Sunday, 5 April 2020

Wallace Chan

Wallace Chan is a Hong Kong-based jeweler known for his imaginative jewelry designs, groundbreaking gem sculpting techniques and the spectacular prices his creations bring.

In 1987, he devised a method of carving designs within a gemstone. The technique uses cameos and intaglios to create a lifelike image. That image is then reflected within the gem to create a three-dimensional effect. A modified dentist's drill is used to make small detailed changes on the stone.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Pink & purple sapphire

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Camélia Origami earrings from the Chanel Jardin de Camélias collection.

Boucheron Python ring with a Ceylon pink 17.36 carats cushion cut sapphire
Sortilège de Cartier collection ring. White gold, pink and purple sapphires.

Dior

de Grisogono
Rose gold set with 28.3 carats of pear-shaped pink sapphires and 5.9 carats of pear-shaped rubellites. Chaumet.

Friday, 3 April 2020

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. For centuries it was the main source for red and pink spinel.

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

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Cindy Chao

Cindy Chao started her business with $100k of her own money in Taipei in 2004. In 16 years her jewels made appearances at international auctions, museums, and the collections of the world’s top jewelry investors.
In 2013 the flood gates opened for Chao. She became the first Asian jeweler to have a piece inducted as part of Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum’s permanent collection (The Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly Brooch). Her works started appearing on celebrities.
Chao has been consistent. She designs two collections per year. Her signature is the “Four Seasons” collection, which consists of a set of “Black Label Masterpieces” limited to 36 per year that can sell beyond $10 million.