“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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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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Elizabeth Taylor Auction

AuctionOn December 13, 2011 the Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Auction hit a world record of sales for a private collection. The auction raked in a total of $116 million dollars in sales among international phone buyers and in room elites. The auction held in New York also broke six other world records such as highest price sold for a pearl jewel, per carat price for a colorless diamond, price for an Indian jewelanda (more…)

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