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Jewel of the day: Vega Maddox Jadeite, Amethyst and Enamel Earrings

Vega Maddox was based in LA in the 60s and 70s, and did ornate, over the top jewellery. I’m fortunate to have one of her necklaces and a pair of earrings. Those are bit too heavy for me to actually wear comfortably but I just love looking at them.

These earrings are very much in the Maddox style. Available from Earthly Adornments, they are “sterling silver vermeil with enamel, amethyst and jadeite. 2-3/4 x 1-1/2 inches. The jadeite and amethyst stones are bezel-set and surrounded the enamel. The earrings have 14k gold posts. Each earring weighs 14.3 grams.”

These were a custom made commissioned piece by the former owner. Maddox’s jewelry is hard to find and in demand, and these are one of a kind. They sell for USD$550.

Jewel of the day: Diamond and Ruby Platinum Necklace Tiara

Tiaras were often mounted on frames so that they could be disassembled and worn as a necklace or clips for less formal occasions. This piece is for sale on Etsy by seller My Vintage Diamond Ring. The shop owner notes, “Diamond Tiara/Collar (51carats), Antique- Ruby, natural pearl tiara and collar in Platinum~A piece of history from another era! It looks equally good as a Tiara or Collar. It is in the Art Nouveau style of the day, 1900 to 1910. Perhaps you have an appointment with the Queen and don’t know what to wear? Perhaps you live in Dallas and go to big charity events-this will blow the other women out of their frosted tips! The tiara sports a 4.08ct European Cut J-K color and SI1 to 2 clarity. There are two European cut pear shapes weighing .75ct apiece, 1.50cts as a pair. All together, including the 4.08ct and the 1.50cts pear shapes, the diamond total is a whopping 50.91cts. There are 84 Natural Pearls, see GIA Report. The Tiara weighs 238 grams of Platinum or 8.41 oz. The very front of the Tiara measures 3 1/2 inches, the sides measure 2 1/4 inches. It comes with a gold frame to sit upon which is not pictured. ”

This sells for USD$110,000.

Jewel of the day: Bentley & Skinner Edwardian Diamond Tiara

Nothing says aristocracy quite like a tiara. This one is Edwardian, and offered for sale by London-based Bentley & Skinner. They describe it as, “An Edwardian diamond tiara, with foliate swags and floral motifs graduating from the centre, set with old brilliant-cut and rose-cut diamonds estimated to weigh a total of 8 carats, all to a yellow gold mount with detachable frame, (convertible into a necklace or coronet), circa 1900, gross weight 69.68 grams.”

Should you have a glam, tiara appropriate event to attend (though you could just wear it as a necklace), this will set you back£46,500.

Jewel of the day: The Pink Star Diamond

Pink diamonds have always been a rarity (as are other naturally coloured diamonds) but they really became lodged in the public’s imagination when Jennifer Lopez received a pink diamond engagement ring from Ben Affleck. That didn’t go anywhere and in fact, the initial sale of this diamond a few years ago also fizzled when the buyer couldn’t come up with the nearly $88 million asking price. The seller left happy, as Sotheby’s had guaranteed a $60 million hammer price, which was paid out regardless of the incomplete sale.

This stone is back on the block (somewhat like JLo herself) and will once again go under the Sotheby’s hammer, this time on April 4 in Hong Kong. Sotheby’s explains, ”

Meticulously cut by Steinmetz Diamonds over a period of nearly two years – a process in which the 132.50 carat rough was cast in epoxy more than 50 times in order to create models upon which the design team could experiment with different cuts -it was transformed into this spectacular 59.60 carat, fancy vivid pink, internally flawless oval cut gem – the largest internally flawless or flawless, fancy vivid pink diamond that the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has ever graded.

The diamond was first unveiled to the public in May 2003 as the ‘Steinmetz Pink’, and was modelled by Helena Christensen at a dedicated event thrown to coincide with the Monaco Grand Prix. Writing in the Financial Times on the 31 May 2003, Mike Duff described the diamond as “the rarest, finest, most precious stone the world has ever seen”. The stone was first sold in 2007 and was subsequently renamed “The Pink Star”. In the same article, Tom Moses, Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer of the GIA, is quoted as saying: “it’s our experience that large polished pink diamonds – over ten carats – very rarely occur with an intense colour… The GIA Laboratory has been issuing grading reports for 50 years and this is the largest pink diamond with this depth of colour [vivid pink] that we have ever characterised”.

Of all fancy coloured pink diamonds, those graded ‘Fancy Vivid’ are the most precious and desirable. The current world auction record for a pink diamond is the Graff Pink, a superb 24.78 carat diamond which sold at Sotheby’s Geneva in November 2010 for US$46.16 million. Weighing in at 59.60 carats and graded as Fancy Vivid, the Pink Star is twice the size.

In the summer of 2003, this amazing gem was exhibited at ‘The Splendor of Diamonds’ exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Displayed in the Winston Gallery alongside the 45.52 carat blue Hope Diamond, the exhibition featured seven of the world’s rarest and most extraordinary diamonds. Also on view for the first time in the United States was the 203.04 carat De Beers Millennium Star, one of the largest diamonds in the world; the Heart of Eternity blue diamond; the Moussaieff Red, the largest known red diamond in the world; the Harry Winston Pumpkin Diamond; the Allnatt, one of the world’s largest yellow diamonds at 101.29 carats; and the Ocean Dream, the world’s largest naturally occurring blue-green diamond.

Commenting at the opening of the exhibition, Dr. Jeffrey Post, curator of the Gems and Minerals Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History said, “Each of the diamonds is the finest of its kind and together with the museum’s gem collection makes for an exhibit of truly historic proportions”. In the three months the exhibition ran, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History attracted more than 1.6 million visitors.

From July through November 2005, The Pink Star again took centre stage, this time at the ‘Diamonds’ exhibition held at the Natural History Museum, in London. “This exhibition will bring together many of the most impressive single stones in the world, fascinating science, and insights into the diamond industry to tell the story of diamonds from deep in the Earth to the red carpet,” said Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum. For five months, the dazzling exhibition attracted approximately 70,000 visitors a day.”

The estimate is available upon request.

Jewel of the day: Ilgaz Fazulzyanov Swallows Under Rain Pendant

Ilgaz Fazulzyanov is a Russia-based jeweller who does exquisite enamel work. Available in the UK through Annoushka Ducas (who founded and then sold Links of London before starting her eponymous line), these truly are collector pieces.

This pendant is described as: Four soaring swallows hand painted in vibrant blue and beige vitreous enamel caught in a diamond embellished downpour of 3.45 carat and 0.34 carat sapphire. Hand set with 527 stones, this exclusive pendant will be exhibited for the first time since its debut in the Moscow Kremlin. Available to view and buy at Annoushka’s Cadogan Gardens boutique between 4-15 October 2016. For enquiries, please contact customerservices@annoushka.com. Matching Swallows Under Rain Earrings available too.”

This sells for £38,800.

Jewel of the day: Karen Suen Jadeite and Diamond Ring

Karen Suen does very luxe haute jewellery of the “if you have to ask about price, you can’t afford it” kind. Still, it makes for lovely eye (and arm, and ear and finger and neck) candy.

Shown here is a ring with the following specs: set with fine jadeite 16.16cts, onyx 4.40cts, diamond 6.11cts mounted in 18K white gold.”

You can read more about Suen here … and ask the price if it’s calling to you.

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Jewel of the day: Helena Dia Earrings

Gloomy February days call for something cheerful and, yes, rhinestone-y. These earrings by Swiss designer Helena Dia are happy and not a little bit out there. They are made with Czech crystals and fabric tassels and can be yours for Swiss Francs 66.

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Jewel of the day: BaubleBar Aries Crystal Necklace

Rhinestones – and lots of ’em! Yes, please. This lavish collar by BaubleBar is made with crystal set in base metal. If you think this can only be worn as an evening piece, consider it filling in the neckline of a white shirt (or over a t-shirt), dressed up or down. You can do it! It measures 12 inches with a 4.15 inch drop and an extendable chain/closure.

And it’s a wallet friendly USD$72. Sparkle on!

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Jewel of the day: Buccellati Pearl Diamond and Gold Necklace

Happy new year, all! I think it’s safe to say we are all happy to see the back of 2016 and hoping for better this year.

If I had this necklace, I think I would wear it every day. And why not – pearls go with everything, don’t they? From Dover Jewelry (from whom I have purchased some of my favourite things) this Buccellati necklace is a masterpiece is part of a set with matching earrings. Dover notes, “This captivating necklace is crafted in a combination of solid 18K white and yellow gold, incorporating lustrous silver silvery blue gray cultured pearls of excellent nacre, silk-strung in two and three strands. The attention-seeking organic gems are intersected by four creatively designed, highly ornate gold and diamond profiles of stylized crown shape, depicting tapering rows of diamonds, embellished with scrolled textural ends. A trio of semi-baroque silver-gray pearls enhance the central decor of the necklace, suspending from enchanting diamond and yellow gold.”

If you received some (ok, a lot of) Christmas cash that’s burning a hole in your pocket, you can have this for USD$84,999. Hey, you can’t take it with you so you might as well wear it!

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Jewel of the day: Alhambra Antiques Gilt Brass and Glass Tiara

I am not sure where this was made (thinking Czech or Chinese) or for what purpose, but it’s pretty fantastic. Offered by Alhambra Antiques, it is described as, “19th century gilt brass repose and trembles tiara with red, green and clear facet cut glass jewels. Very intricate work. Center rosette attached to spring for trembleuse effect. One stone missing from rosette, 3 small stones missing from surrounding area. Width 6″, height 4″.”

This sells for USD$925, so being king (or queen) of your own castle is within reach.

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