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The Jewelry Insider

November 3, 2008


Democrats aren’t the only ones with a penchant for blue these days. Christie’s London is putting an historic blue diamond on the auction block on December 10th, and the little beauty is expected to fetch a whopping $15 million.

The 17th century gem weighs in at 35.56 carats and is known to collectors as the Wittelsbach diamond. The stone was originally given to Infanta Margarita Teresa by her father King Philip IV of Spain on the occasion of her engagement to her uncle, Leopold I of Austria. Um…ew.

The diamond remained in royal custody for over 300 years until it found its way into a private collection, where it has remained since 1964.

“The appearance of a large blue diamond, among the rarest of colors, with a history that can be traced back to the 17th Century and 300 years of royal connections will surely be a thrilling occasion for all collectors of … rare jewels,” said Francois Curiel, international head of jewelry.

Six months ago a 13.39 carat blue diamond stunner sold for a world record price of $8.9 million, but now that the global economy has a serious case of the blues, it’s not clear that Christie’s will be able to secure their estimated purchase price.

To be continued…

The Jewelry Insider

September 5, 2008

Colored diamonds have always been treasured by jewelry hounds, but it wasn’t until J-Lo got the big pink rock from Ben Affleck that the gems became a sensation. Fashionistas everywhere put these rare stones on their wish lists, and celebrities from Kobe Bryant to Ellen DeGeneres followed Ben’s lead.

For those lucky diamond lovers who are in New York for Mercedez Benz Fashion Week this month, we have the perfect pit stop. The American Museum of Natural History is displaying not one, not two, but 240 dazzling fancy colored diamonds arranged in the shape of a butterfly. The “Butterfly of Peace” exhibit represents every variety of fancy color diamond in existence, and was painstakingly collected over twelve years by Alan Bronstein and Harry Rodman of Aurora Gems, Inc.

The stones collectively weigh in at 166.94 carats and are housed inside a glass box at the museum’s Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems. But don’t dally, diamond divas. The display only lasts until September 11th, when it will then travel to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Houston Museum of Natural Science and The Field Museum in Chicago.

And if you’ve ever wondered what happened to J-Lo’s 6-carat pink rock that didn’t make its way down the aisle? Apparently Ben sold it back to Harry Winston – who we’re sure found better use for it.

The Jewelry Insider

June 7, 2008

So while cellphones may not be technically jewelry, it seems some of them feature more diamonds and gems than your average jeweler’s window. Forbes.com recently published a gallery of ‘10 Most Lust-Inspiring Cellphones’ and it’s apparent from some of these high-rolling devices that design and diamonds are integral when it comes to flashing your phone.Top on the list of ‘Look – I’ve got loads of Money’ Phone is the 8800 Arte from Austrian designer Peter Aloisson. The luxury Nokia phone is studded with more than 680 pink and white diamonds set in 18K white gold. At $134,000, this is one phone you don’t want to forget in a cab.

Some techno-freaks may be more interested in the soon-to-be launched 2nd generation Apple iPhone than the diamond-encrusted iPhone by Amosu. At $39,000 it’s a snip compared to the 8800 Arte.


And finally, but by no means least, is Christian Dior’s recently released ‘My Dior’ mobile. The more expensive ‘My Dior’ version has a crocodile skin case and some obligatory bling – in this case 640 Swarovski crystals – yours for $26,000.

The Jewelry Insider

May 18, 2008

An oval blue diamond just won the heavyweight title of the most expensive gem to ever be auctioned. The 3.7 carat fancy-colored blue diamond became the latest acquistion of famed London jeweler, Laurence Graff when he paid a not-to-be-sneezed at $1.33 million per carat for the rock.

The stone was part a jewelry auction in Geneva that raked in around $48.3 million. Other jewels that were snapped at in the swanky Swiss city auction included an emerald colored diamond and pearl necklace that went for $5.6 million and an emerald, colored diamond and pearl necklace that sold for $4.4 million.

Obviously the super-rich aren’t feeling the need to tighten the family belt any time soon.

The Jewelry Insider

May 18, 2008

An oval blue diamond just won the heavyweight title of the most expensive gem to ever be auctioned. The 3.7 carat fancy-colored blue diamond became the latest acquistion of famed London jeweler, Laurence Graff when he paid a not-to-be-sneezed at $1.33 million per carat for the rock.

The stone was part a jewelry auction in Geneva that raked in around $48.3 million. Other jewels that were snapped at in the swanky Swiss city auction included an emerald colored diamond and pearl necklace that went for $5.6 million and an emerald, colored diamond and pearl necklace that sold for $4.4 million.

Obviously the super-rich aren’t feeling the need to tighten the family belt any time soon.