Last week - on the occasion of the "Diamond Year" that the City of Antwerp will celebrate from October 2017 through February 2018 - the City of Antwerp dug deep into its "Insolvente Boedels" archive, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage resource, to reveal documents dating the diamond trade in Antwerp back to 1447 - or 570 years ago. The "crown jewel" of the documents revealed is an edict dating from 1447 in which the 'College of Mayor and Aldermen' decree that, "No one may trade in fake diamonds." The College was well ahead of its time.
Forbes created a list of the top luxury watches designed to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year, which beings on January 28, 2017. The year of the Rooster will be captured by Ulysse Nardin, Jaquet Droz, Chopard, Piaget and Vacheron Constantin – brands that are known for combining Swiss craftsmanship with Chinese culture.
The American rapper 2 Chainz collaborated with his personal jeweler Avianne in order to created a one-of-a-kind black sweater that is adorned with a Santa doing the “hit dem folks” dance move.
The sweater includes 50 carats of diamonds trimming Santa’s hat and 250 grams of gold in Santa’s belt buckle. The lucky owner of this Ugly sweater will simply have to dish out a cool $90,000.
A research team, led by GIA’s Evan Smith, has made a significant breakthrough in understanding how the biggest and rarest diamonds are born of deep-lying metallic liquid.
Cheetos, the finger-lickingly good snack brand owned by Frito-Lay, has launched a high-quality jewelry collection to ring in the holidays. The jewelry set, ‘Eye of the Cheetah from the Chestora Collection’, includes a one-of-a-kind gold and diamond encrusted earring and ring set which retails at $20,000. The dazzling Eye of the Cheetah, an 18k yellow gold ring, features a magnificent 4.7 carat orange sapphire. Each earring boasts matching orange sapphires, totaling 2.89 carats.
A diamond tycoon in India has again given away more than a thousand cars and hundreds of apartments to his staff as a bonus for meeting company targets. Savjibhai Dholakia, who runs Hare Krishna Exports, a diamond export firm in the city of Surat, announced his company would give 1,260 cars, 400 apartments and pieces of jewelry to his employees ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali which falls on the weekend. “Our aim is that each employee must have his own home and car in the next five years.
Russia’s ALROSA, the world's top diamond producer by output in carats, last August recovered a 136.24-carat rough diamond from its Nyurbinskaya pipe, a known source of big rocks. The gem-quality rough diamond, a 3 Black Makeable 1 color and one of the largest diamonds recovered in the history of Nyurbinskaya pipe, went unnamed until now: it will henceforth be called Anatoly Rakhlin.
A fisherman in the Philippines has kept what is claimed to be the biggest natural pearl ever found hidden in his home for more than 10 years. The enormous pearl, which has not yet been confirmed as being one, is 30cm wide, 67cm long, and weighs 34kg. If it is confirmed to have formed within a giant clam, as has been widely reported, it could have a value of more than $100 million.
Apple has not yet officially launched the iPhone 7 yet, but luxury retailer Brikk is already offering preorders for some incredibly blinged-out new iPhones. Brikk's custom Lux iPhone 7 options include large diamonds, small diamonds, yellow gold, pink gold or platinum in various combinations. Buyers can also choose from 120 different scratch-resistant colors. Prices range from $4,995 to $1.3 million.
Throwing away old furniture? It's worth checking carefully as you never know what you might find, according to a story from the UK where a couple bought a dusty old chair for just £5 at an auction – and years later discovered diamond jewelry worth £5,000 ($6,600) hidden inside it. The couple bought the chair around 10 years ago, but could not afford to have it reupholstered at the time and instead kept it in their attic for six years.
Diamond rings have received a welcome boost, particularly among millennials, with global coverage of the engagement ring received by Pippa Middleton whose sister is married to the future king of the United Kingdom. Middleton was photographed wearing the ring estimated to have cost around £200,000 ($260,000) with jewelry experts describing the piece as “quite Art Deco in style” and with a central stone that is “upwards of three carats” with excellent color and clarity.
Rio Tinto reports it has sold the Perth Mint’s Kimberley Treasure, the world’s first coin to feature a rare red diamond from its Argyle Diamond Mine in the east Kimberley region of Western Australia. The million dollar coin is made from one kilogram of 99.99% fine gold and set with a radiant cut 0.54 carat Argyle red diamond and sold within 48 hours of its unveiling.
The buyer of the coin is Tiara Gems and Jewellery, a Dubai based company specializing in rare and important fancy color diamonds, unique collectibles and heirloom pieces of jewelry.
As if a 2.08-carat Fancy Vivid Blue diamond set in an 18K rose-gold-plated platinum ring was not enough on its own, the World of Diamonds company is marketing an 8-hour air, land and sea dinner journey starting with a 45-minute private helicopter tour over Singapore followed by a chauffeured Rolls-Royce drive and a private luxury cruise. Guests then enjoy an 18-course meal using diamond-studded chopsticks. The $2 million price tag is for one couple and includes 10,000 fresh roses, 44 and 55-year-old vintage wines.
Some of the jewelry items worn by the Mother of Dragons character played by actress Emilia Clarke on the wildly popular Game of Thrones TV series will soon be available for fans of the show to purchase. The jewelry is based on a long-standing partnership between Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton and London-based jewelry brand Yunus & Eliza, JCK reports. Fans will be able to buy a few reproductions of Clarke’s on-screen looks, along with a range of brand-new Game of Thrones-inspired styles.
The owner of an engagement ring that Donald Trump gave to former wife Marla Maples is hoping the huge media coverage of Trump's presidential bid will help create extra interest in the sale at auction of the ring. The auction is being handled by estate jewelry auctioneer Joseph DuMouchelle, and the ring could sell for $300,000 or more. Trump proposed to Maples with the 7.45-carat Harry Winston ring in 1991. Maples put the ring up for auction following their 1999 divorce, where it sold for $110,000, which she donated to charity.
A Blancpain cocktail watch and its bracelet, set with 71 round diamonds and two marquise stones and once owned by Marilyn Monroe, is expected to sell for $80,000 to $120,000 at auction in November. A worldwide tour of a collection of Monroe's belongings started on June 1, which would have been her 90th birthday, with the vintage timepiece being the highest-valued item.
A series of diamond rings worth £225,000 ($325,000) has been created to honor English soccer champions Leicester City and its historic Premier League win this season. The rings were made by a Leicester-based jeweler and are set with a 5.01-carat central diamond set in a yellow gold crown - mimicking the Premier League trophy - flanked by blue sapphires. The rings also feature two gold lions facing each other on the silver band, another reference to the league trophy.
American basketball star Kobe Bryant has received a diamond ring from his team, the Lakers, to honor his retirement. The ring, according to a spokesperson for the jeweler, Jason of Beverly Hills, is made up of round white diamonds with a total carat weight of 4.87 carats set in approximately 70 grams of 14K yellow and white gold, according to a report in USA Today. There are five large diamonds for each of the championships Bryant won.
A judge in Miami has sided with a cruise ship operator which mistakenly sold a 20.64-carat emerald-cut diamond for $235,000 to passenger Thomas DePrince who bought it knowing it was worth several millions of dollars. When the retail operator, Starboard Cruise Services, realized the price tag was the per carat price not the overall cost, it called DePrince and explained the mistake. The retailer canceled the sale and refunded the purchase price to DePrince’s credit card.
Luxury haute couture brand Bicion and designer Dan Gamache have produced a pair of the world's most expensive trainers - a pair of custom Li-Ning Dwyane Wade shoes decked out with hundreds of carats of white diamond pieces and blue sapphires set into gold - costing $4 million. The trainers were unveiled in New York. They will be auctioned off to benefit the Soles4Souls - a US-based charity that collects new and used shoes and redistributes them through direct donations to people in need.
A rare blue diamond ring belonging to the late Shirley Temple, Hollywood’s most famous child actress in the 1930s and 40s is going up for auction starting at $25 million, auctioneer Sotheby’s said Thursday. The 9.54-carat Fancy Deep Blue diamond ring was purchased by Temple’s father for $7,210 in 1940 around the time of the actress’ 12th birthday. A private buyer bought the ring from her estate and is now putting it up for auction.
The Australian singer is the latest celebrity to help promote diamonds, particularly among the younger generation, by prominently showing off a large emerald-cut diamond ring at an annual pop music awards ceremony in London.
"The illustrious story of the impeccable blue diamond began in the 17th century when Jean Baptiste Tavernier, a French diamond merchant, traveller and pioneer of diamond trade with India, first set eyes on a unique and unforgettable diamond in India. The “superfine deep blue” that so captivated Tavernier was later sold to King Louis XIV in 1669 as the famous French Blue, used to adorn the crown of Queen Marie Antoinette.
What better way to kickoff the evening of the 50th Super Bowl (American football championship game) than by taking a glimpse inside the company that has designed and made the majority of the diamond-studded rings awarded to the victors? Vice President of Jostens Sports Division Chris Poitras said, "We created the first Super Bowl ring for Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers in 1966 and we've continued on. We've done 31 of the 49 Super Bowls." The first Super Bowl ring for the Packers had a simple design - 40 grams of gold and a one-carat diamond in the center.
In a contribution on the Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF) website, Chief Scientist of the Diamond Durability Laboratory, Daniel Howell brings a widespread misconception to the attention on what many assume to be bubbles of air or gas trapped inside rough diamonds. The misconception has led some manufacturers to drill release channels, fearing the trapped gas may cause the rough diamond to explode during polishing.
The people of Botswana will be given an opportunity to name the 1,111 carat diamond discovered at the country's Karowe mine which is the largest ever found in Botswana and the second-largest in the world. Lucara Diamond Chief Executive Officer William Lamb said his company agreed on running a competition for the naming of the precious stone which made a mark in Botswana’s mining history as a way of emphasizing the importance of the country's mineral resources. Lamb said Minister of Minerals Energy and Water Resources, Kitso Mokaila, had suggested that Batswana should name it.
Six vintage covers of Playboy magazine from 1967 to 1982 have been embellished with diamond dust for a new exhibition. Artist Simon Claridge from Edinburgh made his name producing sepia silkscreen portraits of popular icons including Marilyn Monroe and Twiggy finished with a form of glitter derived from diamonds, the Daily Mail reports. Now he has given the Playboy bunnies a similarly sparkly treatment for a new exhibition opening at the Playboy Club in London's Mayfair on 15 January.
Although media coverage of the Miss Universe 2015 competition surrounded the mix-up over the winner, one of the other stars of the event was the crown presented to Miss Philippines. The crown is set with 311 diamonds, five pieces of blue topaz, 198 pieces of blue sapphire, 33 pieces of crystal and made of gold and was designed to resemble the Manhattan skyline. The crown is reportedly worth around $300,000 and was made by Czech Republic company, Diamonds International Corporation.
Facebook knows about relationships due to its users' 'relationship status' function. When any of its 1.4 billion users moves in or out of a relationship, Facebook knows. Of the 156 million users in the United States 2.6 million changed their status to “engaged” last year, reports The Jewelers Blog. Turns out the most popular days for getting down on bended knee are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day, meaning that, ironically, the day everyone assumes to be the most romantic for proposals actually come in fourth.
In an interesting LinkedIn Pulse post, Gideon Golan explains how differences in atoms and structural models or exposure to outer radiation during their formation are the reason why some diamonds are coloured while others are “white”, or more precisely more or less “transparent”. Strangely enough, what creates today’s most sought-after and high-priced fancy coloured diamonds are called “defects”.
Goldstür has announced the deployment of a first series of automated cash for jewelry kiosks in a supermarket chain in Minnesota, where customers can have gold, silver and platinum jewelry pieces appraised automatically, with the option of trading in their jewelry for cash or gift cards in a process that takes but a few minutes. The kiosks link with real-time commodity prices to provide potential sellers with an accurate, current price for their jewelry.
It's become something of a tradition in the United States, with an anonymous donor placing a diamond engagement ring in a Salvation Army collection pot. This time, a diamond ring valued at around $3,500 was placed in a collection kettle in Massachusetts and will be auctioned off on Saturday. Earlier this month, a check for $500,000 was dropped into a Salvation Army collection kettle in Minnesota.
The city of Beijing just issued an air pollution red alert - the first time it has done so in history- as heavy smog blankets its skylines. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde might have a solution: he is in midst of negotiations to deliver to Beijing a seven-metre high “Smog Free Tower” that he says is the world’s largest vacuum cleaner, but said “It's a very sensitive, political topic.” Roosegaarde first presented the tower as part of his “Smog Free Project” in September in Rotterdam.
Designer Joseph Bruce has created a necklace based on the hole left behind from the Hatton Garden jewelry raid last April, when thieves drilled through a 50cm wall with special drills. The 18K gold necklace, called Hatton Tom Foolery, was commissioned by an anonymous “well known Hatton Garden jeweler,” said Bruce, who added that the piece is also available in silver.
Mahesh Savani, a Gujarat-based diamond trader who has been paying for the weddings of fatherless women in Surat for several years, hosted the nuptials for 151 young couples. Savani has played the part of father of the bride for women whose fathers have died since 2008 when one of his employees died a few days before the weddings of his two daughters, according to reports in the Indian media. He gave each of the brides gold jewelry, clothes, and pots and pans to set up her new home, the report added.
The wife of actor George Clooney is no longer wearing her $680,000 engagement ring at work because she regards as too bling for her human rights lawyer job and is reportedly looking for a more low-key band.
The auction house reports a rare 25-carat barrel-shaped pink diamond has been found among the jewelry collection of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos. The government asked the auctioneer to appraise her collection of rare stones ahead of a possible sale. The collection comprised of three sets of jewelry confiscated almost three decades ago after the fall of Imelda's husband, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos is being appraised by Christie's and Sotheby's.
After much delay, an important space bill has finally passed in the Senate. The Space Act of 2015 (H.R.2262 - U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act) would give companies the rights to the resources they might one day extract from asteroids, such as platinum, water and, of course, diamonds. The bill has passed in the Senate with unanimous approval and will now be sent to the House of Representatives, which is expected to approve the changes, and then on to President Obama who is expected to sign. The U.N.
A 16.08-carat cushion-shaped fancy pink diamond was bought for $28,523,925 at Christie’s in Geneva setting a new world auction record for any pink diamond ever offered at auction. The stone was bought by a private Asian buyer, who named it just after the auction 'Sweet Josephine.'
A luxury website is offering what it describes as the world’s most glamorous Christmas tree and star featuring nearly 300 gems. The tree, produced by VeryFirstTo.com, is 20 cm high and 13 cm wide and weighs 130 grams. It is set with more than 280 diamonds with a total weight of over 13 carats. The central section is yellow gold plated, but the stand-out part is the star atop the tree which is a GIA-certified, five-carat D flawless diamond. The star can be removed and becomes a necklace between Christmases, the firm said. The price? Close to $950,000.
Israel’s Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum in Ramat Gan is to put on an exhibition of rare Egyptian scarabs. “The exhibition, entitled Protective Force: Egyptian Scarabs from Gemstones, will explore the significant role of gemstones in ancient Egyptian culture as well as the fascination with scarabs throughout history,” Israel Diamond Institute said a media release. The scarabs are set with a variety of gemstones, some of which have inscriptions engraved on them and also has Victorian jewelry pieces set with scarabs.
A young man in China's Guangdong province proposed to his girlfriend with over 50 packs of diapers, after finding out that she was pregnant, the China Daily reported. With the help of his friends, Feng arranged some 4,500 diapers packaged in bags into the shape of a giant heart, alongside the Pearl river in the city.
He then gave his girlfriend another bag of diapers that was carried in by a drone. When the bag was ripped open, his girlfriend was surprised to find there was a diamond ring hidden inside. She accepted his proposal.
In the spirit of Halloween - or All Saints' Day, if you like - we take a look at some of the curses and legends that revolve around some of the world's most famous diamonds. The very fact that these legends have been passed down through the ages testifies to the mystique, allure and intrigue that makes these stones so precious. (See images attached...if you dare).
The Eden of Coronet guitar, estimated to be worth $2 million and the world’s most expensive guitar, has gone on display in Abu Dhabi. The musical instrument has been officially named the ‘Most Valuable Guitar’ by the Guinness World Records and is set with 11,441 diamonds and 1.6kg of 18K white gold. The guitar was created in collaboration with UAE-based Lifestyle Fine Jewelry’s parent company, Aaron Shum Jewelry, and designer and songwriter Mark Lui using a Gibson guitar.
Archaeologists in southern Greece have discovered gold signet rings and a chain, gold and silver goblets, a sword and over 1,000 fragments of semi-precious stones in a tomb believed to date back to 1,500 B.C., the Greek Culture Ministry said. The jewelry and weapons are thought to have been used to surround the shroud, placed in a wooden casket, of a warrior aged 30 to 35, who is likely to have been a prominent figure of his time, the ministry said.
Philadelphia's EnA Fine Jewelry is likely to receive a huge boost worldwide when the Batman v. Superman movie comes out next year with its jewelry being featured. CEO, co-founder and designer Karen Moustafellos explained: “They contacted us and said, ‘You know, we think your jewelry would be perfect for this.’ I don’t think actress Amy Adams is wearing the jewelry, but a lot of the other supporting cast members and people that are going to be in a couple of party scenes are wearing the jewelry.”
The Diamond Christmas Snow Globe features genuine diamond ‘snow’ and a hand sculpted family in the likeness of your own. Leah Andrews, snow globe maker to the stars, will craft this artwork in time for Christmas. Five 0.07 carat diamonds are affixed to the inner setting and an additional five diamonds remain loose within the sealed globe, so when you tip the globe upside down you see the loose diamonds twinkle down the inner wall of glass. The price tag for this ball of Christmas happiness (as if one could put a price on Christmas happiness): $5,000.
The store in Illinois sent a gold watch bought to celebrate an important anniversary for a couple to their home without any glitches.
Smyth Jewelers and Uneek Fine Jewelry have taken the engagement ring to new heights, with a ring that stands 17 feet tall and 14 feet wide. The world's largest engagement ring will have a permanent home outside of Smyth's Timonium, MD showroom. The ring is modeled after a Uneek Jewelry design and took over a year to fabricate and install. It was officially unveiled to the public on October 15, at Smyth's location in Timonium, MD.
The Chicago Blackhawks received their 2015 Stanley Cup championship rings during a private ceremony Sunday. Each ring has 355 round, pear, marquise and princess-cut diamonds, totaling 10.8 carats, set in 14-karat white gold, the Blackhawks said. The top of the ring has "Stanley Cup Champions" around the Blackhawks logo; the left side commemorates their six Cup titles; and the right side features Chicago’s secondary logo and the player’s name and number. The ring was created by Jostens.
The 16th edition of the HRD Awards, a biennial international diamond jewelry design competition, will hold its grand finale in Antwerp on October 29. The contest, which this time had as its theme 'À la Carte – A Culinary Journey,' is open to designers from all over the world. The interpretation of the theme is critical to the entry’s success, and the jewelry item must contain at least 1 carat of diamonds. The finale event will feature 29 exclusive diamond creations by international top designers.
The international auctioneer said the pre-sale estimate for the largest cushion-shaped Fancy Vivid Pink diamond to be offered for sale at auction was $23 million to $28 million. The diamond is the standout item at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction on November 10 in Geneva.
High-end diamond jewelry was one of the stars of the night at the 2015 Emmy Awards. Big-name stars typically borrow big-ticket jewelry items for red carpet events such as the Emmys TV awards and Oscars ceremony. Some of the biggest sparklers were worn by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner of the outstanding lead actress in a comedy series category who wore 28.78-carat diamond earrings set in platinum and almost 50 carats of diamonds on her bracelets by Chopard.
British company Bowers & Wilkins is using synthetic diamonds to create tweeters, saying they are ideal for producing high audio frequencies. It is the first time diamonds have been used for the purpose in a commercial car, with the speakers being created for the latest BMW 7 Series. The lab-grown stones offer the perfect combination of lightness and rigidity to help deliver crystal-clear, lifelike treble sounds that are designed to accurately reproduce audio beyond the limits of human hearing.