Napoleon and Josephine’s Engagement Ring Auction Sale Smashes Expectations

Napoleons RingNapoleon`s engagement ring went to auction to be timed to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Josephina’s birthday. It fetched a hefty $949,000 (€730,000) so that after commission and fees the total was $1.17 million! Almost 50 times the original $20,000 estimate! The winning bidder remains anonymous.

Osenat auction house described the the 18th century ring as a “simple” gold band decorated with (more…)

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Diamonds – Birthstone For April

DiamondAries starts at the northern vernal equinox when the days and nights are equal length and marking the time of year that the sun takes over and days are to be longer than the nights in the northern hemisphere for the next half of the year. It is a time of year to celebrate the sun.

For centuries, diamonds have been coveted for their fiery sparkle like the sun, and for this reason, diamond is celebrated (more…)

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5.30ct Fancy Deep Blue Diamond At Auction

Blue DiamondAn exquisite blue diamond ring will lead Bonham’s Fine Jewelry auction on April 24th. The ring dates back to circa 1965, and features a cushion-shaped, fancy deep blue of 5.30 carats set horizontally in a platinum and diamond setting. This masterpiece was crafted by the renowned Italian jeweler Bulgari, whose creations were the epitome of innovation and high-fashion in the 1960’s. It is estimated to (more…)

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The Engagement Ring Of Napoleon To Josephine Up For Auction

Napoleon18th Century French military mastermind Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) who is best known for his martial brilliance had a home life that we rarely consider.

He married in 1796 to Josephine de Beauharnais. He was only 26 while she was 32, a widow from the Revolution. He used to send her love letters from battle.

The ring Napoleon gave to Josephine for their engagement is said to be “in good condition” (more…)

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Spring 2013 Colours In Jewellery

SpringColor authority Pantone is forecasting a dominance of bright vivid hot reds and yellows among cool neutral pastel blues and soft greens and purples for spring this year.

The color spectrum gives lots of room to get creative with colored gemstone jewelry. Rich blue and purple jewels, you could stick to silver to shimmer with your neutral tones, or use ruby and yellow gold to add surprise pops of (more…)

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The Importance Of Certification

GradingGemstones are beautiful crystals born in the earth. They are made from minerals and organic materials in natural processes of fossilization, heat and pressure and dehydration. They have been coveted and prized for centuries, cut and polished into beautiful jewels and worn in jewelry. Some gemstones are similar in appearance to others if you are not sure what you are looking at. For example spinel is (more…)

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Aquamarine – Birthstone Of March

AquamarineWater is the ruling element for this zodiac sign and this gemstone is like crystal water.

Aquamarine is a variety of beryl (like emerald and morganite), however, instead of having a vivid green colour from chromium like an emerald, aquamarine gets its gentle blue tone from trace amounts of iron. Whereas most emeralds are quite hazy, aquamarine is beautifully clear and transparent like a glass of (more…)

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Get the Red Carpet Look For Less

OscarsJennifer Lawrence captured the global audiences’ admiration at the 2013 Oscars with her easy going charm and grace, and she also stole the spotlight with her ensemble.

Her flowing Dior gown was perfectly matched by her simple diamond jewelry; a pair of halo drop earrings and a long diamond necklace draped over her back. For the long, thin necklace look, go for “by the yard” styles. By the yard necklaces (more…)

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Scott Kay International Couture Jewelry Collection

Scott KayScott Kay established himself as bridal designer before branching out into men’s jewellery in a bold and daring way that has hit the jewellery industry by storm.

“My collections are designed for the discriminating few around the world who refuse to settle for anything less than the finest in quality, and like those individuals, I will never compromise

Scott Kay is an industry icon creating true (more…)

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