Friday, 17 November 2017

Most Expensive Meal in the World

A super luxury dining experience, served with a blue diamond ring, was sold to Ville Oehman, a cryptocurrency expert and founder of jewellery brand V Diamonds.

Later this year, Oehman is going to launch an initial coin offering (ICO) – a concept similar to initial public offering – to sell the diamond ring. In other words Oehman is giving away the experience (without the ring) to one of those with a stake in the ICO.
A meal at Singapore’s Ce La Vi restaurant has been dubbed as the most expensive in the world – a whopping $2 million. For that money the personalized, diamond studded chopsticks worth $17,000 per pair are yours to keep.

The gold-plated chopsticks are set with 4-carat round diamonds. But there's more. The buyer will get luxury rides – including a helicopter and cruise – leading them to the dining venue at Marina Bay Sands Hotel and a 2-carat blue diamond ring in rose-gold at the end of the meal.
To make it a truly personalized experience, even the furniture will be custom-made, and to finish the night with a bang, fireworks will accompany a Louis XIII de Rémy Martin cognac when the ring is presented.

Very naturally Ce La Vi will be closed to the unwashed peons and the lucky couple will be dining in complete, well heeled, privacy.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Elbaite Tourmaline

Elbaite is the most well-known and valuable form of tourmaline. Most multicolored tourmalines and almost all tourmaline gems are of the elbaite variety. Elbaite is perhaps the most multicolored mineral, coming in virtually every color of the spectrum. Originally discovered on the island of Elba, Italy in 1913, it has since been found in many parts of the world.

Elbaite contains many variety names based on color. A blue variety is indicolite, the pink to red variety is called rubellite, the green variety is known as verdelite. A pink and green combination is watermelon tourmaline.

Elbaite is one of the most varied minerals in terms of color. Colors include green, red, pink and blue. White, colorless, black, brown, yellow, orange, and purple colors are less common.

Crystals are frequently multicolored, containing two or more distinct colors. Some specimens are pleochroic.

Faceted Watermelon Tourmaline

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Leonardo da Vinci ‘Salvator Mundi’ Smashes Records - $450.3m

Christie’s sold Leonardo da Vinci’s rediscovered portrait of Jesus Christ as “Salvator Mundi,” or the savior of the world, for a record $450,312,500 after 19 minutes of fierce bidding between two determined buyers, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold. The renowned artist's painting of Jesus Christ dates from about 1500, was rediscovered in 2005, and is considered one of the greatest artistic finds of the 21st century.

This is the only da Vinci in private hands and there are fewer than twenty world-wide, with the last one discovered in 1909. There is only one da Vinci on display in America, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

"Salvator Mundi" was owned by King Charles I of England in the mid-1600s and was auctioned by the son of the Duke of Buckingham in 1763. The painting disappeared from 1763 until 1900, when it was bought by Sir Charles Robinson as a work by Bernardino Luini, a follower of Leonardo da Vinci. It next appeared at a Sotheby's in England in 1958 where it sold for 45 pounds — about $125 at the time.

Christie's Magnificent Jewels Geneva

8.67 carats, Fancy Intense Blue, VVS1. $13.2m

Cushion-shaped Burma ruby, 8.27 carats. $5.4m

A sapphire ring by Harry Winston. 50.51 carats. $1.9m

5.08 carats Fancy Pink, VS1. $ 3.2m

Rectangular cut-cornered diamond, 22.69 carats, D colour, VVS2. $ 2.5m

Cushion-shaped sapphires, 10.49 and 10.29 carats. $ 1.7m
A pink diamond once set in the crowns of French kings and emperors went under the hammer at Christies in Geneva. "Le Grand Mazarin" a 19.07-carat light pink diamond, was a gift to Louis XIV in 1661 and was set in the crowns of almost all of the monarchs and emperors of France who followed.

The golconda diamond is an old mine brilliant-cut. The type IIa diamond is Light Pink, VS2. It made $14.6 million after being estimated at $6m to $9m.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Flawless 163-carat diamond makes $33.5m at Christie's

A flawless 163-carat diamond that has been hailed the “world’s most beautiful” sold for $33.5m at Christie's in Geneva.
The 404.20-carat rough diamond was discovered in eastern Angola.

Diamond-cutting specialists spent 11 months polishing the rough diamond. The stone was then designed into a one-of-a-kind piece by Swiss jewellery house de Grisogono.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Giampiero Bodino

57-year-old Giampiero Bodino spent 12 years as art director for the luxury conglomerate Richemont Group, "ghost-designing" jewellery and watches for the likes of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Piaget and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Before that he worked alongside Gianni Bulgari at the most famous of all the Italian jewellery houses.

Each piece is a one-off, designed by Bodino and created in the Richemont Group’s Parisian high-jewellery ateliers. Each piece takes between a year and 16 months to craft.

GIA Finds Synthetic Diamond with Forged Inscription

Fraudsters forged a Gemological Institute of America (GIA) inscription on a synthetic diamond to make it appear that the stone was the true bearer of a natural-diamond grading report. The engraving on the polished diamond’s girdle contained a genuine GIA report number for a mined diamond the institute had graded in 2015.

Additional testing confirmed it as a synthetic diamond created through High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT). The growth structure and phosphorescence — or light emission — visible via DiamondView technology betrayed this fact. “Rarely do we encounter the type of blatant fraud described here” the authors explained, urging traders to send suspicious-looking diamonds to a gemological laboratory for verification.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

David Webb

Characterized by bold colors and large gemstones, David Webb was among the leaders of a new breed of jewelry designers who began to emerge in America following World War II. One of the most captivating jewelers of the 20th century, David Webb is popular for his jewelry's timeless taste and universal appeal.

A native of North Carolina, David Webb opened his first jewelry store in the late '40s in the Diamond District of New York. Most of his inspiration came from the clean geometry of the Art Deco era, but Webb also incorporated ancient world jewelry designs and the rich enamel work of the Middle Ages.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Champagne Diamonds

Beauty is a powerful thing - almost as powerful as semantics. There's no better evidence for this than the surging popularity of champagne diamonds - colored diamonds that in actuality, are brown diamonds with a luxe name and a yellowish shade.

As alluring and sought after as champagne diamonds are today, they weren't always so appreciated.
In the past, natural fancy brown diamonds weren't especially trendy. However, champagne diamonds have managed to gain increasing attention in recent years from collectors and investors.

When Rio Tinto's Argyle Mine determined that nearly half of the stones in their deposit were brown, it was clear that new marketing tactics were required. They coined the term "champagne diamonds," which suggested an air of luxury, elegance and affluence.
The word "champagne" is not used on grading reports from the GIA. Instead, the color would be described as fancy light yellow brown, fancy yellowish brown, or similar.
The Argyle Mine has devised a different color scale specifically to grade champagne diamonds, which ranges from C1 to C7. C1 to C2 are a light champagne, C3 to C4 are medium champagne, C5 to C6 are dark champagne, and C7 is considered "cognac.'
A major reason that champagne diamonds have been gaining vogue is that they have been embraced by the A-list celebrities. Color and its strength of hue is the most significant factor in determining value. The darker and rare cognac diamonds come at the highest cost, while champagne diamonds on the lighter end of the spectrum (C1 to C3) are more common and therefore less expensive.
The most well-known champagne diamond is the Golden Jubilee. It weighed 755 carats rough and resulted in a 545.67 carat gemstone. It's the largest faceted diamond in the world. Discovered in South Africa's Cullinan Diamond Mine in 1985, it was given to the King of Thailand in 1997 to celebrate his reign.

The Great Chrysanthemum Diamond is a fancy brown pear shaped modified brilliant cut of 104.15 carats. The diamond originated in South Africa.