Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Important Jewels at Christies

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 $233k in 2015
When stunning designs meet exceptional craftsmanship the results are sought-after at auction.

92-carat, D, IF heart shaped diamond. It sold for $14.9m in 2017.

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 $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.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Art Deco 'Tutti-Frutti' Jewels

In 1936 Daisy Fellowes, heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune, was terribly upset that financial reversals brought about by the Great Depression had forced her to sell her yacht.

She treated herself to a little something from Cartier. She bought a necklace mounted with a fringe of emerald, sapphire, and ruby beads; engraved ruby and sapphire leaves; and 13 briolette-shaped sapphires. Daisy's necklace became known as the Tutti Frutti and she set off the craze for Art Deco jewels.
A “Tutti Frutti” Art Deco Cartier brooch found in a $60 box of costume jewelry sold at auction for $17,550.
Fast-forward 80 years: A young woman wanders into the Fred Leighton vintage jewelry shop on Madison Avenue, New York. A flash of color catches the proprietor's eye: She's wearing an original Tutti Frutti bracelet on her wrist, a gift from her mother-in-law.

Thirty years ago it was valued at $15,000. Today, the same piece (100 were produced) can run as much as $1 million.

Henry Picq, Paris

Cartier London Art Deco Diamond Ruby Clip 1937

Friday, 12 July 2019

Rio Tinto unveils 2019 pink and red diamonds from Argyle

Rio Tinto has unveiled its annual showcase of the world’s rarest pink and red diamonds at its Argyle mine site in the east Kimberley region of Western Australia. The 64-diamond collection includes three Fancy Red diamonds and weighs 56.28 carats in total. The collection “The Quest for the Absolute” comprises six hero diamonds:

Argyle Enigma, 1.75 carat modified radiant Fancy Red diamond.
Argyle Amari, 1.48 carat heart shaped Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink diamond.
Argyle Elysian, 1.20 carat modified cushion shaped Fancy Vivid Pink diamond.
Argyle VerityTM,1.37 carat oval shaped Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink diamond.
Argyle Opus, 2.01 carat round shaped Fancy Intense Pink diamond.
Argyle Avenoir, 1.07 carat oval shaped Fancy Red diamond.

Bids close on October 9 2019.
The 2019 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender is being showcased in Perth, Hong Kong and New York.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Argyle Pinks

Over the past 18 years the value of Argyle pink diamonds sold at tender have appreciated 400%. They have been one of the best performing investment classes. Among the record-breaking diamonds sold in the 2018 collection was the Argyle Muse, a 2.28-carat fancy purplish-red diamond, the most valuable diamond in the tender's 34-year history. Previously only four red diamonds over one carat have been offered in the tender. Some estimated the top stone went for more than $10m+.
The Argyle mine is expected to close in 2020. With almost the entire world's supply of rare pink, red and violet diamonds coming from Argyle, speculation has risen on how the closure of the mine will ultimately impact the industry.

Monday, 8 July 2019

The Mouawad Dragon Suite

The Mouawad Dragon Suite comprises a necklace, bracelet, earrings, and ring showcasing five Fancy Vivid and Deep yellow diamonds totaling over 153 carats, and 432 colorless diamonds totaling over 272 carats.
The pinnacle of the gems lies at the heart of the Dragon necklace, the 54.21 carat Mouawad Dragon diamond, the largest round brilliant vivid yellow diamond in the world

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Omi Privé Revisited

Bypass ring in platinum and 18k yellow gold with 3.56 spinel, 0.69 ct spinel, and 0.75 ct. t.w. diamonds, $33,000
Omi Privé designs join the passion of superior craftsmanship with the ultimate beauty of fine rare gemstones. As purveyors of the world’s greatest rarities, they select only the finest gemstones of unsurpassed quality for the finest jewelry designs.
Ring in 18k rose gold with 3.22 ct. cushion-cut pink spinel, 0.49 ct round pink spinel, and 0.68 ct. t.w. diamonds, $26,000

Ring in 18k white gold with 14.31 ct. oval blue zircon, 1.88 cts tsavorite, and 0.27 ct. diamonds, $24,000
Every Omi Privé piece is handcrafted in the United States, and exceeds the most exacting standards. Omi Privé unites the earth’s organic treasures with artistic design and craftsman’s skill.
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