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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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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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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All That Glitters is Platinum

Platinum Rings

What is platinum? Platinum is a rare metal that has made its way into mainstream use for engagement ring settings, and for good reason. It does not cause problems for people with sensitive skin, the color is brilliantly bright, it is scratch resistant, and can be molded into more complicated designs. The most common form is 950 platinum, which is 95% pure and 5% alloy of other metals such as iridium (more…)

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