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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!

The Jewelry Insider

May 1, 2014

Jackie Kenndy’s Emerald Engagement Ring, Photo Credit: www.hammerandgem.com
Celebrate May with this month’s official birthstone – lush green emerald (what else?) Did you know emerald is the symbol of spring? Here are some more fun tid-bits about the gemstone!
       Emerald symbolized hope, rebirth, and the arrival of spring throughout the ancient world.
       Some cultures believed the gem brought its owners love, intelligence, and eloquence.
       Emerald is the gift of choice for couples celebrating their 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries (in case you need to buy any gifts for any upcoming celebrations…hint, hint).

For additional emerald fun facts, visit our emerald gemstone page.

Angelina Jolie with Emerald Earrings, Photo Credit: www.thefashionsection.com
Pining for some similar Jackie O or Angelina Jolie emerald gems of your own? Browse through our emerald jewelry sale.
5/8 ct Emerald and 1/4 ct Diamond Ring in 14K gold
Emerald and Diamond Earrings in 10K Gold
2 1/6 Emerald and White Sapphire Ring in 10K White Gold
Emerald Drop Earrings with Diamonds in Sterling Silver and 14K Gold

Just two days ago, Sotheby’s New York premiered a number of extravagant jewels from the estate of big band/swing singer Eydie Gorme. Almost all of the jewelry in her collection was a gift from husband Steve Lawrence, also her onstage partner. Among the jewels is a 36.53 ct emerald ring set in platinum and 18K gold. Um…can we just hold this ring please?

Any guesses on how much this ring was auctioned off for? A whopping…wait for it…$4,645,000!
Sotheby’s 36.53 ct Emerald Ring, Photo Credit: www.jckonline.com

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!

 

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

December 2, 2010

Update: Royal jewelry is all the rage these days. Sotheby’s got WAY more than the expected $4.5 million for this highly anticipated sale. How does $12.5 million strike you?  And that stunning panther bracelet went for a whopping $7 million all by itself. Meow!


When it comes to the world of purchasing uber-jewelry, there are jewelry auctions …and there are Jewelry Auctions.

Sotheby’s is holding an event in the latter category this fall when the world can bid on 20 pieces from The Duchess of Windsor’s haute couture jewelry collection.

The Duchess, formerly American socialite Wallace Simpson, was the woman behind King Edward the VIII abdicating the British throne back in 1936, creating a royal scandal so huge, Fergie’s cornucopia of connundrums looks like chump change.

Thankfully for jewelry lovers, the Duke lavished his beloved with beautiful baubles throughout their lives (he abdicated the throne, not the royal bank account) and commissioned some of the world’s most talented jewelry designers to do his bidding.

Here is just a sampling of the stash that Sotheby’s expects will bring in upwards of $4.5 million.

This Cartier diamond bracelet is expected to garner a $350,000-450,000 pound pay day.


According to Luxist, Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s High Jewelry Director, created this realistic onyx and diamond panther bracelet designed in 1952. It’s considered one of the best of her “three dimensional “great cat jewels.


Jeanne Toussaint also created this flamingo brooch, decorated with rubies, sapphires, emeralds, citrines, and diamonds. It is listed with an estimate of 1,000,000-1,500,000 pounds ($1,520,000- $2,300,000) – and it’s my personal favorite, in case you’re doing some early Christmas shopping.


To celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary, The Duke commissioned this emerald, ruby and diamond brooch by Cartier that incorporated their initials. This piece is expected to realize 100,000-150,000 pounds ($152,000- $230,000).


The full auction, which includes 16 additional gems from the Windsor collection will take place in London on November 30th.

Which one of the Windsor wonders would you like to take home to your jewelry box?

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…

The Jewelry Insider

April 7, 2010

I’ve got the blues today. In a good way.

Sotheby’s Hong Kong unloaded one whopper of a flawless blue diamond today for a mere 6.4 million USD. The rare, 5.16-carat rock was snatched up by London’s famed Moussaieff Jewellers, who paid more than the 5.9-million dollar estimated price tag for the gem.

The pear-shaped stone is the first of 11 blue diamonds from the celebrated De Beers Millienium Jewels Collection to appear at auction.

“The price was above the high estimate,” a spokeswoman for auction house Sotheby’s told AFP.

But the world per-carat record for a blue diamond remains the 10.5 million dollars paid by a Hong Kong property tycoon for a seven-carat blue diamond in Geneva in May last year.

What are they putting in the water in Hong Kong? And can I fill a pool with it?

Sotheby’s said gem sales in Hong Kong were on the rise — the city has overtaken New York to become the company’s second biggest market after Geneva.

Terry Chu, deputy head of Sotheby’s jewelery department for China and Southeast Asia, said diamonds were particularly appealing to new Asian buyers because of their stable prices and assured quality.

“There have been a lot of new diamond buyers from mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and elsewhere in the region,” Chu told AFP.

You had me at “Lei Hao”

The Jewelry Insider

May 14, 2009


Colored diamonds are coveted by jewelry lovers everywhere, and despite the economic woe affecting the luxury industry, sales for big, rare stones are still going strong.

While nothing can compare to the world’s most expensive blue diamond, The Wittelsbach, which sold to diamond dealer, Laurence Graff, last year for $24.3 million, Sotheby’s just unloaded another blue bauble for a stunning $9.4 million.

“The price achieved is a world record by value per carat. This will certainly increase consumers’ confidence in buying sparkling stones,” said KK Sharma, executive director, Indian Diamond Institute (ID

African miner, Petra Diamonds, unearthed the gem from the Cullinan mine in South Africa, famous for yielding most of the world’s best blue diamonds. The fancy vivid blue gem weighs 7.03 carats and is rated internally flawless by the G.I.A. – high praise for a natural stone.

According to the Natural Colored Diamond Association, only one diamond in 10,000 possesses a natural color so strong that it can be classified as fancy color diamond, with reds and blues being the most rare.

Colored diamond fans who don’t have millions lying around to snatch a natural stone for their own jewelry box, can find more affordable treated diamonds in every color of the rainbow.

Treated colored diamonds are actually natural white diamonds that are subjected to intense heat to give the stones a range of different hues – from black and pink to yellow and blue. And you don’t have to have an auction paddle to snatch one of your very own.

Cure your case of the blues on Jewelry.com, where you can shop for many treated colored diamond styles from the coffers of the retailers you trust.

Then take a look at this video of the real thing. And die a thousand deaths.

The Jewelry Insider

December 16, 2008


Fancy colored diamonds have taken the jewelry world by storm in the last decade, and the demand for these rare beauties doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon. Sotheby’s highly anticipated Magnificent Jewels Auction featured a flawless fancy vivid yellow diamond ring on their program cover, and the lot fetched the highest bid of the night.

The ring featured a 36.99-carat, oval, yellow diamond flanked by two shield-shaped gems weighing over 3 carats a piece. According to the accompanying GIA report, the center stone is internally flawless – two words you just don’t hear to describe much these days.

The lot was expected to rake in between $2 and $3 million, and the final bid fell within that range at $2,658,500. While some of the top items did not sell, Sotheby’s was happy to bring in over $20 million when all was said and done.

Natural colored diamonds are extremely rare – with yellow being one of the most sought after hues in the jewelry rainbow. Tom Cruise gave Katie a 5-carat yellow diamond engagement ring on that fateful Paris night, and Heidi Klum has a 10-carat cushion cut yellow stone rumored to have put Seal back about $150,000.

If you don’t have the budget for a natural yellow stone (and not many of us do these days), treated colored diamonds are a more affordable alternative. In fact, most colored diamonds on the market today are actually white diamonds that have been treated with intense heat to generate colors ranging from black, brown, pink, green, blue, to – of course – yellow.

So whether you’re a high rolling couture hound with a penchant for pink or a sensible susan who yearns for yellow – you don’t have to go to an auction to find colored diamonds to suit your particular ‘fancy’.