuable among natural green diamonds.

The green diamond has a very strong emotional correspondence with safety as it is the most restful color for the human eye. Green suggests both stability and endurance. Aqua green is associated with emotional healing and protection while Olive green is the traditional color of peace.
The Dresden Green is a 40.70 carat, pear shaped stone with a VS1 clarity grade. It was reported as one of the largest and finest natural green diamonds ever discovered.
The Ocean Dream The diamond is a 5.51-carat, fancy deep blue-green, shield-shaped diamond.

It is the only natural diamond known with this color combination.
The Chopard Chameleon, is a 31.31ct Oval-cut diamond which appears green in bright light but looks yellow in darkness. This stone was one of the first reported by the GIA as a chameleon in the late 1950s.

Cushion-shaped fancy intense green diamond weighing 6.13 carats, within a brilliant-cut pink diamond surround, extending to the half-hoop, mounted in 18k rose gold.

A square-shaped fancy green diamond weighing 10.36 carats, set in a ring within a pear-shaped and round cut pink diamond surround.

3.15 carat, Fancy Intense Yellowish Green diamond. VS1.
Fancy vivid green diamond weighing 2.52 carats. It made $ 3,106,500 CHF at Sotheby's in 2009.