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Jewel of the day: Megan Markle’s Engagement Ring

As the entire world knows by now, actress Megan Markle will be marrying Prince Harry in May of this year. He proposed with a ring with what appears to be a large cushion cut stone (estimates range from three to five karats) flanked by two smaller stones said to come from Princess Diana.

Time Magazine estimates that the price could have been anywhere from $200,000-$350,000 though the ring’s value is incalculable given the royal provenance and soon to be royal recipient.

Congrats to the pair; looking forward to the pageantry to liven up 2018.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 27: A close up of Meghan Markle’s engagement ring during an official photocall to announce the engagement of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a couple officially since November 2016 and are due to marry in Spring 2018. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)


Jewel of the day: Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond and Sapphire Bracelet

Sotheby’s auctioned this spectacular diamond and sapphire bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels on December 5, 2017. Part of their “20 most fabulous jewels” it certainly deserves the title. The catalogue notes, “Set with five sugarloaf cabochon sapphires weighing a total of approximately 193.73 carats, joined by articulated segments of geometric design set with square, rectangular, round and old European-cut diamonds, length 7 inches, with French assay marks, workshop marks for Rubel Frères, and maker’s marks for Van Cleef & Arpels; circa 1935.”

The estimate was USD$1,000,0001,500,000. Selling price including buyer’s premium: $3,135,000. Someone had the best kind of blue Christmas.


Jewel of the day: Cabochon Burma Sapphire Emerald Platinum Ring

1st Dibs has a new policy where they hide the name of the seller. My guess is that this is to prevent buyers from going off the platform as this way the item can likely be had for less than the 1st Dibs stated price (given their markup). However, my preference would always be to know the name of the individual reseller so that I can research them to my satisfaction. So, a big boo to you, 1st Dibs.

This ring (offered by a now mystery dealer in NY) is described as “A platinum ring showcasing a cabochon Burmese blue sapphire – non heated- weighing 18.91 cts, sided by two half moon shaped emeralds. Circa 1965.” Its selling price is USD$150,000. For that money, I definitely want to know the name of the seller with whom I’m dealing.

Jewel of the day: DeBeers Phenomena Frost Bracelet

DeBeers coined the very effective slogan Diamonds are Forever and it’s still pretty evocative of the durability of the stone, if not necessarily any sentiment behind it. I’m fairly certain the larger the stone, the less sentiment there actually is, as these tend to be kept as financial buffers. But if you just want something loaded with diamonds and price be damned, this DeBeers Phenomena Frost bracelet will fill the bill.

There is no price (contact them to ask) but in their unique marketing way, they note, “Echoing the power and grace of nature and the miraculous wonders formed by water this Phenomena Frost Bracelet scintillates with fire, life and brilliance as it echoes the juxtaposing formations of icy formations. Total approximate carat weight 16.94ct..”

Jewel of the day: Sotheby’s The Raj Pink Diamond

If you have many spare millions rattling around in your vault, you may want to put a bid in on this today. Offered by Sotheby’s Geneva, this 37.30 carat pink diamond, currently set in a ring, is claimed to be the world’s largest. Sotheby’s notes, “For most coloured diamonds, the hue comes from impurities that accidently interfere during the formation of the crystal at hundreds of miles deep in the earth. A diamond is mainly composed of pure carbon; it is the intrusion of another trace element that impacts the colour, such as nitrogen for yellow and boron for blues. The pink colour, on the other hand, may be the result of a distortion of the crystal structure that has yet resisted the attempts of explanation by science.

Pink fancy coloured diamonds are rare in nature, particularly those of large size. According to the GIA, the annual global pink-to-red diamond recovery could fit on the palm of one’s hand. The astonishing stone offered in this auction displays a combination of very bright and superb fancy intense pink colour. One can find different levels of colour intensity; the brilliance, hue and size of this precious gem are truly exceptional.

The current record price ever achieved at auction for a diamond or any gemstone is ‘The Pink Star’: one of the world’s great natural treasures later renamed ‘CTF Pink Star’. This magnificent Fancy Vivid Pink diamond weighing 59.60 carats was sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in April 2017 for $71.2 million.

The current record price per carat and for any Fancy Intense Pink diamonds was set by ‘The Graff Pink’ weighing 24.78 carats, sold in Sotheby’s Geneva in November 2010 for $46.2 million.

Discovered and mined in South Africa in 2015, the rough crystal was studied with extreme precision during the course of one year before it was passed to the hands of a master cutter.

“In observing the Raj Pink in its final form – a sparkling 37.30 carat cushion modified brilliant – one may fail to recognize the work behind its transformation from rough to polished. Though nature granted the gem with rare colour fine clarity, it was the cutter who capitalized on these qualities and brought the diamond’s innermost beauty to full display…”

The pre-sale estimate for this is 19,570,00029,355,000 Swiss francs. 

Jewel of the day: Yafa Ruby, Diamond and Emerald Art Deco Jardiniere Brooch

This is the kind of piece that makes me question why my family didn’t invent something that made us fabulously wealthy. Because if they had, I am sure my jewelry box would have been overflowing with pieces like this Art Deco jardiniere pin offered by Yafa. There isn’t much information about it on their site, other than the stone content and setting (platinum), and that you should call for the price. Think kindly of my uninventive family when you do.

Jewel of the day: Alan Anderson Crystal Sautoir Necklace

Toronto-based Alan Anderson designs contemporary crystal jewelry with vintage inspiration and flair, often using vintage components. His pieces are hand assembled. This sautoir can be worn as is or the chain can double around the neck to provide a choker feature. Described as 1930s inspired, this sells for USD$2,900.


Jewel of the day: Faberge Diamond Tiara

Though seldom worn today, tiaras still have the power to fascinate. This one was made in the Faberge workshop in 1890. It came up for auction with Sotheby’s in 2007. They noted at that time, “A MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE DIAMOND TIARA, BY FABERGE. Designed as a series of graduated old-cut diamond arches with knife edge collet spacers, the central pear-shaped diamond flanked by three briolette and one old-cut diamond, each with diamond collet and leaf surmount to the foliate band, on gold wire frame, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1890, 13.2 cm. wide, with Russian assay marks for gold
Maker’s mark for August Holmström on frame.”

I think magnificent is a perfect word for this jewel. The pre-auction estimate was GBP 400,000 – GBP 600,000; the price realized was GBP 1,050,400.

Jewel of the day: Art Deco 2.60 Carat Burmese Ruby Diamond Gold Platinum Engagement Ring

There’s nothing like a statement ring and this one really does makes quite a statement. Offered by Chicago-based Romanov Russia, they describe this gem as, “Circa 1925 An Art Deco platinum (top) and white gold (shank) vintage engagement ring features a very fine natural non-heated Burma (Myanmar) ruby surrounded by old mine cut diamonds. The ring comes with AGL gemstone report for the ruby. One oval mixed cut natural ruby 2.60 ct, 8.42 x 6.79 x 4.86 mm Estimated total diamond weight 2.10 ct Ruby and diamond top measures 15 x 12 mm Ring size 6.25 (17 mm) sizable.”

This sells for USD$87,000.

Jewel of the day: Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Bracelet

I love shows like Antiques Roadshow (particularly the British/BBC original) where people bring in items to be appraised by a team of experts. Several years ago, I volunteered to work at an Antiques Roadshow taping and there is a lot of dross among the diamonds. But this woman was delighted and rather stunned to discover that a bracelet passed on to her by her mother-in-law was a diamond and platinum piece worth approximately £150,000. I doubt there is anything like that hiding in my attic (or what passes for my attic) but a girl can dream.

You can read more about it here.

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