Friday, 28 February 2020

Purple pyrope-almandine garnets

In early 2016 purple garnets from East Africa started to appear. The source was Manica Province in central Mozambique. The deposit is located about 60 km northeast of Chimoio, near Gorongosa National Park. The area is under the control of the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), an armed rebel group.
What's special about these garnets is the color - an intense purple with red flashes that is called Royal Purple. The Mozambique material has strong color with extreme brilliance.

The garnets also display a color change, from grape under daylight to cranberry with magenta flashes under incandescent lighting.

The government of Mozambique has now closed the area to mining making further supply uncertain.
The material with the best color is found in smaller sizes, under 3-4 carats. Since the color saturation is so intense, larger stones are too dark. The highest grade material has come from the Mozambique deposit, with some stones coming from Tanzania. Both display the distinctive color change.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence

‘This is living history in your hand,’ said Rahul Kadakia in 2019, International Head of Jewellery at Christie’s, of a stunning trove of jewels that date back nearly 500 years to the early part of the Mughal dynasty, which ruled in India from 1526 to 1857.
Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence tells the story of a continuous tradition of patronage from the Mughal Empire to present day.
Finial in the form of a Tiger's Head from the throne of Tipu Sultan

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Black Argillite

Argillite Eagle box by Haida artist Bill Reid
Argillite is a fine-grained sedimentary rock composed predominantly of indurated clay particles. Argillaceous rocks are lithified muds and oozes.

The Haida carvings of Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) along the coast of British Columbia are famed aboriginal art treasures created from a type of a hard, fine black silt argillite.
Black argillite occurs in only one place in the world, at a quarry on Slatechuck Mountain on Graham Island. Graham Island is the largest island in the Haida Gwaii archipelago.
Argillite Otter Bowl by Lionel Samuels
There is one distinct difference in Haida Art compared to other West Coast native art cultures, Argillite. Black Argillite is only found on Haida Gwaii and is carved by many Haida artists.

High Jewels III



Louis Vuitton


De Beers








Van Cleef & Arpels



Friday, 21 February 2020

Giampiero Bodino

Giampiero Bodino spent 12 years as art director for the luxury conglomerate Richemont Group, "ghost-designing" jewellery and watches for the likes of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Piaget and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Before that he worked alongside Gianni Bulgari at the most famous of all the Italian jewellery houses.

Each piece is a one-off, designed by Bodino and created in the Richemont Group’s Parisian high-jewellery ateliers. Each piece takes between a year and 16 months to craft.