“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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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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Dynamic Duo of Jewels Once Owned by Pope Paul VI Auction for $1.9 Million

pope paul viTwo extremely rare papal treasures once owned by Pope Paul VI have resurfaced recently and are up for auction at New Orleans-based M.S. Rau Antiques. Together, the diamond and emerald cross and diamond halo ring share a combined estimate of over $1.9 million.

The duo was famously donated by the Pope to the United Nations in 1965, in hopes that the proceeds would help aid humanitarian efforts. Two (more…)

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

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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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The Votes are In: 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid

ColorPantone’s pick of the year is Radiant Orchid, a hot pink infused shade of purple. Following this year’s Emerald Green, it seems that the trend is towards bright, jewel-toned colors. In fact, the two are color-wheel opposites. When paired together, they create a nice complementary contrast, which means you can take all of the emerald green in your current wardrobe and wear it again this year!

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