3.37 Carat ‘Purple Orchid’ Diamond

Dubbed the “Purple Orchid”, this cushion cut fancy intense pinkish-purple natural diamond is an extraordinary gem by any standards, and is also one of the largest purple diamonds in the world. At 3.37 carats and with VS2 clarity, it is a truly rare find.

Natural purple diamonds are split into two categories: violet diamonds, which are less rare and lean towards blue-grey on the color spectrum, and (more…)

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“Blue Belle of Asia” 392-Carat Sapphire Shatters World Record

blue belleExcited bidders at Christie’s Geneva saw the price for the stunning 392-carat, cornflower blue sapphire skyrocket – pushing past its pre-sale estimate of $6.9 – $9.9million – to a record breaking $17.7 million. The cushion cut stone also holds another record, for being the fourth largest faceted blue sapphire.

Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Christie’s Jewelry Department, proclaimed that the (more…)

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Japanese Jeweler Creates Gold Godzilla Statue Worth $1.5M for 60th Anniversary

gold godzillaIt has been 60 years since one of the most recognizable movie monsters hit the big screen, and a Japanese jeweler has chosen to commemorate the anniversary of Godzilla in a big way.

To honor the “king of monsters”, fine jeweler Ginza Tanaka has created a replica made of 24-karat gold worth over $1.5 million. At just over 23cm tall, it weighs an almost surprising 15 kilos – until you realize that (more…)

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Ophir Gem Collection Achieves Nine Guinness World Records

ophir sapphireNine gems from the Ophir Collection of Impressively Large and Unusual Gem Specimens have been recognized by Guinness World Records for being the largest faceted gemstones in their class. The most valuable of the nine include a 31,308-carat oval blue sapphire, a 5,905-carat brown sapphire, and a 508.06-carat tanzanite.

The Delaware, New Jersey based collection also boasts record holders of a 65.22-carat serendibite, (more…)

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Christie’s Auction House Crowns new Record-Holding Gems

BlueChristie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva last week crowned new record-holders in numerous categories, including blue diamonds, pink diamonds, blue-green diamonds, pink sapphires and color-change alexandrite’s.

The showstopper of the auction was an incredible flawless fancy vivid blue diamond dubbed “The Blue”, weighing in at an impressive 13.22 carats. This pear-shaped gem is billed as the largest (more…)

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One of Seven “Lost” Imperial Faberge Eggs Found at Flea Market

faberge eggOne man’s trash turned out to be Russia’s priceless treasure.

An unidentified man made the deal of a lifetime when he picked up a genuine Faberge egg at a flea market in a small town in the U.S. Midwest for $14,000.

During one of his routine trips to the local flea market, he spied a small golden ornament on a vendor’s overcrowded table. It was barely three inches long, with an elaborately designed (more…)

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10 Olympic Athletes Received a Commemorative Meteorite-Embedded Medal at Sochi 2014

sochi winter

On February 15th, in addition to taking home the Sochi 2014 gold medal for first place in their respective events, all 10 winners also received a special hand-engraved medal embedded with a fragment of Chelyabinsk meteorite.

This day marked the one year anniversary of when a 7,000-tonne, 17 metre meteor flew across the Russian sky and crashed down close to the city of Chelyabinsk with the force (more…)

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A Gem of a Painting: The Art of Painting with Crushed Gemstones

paintingIn Vietnam’s northern Yen Bai province lies the country’s busiest gem-trading center, Luc Yen district. The first stones discovered in the region were rubies in the late 1980’s, followed by sapphires, spinel, feldspar and tourmaline. After discovery of these gem deposits in the 1990’s, the town grew exponentially to include the community of miners, cutters, and traders.

a new commodity was born. (more…)

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Christie’s Geneva Presents: The Orange

The OrangeOn November 12th 2013, Christie’s will host their Sale of Magnificent Jewels in Geneva, Switzerland which will headline a spectacular diamond, dubbed simply as “The Orange”. The largest known orange diamond to date, the pear-shaped stone weighs an impressive 14.82 carats and has a very rare and distinctive pure orange hue. It is also classified as a type IIa diamond (which denotes the highest carbon (more…)

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“Blue Giant of the Orient” world’s largest Sapphire

blue sapphire To commemorate the September birthstone of Sapphire we would like to bring attention to the great “Blue Giant of the Orient” a gem that is the largest faceted blue sapphire in the world. The stone is a cornflower hued cushion cut gem at 486.52 carats set in a platinum brooch with a pave-set diamond halo. Very little is known about the gemstone which was out of public eye for about 100 years.

The (more…)

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