Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Lesedi La Rona diamond fails to Sell

Vancouver-based Lucara Diamond Corp. has failed to sell the tennis-ball sized diamond it discovered at its Botswana mine last November. The 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona diamond drew a high bid of $61 million US at the Sotheby's auction in London, falling short of the reserve price.
The biggest diamond to be discovered in more than a century has left Dubai to visit four more cities before being auctioned by Sotheby’s on June 29th. A discrete gathering was held at The Armani Hotel in Dubai, where Lesedi La Rona, or “The Lady", as it’s known to members of the company that discovered it, was on display.

Its stop in Dubai was part of a global tour during which it has already visited Singapore and Hong Kong. It is due to visit four more cities before ending up at an auction at Sotheby’s.

Lucara Diamond Corp. sold an 813-carat diamond for $63 million last month, making it the most expensive rough gem on record and raising the prospects for the sale of the Lesedi la Rona.
The sale of The Constellation was worth $77,649 a carat and Lucara will retain a 10 percent interest in the net profit received in the polished products.
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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Ring that Trump gave to Marla Maples up for auction

A large diamond engagement ring that Donald Trump gave his second wife is going up for auction for an estimated $300,000.

The 7.45-carat emerald-cut, Harry Winston-designed ring is about the size of a postage stamp. Marla Maples sold it at auction after she and Trump divorced in 1999. It fetched $110,000.
Donald Trump has been doling out diamond cuff links but they’re actually worthless fakes. At least three recipients later learned that the glittery gifts were valuable as mementos but nothing else.

Actor Charlie Sheen recently called out The Donald for the ruse, saying Trump once gave him cuff links as a wedding present and boasted that they were platinum diamond Harry Winston. They are actually cheap pewter and bad zirconia. Trump markets his own line of cuff links through his “Donald J. Trump Signature Collection’’ that are made of metal in China and go for as little as $39.99

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Picasso and Modigliani Lead Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern Sale


Pablo Picasso, Femme assise, 1909. £43.3 million. ($63.6 million)
Sotheby's opened the summer auctions with a 27-lot Impressionist and modern art sale. It had a pre-sale estimate of £81.25 to £101.4 million ($119 to $149 million).

At the end of the night, it had cleared the top hurdle with a £103.3 million ($151 million) total.
An 1890 still life by Paul Gauguin sold for £3.4 million ($5 million).

Amedeo Modigliani's 1919 portrait, Jeanne Hebuterne (au foulard). £38.5 million ($56.6 million)
Making up a large percentage of the estimated value of the sale was a life-size cast of Auguste Rodin's Eve, conceived in 1881 but cast sometime between 1925 and 1940. The estimate, at £8-12 million ($11.7 to 17.6 million), was the highest ever for a posthumously cast Rodin bronze. It failed to find a buyer.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Un Jardin à Sorrente (1881). £581,000 ($852,000).
Georg Scholz's Nachtlicher Larm (Nightly Noise), 1919, a nightmarish memory of the terror of the First World War brought £449,000 ($658,000).


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Black Diamonds

Natural black diamonds are essentially colored by dark inclusions or impurities, which are great in number and evenly distributed throughout the stones. Many black diamonds in the marketplace are treated for even coloration and durability.

Large natural black diamonds are very rare, but irradiated black diamonds are abundant and utilized in many jewelry styles.

To many rap music artists the latest must-have symbol of conspicuous consumption is jewelry made up of black diamonds.
Black diamonds are called Fancy Black with a notation of natural or treated color on laboratory reports.

GIA does not grade black diamonds as they fall outside of its normal clarity range, but the lab will issue a "Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report (CDIOR) for identification purposes.
The 67.50 carat Black Orlov diamond is probably the most famous natural black diamond. Also known as the “The Eye of Brahma,” it is supposed to carry a curse that reportedly began when the original 195-carat diamond was removed from the eye (forehead) of the idol of Brahma at a shrine near Pondicherry, India.

The diamond is tied to the deaths of three former owners who apparently killed themselves. In an attempt to break the curse, the diamond was re-cut into three separate gems and since has been owned by a succession of private owners, all of whom seem to have escaped the curse.
The Spirit of de Grisogono at 312.24 carats is the world's largest cut black diamond, and the world's 5th largest diamond. In a white gold mounting, it is set with 702 white diamonds totalling 36.69 carats.

The man behind the stone is Swiss jeweler de Grisogono. He was the first major jeweler to create eye-catching collections of black diamond jewelry and watches. He is also responsible for cutting the Gruosi Diamond, the largest heart-shaped black diamond in the world.

Red Gold Three Stone Black Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

Friday, 17 June 2016

Christie’s Hong Kong 2016 spring auctions

Christie’s Hong Kong 2016 spring auctions marked the company’s 30th anniversary in Asia. Top lot was a magnificent large blue and white ‘dragon’ jar (1426-1435), which made US$ 20,447,642. Prince Kung’s ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ Tianhuang Seals achieved a world record price of US$11,024,686.
A pair of 18th-century imperial peach-colored dishes were sold to an Asian dealer for HK$46 million.

A mallow petal writing-brush washer from the Official Kilns of the Song Dynasty raised HK$ 38.2 million


Monday, 13 June 2016

Jadeite

Jadeite is a pyroxene mineral with composition NaAlSi2O6. It is monoclinic and has a Mohs hardness of about 6.5 to 7.0 depending on the composition.

The Latin version of the name, lapis nephriticus, is the origin of the term nephrite, another variety of jade. Jadeite is formed in metamorphic rocks under high pressure and relatively low temperature. In all well-documented occurrences, jadeitite appears to have formed from subduction zone fluids in association with serpentinite.

Jadeite from the Motagua Valley, Guatemala, was used by the Olmec and Maya, as well as the indigenous peoples of Costa Rica.

Typically, the most highly valued colors of jadeite are the most intensely green, translucent varieties, though traditionally white has been considered the most valuable of the jades by the Chinese.

Natural Icy Imperial Emerald Green Jadeite Dragon's Fang Pendant 16 carats.
Top-quality jadeite is very rare. Vivid, sleek, and translucent, magnificent jadeite commands some of the highest prices among gems in today’s international market. Jadeite’s three most important qualities, in order of their impact on its market value, are color, transparency, and texture.

The finest-quality jadeite is known as Imperial jade. The royal court of China once had a standing order for all available material of this kind, and it’s one of the world’s most expensive gems.

Jadeite and diamond pendant £180k
Jadeite’s transparency ranges from opaque to semitransparent. The best jadeite is semitransparent. The finest-quality jadeite is usually cut into cabochons.

A jadeite snuff bottle, 1780–1880. It sold for HK$ 1.5 million

A pair of jadeite and diamond ear pendants. Est HK$3,800,000-5,800,000 ($480,000-750,000)

A jadeite ring. Est ($3,500,000-4,800,000)

Art-deco jadeite, enamel, gem-set and diamond brooch from Cartier, circa 1927. HK$7,000,000-8,000,000

Jadite Bangle.($777,816 - $1,037,088)