Sunday, 28 March 2021

Bejeweled Birds

The Peacock Brooch by Graff boasts 1,305 diamonds weighing a total of 120.81 carats.

At the center is a 20.02-carat fancy deep blue pear-shape diamond, one of the rarest blue diamonds in the world. Adorning the tail feathers is an array of white, pink, yellow, orange, green and blue diamonds in various sizes and shapes. The tip of each feather is set with a cluster of white diamonds. The Peacock Brooch made its first public appearance in 2016 and reportedly can be yours for about $100m.

The “Walska Briolette Diamond” Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels. The Fancy Vivid Yellow antique briolette diamond weighs 96.62 carats. $10.5 million




Cartier

Coral, emerald, diamond and onyx parrot brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1990

'Bird of Paradise' brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels,

Lovebirds clip, 1946. Van Cleef & Arpels

Friday, 26 March 2021

Mandarin Spessartite Garnet

Mandarin Spessartite Garnet is a rare form of orange garnet colored by manganese.

The combination of vivid color and high refractive index make spessartite garnet one of the most brilliant stones in the world of colored gems. Its hardness is around 6.5 - 7.5 on the Mohs scale, making it ideal for jewelry.
The gems occur in a range of colors from yellowish orange to reddish orange and orange-red. The pure orange, known as mandarin or fanta orange, is very rare and has been found in only a few deposits in Africa, notably in Nigeria.

Top spessartites are highly sought after by gem collectors and are considered investment grade. Very little in the way of new material has been found recently.
The prices and value of spessartite garnet varies according to the size and quality of the gemstone. Color and clarity are the most important factors. Vivid orange is the most valuable. The reddish and orange-red are also valuable in fine quality. Gems with a distinct brownish hue, or heavily included stones, are less valuable.

Spessartites are not currently enhanced by any method.
Harry Winston

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Cartier leads at Sothebys

The Art Deco-inspired piece took almost 2,000 hours to create. A Cartier bracelet featuring a flawless D-color 63.66-carat pear-shaped white diamond will be auctioned at Sotheby's Hong Kong with an estimate of $5.1m to $8.4m. Also headlining is the Circle of Happiness jadeite bangle weighing 277.673 carats

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Winston Pink Legacy

To mark Harry Winston’s 125th birthday, the luxury jewelry house unveiled the “Winston Pink Legacy”. The ring features a 18.96-carat rectangular-cut fancy vivid pink diamond. The pink diamond is flanked by two shield-cut diamonds weighing 3.55 carats.

The stone was acquired im 2018 for $50.3m, setting a world record at the time of $2.65m per carat.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

The Crown Jewels


St. Edward’s Crown, Anointing Spoon, Ampulla, Imperial State Crown, Orb, Armills, Spurs, Coronation Ring, Sceptre with Cross, Chalice, Sceptre with Dove, Paten, Jewelled Sword of Offering.
The collective term Crown Jewels denotes the regalia and vestments worn by the sovereign of the United Kingdom. The earliest known use of regalia in England was discovered by archaeologists in 1988 in Deal, Kent and dates to between 200 and 150 B.C. Inside the tomb of the "Mill Hill Warrior" was a bronze crown, a sword, a scabbard, a brooch and a ceremonial shield.
The Crown Jewels are displayed to millions of visitors every year, and are guarded by Yeomen Warders (‘Beefeaters’) in the Tower of London. The Jewel House at the Tower has been used for the secure storage of the precious ceremonial objects since the early 14th century.


Although attempts have been made to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower, most notably by Colonel Blood in 1671, none have succeeded.
The Imperial State Crown incorporates many famous gemstones including the 317 carat Cullinan II diamond, Black Prince’s Ruby, the Stuart Sapphire, St Edward’s Sapphire and Queen Elizabeth’s Pearls.


The Sovereign traditionally wears the Imperial State Crown at the conclusion of the coronation service, when leaving Westminster Abbey. It is also worn for the State Opening of Parliament.
The Sovereign's Orb weighs 1.32kg and is made from unmarked gold and set with over 600 precious stones and pearls. It was made for Charles II's coronation in 1661.

Dating from 1661, the Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross signifies temporal power. The sceptre is 92.2cm long. Precious stones include the 530 carat Cullinan I diamond.


Regalia includes three swords which represent mercy, spiritual justice and temporal justice.
The ampulla, dated 1661, is a golden eagle flask which holds the holy oil used in the anointing of the Sovereign during a coronation.


The Queen holds the Orb and Sceptre used at her coronation, June 2, 1953.