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Christie’s Geneva will auction the largest Fancy Vivid Pink diamond, The Pink Legacy, on 28 November 2018. Weighing just under 19 carats, the rectangular-cut gem is the highlight of the auction house’s Magnificent Jewels sale, which will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel de Bergues in Geneva. The Pink Legacy diamond descends from the Oppenheimer family—it is currently estimated to fetch from $30-50 U.S. million. A remarkable diamond Rahul Kadakia, international head of jewellery...

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An extremely rare and pure 102.35-carat diamond was sold to a private collector through Sotheby’s Diamonds this February (2018).   The price paid for the exceptional jewel—which achieved perfection in all critical criteria:  colour, clarity, cut and carat—far exceeded that of any colourless diamond sold at auction. Sotheby’s Diamonds chairman Patti Wong called the diamond, whose buyer cannot be revealed, a ‘masterpiece of nature’. Speaking of the sale, she said: ‘When the new custodian of...

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The legendary Farnese Blue diamond is expected to fetch in excess of $4 million when it makes its auction debut at a Sotheby’s jewels sale. The historic 6.16-karat pear-shaped blue diamond was passed down through four of the most important royal families in Europe: Spain, France, Italy and Austria. It will embark on an international tour and will be offered as part of Sotheby’s sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva on 15...

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Sotheby’s sparkling new venture—Sotheby’s Diamonds—is turning heads with its exquisite designs and craftsmanship.  ‘At Sotheby’s Diamonds, the diamond itself is the muse, theme and inspiration. Each jewel starts with the stone, each concept and design revolves around a particular diamond, which becomes its central theme, its hero and shining light. They are prized artworks in their own right’ In the last few decades, the jewellery industry has experienced a surge in creativity and innovation not...

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A surprising lot at Sotheby’s auction caught everybody’s attention. A diamond bought at a car boot sale was sold for £656,750 at Sotheby’s auction. The famous auction house opened its doors once more for one of their most exciting fine jewellery sales to date. The evening was filled fantastic jewels and priceless pieces but the star of the show was the ‘Tenner’ diamond. The cushion-shaped 26.27-carat diamond drew a popular crowd at Sotheby’s. After hearing...

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The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, unveils its latest exhibition that draws parallels with Van Cleef & Arpels’ high jewellery and traditional Japanese crafts. For centuries, Japan’s city of Kyoto has been a central hub for the creative arts. This year, the city’s National Museum of Modern Art will house its latest exhibition Mastery of an Art: Van Cleef & Arpels—High Jewellery and Japanese Crafts. The retrospective will focus its attention on French high-jewellery...

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Extremely rare coloured diamonds, ethically sourced materials and eternally chic combinations are a few of the key trends in contemporary fine jewellery. When it comes to gemstones the white diamond once reigned supreme, but in recent years the popularity of coloured gems has increased exponentially. According to Bonhams, coloured stones have been surpassing white diamonds in value, with prices for some coloured gems rising by 2,200 percent in the past 10 years. In particular, exceptional...

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Faraone, the high-end Italian jewelry brand established in 1860, has just launched Faraone Casa D’Aste, a brand new auction department. Well received by collectors and traders, the Faraone Casa D’Aste sees Faraone’s experienced team evaluate fine jewelry masterpieces of all periods, including many iconic brands, from single pieces to entire collections. Over the years, aficionados intrigued by the Faraone brand have included members of various noble families, such as Queen Margherita of Savoy, the Monegasque...

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David Fowkes works with some of the finest coloured gemstones around. His name has become synonymous with gems of fantastic quality, which have been cut to perfection. Each stone has been individually created using ancient cutting methods to transform it into a precious piece of art. Often purchased as investment stones, these gems are as good as it gets. Over the years, David Fowkes has established good working relationships with his stonecutters. Together they source the...

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A magnificent display of precious stones and jewellery gives a vivid insight in the cross-cultural influences between the Indian sub-continent and the West, an influence that continues to flourish today. For centuries, the royal treasuries of India contained vast quantities of precious stones. Diamonds were found within the subcontinent, most famously in the southern region of Golconda. The best rubies came from Burma. Sri Lanka supplied sapphires, and from the 16th century emeralds were brought from...

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