The day before their wedding on Feb. 10, 1840, Albert gifted Victoria a sapphire brooch. The couple then arranged Victoria’s collection of sapphires into a suite of jewels, of which the coronet became the centerpiece.
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
Queen Victoria's Coronet
Friday, 25 August 2017
Taboo-busting jewellery exhibition at Paris' Museum of Modern Art
Reproduction of Salvador Dalí's Ruby Lips brooch
|The worlds of jewellery and art are even more intertwined than those of art and fashion. From jewellers taking inspiration from artists to artists themselves turning their hands to goldsmithing, the two fields have a symbiotic relationship. Until now, no modern art museum has ever staged a significant jewellery exhibition. 'Medusa: Jewellery and Taboos' is featured at Paris’s Museum of Modern art.|
Thursday, 24 August 2017
Mayweather and McGregor to fight for 'Money Belt' - encrusted with 3,360 diamonds
|The WBC has created a special 'Money' belt ahead of Floyd Mayweather and Conor Mcgregor's 'fight of the century' in Las Vegas. The belt, which will be claimed by the winner of Saturday's fight, contains 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 160 emeralds and approximately 3.3 pounds of 24-karat gold.|
Friday, 18 August 2017
Diaspore a part of the National Gem Collection
|In 2014 two large, rare color-changing diaspore gemstones were donated to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Gem Collection, thanks to Milenyum Mining Ltd.|
The Dubai-based miner donated the stones, a 44.48-carat faceted oval-shaped diaspore and a 159.33-carat cat’s eye cabochon diaspore, at the American Gem Trade Association’s GemFair.
|Diaspore is a naturally color-changing gem, and is mined at only one source, the Anatolia Mountains of Turkey. Milenyum is the only company that mines the gemstone.|
Zultanite and Csarite are trade names.
| Diaspore is a durable gemstone with a hardness of 6.5 – 7 on the MOHS scale. Since Diaspore has perfect cleavage in one direction it can be difficult to cut because parts of the stone will cleave off.|
Typical loss cutting rough diaspore is 98 percent. This makes large gemstones extremely rare and valuable.
|“To our knowledge, currently there are fewer than 20 faceted csarite gemstones in the world that have a weight of 40 carats and above. Given the rarity of this unusual gem, we feel the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection is a fitting home for two of the few examples available in this size and quality,” said Milenyum Mining President Murat Akgun.|
The National Gem Collection is housed at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington.
Thursday, 17 August 2017
Diamond Necklace with a beating heart
|New York-based Paul Forrest Co. is bringing jewellery to life with a diamond-encrusted necklace that’s built with its very own beating heart. The action of the beating heart is controlled by a mechanical movement similar to that found in a watch. |
The mainspring, which is wound by a tiny key, powers a chain of trains, levers and wheels that drive the beating halves in the pendant, slowly moving back and forth to create the illusion of a beating heart.
|The movements are all made in Switzerland, with price points ranging from $19,000 to $45,000.|
Customers can personalize their pendants with a selection of diamonds or gemstones.
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
One 'Carrot' Diamond found after 13 years
Monday, 14 August 2017
Newly Discovered Gemstones generate millions for Ethiopia
| Newly discovered sapphire and emerald gemstones from Ethiopia generated over $7.8m, reports Addis Fortune. The two gemstones were discovered in Tigray and Oromia regional states respectively. The exported sapphire is blue, and it was extracted from Tigray Regional State in two Weredas amounting to 31kg. Emerald was discovered in Guji Zone, Oromia Regional State. 2,000kg of the precious mineral was sold.|
The gemstones were mainly exported to Switzerland, Australia and the US. They are currently extracted by artisanal miners who are organised in unions and cooperatives. Sapphire was discovered in November 2016, emerald at the beginning of 2017.
2017 American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Spectrum Awards
Allen Kleiman, platinum and 18k pink gold earrings with unheated pink sapphire
|The AGTA Spectrum and Cutting Edge Awards is the most prestigious colored gemstone competition in the world. |
Brett Kosnar, - 24.26 ct. round, Portuguese-cut rhodochrosite.
Friday, 11 August 2017
Gold and Jewels of Elvis Presley
|Seven jewels and two watches were placed on auction on January 7 along with 120 other items. In terms of material they were unremarkable, low-karat gold set with diamonds and gems with seemingly little significance. The designs were unconventional. Yet they commanded significant sums. That’s because the jewels were either owned or gifted by Elvis Presley.|
Presley, who died in 1977, is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century.
|A ruby, sapphire and diamond American flag pin that Presley wore to the White House to meet President Richard Nixon in 1970.|
Monday, 7 August 2017
Yellow Diamonds Losing Shine
|Analysis of pricing data by the Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF) for the second quarter of 2017 indicates overall pricing stability. |
A closer look at the numbers reveals that blue fancy color diamond prices continued to appreciate, climbing 5.5 percent over last year, while yellow fancy color diamond prices declined by 2.5 percent for the year.
'The Golden Empress' by Graff Diamonds featuring a 132.55 carat cushion-cut Fancy Intense yellow diamond
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