Friday, 29 June 2018

Top Jewels at Auction in 2015

“The Blue Moon of Josephine,” 13.02 carats, internally flawless, it sold for $48,468,158 at Sotheby’s in November, 2015. The price set a world record for any diamond of any color, and for price per carat of any gemstone. The gem was cut from a 29.62-carat rough diamond unearthed at the Cullinan mine.

The “Sunrise Ruby” a 25.59-carat Burmese stone, sold for $30.3 million ($1.184 million per carat) in May, 2015. The price is a new record for any ruby, a new record per carat, and for any stone by Cartier.

16.08 carat Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond, “The Sweet Josephine” $28,523,925 at Christie’s in November.

Emerald-Cut Diamond, 100.20 Carats, D-flawless — one of only six 100-carat-plus “perfect” diamonds to hit the auction block in the past 25 years — fetched $22.1 million at Sotheby’s in April

“The Crimson Flame,” 15.04 carats Burmese ruby made $18m in December 2015, setting a world auction record for a ruby of $1.2 million per carat.

Rectangular-cut 5.18-carat Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ring $10,709,443 at Christie’s

Fancy Purple-Pink Diamond Ring, 8.24 carats $13,866,553 at Sotheby’s in November 2015

Fancy Intense Pink diamond, 9.07 Carats, mounted by Harry Winston, a type IIa. $12,643,776 at Christie’s

Etcetera Ruby and Diamond Latticework Necklace, 120.74 Carats. $13,006,656 at Christie’s.
The 8.72-carat cushion brilliant-cut Fancy Vivid Pink ‘Historic Pink Diamond’, which is the recut pink stone once owned by heiress Huguette Clark. $15.9 million.
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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Floyd Mayweather buys $18 million 280-carat diamond watch - 'The Billionaire'

Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather's latest purchase is an $18 million dollar watch, dubbed "The Billionare" by jeweller Jacob & Co. It is made of 18k white gold and comes complete with 260 carats of diamonds.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Indian jewellers set dazzling record

Two jewellers from India have broken the record of most diamonds set in one ring, by setting 6,690 diamonds into an 18 karat rose gold structure, shaped like a lotus flower.

Vishal Agarwal and Khushbu Agarwal, both based in Surat, Gujarat, constructed the ring. It weighs more than a golf ball, with a total weight of just over 58 grams. It took six months to design and craft the intricate ring, which has been valued at $4,116,787 USD.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Extremely Piaget

Jeweled watches serve as inspiration for Piaget’s newest high jewelry collection for the Biennale des Antiquaires, aptly named Extremely Piaget.

The new collection features 37 watches and 88 pieces of jewelry.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Ancient Ring Collection up for Auction

A collection of ancient Roman, Greek, Viking and medieval rings, once owned by a Leicester gas engineer, are expected to raise between £80,000 and £100,000 at auction.

The rings, described by an antiquities expert as among the best he has seen outside a museum, are coming up for auction later this month. The ancient haul of 54 rings was gathered in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The rings are between 2,200 and 1,800 years old and many are exceptional and extremely rare.

Monday, 18 June 2018

$30 million “Juliet Pink” held hostage

A $30 million pink diamond is being held “hostage” by one of its co-owners, a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit alleges. The “Juliet Pink” – described as “among the largest and most valuable colored diamonds currently on the market” – was bought by L.J. West Diamonds in 2011. The company sold a 15% stake in the Juliet to Global Diamond Group Ltd., and another 10% to a diamond dealer. L.J. West agreed to give Global Diamond Group temporary “possession” of the stone May 22, but Global Diamond Group still hasn’t returned the gem – violating the ownership agreement, the suit alleges.
The 30.03-carat Juliet Pink Diamond is a Fancy Intense Pink oval diamond, with a VVS2 clarity grading. It was cut from a 90-carat rough from South Africa.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Olivine Crystals raining from Kilauea

People living near the active Kilauea volcano in Hawaii have reported finding green crystals near lava flows. The green comes from olivine, a mineral common in certain volcanic rocks.
Amid the lava spilling from the volcano’s fissures, tiny, glittering green gems are appearing — at times even raining from the sky. There’s nothing precious about this olivine. The same tiny gems are embedded in the rocks and asphalt all over Hawaii. The rocks erode into fine sand, creating green beaches like Mahana Beach on Hawaii’s Papakolea coast.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Marie Antoinette’s jewels to be auctioned at Sotheby's

At jewellery auctions, provenance pushes demand - and prices. So it’s difficult to put a price on a collection of jewellery owned by the last Queen of France, Marie-Antoinette, which is set to be auctioned in a landmark sale in Geneva this November. The sale features over 100 jewels from the Bourbon-Parma royal family.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Christie's To Auction Peggy Rockefeller's Jewels

The Magnificent Jewels auction will feature 19 jewels from the Peggy and David Rockefeller collection among the 189 lots. Among the standouts are pieces by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels and the Rockefeller family’s personal jeweler, Raymond Yard.

5.63-carat D color, SI1 clarity diamond. Yard 1940
The Rockefellers were avid collectors of Van Cleef & Arpels. 5-carat oval-cut Kashmir sapphire

Monday, 11 June 2018

Indicolite - Blue Tourmaline

Tourmaline occurs in virtually every color, but blue is the rarest. The blue tourmaline that has attracted the most attention recently is the rare paraiba variety that was first discovered in Brazil in 1989, and then in Nigeria and Mozambique. These gems, colored by copper, have a neon-like quality that is highly coveted by collectors.
Indicolite tourmaline, colored by iron, can vary from a light to a deep blue. Like most tourmaline, it is strongly pleochroic, meaning it shows different hues when viewed from different directions. Indicolite which is a pure blue is extremely rare, and most examples will have a green secondary hue.
The main sources of indicolite tourmaline are Brazil, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Mozambique and Madagascar.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Lydia Courtielle - Paris

Taking a stroll along the rue Saint Honoré, a stone’s throw from the Place Vendôme in Paris, Lydia Courteille’s small boutique stands out as a beacon to all jewellery connoisseurs and gemstone lovers.

Lydia Courteille – biochemist, antiquarian and collector, traveler – has always had a fascination with the beautiful, the strange and the curious. Her inquisitive mind knows no limits, be it for jewelry design or her choice of stones.
Lydia Courteille's jewelry revels in its status as truly original, fine joaillerie.