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The lure of gold is legendary, but are we fooling ourselves if we treat it as a sensible choice for the modern investor? It pays to understand why for hundreds of years it was the foundation of all wealth, and why it’s perhaps a different type of investment today. The use of gold in the form of coins probably dates back to Egypt in 500BC, at a time when the intrinsic value of the metal had long been established through its use in jewellery. The History...

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Beautiful and tragic, actress Marilyn Monroe will always be associated with the allure of gems—if nothing else, her signature song Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend will ensure that.  The Hollywood diva, whose glittering career ended with her controversial death in 1962, appeared draped in jewellery for her show-stopping song in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953. But though her character, showgirl Lorelei Lee, had been caught in compromising photos with a diamond mine owner, the...

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Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva on 15th May 2019 offered a superb selection of pieces, many of which, including a Russian Imperial Emerald, achieved well over their estimates. The Imperial Emerald of Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia is a pear-shaped emerald of 75.61 carats, with pear, circular and marquise-cut diamonds on a necklace of platinum and gold. On an estimate of CHF 2,300,000 – CHF 3,500,000 (£1.8m-£2.7m) it realised CHF 4,335,000 (£3.4m). The second...

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The Revelations International Fine Craft and Creation Fair is a five-day event being held from 22nd May to 26th May 2019 at the Grand Palais Paris. The event showcases products in categories including contemporary jewellery, metal and glass sculpture, unique pieces, woodworking objects and products and services in the gifts and handicrafts industry. With 33 countries attending, the 2019 edition will be marked by a dramatic increase of international participants. Compared to 2017, twice as...

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Jewellery artist Wallace Chan, will be presenting his first solo show in London. The exhibition titled, SHAPESHIFTER: The Multiverse of Wallace Chan, will be open at Asia House on the 14th to the 17th of September 2019.  Twenty jewellery pieces created as part of Wallace Chan’s collection will feature as part of his latest groundbreaking innovation. His most recent jewellery innovation is a super-strength porcelain that is five times harder than steel, and ten titanium...

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Sotheby’s New York Fine Jewels auction offers selections from modern and classic designers including David Webb, Van Cleef & Arpels, Elizabeth Gage, Tiffany & Co. and Chanel. From classic white diamonds to top quality stones, the fine jewels are tailored to match every look, from a bold, gold daytime display to diamonds to dazzle your way through the evening. Chanel Ear Clips Estimated at $3000 to $5000, Chanel’s beaded gold surmounts are accented by round...

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Starting at 1:30 PM CET on March 18, 2019, Gros & Delettrez, along with experts Dominique Chombert and Françoise Sternbach, introduce one of the most exclusive auctions of the season with a selection of Vintage Chanel accessories. Featuring necklaces, bracelets, handbags, clothing and other accessories from the leasing fashion house, the live online auction boasts over 300 lots, and a 100-page catalogue is available online. We’ve picked some of the highlights below. More details here....

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Watches by Patek Philippe dominated sales at GWS Auctions’ Luxury Timepieces and Master Jewelry Pieces auction in January. Top of the auction list at the California event was a Gubelin Travel Time Limited Edition 150th Anniversary 18K Yellow Gold watch, one of only 50 made. This ultra-rare wrist watch features a solid 18k yellow gold 38mm case with large crown and push buttons, see-through sapphire exhibition case back, Swiss handmade manual wind movement with two...

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Personalisation may feel more commonplace than ever these days—everyone seems to have an embossed iPhone case or Goyard tote, and meddle with another’s Spotify or Netflix playlist at their own peril. Watches too, are now objects of self-expression, with engraved case backs now giving way to personalised internal bridges and mainplates. For the London-based high jewellery watchmaker Backes & Strauss, however, bespoke has always meant something more rarefied and unique. As the world’s oldest diamond...

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Diamonds have been revered for their beauty for millennia. Nowadays, coloured diamonds offer a strong return on investment—even in the current global market. Debatably less complex than the cryptocurrency market and, decidedly, more beautiful than stocks, fancy coloured diamonds (FCDs) are increasingly turning the heads of wealthy investors. Thanks to a surge in demand for FCDs over the last decade—and their reputation for being a safe long-term investment—it’s no wonder connoisseurs are adding them to...

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