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The Jewelry Insider

October 11, 2013

You know that $60 million you have lying around? Loosen your purse strings, jewelry hounds. We’re going rock shopping.

A rare pink diamond weighing in at a whopping 59.60 carats could fetch a record $60 million or more according to Sotheby’s. The auction house will put this baby on the block November 13th, and the jewelry world is buzzing with excitement.

The “Pink Star” (as the little darling likes to be called) is quite simply the most valuable diamond ever to be offered at auction. Yup. Ever.

“It is full of fire and light. If it sells it will be a record price for any gemstone so far at auction,” David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s jewelry division in Europe and the Middle East, told Reuters in Geneva earlier this month.

The current record is held by the “Graff Pink”, a 24.78 carat fancy intense pink diamond bought in 2010 by Laurence Graff for 45.44 million Swiss francs ($45.75 million then).

Click here for my coverage of that piece of pink perfection.

In the meantime, thinking pink is all the rage this month as Breast Cancer Awareness takes center stage. For those of you who like to donate to a worthy cause and look swell doing it, take a gander at these Limited Edition LINKS designer bracelets that include a $25 donation with every purchase to Susan G. Komen for The Cure.

And be sure to check out LINKS on ‘The Talk’ with Sharon Osbourne on October 23rd where they will feature these very bracelets!

 

The Jewelry Insider

December 15, 2010

And YOU get a pink diamond! And YOU get a pink diamond! And YOU get a pink diamond!..

And I’m getting a headache from hearing about all the crazy schwag these ‘Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things’ audience members are making out with.

From a $2,500 Philip Stein watch, studded with 58 diamonds; $1,900, 1.17-carat Dana Rebecca earrings, featuring 100 diamonds; $525 Judith Ripka earrings made with canary crystal stones and white sapphire accents and…

A. TRIP. TO. AUSTRALIAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

…these folks are getting more free stuff than Debra Messing at a pre-Oscar gift bag party.

But this latest little freebie for 6,000 folks in Oprah’s Australian audience has me really drooling with envy: a necklace featuring a real pink diamond designed in the shape of an ‘O’ (of course).

It makes sense that Australia’s famous diamond exporter, Rio Tinto is in on the action – and because they are the largest supplier of pink diamonds, it makes even more sense that they’d create a style for the Divine Miss O with that coveted stone as the centerpiece.

The AP reports the one-off design uses “Australian colors” and features seven diamonds including a rare pink Argyle diamond mined from its operations in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

And now 6000(!) audience members are going away with one for friggin’ free.

What’s next? Free cars? Oh, right….

No pics have surfaced of the O-inspired style since the show won’t air until later this season, but I’m sure the piece will look something like this:

Or this:

Which reminds me. Circle pendants (a style that Oprah sent off into the jewelry stratosphere back in 2006) are a great, classic way to gift the women on your list this holiday – for romance, friendship, good parenting, rockin’ “round” the Christmas tree (sorry) – the look is universally wearable.

And affordable. Circle back to JewelClub for their stash of circle styles – many under $100 (like this one for just over $50!).

And Oprah? If you’re listening? I’ve been a very good girl this year….

Pink Diamond Sets World Price Record

The only jewelry news that could steal the spotlight from Prince William giving Kate his mother’s sapphire engagement ring is this little tidbit:

An extremely rare pink diamond just smashed the price record for most expensive diamond (and piece of jewelry) sold at auction – in the world!

Sotheby’s placed early price estimates in the high $20 million range, but one megarich diamond collector paid nearly double that paltry sum – a whopping $46.16 million!

And that’s not the half of it. This fellow, Laurence Graff, already owns the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond which used to hold the title of most expensive stone in the world at $24.3 million. That is until this flawless 24.78-carat piece of pink perfection went under the hammer.

Call me crazy, but how can the entire state of California be nearly bankrupt and this dude have enough in the coffers to buy flawless diamonds in his spare time?

That said, I find it interesting that Laurence Graff is a self-made gazillionaire – a 14-year-old dropout from the mean streets of London. So I suppose this Charles Dickens tale of rags to riches has the kind of happy ending any self-proclaimed jewelry hound would find hard to resist.

Now. About that budget deficit…

Name Your Own Pink Diamond

Pink diamonds always give us jewelry hounds the shivers (in a good way), and when one this big goes on the auction block? We’re talking ‘commotion’.

According to Luxist, a rare 10.11 carat orangy-pink diamond is causing a stir up in Canada and with good reason: it’s the most expensive diamond ever auctioned in the great land of the maple leaf. The pink gem  is estimated to bring in $2.5 million US and comes from the world-renowned Argyle mine in Australia (the producer of most of the world’s pink diamonds).

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And the best part in my book? Whoever grabs the gem on October 3rd will get the honor of “naming” the stone for the record books.  What would you name it if it came into your grubby little hands, jewelry hounds?

I’m thinking: “The Pink Parker”… “The Parker Pink”…”Laura Parker’s Pink Perfection” “Can’t Touch This Perfect Pink Parker Purchase”….Ok. Quitting while I’m ahead…(too late?)

Can’t get enough pink? Neither can Jennifer Garner. Check out Jewelry.com’s fashion recap of her perfect Pink Party this weekend!

Mariah Carey’s Ring Pop Bling


As yet another celebrity couple pretends to profess their undying love for one another in a vow renewal ceremony, there’s really one explanation for the trend: it’s an excuse to buy more diamonds.

From Heidi Klum & Seal to Tori & Dean, vow renewal ceremonies are all the rage in Hollywood – but it was Nick Cannon & Mariah Carey’s re-walk down the aisle last month that brought out bling worthy of a lower jaw drop moment.

We all remember the 17-carat pink diamond engagement ring Nick gave to the diva – now she has a sparkling pink candy ring to match. The custom-made ring pop bling from Jason of Beverly Hills is made out of diamonds and pink sapphires in a white gold setting and comes in a special box with a spinner so Miss Mariah can see it sparkle under the lights. Wheeeee!!!

“This is for fun. This is what we do for toys. At some point you’ve gotta have a sense of humor about all of this. A sense of humor with diamonds,” Nick explained.

I’m laughing on the inside, Nick.

What do you guys think of this ‘vow renewal’ trend? And how about that ‘candy’ ring??

The Jewelry Insider

December 2, 2009


Hold on to your haute couture, jewelry hounds. One whopper of a diamond just entered the hands of a lucky (and filthy rich) bidder on Tuesday.

A rare, 5-carat pink diamond was auctioned off by Christie’s Hong Kong for a record $10.8 million, putting some shine back into the world’s rare and large stones market.

The stone, of a “vivid pink” hue and considered near perfect but not quite flawless, triggered brisk bidding with a final price that smashed the previous record set 15 years ago in Geneva for a 19.66-carat stone that sold for $7.4 million. The pink gem’s per-carat price of $2.2 million was also the highest ever paid for any diamond at auction, Christie’s said.

“No stone has ever been sold for $2 million a carat, we were used to … a million dollars a carat for colored diamonds but never 2 million,” Francois Curiel, Christie’s Europe chairman told Reuters. “This is an absolute record that is not going to be broken for a while I believe.”

But the famed Wittelsbach Blue Diamond still holds the record as the world’s most expensive jewel ever sold at auction, fetching a mere $24 million last year. Just a drop in the proverbial bucket, right?

Pink diamonds have always been coveted by the rich, the famous and we mere mortals alike. Click here to see which celeb dazzled their loved one with a pink diamond engagement ring for the ages – not quite 10 carats, but a keeper nonetheless.

The Jewelry Insider

September 29, 2009


With all the buzz about Khloe Kardashian’s 9-carat diamond ring cluttering the airwaves, it’s easy to forget about other celebrity bling that made our hearts skip a beat.

Now that Mariah Carey is running around on all the talk shows promoting her latest album, I am reminded that this diva has a rock to rival them all.

Do you remember the 17-carat pink diamond ring she got from Nick Canon back in 2008? The impressive sparkler from Jacob & Co is valued at a whopping $2.5 million and with a center stone weighing in at 10-carats – a little smaller than a dime.

“I wanted to do something extremely special, something that Mariah would really appreciate,” Cannon told PEOPLE back in the day. “We got the pinkest stone we could find, surrounded by other diamonds.”

Carey definitely approved. “It’s so clear, you can see my finger through it,” she said.

According to Jacob Arabo of Jacob & Co., Cannon “was very involved,” in picking the ring, which has an emerald-cut fancy light pink center stone surrounded by 58 intense pink diamonds, flanked by two half-moon diamonds.

Stop! It’s too much to bear…

Who wears your favorite celebrity enagement ring bling? Weigh in!