|Top lot at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale was a 115.8-carat pear-shaped, F color, VVS1 diamond on a diamond necklace. It sold for $6.29m.
||Number two lot was a 7.16-carat IF, fancy intense blue, pear modified brilliant-cut diamond on a platinum ring that made $3.85m.|
Friday, 31 July 2020
|De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited produced a 428 carat light yellow octahedral diamond in March 1888. With a finished weight of 234.65 carats, the cushion cut "De Beers" is the seventh largest faceted diamond in the world. |
The Maharaja, Bhupinder Singh, of Patiala in the Punjab region of India, bought the gemstone in 1889. In 1925, the Maharaja commissioned Cartier to set the De Beers diamond as the centerpiece of a ceremonial necklace that became known as the Patiala Necklace. In its original form, the necklace was 962 carats contained in 2,930 diamonds and other precious stones. It was completed in 1928 and is one of the most spectactular and expensive pieces of jewellery ever made.
|The last sighting of the complete necklace was in 1946 when it was worn by the son of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja Yadavinder Singh. Fifty two years later the necklace was discovered in a second-hand jewellery shop in London by a Cartier representative. All the big stones in the necklace, which included the De Beers diamond and the seven other big diamonds ranging from 18 to 73 carats, and the rubies had all been disposed of. The remnants of the Patiala Necklace was bought by Cartier. It took four years to restore the necklace to it's former glory.|
On May 6th, 1982 the 'De Beers' diamond came up for auction at Sotheby's in Geneva. The top bid of $3.16 million remained below the undisclosed reserve price.
| The necklace was displayed by Cartier across the world to rave reviews. The New York Times wrote gushingly “The crowds are lining up in front of Cartier on Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street, but they are not your average New York Christmas shoppers.|
They are passers-by staring, aghast, at a fabulous piece of antique jewelry. It’s not even for sale. Nor was it made to satisfy a beautiful woman. It is an ornament made to adorn the chest of a man”.
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
|A 70.33-carat Cushion Brilliant-Cut Diamond – $14,201,234.|
A 89.23-carat Pear-Shaped Diamond – $11,085,000
|A Belle Époque Diamond Devant-de-Corsage Brooch, by Cartier – $17,581,612|
Pair of Fancy Vivid blue & Fancy Vivid pink diamond earrings, by Bvlgari – $15,820,731
Friday, 24 July 2020
|Yowah is a small town in outback western Queensland, Australia. Yowah is located 938 kilometres west of Brisbane and 132 kilometres west of Cunnamulla. The 2006 census revealed a population of 142.|
The town is famous for its opal mining and numerous opal fields that lie around the town as well as the "Yowah Nut" a local type of opal distinctive to the region. The area was first leased in 1883 to settlers and opal mining has been the main activity ever since.
Wednesday, 22 July 2020
|In early 2016 purple garnets from East Africa started to appear. The source was Manica Province in central Mozambique. The deposit is located 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.|
If this wasn't enough, the garnets also display a color change, from grape under daylight to cranberry with magenta flashes under incandescent lighting.
Tuesday, 21 July 2020
|Christian Dior, (21 January 1905 – 24 October 1957) was a French fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world's top fashion houses, which is now owned by Groupe Arnault.|
Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault is a French business magnate, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, the world's largest luxury goods company. He is the richest person in France, and the 8th richest person in the world according to Forbes. In 2017, his net worth was estimated to be US$51.7b.