“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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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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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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Edmonton’s Ten Carat Pink Sparkler

Pink Diamond RingA diamond house in Edmonton has been chosen to showcase a 10-carat Fancy Light Purplish Pink radiant cut beauty from April 13-17.

The diamond, cut from a rare rough stone of 21.35 carats found in a South African mine, is one of the largest rough pinks ever mined. It even tops Australia’s largest rough pink diamond, found in the famous Rio Tinto Argyle mine, which weighs in at 12.76 carats. Because (more…)

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Christie’s Auctions Off “Reluctant Heiress” Jewels

Hugette ClarkJust three months after the record-breaking sales of the late Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection, Christie’s has once again nabbed another collection that brings intrigue, nostalgia, and fabulous diamonds. This one belonged to Hugette M. Clark, a Montana copper mining heiress whose father built his vast fortunes mining copper, building railroads and founding Las Vegas.

Hugette Clark passed away (more…)

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