Friday, 20 September 2019

Iconic Cartier

Cartier's Tutti Frutti collection was inspired by Indian jewelry designs and features exotic combinations of rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds.

One of the most famous is the necklace commissioned by American heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune, Daisy Fellowes. The necklace features thirteen sapphires and diamonds weighing 146.9 carats total, two leaf-shaped sapphires weighing 50.8 and 42.45 carats each, emeralds and rubies.
The panther is a Cartier icon, and one of the motif’s biggest fans was Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. Her Cartier Panthere sapphire brooch made in 1949, features a round 152.35-carat cabochon star sapphire.

The Crocodile Necklace was designed at the request of actress Maria Felix of Mexico. Felix walked into Cartier Paris with a baby crocodile in a glass jar and requested a necklace to replicate it. The end results was a necklace of 524.9 grams of gold, 1,023 fancy yellow diamonds and 1,060 circular-cut emeralds.
Duchess of Windsor Amethyst Bib Necklace consists of diamonds, a heart-shaped amethyst, 29 step-cut amethysts and turquoise cabochons set in gold.

Grace Kelly Engagement Ring. Prince Ranier III of Monaco ordered Grace Kelly a 10.5 carat emerald-cut diamond ring from Cartier. She never removed the ring.
The Reine Makeda Necklace features a 15.29 carat ruby and a central diamond of 5.1 carats.

The Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace consists of 27 perfectly-carved jadeite beads. It is considered the preeminent jadeite piece in the world. It sold for $27.4m in 2014.
Marjorie Merriweather Post's Art Deco diamond and sapphire necklace from 1937.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Diamonds of HRH Queen Elizabeth II

Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten proposed to Princess Elizabeth with a 3 carat diamond solitaire ring flanked on each side by 5 smaller diamonds, set in platinum. The diamonds were taken from a tiara owned by Philip’s mother, Princess Alice.
The Coronation Necklace and diamond drop earrings were worn at the coronations of Queen Alexandra in 1901, Queen Mary in 1911, Queen Elizabeth in 1937 and Her Majesty The Queen in 1953. The earrings were made by Garrard & Co. in 1858 for Queen Victoria.
The George IV State Diadem features a set of 4 crosses pattée alternating with 4 bouquets of roses, thistles, and shamrocks.
The Queen wears it to and from each State Opening of Parliament and for official portraits. That combination has made it one of the most recognizable symbols of her reign; it adorns stamps, money, and more official images around the world.
The Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara. The tiara was one of the future Queen Mary’s wedding presents in 1893. A committee of "Girls of Great Britain & Ireland" chaired by Lady Eve Greville raised over £5,000 and purchased the tiara from Garrard. It seems to be the Queen's favorite - she calls it "Granny's tiara"

Cullinan I (530.2 carats) and Cullinan II (317.4 carats)

Cullinan III and Cullinan IV

Cullinan V

Cullinan VI and Cullinan VIII

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Spider by Fabergé

A black widow Fabergé brooch could easily be worth $80,000-$150,000 or more at auction, if it were real.
Fabergé Spider Brooch? So you were watching Pawn Stars and couldn't believe it when a woman came in with a platinum and diamond encrusted Fabergé spider brooch looking for $2,000 and ended up getting a whooping $15k?

How much is an authentic Fabergé spider brooch going for these days?

The Fabergé workshop of St Petersberg in 1910
The Fabergé company, officially "The House of Fabergé", has spoken out about the possible Fabergé spider brooch. In an email sent to 'Time', a spokeswoman for the company called the reports of a new Fabergé spider brooch “untrue and unfounded,” claiming the eight-legged brooch does “not fit into the luxury jeweler’s creative vision.”
Fabergé, however, does not have complete records on the company.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Melo pearl

Melo pearls are large and non-nacreous, and are found naturally in the Melo Melo sea snail. Pearls fall into one of two varieties, nacreous and non-nacreous. Nacreous pearls are formed out of the material nacre and generally have a high luster. Non-nacreous pearls are generally less valuable with some exceptions. Melo pearls are one.
Most pearls in jewelry are cultured by farmers under controlled conditions, but there are some natural pearls whose origins can’t be created. The Melo Melo pearl is among them, making them extremely valuable. Melo Melo pearls can take decades to grow to significant size.
The Melo Melo is found in Southeast Asia, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, the South China Sea and the Philippines.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

The Emerald Tzar of Colombia

Víctor Carranza (8 October 1935 – 4 April 2013) was a Colombian emerald dealer and the owner of emerald mines in the Boyacá mountains.

Carranza was involved in the Muzo mining area outside Boyacá, Colombia from the 1980s until his death. Various forces clashed during the Green War, including Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel, leftist guerrilla groups and right wing paramilitaries. Carranza remained in control of Colombia's emerald trade during this period.
Carranza controlled at least 40% of Colombia’s emerald business, which supplies about two thirds of the world’s stones and whose exports in 2016 were $121m. Before the signing of a peace pact in 1991, an estimated 3,000 people were killed in fighting for control of the business.

As cancer spread, his hold on power slipped, and the peace pact started to unravel. He survived at least two assassination attempts.
Battles could resurface after the death of the emerald tsar, who brought a relative peace to the industry.

Carranza claimed gems “called to him”, and warned of the possibility of a new rift after his death.
Slipping production is likely the reason behind the rise in the price of Colombian emeralds, which spiked 30 per cent in 2017, according to industry experts, and is expected to increase again this year.