In The News: Record Breaking Pink Diamond Sells

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Diamonds | 0 comments

Sotheby’s jewelry department made history on November 13, 2013. The “Pink Star”, a 59.60-carat, Internally Flawless fancy vivid pink diamond, sold for $83,187,381 USD. The previous record was held by the “Graff Pink”, a 24.78-carat fancy intense pink diamond, which sold in 2010 for 45.44 million Swiss francs ($45.75 million at the time).

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Magnificent Oval Diamond Sold at Auction

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In October 2013, the largest D Flawless diamond was sold at auction. A 118.28 carat, Oval shaped, D color, Flawless diamond was sold at auction for $30.6 million which shattered The Winston Legacy record.  The Winston Legacy is a 101.73 carat Pear shaped, D color, Flawless diamond, that sold for $26.7 million in May 2013. To date, here are the Top 5 Largest D Flawless Diamonds that have been sold at Auctionn: – The Mouawad Diamond: 101.84 carats, Modified Pear shape, D color, Internally Flawless. Sold for $12.8 million in 1990. –...

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The Eternity Band

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Diamonds, Education | 0 comments

The Eternity Band               Certainly a statement piece, the eternity band is a ring with a continuous line of identically set diamonds in a band of precious metal.  The Eternity Band is a symbolic gift, usually given by a husband to his wife on a significant anniversary.  The ideology behind the ring is that it is a never-ending band of love, representing eternity. The history behind the Eternity Band however is very different from the sentiment.  In the 1960’s, diamond merchant De Beers controlled the diamond supply...

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The Hope Diamond

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Diamonds, Education | 0 comments

The Hope Diamond 45.52 Carats VS1 Clarity Natural Fancy Deep Grayish Blue Color Antique Brilliant Cushion Cut This astonishing diamond has a significant history that traces back to the 17th century.  It has passed through royalty, riches, and fame, been untraceable for decades, and now resides in one of the most famous museums in the world, The Smithsonian, where 7 million visitors view it annually. Legend has it that the Hope Diamond was originally 112 carats, and was found as the eye of a religious idol in India.  This story lends evidence...

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Diamonds- not only beautiful jewelry, but also a great investment

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Diamonds, Education | 0 comments

In 2001 when De Beers’ monopoly supply over diamonds officially ended, many new companies entered the market place with substantial discoveries.  Today the largest site holders are Rio Tinto, Alrosa, De Beers, Dominion, and Petra, as well as many smaller companies. With more diamonds on the market, and with far less restrictions, the gemstones took on a new angle.  Historically, large investments have been made in precious metals, and today we are seeing this trend being applied to diamonds as of late.  In August of 2012, The Untied...

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Education, Watches | 1 comment

A classic piece of jewelry, yet a very functional accessory. Evolving from the 15th century spring driven clocks in Europe, the watch has progressed over centuries, and now is a staple in ones day-to-day life.  Initially worn as pendants, then moving to pocket watches, the wristwatch now is the most common time piece.  With Vacheron Constaintine and Breguet leading the way in the 1800’s, the watch began being mass-produced with increased technology and improvements in movement mechanics.  Patek Phillipe created the first wristwatch in...

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The Latest on Diamonds

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Diamonds, Education | 0 comments

As of this week, diamonds seem to be on the move across the globe.  Whether raising money for new mines, surpassing sales expectations for the quarter, or finding new ore, the world is loving diamonds. As for late, Firestone diamonds has raised 6 million dollars for redevelopment at its flagship mine in Lesotho, Africa, and seriously expects to increase production. Rio Tinto’s second quarter rose an astonishing 47 percent, with growth driven by higher grades in ore processed in its Argyle mine in Western Australia.  It’s...

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Yellow Gold is Back!

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  This summer has shown a multitude of many different trends in the jewelry market, but one statement that has made a serious come back is yellow gold jewelry.  We are seeing it everywhere!  From large yellow gold hoops, to wide gold bangles, to chunky thick gold necklaces.  There are many new pieces that are being seen with ornate engravings and unique uses.  For example the ring bracelet, double knuckle rings, as well as stackable rings, and layered necklaces.  The rich yellow gold color is matched nicely with summer tans and colorful...

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Pearls, Pearls, Pearls

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Gems | 0 comments

Pearls are often seen as special occasion pieces, but can easily be incorporated into everyday wear, without taking away the mystique of the beautiful gem!  There is a lot to know about pearls but here are a few steps that will help: 1.  SIZE- a pearl’s value is often dependent on size, with larger ones being more valuable.  The classic size is 7 mm.  Larger pearls are typically produced by older, more mature oysters. 2.  SHAPE- how round the overall pearl appears. The more perfectly round, the better, although there are different...

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Diamonds, Gems and Jewelry- Summer Trends

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Trends | 0 comments

After returning from the JCK jewelry show in Las Vegas, it was obvious that new jewelry had arrived for the summer.  Although diamonds were abundant, and clearly a stable part of the market, gems had made a significant impact.  The newest designs being sliced rubies, sapphires, quartz, tourmalines, and almost every gem you could think of.  These sliced gems were then strung into earrings, necklaces, and bracelets to form beautiful pieces of jewelry.  My new favorites for the...

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