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Drool alert!  Sotheby’s kickstarts auction season with their Important Jewels Auction on September 23, 2014. From a $1,000,000 Bulgari Serpenti Watch to a David Webb 18K Gold, Platinum, Emerald, Diamond, Coral, Amethyst and Enamel Pendant-Necklace, bling knows no bounds. Sneak a peak at some of these jaw-dropping, jewels from the upcoming auction. And frugalistas? Don’t miss our picks for getting the same look for less!

What are your favorites? How much would you bid? Share your thoughts!

Tutti Frutti Treasure Triumphs at Christie’s

 

Lower jaw-drop alert, jewelry hounds! I’ve been trolling auction results again. I know. The first step is admitting you have a problem. BUT – if I went on a diamond diet, who would bring you face to face with the likes of THIS amazing creature?

 

What is this explosion of Art Deco decadence, you ask? It’s a Cartier ‘Tutti Frutti’ bracelet – and those are real diamonds designed in the shape of an undulating vine, with real emerald bead leaves and real ruby flowers and berries.

Ain’t it just diVINE?

 

The Tutti Frutti jewelry category emerged after Jacques Cartier designed this staggering little number called the ‘Hindu Necklace” for one of America’s richest women, Daisy Fellowes, in 1936.

 

How do you know it’s Tutti Fruiti? Look for precious gemstones or cabochons in the shape of flowers, berries and vines. Look for diamonds. Don’t look at the price tag.

 

The Tutti Frutti bracelet at the top of the post went for a cool $1,880,332 yesterday – the highest price at auction for a Tutti Frutti jewel. So you might want to look into a winning lottery ticket, a pig flying or hell freezing over if you want to grab one for your own collection.

 

HOWEVER. In typical Insider style, I gawk at the gazillionaire gems and come down to earth with fun fruity styles with ‘mere mortal’ price points.

Who doesn’t love these Tutti Frutti-inspired treasures on Jewelry.com? C’mon! Click on any image for more info – and get in touch with your inner fruitcake!

Emerald Tiara Smashes Auction Record

 

LOWER JAW DROP ALERT! Everything’s coming up emeralds these days – from the couture at the Cannes Film Festival to fashion frenzy at The Met Gala.

So it comes as no surprise that one heckofa crown jewel – an emerald and diamond tiara – sold at Sotheby’s Geneva auction last week for a price-busting $12.76 million – the highest price ever achieved for an emerald jewel.

Model, Bianca Balti, wears emerald jewelry at the Cannes Film Festival

 

“It is needless to say a world record price at auction for a tiara,” said David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and Middle East jewelry department.

The bauble originally belonged to German prince Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck, who commissioned it for his second wife Katharina around 1900.  (With a name like that, you better have a budget for bling. Yikes.)

An anonymous bidder from North America is the lucky owner of the royal green gem. Oprah’s got some down time coming her way. Maybe she wanted a crown to go with her Queen of Daytime moniker?

Rihanna wears emerald earrings to The Met’s Costume Institute Gala

 

But who needs Oprah (sorry, Gayle) when you’ve got me to bring you buckets of bling on a budget, right? To that end, I give you one of my favorite emerald styles on the NEW Jewelry.com. I like it because it could be a great fashion piece – OR – an alternative bridal look.

 

And at just over $200 for real emeralds and 1/4ct of diamond ice? Well, let’s just say you don’t have to marry a prince to bring one home for your own collection.

Not your style? Check out Jewelry.com’s entire emerald jewelry treasure chest. Go green or go home, jewelry hounds!

The Jewelry Insider

March 22, 2011

What do you do with a 30-year collection of precious gemstones? If you’re an anonymous Chinese collector with an affinity for Da Vinci, you create a 100,000-carat replica of the Mona Lisa and put it on display in a local shopping mall.

And you thought The Real Housewives had too much leisure time?

The carat-heavy creation is thought to be the most expensive replica of the masterwork and perhaps the most expensive artwork ever made – taking five years to complete.

While many strange materials have been utilized in the past as the basis for Mona Lisa duplicates – including coffee cups, pieces of toast, motherboard components and even burger grease – jewels and gems are apparently a first.

So what’s the price tag for macked-out Mona? The secretive designer won’t reveal the final number – which is sure to be hefty one if it goes on the auction block later this year.

In the meantime, mall rats can marvel at Mona in between stops at the Shenyang shopping center food court and accessory splurges at Claire’s.

Blue Diamond Rocks The Auction Block

Huge diamond alert! Christie’s held their “Jewels: The New York Sale” yesterday, and the famous Bvlgari Blue Diamond wasn’t just their top seller at a whopping $15.7 million – it broke the price-per- carat barrier to boot!

What a little over-achievor…

“A world record price was achieved on Oct. 20 for The Bulgari Blue, a much-celebrated stone that came up for sale at Christie’s for the first time in almost 40 years,” said Rahul Kadakia, head of jewelry for Christie’s Americas in a release.

The jewel was purchased in Rome in 1972 for $1 million and was given as a gift from the collector to his wife to celebrate their first son’s birth, according to Christie’s. How could I have left $15 million diamonds off my Jewelry Gift Guide for New Moms? The horror.

Do ridiculous diamonds give you ‘the giddys’ too? Scratch the itch with me by gawking at yet another blue beauty – this one fetched more money than any stone at auction. Ever!

Hyperventilating. It’s the world’s worst cologne.

The Jewelry Insider

April 26, 2010


Jewelry hounds, I’ve found the ‘covet of the day’ bling for your drooling pleasure.

Recently both Christie’s and Sotheby’s held successful jewelry auctions, with diamonds, emeralds and pearls exchanging hands for millions. But this particular gem caught my eye – a stunner of a ruby ring once owned by philanthropist (aka: filthy rich) eccentric, Isabella Stewart Gardner.

Mounted in platinum, the cushion-cut ruby ring weighs 8.66 carats and is flanked by single-cut diamonds weighing approximately .12 carats. The piece sold at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale for (wait for it….) $2.098 million (!) with a pre-sale estimate of only $1 million to $1.5 million.

According to Luxist, Gardner was a visionary patron of the arts whose personal collection of fine jewelry and decorative art is housed in her former home, now an esteemed Boston museum, called the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She was strong-minded and intellectually curious and enjoyed her reputation in Victorian era Boston for leading an avant-garde lifestyle – with a particular penchant for rubies.

This particular ruby was originally purchased with a $50,000 inheritance given to Gardner by her brother when he died as a token of remberance. Now many decades (and quite a few zeros) later, some lucky bidder walked away with her sentimental stone – and let’s hope a few body guards for good meausre.

What kind of jewelry would you buy with $50,000? Are you a diamond diva or a gemstone kinda gal? Weigh in!