Thursday, 28 April 2016

15.99 Carat 'Jubilee Ruby' brings $ 14.1m at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Sale

The Jubilee Ruby, a 15.99 ct. Burmese ruby and diamond ring by Verdura, fetched more than $14.1 million at Christie’s New York Magnificent Jewels sale, making it the most expensive colored gemstone sold at auction in the U.S.

The gem is set in an 18k gold ring within a circular-cut diamond and polished gold ring. Top quality Burmese rubies of more than 15 carats are considered an absolute rarity in the world of colored gemstones.
A 10.07-carat Type IIa cushion modified brilliant-cut fancy intense purple-pink diamond and diamond ring, flanked on either side by a triangular-shaped diamonds mounted in platinum and gold sold for $8.8 million.

A 40.43-carat round brilliant-cut D color Flawless diamond sold for $7 million
A 54.62-carat round-cornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut fancy vivid yellow diamond made $2.4 million.

A 14.11-carat round brilliant-cut D color, Flawless clarity diamond sold for $1.9 million.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Golden Guns of Saddam Hussien

Saddam Hussien and his sons built an extensive collection of golden weapons.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016


Buccellati is known for the impeccable quality of its Italian gold. Founded in 1919, it is the patriarch of haute Italian jewelry. Italian Goldsmith Mario Buccellati opened his shop in Milan, and was the first among Italian Goldsmiths to open a shop on Fifth Ave in New York and later in Palm Beach.

As his popularity gained, his clientele came to include the Vatican and the Royal Courts of Europe, leading to his nickname, “The Prince of Goldsmiths.”
Mario Buccellati drew upon the work of the Renaissance and Eighteen Century craftsman for design. The world-famous brand has cultivated a style all its own, distinguished by the use of refined techniques such as tulle, lace and honeycomb.

The house also gives jewelry a fabric effect by brushing and mattifying metals, and it often mixes silver and gold for texture and light enhancement. Dense gem encrustation gives Buccellati’s jewelry its rich texture.
The company works through a stable of nearly 300 artisans throughout Italy. The company only produces one of a kind or extremely limited editions of their pieces. It produces about 4,000 pieces per year, including handmade silver objects and watches.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Treasure from 1715 Flagship "Capitana"

Divers on the Treasure Coast have announced the discovery of treasure from the Royal flagship of the 1715 treasure fleet, the Capitana: 52 gold coins, 40 feet of gold chain, and 110 silver coins.

The find was made on June 17, 2015. The Florida family that made the discovery, led by Eric Schmitt, wanted to wait so their announcement would coincide with the 300-year anniversary of the fleet's sinking off the coast of Florida. The 11 ships were part of Spain's Tierra Firme and New Spain fleets, regular convoys of vessels that transported gold, silver, and other precious resources from Spanish colonies in the New World to Europe.
Captained by Don Juan Esteban de Ubilla, the Capitana carried an enormous fortune when it sank during a hurricane that hit them on July 30 and 31, 1715. The Schmitts are seasoned treasure hunters having first found gold in September 2013.

Schmitt and his family had been working the 1715 vessels under contract with 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels LLC, a Florida company with exclusive rights to the wrecks, for several years.
> The Schmitt family found a rare 1715 "royal" intended for the king of Spain.

"To find a 1715 gold royal is incredible. There are only a handful known," said Ben Costello, a director of the Pennsylvania-based educational group the 1715 Fleet Society. The odds of finding one are long indeed."

Eric Schmitt, second from left, Lindsay Schmitt, his wife, stands at left and Brent Brisben, the owner of 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels stands at right.
"People live all along this Treasure Coast, and they don't even know why it's called the Treasure Coast," Lindsay Schmitt said.

"They don't know that there's 11 ships out there, six of which are still missing."