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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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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Sotheby’s Auctions off Jewels from Legendary Lauders

EvelynJewellery from the collections of beauty moguls Estee Lauder and her daughter-in-law, Evelyn Lauder will be featured at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction on December 5. The proceeds from the auction are projected to exceed $13 million and will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an organization founded by Evelyn in 1993. Evelyn also is credited with creating the well-known pink ribbon symbol (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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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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