Friday, 31 May 2013

Gold Treasure of the Boer War

Gold Treasure of the Boer War

In the closing stages of the Anglo-Boer War, Paul Kruger, president of the South African Republic of Transvaal and the face of the resistance against the British, was said to have absconded with all of the riches of his nation when he fled from encroaching British troops in 1900.

In the 1880s Kruger had issued orders that if the British threatened the capital city of Pretoria the entire reserves of the national bank - gold bullion and coins - should be put on wagons and hidden in the African plains. Following his evacuation, Kruger lived out the last four years of his life in exile before dying in Switzerland. Most Boer leadership were killed and the location of the Krugerrand fortune has never been revealed.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

The Hoxne Hoard

The Hoxne Hoard (pronounced 'Hoxon') is the largest hoard of late Roman silver and gold discovered in Britain, and the largest collection of gold and silver coins of the fourth and fifth century ever found anywhere within the Roman Empire.

Found with metal detector in the village of Hoxne in Suffolk, England, on 16 November 1992, the hoard consists of 14,865 Roman gold, silver and bronze coins from the late fourth and early fifth centuries, and about 200 items of silver tableware and gold jewellery.
The objects are in the British Museum in London. The hoard is conservatively valued at £2.66 million.

Rare Blue Diamond sells for $9.6 million

A rare blue diamond ring was auctioned by Bonhams April 24 2013, as part of its Fine Jewellery Sale in London.

Estimated to fetch between £1 million and £1.5 million, the "Trombino" ring by renowned Italian jeweller Bulgari realised more than four times its high estimate, selling to Laurence Graff of Graff Diamonds for £6.2 million. This record price of US$1.8m per carat beat the previous world record price of US$1.68m per carat for a blue diamond.
The diamond is a "fancy deep-blue" stone weighing 5.3 carats.

Friday, 24 May 2013

The Ziwiye hoard

The Ziwiye hoard was uncovered on the south shore of Lake Urmia in Ziwiyeh, Kurdistan Province, Iran, in 1947.

The Iranian plateau was the crossroads of a cultural highway as well as a physical one ... on the "Silk Road" of the ancient world. The hoard contains objects of four distinct styles: Assyrian, Scythian, proto-Achaemenid, and the locals.

The hoard contains gold, silver and ivory objects of exquisite workmanship and are dated to around 700 B.C.

Argyle Mine finds Red Diamonds

Argyle Mine finds Red Diamonds
The Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia's Kimberley has dug up three extremely rare red diamonds. In the last 30 years, Argyle has only found nine red diamonds, including the three which are now on sale at its annual Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender.

Rio Tinto's Robyn Ellison expects the jewels to attract a hefty price tag. "Well,the skies the limit really with diamonds such as these. We will take these red diamonds around the world.

"At the end of the process, come October, the market will determine the price, but certainly north of a million dollars a carat is not unusual."

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Christie's auctions 101.74 ct Perfect Diamond

(Reuters) - A pear-shaped colorless diamond that is the largest ever offered at auction sold for a record of nearly $27 million in a Geneva auction, where records were also set for the prices of pearls and sapphires, auctioneer Christie's said.

The 101.73 carat "Winston Legacy" diamond, the centerpiece of the Magnificent Jewels auction, was bought by jewelry and watch firm Harry Winston for 25.9 million Swiss francs ($26.7 million) on Wednesday.

"Harry Winston acquired the most perfect diamond ever offered for sale at auction," said Rahul Kadakia, head of Jewelry, Christie's Switzerland and Americas,

Sotheby's also sold a 74.53-carat fancy yellow diamond that once belonged to Ahmad Shah Qajar, the shah of Persia from 1909 to 1925 and the last ruler of the Qajar dynasty. Its sale for nearly $3 million set both an auction record and a record price per carat — an eye-popping $40,061 per carat — for a fancy yellow diamond.


On 15 May 2013 Christie’s will auction in Geneva a pear-shaped perfect diamond weighing 101.73 carats. Offered for sale for the first time, this sensational gemstone is not only one of the largest pear-shaped diamonds known to date, it is also one of the world’s most perfect diamonds: a D colour, Type IIA Flawless gem. The rare brilliance and inner limpidity is only found in the chemically pure Type IIA diamonds, which account for less than 2% of the world’s diamond production.

Christie's said the rough stone weighed 236 carats when it was extracted from the Jwaneng mine (DeBeers) in Botswana and required 21 months to polish.

In November 2012, Christie's sold the cushion-shaped, colourless, 76.02-carat Archduke Joseph Diamond for a world record-setting $21.5 million.