Saturday, 14 August 2021

Graff's Pigeon Blood Ruby - $8.6M

The 8.62-carat cushion-shaped 'Graff Ruby' ring from the Collection of Dimitri Mavrommatis soared beyond pre-sale estimates and set a world auction record for a ruby in 2014 at $8,600,410, as well as a record price per carat for a ruby at $997,727. Another highlight of the evening was a natural pearl and diamond necklace that was likely once the property of Joséphine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Comprising 111 pearls, the necklace sold for $3,426,669, above the pre-sale estimate of $800,000-$1,400,000.
In addition to the Graff Ruby, the collection included a rare 27.54-carat step-cut Kashmir sapphire with a velvety blue color that sold for $5,984,474, a world auction record for a Kashmir sapphire. It had an estimate of $3m to $6m.
A pair of superb sapphire, ruby and diamond earrings, by JAR. Each of circular form, pavé-set with circular-cut sapphires of various hues ranging from light pink to purplish blue, surmounted with a cage set cushion-shaped stone, one a diamond weighing 3.06 carats, the other a ruby weighing 4.89 carats. 557,000 CHF.

Saturday, 7 August 2021

Umba Sapphire

Umba sapphire is a unique type of sapphire discovered in 1962 in the Gerevi Hills in the Umba Valley of Tanzania.

The most famous Tanzanian sapphires are 'African padparadschas.'
Umba sapphires exhibit colors not common to sapphires sourced from other parts of the world. At a small bend in the Umba River near the Kenyan border, a unique two-mile-radius deposit produces almost every color imaginable.
Umba sapphires are mainly known for their range of orange-red, orange, and orangy golden yellow colors. These unique colors are due to various coloring elements including chromium, manganese, iron , titanium, and high proportions of vanadium.
The gem gravel of the Umba River Valley has been a major source of sapphires for at least a half century. The area also yields rare color-change sapphires.

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Iconic Jewels

Cartier. $387k.Raymond Yard
Van Cleef & Arpels. $362k.

Louis Vuitton
High Jewellery is the magical kingdom of superlative jewelry and exceptional stones at prices only the elite could possibly afford.

It is haute couture ... high jewellery.

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

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, 1 August 2021

Napoleon’s Talisman

It made $2m at auction.Napoleon’s talisman was commissioned in 1800 after his Egyptian campaign. The talisman was lost in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. During his retreat from the battlefield, his abandoned personal carriage was captured by a Prussian major. Deeply superstitious, Napoleon spent two years planning the intricate design of the jewels in the piece. Napoleon’s sphinx was dug up just after WWII in Noordwijk in the Netherlands, around 200 km from the Waterloo Battlefield.
The jewels are arranged in a secret code. The pattern of 21 rubies and a blank hole correlates to the ancient Egyptian Tarot code. This Tarot code had its genesis in the Egyptian mystery schools of approximately 1500 BC. The Tarot code was based on a numbered system of 21. The crystal sphinx has both Napoleon Bonaparte’s and Josephine Bonaparte’s initials coded into the design.