Monday, 27 February 2017

Firefox Diamond a Star at Smithsonian

The 187.7-carat Foxfire diamond from N.W.T.'s Diavik mine is the largest diamond ever found in North America. It has been enjoying a marquee run at the Smithsonian, the most popular museum in the United States.

Found at the Diavik diamond mine in 2015, the gem was sold for an undisclosed amount last year.

The glow likely has to do with trace amounts of nitrogen contained within the diamond.
The owner of the diamond has loaned it to the Smithsonian, to study and display to the public, until April.

One way to examine the physical properties of a diamond is to bathe it in ultraviolet light. It was found the Firefox carries a strong blue fluorescence. When UV light was removed, the bright blue fluorescence stopped, but the diamond continued to glow in a peachy orange colour.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

David Morris opens in Paris

Chandelier Earrings with Diamonds & Pink Spinels
British jewelry label David Morris has just opened its first French store, just a stone’s throw from Place Vendôme in Paris. David Morris is a British luxury jeweller famed for designing, crafting and selling fine jewellery and watches. It was founded in 1962 by David Morris and remains family owned.

Padparadascha ring

Heart-shaped ruby ring with diamonds

Monday, 20 February 2017

Treasures Discovered in Ming Dynasty Tomb

A gold hairpin with six sapphires and six rubies on its outer layer with a large ruby at center.
In 2015 archaeologists discovered a Ming Dynasty tomb at a construction site in Nanjing, China, revealing the skeleton of a woman named Lady Mei, along with brilliant gold treasures.

Inscribed stone epitaphs found in the tomb say that she died in the year 1474 at the age of 45. Within the tomb archaeologists found fantastic gold artifacts inlaid with gemstones.

Gold bracelets. Gemstones are a mix of sapphires, rubies and turquoise.

A gold hairpin in the shape of a chrysanthemum. It has a large ruby at center and a mix of smaller sapphires and rubies on its petals.

A fragrance box with gold chain. It is decorated with four sapphires, five rubies and one turquoise.

Gold hairpin is decorated with a mix of sapphires and rubies.

Two gold hairpins with sapphires, rubies, crystal, turquoise and one cat’s eye stone.

Rare collection of star rubies heads to auction

This June at Guernsey’s auction house in New York, a collection of extraordinary star rubies – described by experts as potentially the best in the world – will go under the hammer. Weighing a combined 342 carats, the Mountain Star Ruby Collection consists of four one-of-a-kind gems.

The most impressive ruby in the collection is the 139.43 carat 'Appalachian Star'. It weighs just over a carat more than the 138-carat Rosser Reeves Star Ruby on display at the Smithsonian. The Mountain Star Ruby collection is even more unusual because the gems were found in Appalachia, North Carolina. The finder was a humble local man and self-confessed “rock hound”. He made the discovery in 1990 on one of his regular searches for rare and unusual stones. He passed away shortly after his find of a lifetime.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Tiffany & Co - The Blue Book 2016

Blue Book Starfish cuff with blue sapphires, diamonds and tsavorites.
Tiffany & Co was founded by Charles Tiffany and John Young in New York in 1837 as a "stationery and fancy goods emporium", the store sold a variety of stationery items, and operated as "Tiffany, Young and Ellis" in Lower Manhattan.

Rubellite Starburst Brooches
The name was shortened to Tiffany & Company in 1853 when Charles Tiffany took control and established the firm's emphasis on jewelry. The Company operates retail stores and boutiques in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

The Company also sells timepieces, leather goods, sterling silver goods, china, crystal, stationery, fragrances and accessories, which represented 8% of worldwide sales in 2012. For over 175 years, Tiffany & Co. has produced world-renowned jewelry collections.

Tiffany’s Blue Book showcases the most spectacular jewels. It has been arriving in customers’ mail boxes since 1845.

It is the first mail order catalogue in the U.S.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Yellow Diamonds - Firestone Diamonds

AIM-listed Firestone Diamonds sold all 75,936 carats of diamonds offered in the first sale of diamonds from the Liqhobong diamond mine for an average price of US$107/ct.

9 carat fancy yellow
Firestone specializes in rare yellow diamonds from the landlocked southern African country. It raised $8.14m (£6.5m) at a sales tender in Antwerp last week.

The Liqhobong mine is 75%-owned by Firestone Diamonds and 25% by the government of Lesotho.

110.03 carat Sun Drop Diamond

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

This Day in Jewelry History: Elizabeth Taylor Meets La Peregrina

It was a Valentine’s Day gift for Elizabeth Taylor in 1969 from her husband at the time, Richard Burton. The 16th-century La Peregrina, one of the largest and most symmetrically perfect pear-shape pearls in the world was purchased for $37,000 at auction, beating out a member of the Spanish Royal family.
La Peregrina was once part of the crown jewels of Spain and eventually passed into the hands of Joseph Bonaparte, king of Spain and Napoleon’s brother. La Peregrina sold for $11,842,500 in 2011.