Diamond Dazzle at Christie’s New York

DiamondIt is that time of year again – Christie’s New York held their Magnificent Jewels auction, bringing in private collectors, jewelers, and esteemed diamond houses from all over the world. This was an extremely successful year, generating nearly $50 million through the sale of 320 lots.

There are always one or a few pieces that are the highlight of the sale. These are the spectacular, the enormous, (more…)

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Sotheby’s Auction Features Legendary Jewels from Brooke Astor

RingsSotheby’s recent auction featured jewellery from the collection of philanthropist and legendary New York society figure, Brooke Astor. Jewels from the estate garnered over $18 million and showcased stunning emerald and diamonds from Mrs. Astor’s personal collection.

One of the biggest sales of the auction was Astor’s 22.84 carat platinum, emerald and diamond engagement ring designed by Van Cleef (more…)

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Jersey Shore Star JWoww’s Engagement Ring

Engagement RingIt looks like Snooki is not the only one on the Shore who is ready to settle down. Recently, Jenni “JWoww” Farley revealed her engagement to long-time boyfriend, Roger Matthews, after he proposed to the celebrity guidette during a skydiving trip. Roger presented JWoww with an impressive custom-made ring which features more than 7.5 carats worth of diamonds.

Beverly Hills jewellers Layna and Alan (more…)

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$60M of Pink Argyle Diamonds at Kensington Palace

Pink DiamondsKensington Palace hosted an exclusive exhibition featuring a beautiful and rare collection of Argyle pink diamonds titled “Out of the Vault: Pink Diamonds and Royalty” which unveils the tales of the diamonds and their experiences with the royal families, sultans, maharajahs and other colorful clientele. The exhibition was put forth by Rio Tinto, the diamond mining company that owns the famous Australian (more…)

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Christie’s Auction for the Archduke Joseph Diamond

Joseph DiamondOn November 13th, Christie’s Geneva will auction the legendary Archduke Joseph Diamond for the second time. The same stone was seen nine years ago, when Christie’s Geneva offered it up to the winning bidder for a cool $6.5 million, the equivalent of approximately $10.5 million today.

The diamond carries with it a respected succession of owners as well as a renowned origin. It was mined from the (more…)

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The Argyle Empress

EmpressHong Kong luxury jewellery retailer Chow Tai Fook has announced its debut of a special statement piece which combines rare pink diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Mine with Imperial Jade. The stunning necklace, appropriately named “The Argyle Empress” showcases more than 43 carats of Argyle Pink Diamonds, including five of its signature Pink Tender diamonds collected over the past five years. The Rio (more…)

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Blake Lively’s Stunning Pink Diamond Engagement Ring

Ryan And BlakeHollywood’s sweetheart couple, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, have been on a whirlwind romantic adventure after meeting each other on the set of The Green Lantern in April 2011. The two have been inseparable ever since, seen together in lavish vacation spots around the world and even to Reynolds’ hometown: Vancouver, Canada, where Lively spent the winter holidays with his family. Reynolds proposed (more…)

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Stars Sparkle at the 64th Annual Emmys

CelebrityAward ceremonies have always given celebrities the opportunity to showcase stunning jewellery and this year’s 64th Annual Primetime Emmys was no exception. While the men stepped out in style sporting classic timepieces and sophisticated cufflinks, Hollywood’s leading ladies were dipped in diamonds and precious stones.

Star standouts include Modern Family’s, Sofia Vergara who dazzled in more than (more…)

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History of the Asscher Cut

AsscherThere are many shapes to choose from when picking a diamond, and it all really comes down to personal preference and style. The Asscher shape is a step-cut stone, meaning its facets are long and rectangular, lending to its appearance a glassy shine and large flashes of brilliance.

The Asscher cut was named after the Asscher brothers who developed the original 58-facet cut in 1902. They were the (more…)

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The 12.27 Carat Majestic Pink Diamond is up For Sale

Pink DiamondIn the past couple of years, the jewelry industry has seen a rapid increase in the demand for large, high-quality pink diamonds; they are often not bought to wear, but for value investment. While the demand is escalating, the supply is dwindling away. Pink diamonds in and of themselves are already exceedingly rare (only 0.7% of all gem quality diamonds). Coupled with a fancy vivid or fancy intense (more…)

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The Role Inclusions Play in Colored Gems

InclusionsMany people may hear “visible inclusions” and immediately get scared off. While this may be justified for diamonds, the colored stones market holds a completely different set of standards. This is because diamonds and colored stones owe their appeal to different factors; the most prized diamonds are high in clarity and display optical brilliance, while the most prized quality in colored stones is the (more…)

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Vancouver Fashion Week

Vancouver Fashion WeekThe West Coast’s most high-profile industry event, Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW), returns September 18th to 23rd 2012, featuring exciting new collections from leading designers from all over the globe.
VFW was founded in 2001 by Canadian producer and entrepreneur, Jamal Abdourahman, who had envisioned bringing a high-profile industry event to the beautiful city of Vancouver.

With the ideals of diversity (more…)

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Getting Creative with Bon Bonns

Bon Bonn Golddigger CharmRecently, one of our clients came by to take a look at our selection of Bon Bonn charms and fell in love. To add her own personal twist to the lovely charms, she decided to fashion her own setting for them.

The “Gold Digger” charm caught her eye right away – the gold drusy stone is cut in such a way that brings its full sparkle potential, similar in appearance to large reflective glitter. She made (more…)

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Vancouver’s First Fashion Night Out!

FashionLast Thursday, Vancouver hosted its first-ever Fashion Night Out (FNO), a fashion extravaganza which began in New York city in 2009 and has now spread across the world reaching over 200 cities. Vancouver’s FNO was a one night event which encouraged the public to come out and celebrate fabulous fashion and design. Local high-end retailers and restaurants across Vancouver’s trendiest districts helped (more…)

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Kate Bosworth Tweets Engagement Ring!

Kate BosworthActress and model Kate Bosworth revealed her engagement to director boyfriend Michael Polish by casually referring to him as her ‘fiance’ in a blog post for Vogue a few weeks ago. The couple started dating earlier this year and Michael proposed during a recent trip to South Korea. Following the big news, fans were surprised to see Kate sport a plain gold band on her ring finger in place of a typical (more…)

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