Friday, 26 May 2017

Japanese billionaire buys Jean-Michel Basquiat painting for $110.5 million, highest ever price paid at auction


It's the first work made after 1980 to sell for more than $100 million.
It's a spectacular increase from the last time the painting, "Untitled," was sold -- it fetched a mere $19,000 in 1984. 33 years since then, the picture depicting a skull-like head has remained stashed away. It is now the sixth highest price ever for a work of fine art and blew away the auction house's pre-sale estimate of $60 million. It also tops the $105 million paid in 2013 for a Warhol.
Dustheads (1982): $48,843,752
Raised in Brooklyn, Basquiat was a maverick of the New York art scene in the 1980s. Of Puerto Rican and Haitian descent, he initially gained attention for his graffiti. He died in 1988 at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose.
$57.3M

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Chopard “Red Carpet” collection 2017

Every year Chopard is the “official partner” of the Cannes Film Festival and unveils a 'Red Carpet' collection of jewels. This year 70 pieces were unveiled, celebrating the 70th anniversary of Cannes.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Dior High Jewellery

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, also called Christian Dior, 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 April 2017, his net worth is estimated to be US$51.7billion.

Enstatite

Enstatite gemstones are somewhat rare and lesser known.

They are mainly considered collector's gemstones.
Enstatite belongs to the pyroxene group of minerals and was first described in 1855. Enstatite gemstones have a hardness of 6 on the MoHs scale and have a vitreous luster when polished.

Some of the finest enstatite specimens come from Burma and Sri Lanka. Cat's eye enstatite and star enstatite gemstones are known, but are extremely rare.
Enstatite occurs in a wide variety of colors ranging from reds and oranges, which are the most common, to yellows and greens, white, and colorless. Pure Enstatite is transparent and lightly colored; the iron content is responsible for the darker colors and increased opacity.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Alexandrite

Described by gem aficionados as “emerald by day, ruby by night,” alexandrite is a very rare color-change variety of the mineral chrysoberyl.

Alexandrite deposits were first discovered in 1830 in Russia’s Ural Mountains. Those first alexandrites were of very fine quality and displayed vivid hues and dramatic color change.
The spectacular Ural Mountain deposits didn’t last, and today most alexandrite comes from Sri Lanka, East Africa, and Brazil. The newer deposits contain some fine-quality stones, but many display less-precise color change and muddier hues than the nineteenth-century Russian alexandrites.

Fine alexandrite is green to bluish green in daylight and red to purplish red in incandescent light. Alexandrite is most often available in mixed cuts. Its extreme rarity means it is often cut to save weight.
Good quality alexandrite has few inclusions. Rarely, needle-like inclusions create a cat’s-eye. Most cut gems weigh less than one carat. Larger, high quality gems rise in price dramatically.

Production from Russian mines is very limited today. Sri Lankan alexandrites are generally larger but their colors tend to be less desirable. Alexandrites from Brazil have been found in colors that rival the Russian material, but production has decreased.