Wednesday, 22 March 2017
|The Blue Empress is a spectacular 14 carat, symmetrical pear-shaped, fancy vivid blue diamond.|
The stone was mined at the Premier Diamond Mine in South Africa and was purchased from De Beers by the Steinmetz Group. It was first offered for sale by London’s Harrods in 2003 for £10 million.
|The 67.50-carat, cushion-cut Black Orlov is named black but is the colour of gun metal. Like the story behind the famous Hope diamond, legend has it that the Black Orlov was an uncut black stone of 195 carats, pried out of the eye (forehead) of the statute of the sacred Hindu God Brahma from a temple in Southern India.|
The diamond turned up in Russia, where it was bought by Princess Nadia Vyegin Orlov.
The Black Orlov was purchased in 1947 by Charles F Winson who sold it to an unknown buyer in 1969 for $300,000.
|The Paragon Diamond is one of the more unusually shaped diamonds. It is a 7 sided diamond of 137.82 carats and is rated a flawless D in color. The necklace currently belongs to the Graff Company and is set in combination necklace - bracelet setting.|
The gem was mined in Brazil.
|The Donnersmarck Diamonds are two yellow diamonds, named after their one time owner Henckel von Donnersmarc. One, a baguette-shaped diamond weighing 102.54 carats, was sold for $3.246 million.|
The second, tear drop in shape and weighing 82.48 carats, was sold for $4.666 million.
|The Sun-Drop Diamond at 110 carats is the world’s largest yellow diamond. It sold at auction for $10.91m in 2011.|
It was found in South Africa in 2010. The stone was cut as a Pear Brilliant, also called Drop Cut.
|The Kazanjian Red Diamond is an 5.05-carat red gem on temporary display in the Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems. Red diamonds are the rarest among colored diamonds. Only three 5-carat red diamonds are known to exist: the Kazanjian Red diamond, the trilliant-cut 5.11-carat Moussaieff Red, and the 5.03-carat De Young Red.|
The original 35-carat piece of rough was discovered in Lichtenburg, South Africa
|The Spoonmaker's Diamond is a 86 carat pear-shaped diamond, pride of the Imperial Treasury exhibitions at the Topkapi Palace Museum, Tehran.|
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
|The traditional opal, with its unique play of color, has been valued since ancient times. During the Middle Ages, precious opal was regarded as lucky because it displayed the colors of many different gemstones. Not every culture has had the same views. A well-known Russian superstition associates precious opal with the evil eye.|
Fire opal is an opal known not for its play of color, but for its vivid body color, which ranges from white to yellow to orange to red.
|Estimate $2-3 million|
Monday, 20 March 2017
A gold chalice from the Margarita was the top selling lot, fetching $413,000.
|A collection of shipwrecked 17th and 18th century Spanish treasure discovered off the coast of Florida has sold in New York in 2015 for about $2m.|
US treasure hunter Mel Fisher was most famous for discovering the shipwrecked Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which went down in a hurricane in 1622, laden with new world riches.
A gold crucifix with inlaid Colombian emerald jewels sold for $119,000.
|After searching for some 16 years, treasure hunter Mel Fisher unearthed the treasures of Atocha near the Florida Keys in 1985. 40 items from the impressive cache went up for auction in New York City on August 5, 2015.|
A gold bar from the Atocha made $93,750.
The golden spoon was thought to be used by priests during Communion to convert South American natives. $62,000.
|The haul includes two spectacular gold chains, one called a 'money chain'. Fisher wore it on the 'Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' soon after the ship's discovery.|
In the Colonial era, the Spanish king placed a 20 percent tariff on gold bullion called the Royal Fifth. But if the gold was turned into jewelry, the tax was forgiven. Each link of the 'money chain' is of equal size and weight and could be twisted off and used as formal currency.
|Also up for auction is a Bezoar Stone, which was believed to remove poisons and toxins from liquids. The pendant, about the size of an egg, is encased in a gold mounting with four arms grasping the stone.|
The Guernsey's sale also offered about 100 silver coins from the Atocha sister ship, the Santa Margarita, ranging from $1,000 and up.