|A white diamond billed as the largest and purest of its type to come to market is expected to sell for well over US$33m. Sotheby's says the 102.34-carat gem mined from Botswana "is the only known round brilliant-cut diamond over 100 carats perfect according to every critical criterion" -- carats, colour, clarity and cut.|
It's expected to fetch a price "considerably higher" than the $33.7 million auction record for a white diamond.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Sunday, 18 February 2018
A 32.08-carat Burmese ruby and diamond ring by Chaumet sold for $4.62m. The ring came up for auction again in 2012 and made $6,736,750.
|Jewels of Luz Milo Patiño, Countess du Boisrouvray – $31.2m. The collection included rubies, diamonds, pearls, emeralds and sapphires of the finest cuts and quality, as well as her other inherited family possessions, ranging from pre-Columbian gold artifacts to antique furniture, silver, Faberge carved animals, tableware and artwork.|
The jewels sold in 1989, making an auction record at the time for any single-owner sale of jewelry and second only to the 1987 Windsor sale.
“The Gulf Pearl Parure”, a natural pearl and diamond parure by Harry Winston sold for $4,189,165
|The Royal House Sale – $31.3m. A collection of the finest jewelry and watches totaling 317 lots were sold in 2006 from an anonymous royal house, including a selection of natural pearls and diamonds pieces created by the world’s major jewelers.
|The collection of Mrs. Lily Safra: $37.9m. A Brazilian philanthropist who amassed a fortune through 4 marriages hosted an auction of 70 pieces from her personal jewelry collection for charity in May 2012. Highlights included a ruby Camellia brooch by JAR, which sold for $4.3m and a tourmaline and diamond flower brooch by JAR, which brought $ 1.2m.
32.08 carat cushion-shaped Burmese ruby, 34.05 carat rectangular-cut diamond, 31.21 carat rectangular-cut Burmese sapphire by Boucheron.
Cartier Paris, 1949. Platinum, white gold; Single-cut diamonds; two pear-shaped yellow diamonds, one 152.35-carat Kashmir sapphire cabochon.
|The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor – $50.3 million. The sale of the jewels of the Duchess of Windsor in 1987 at Sotheby’s set numerous auction records. An international celebrity and fashion icon, the Duchess had famously lured King Edward of England away from his throne in favor of marrying her. Through their 35-year marriage, the Duke showered his wife with custom made jewels from the world’s major jewelry houses.|
|Elizabeth Taylor amassed a collection of jewels unlike anything the world had ever seen. The collection sold at Christies in New York in late 2011 for $137,235,575. The jewelry included spectacular pieces by Bvlgari, David Webb, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and many pieces by JAR.|
The headliner was La Peregrina, a 16th century pear necklace which sold for $11,842,500.
Elizabeth Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was married eight times to seven husbands. When asked why she married so often, she replied, "I don't know, honey. It sure beats the hell out of me," but then added, "I was taught by my parents that if you fall in love, if you want to have a love affair, you get married. I guess I'm very old-fashioned."
|The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond is a 33.19-carat Asscher-cut D color potentially flawless diamond set on a ring that Taylor wore nearly everyday.|
It sold for $8.8 million, well above its $2.5 million to $3.5 million estimate.
|The BVLGARI Emerald Suite, a suite of emerald and diamond jewelry brought a total of $24,799,000. It was acquired between 1962 and 1967.|
|The BVLGARI Sapphire Sautoir, set with a sugarloaf cabochon sapphire of 52.72 carats sold for $5,906,500.|
This bold Art Deco style sautoir was a gift from Richard Burton for Elizabeth Taylor’s 40th birthday in 1972.
|The Cartier Ruby Suite, a suite of ruby and diamond jewelry realized a total of $5,403,500. |
Comprising a necklace, bracelet and earrings, Elizabeth Taylor’s husband, the film producer Mike Todd, presented her with a trio of Cartier boxes in August 1957.
|The Richard Burton Ruby and Diamond Ring, of 8.24 carats, by Van Cleef & Arpels, was a gift from Richard Burton, Christmas 1968. |
This ring achieved $4,226,500 setting a record for a ruby per carat ($512,925).
The Night of the Iguana Brooch, by Tiffany & Co. sold for $1,202,500.
Friday, 16 February 2018
|When pressed to pick a favorite gemstone, Victoire de Castellane is fond of saying she’d pick the opal because it already contains all the colors in the world.|
For Dior’s high jewelry creator, that only makes the stone more precious. In the 27-piece Dior et d’Opales collection, she uses the gemstone to revisit the Cher Dior theme.
Thursday, 15 February 2018
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
|Citrine is the most popular gemstone in the yellow to orange color range, and one of the most affordable of the harder gems. A variety of crystalline quartz, citrine has excellent transparency and is often found in large sizes, with gems over 20 carats not uncommon. |
Though there is a lot of citrine in the market, natural untreated citrine is rare, especially in the more saturated colors, since much of the low-cost citrine sold in the market is treated or synthetic.
|Most natural citrine is a pale yellow, the color derives from traces of iron. Many commercial grade citrine in the market have been produced by heat-treating weakly colored amethyst, which will turn yellow at relatively low temperatures.|
The most valuable citrines are the natural gems in the saturated colors, known in the trade as Madeira Citrine.
The name derives from a fortified Portuguese wine made in the Madeira Islands.
|High quality citrine tends to be very clean, with no eye visible inclusions. Transparency is excellent, and the material takes a very good polish with a vitreous luster.|