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10

Sep

'OISEAU DE PARADIS' BROOCH, SCHLUMBERGER FOR TIFFANY & CO.

PLATINUM, 18 KARAT GOLD, COLORED STONE AND DIAMOND ‘OISEAU DE PARADIS’ BROOCH, SCHLUMBERGER FOR TIFFANY & CO., FRANCE
The fantastical bird with a head that swivels, the torso set with numerous emerald-cut amethysts, oval and pear-shaped sapphires, accented by cabochon emeralds, the tail set with square-cut aquamarines, the head set with variously-cut yellow beryls and two cabochon ruby eyes, accented throughout with numerous round diamonds weighing approximately 3.80 carats, completed by a polished gold beak and a swirled plume on the crown, gross weight approximately 70 dwts, signed Tiffany Schlumberger, Made in France, with scratch number 611 714; circa 1963.
“Some women want to look expensive, I would prefer to have them look precious.” Jean Schlumberger, interview for the New York Journal American, March 23, 1956.

The oiseau has figured into Tiffany’s design vocabulary long throughout the firm’s history, beginning in the late 19th century and reaching a fanciful crescendo with the work of Jean Schlumberger.  Known to be more preoccupied with design and color than function and practicality, Schlumberger embraced an eccentric, larger-than-life aesthetic.  The bird form appeared in his jeweled menagerie as early as the late 1940s and was a recurring theme until the end of the 1970s.  The ‘Oiseau de Paradis’ brooch offered here is an exceptional example of the artist’s predilection for fantastical fauna.  In addition to artfully incorporating a variety of colored stones, the piece presents an intense kineticism:  the swiveling head supports a flourish of curling plumage leading down to a bombé breast and straight-as-arrows tail feathers.  As one of Schlumberger’s most dynamic and monumental brooches, it is a masterful marriage of bijou and objet.

20

Aug

Petra Diamonds announced the discovery of one of the largest blue diamonds ever found ‒ weighing in at 122.53 carats.
Petra owns the Cullinan Mine in South Africa, an historic 111-year-old mine from which some of the  most famous diamonds in history have been unearthed.
According to GIA, the mine has produced more than 750 diamonds larger than 100 cts. and a number of renowned fancy colored diamonds, including the Heart of Eternity, a 27 ct. Fancy Vivid blue that was part of De Beers’ Millennial collection.
The Cullinan Diamond was the largest gem-quality diamond ever found in it’s day, it weighed 3106 carats, or about 1 1/3 pounds. Named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, the mine owner who happened to be visiting on that eventful day.
The nine larger stones of the Cullinan diamond remain either in the British Crown Jewels or in the personal possession of the Royal Family.
The Cullinan I - aka the Star of Africa is set in the Royal Sceptre it can be removed and worn as a pin or pendant.  The Star of Africa weighs in at a whopping 530.20 carats
The Cullinan II is the massive 317.40 carat cushion shaped diamond in the center-front of the Imperial State Crown of Great Britain. 
Petra acquired the Cullinan Mine from De Beers in 2008.

Petra Diamonds announced the discovery of one of the largest blue diamonds ever found ‒ weighing in at 122.53 carats.

Petra owns the Cullinan Mine in South Africa, an historic 111-year-old mine from which some of the  most famous diamonds in history have been unearthed.

According to GIA, the mine has produced more than 750 diamonds larger than 100 cts. and a number of renowned fancy colored diamonds, including the Heart of Eternity, a 27 ct. Fancy Vivid blue that was part of De Beers’ Millennial collection.

The Cullinan Diamond was the largest gem-quality diamond ever found in it’s day, it weighed 3106 carats, or about 1 1/3 pounds. Named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, the mine owner who happened to be visiting on that eventful day.

The nine larger stones of the Cullinan diamond remain either in the British Crown Jewels or in the personal possession of the Royal Family.

The Cullinan I - aka the Star of Africa is set in the Royal Sceptre it can be removed and worn as a pin or pendant.  The Star of Africa weighs in at a whopping 530.20 carats

The Cullinan II is the massive 317.40 carat cushion shaped diamond in the center-front of the Imperial State Crown of Great Britain. 

Petra acquired the Cullinan Mine from De Beers in 2008.

24

May

David Bennett explores four extraordinary diamonds from the upcoming auction of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva on 13 May 2014, including the ‘Graff Vivid Yellow’ and an 103.46 carat round diamond.

The Pink Dream sold at Sotheby’s Geneva for $83,187,381 (CHF 76,325,000), a world auction record for a diamond or jewel. Watch highlights from the Magnificent Jewels auction on 13 November 2013.

23

May

The Graff Vivid Yellow set a new world auction record for a yellow diamond yesterday at Sotheby’s Geneva, achieving $16.3 million. The sale of Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels totaled $141.5 million – a world auction record for a jewelry auction – establishing a total of 7 records.

The Graff Vivid Yellow set a new world auction record for a yellow diamond yesterday at Sotheby’s Geneva, achieving $16.3 million. The sale of Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels totaled $141.5 million – a world auction record for a jewelry auction – establishing a total of 7 records.

FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

SENSATIONAL AND RARE FANCY VIVID YELLOW DIAMOND RING, GRAFF, KNOWN AS ‘THE GRAFF VIVID YELLOW’
Featuring a cushion modified brilliant fancy vivid yellow diamond weighing 100.09 carats, the shoulders embellished with brilliant-cut diamonds,size 50, signed Graff, diamond detachable from band and may be worn as a pendant, case by Graff.

16

Apr

THE “WALSKA BRIOLETTE DIAMOND” BROOCH BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

re-printed from Sotheby’s Auction Catalog….
THE “WALSKA BRIOLETTE DIAMOND” BROOCH, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, 1971

Designed as a phoenix set with brilliant- and single-cut diamonds of yellow tint, the tail feathers similarly set, accented with pear-shaped emeralds and a cabochon sapphire, suspending from the beak a detachable fancy vivid yellow diamond briolette weighing 96.62 carats,tail feathers detachable into a pair of ear clips and a brooch, brooch signed V.C.A., numbered.

The fancy vivid yellow diamond briolette was purchased at the Sotheby’s (Parke Bernet) auction in New York from the Collection of the Jewels of Madame Ganna Walska which was held in 1971. Van Cleef & Arpels bought the briolette and immediately named it the “Walska Briolette” after the fabled lady and one of their great Patrons.

In 1972 an important American collector commissioned Van Cleef & Arpels to mount the briolette as a present for his wife. The Maison created a transformational piece as a setting for the “Walska Briolette” : a Phoenix in yellow gold set with yellow and white diamonds, emeralds and sapphires. The fabulous 96.62 carat briolette is suspended from the bird’s beak but can be detached and worn separately as a pendant. The birds wings also detach and form a pair of earrings and the tail can be transformed into a brooch. In 2010 the 96.62 carat briolette was graded by the GIA as Fancy Vivid Yellow, VS2 clarity. In 2011, the brooch was sold privately to the current owner, a Distinguished Private Collector, who has consigned it for sale in this auction.

This spectacular brooch has been the centrepiece of recent retrospective international jewellery exhibitions held by Van Cleef & Arpels:

“The Spirit of Beauty”, Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo 2010.
“Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels”, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York 2011.
“The Art of High Jewelry”, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris 2012.

14

Apr

SOTHEBY’S HUTTON-MDIVANI NECKLACE ACQUIRED BY CARTIER

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale

Totals HK$831.6 Million / US$106.6 Million

 THE HUTTON-MDIVANI NECKLACE

ACQUIRED BY THE CARTIER COLLECTION

FOR HK $214 MILLION / US $27.44 MILLION

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR ANY JADEITE JEWELLERY

The Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Auction was April 7th that evening, QUEK Chin Yeow, Deputy Chairman and Head of Jewellery Department, Sotheby’s Asia, said:

“Sotheby’s offering of the greatest jadeite bead necklace in the world, The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace, in today’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale enters the annals of auction history as one of the mostthrilling saleroom competitions ever.

Eight bidders in the room and on the phones competed for 20 minutes driving the price to double the estimate and achieving a World Auction Record for any Jadeite Jewellery and a Cartier Jewel of HK$214 million / US$27.44 million, a price which fully lives up to the storied past of this captivating workof art, which had caused enormous excitement among jewellery cognoscenti. Sotheby’s is pleased to confirm that the Necklace was acquired by The Cartier Collection.

Sotheby’s also set a World Auction Record for a Ruby when another extraordinary highlight, a 29.62-Carat Cushion-Shaped Oval Burmese Mogok Ruby and Diamond Ring byCartier brought HK$57.24 million / US$7.34 million.”

07

Apr

THE WORLD’S FINEST DIAMONDS - At Least The Finest Sold By Christie’s

THE WORLD’S FINEST DIAMONDS

The world’s most famous pear-shaped diamond is the Cullinan I, a colourless, Type IIA stone of 530.20 carats, which forms part of the British Crown Jewels.  It is also the largest colourless diamond known.

During the past years, some of the world’s finest gemstones have experienced a surge in demand at auction. Christie’s holds multiple world auction records for the most valuable colourless diamonds.

- The current auction record for a colourless diamond was set by the historical 76.02 carats cushion-shaped Archduke Joseph Diamond when it sold for US$21.5 million at Christie’s Geneva in November 2012.

- In May 2011, a perfectly symmetrical 56 carat heart-shaped diamond, sold for more than $10.9 million becoming the most valuable heart-shaped diamond ever sold at auction.

- In December 2011, Christie’s New York sold the spectacular D-color, 33.19 carat Elizabeth Taylor Diamond ring that the star wore virtually every day since receiving it as a gift from Richard Burton in 1968. This extraordinary jewel fetched US $8.8 million.

TOP 5 COLOURLESS DIAMONDS SOLD AT CHRISTIE’S AUCTIONS

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1.  The Archduke Joseph Diamond

A cushion-shaped D colour, internally flawless Golconda diamond of 76.02 carats

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR A COLOURLESS DIAMOND

Christie’s Geneva  - 13 November 2012

US$21,474,525   ($280,000 per ct)

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2.  A heart-shaped D colour, internally flawless diamond of 56.15 carats

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR A HEART-SHAPED DIAMOND

Christie’s Geneva 18 May 2011

US$10,946,422   ($195,000 per ct)

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3.  A pear-shaped D colour, internally flawless diamond pendant of 50.52 ct

Christie’s New York   16 October 2012

US$9,490,500   ($188,000 per ct)

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4.  The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond

A rectangular-cut D, VS1, potentially flawless, diamond ring of 33.19 carats

Christie’s New York    13 December 2011

US$8,818,500    ($265,697 per ct)

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5.  A rectangular-cut D, VVS2, diamond ring of 50.01 cts, by Graff

Christie’s New York    10 December 2012    

US$8,370,500    ($167,400 per ct)

26

Mar

His Lover’s Eye….

According to an article on the Antiques Roadshow website back in the early days of Revolutionary War - while George the third was fighting the rebels in the new world….his son, while pursuing youthful indulgences, gave rise to a new fad.

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The young Prince’s lover at the time, a commoner, gave the Prince a locket which included a beautiful portrait of one of her eyes.  The idea being that only the lovers would know the identity of each other.  

…the fad caught on and we have Lover’s Eye Jewelry, a term believed to have been coined by antiques dealer Edith Weber of Edith Weber & Assoc.

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At this weekend’s Los Angeles Antique Jewelry & Watch Show I met Nan Summerfield of Summerfield’s Unique Antique and Fine Jewelry - a lovely young lady in her booth told us the story of their Lover’s Eye Ring!