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Category: About Natural Fancy Colored Diamonds

World’s Most Expensive Yellow Diamond Sunglasses

Luxuriator has created one of the world’s most luxurious and expensive pair of sunglasses featuring a fancy yellow emerald cut diamond.  Surrounded in 1.45 carats of white diamonds and set in 18K yellow gold, the luxurious glasses feature a 2 carat fancy yellow emerald cut “diamond” on the right hand corner of the amber gradient lens and topped off with matching buffalo horn temples.

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Priced at $65,000 USD, I certainly wouldn’t want to lose these glasses.  Thank goodness the yellow diamond is a CZ!

For more information about the Lux Due Style 25 glasses visit  www.luxuriatorcollection.com

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Kim Kardashian Wants $1 Million Diamond Choker As ‘Push Present’ From Kanye West

According to a post on Kim Kardashian’s website she discusses her push present obsession; a $1 million dollar diamond choker similar to the ones she has worn to the Art + Film Gala.

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“Do you guys believe in a push present? I never did, but all of my friends do!!! We have the funniest e-mail chains discussing it. One friend got a special diamond ring she always wanted, and another friend got a new car! I like the idea of a push present—after nine months of pregnancy it’s a sweet and well-deserved thank you. We women go through an entire pregnancy carrying a baby…of course it only makes sense that we get something amazing to show how amazing we are! LOL!”  – Kim Kardashian West

Push presents are usually given in the form of jewelry to the mother of the child by the father as a thank you for carrying the baby and bringing this baby into the world.  This trend has been around for at least a decade now and doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon.

Sure Kanye West can afford to give his wife any bauble that she desires.  After all, experts value her engagement ring to be anywhere from $4 – $8 million dollars.

Ok, so we’re not all mega-wealthy like the West’s… so what about the rest of us?

I personally love the idea of a push present that not only has sentimental value, but real investment value that can actually be passed down to the child when they grow up to be used for education etc. Wouldn’t it be nice to present the child with the piece of jewelry that they have seen their mother wear their whole life, with a GIA Grading Report/Independent Appraisal (showing the current value)  and tell them that it now belongs to them for their University tuition.

A $1 million dollar white diamond choker will more than likely retain its value, but how likely is it to increase in value?  White diamonds typically fluctuate in value and of course it also depends on the color and clarity of the diamonds purchased.  That being said, there has never been any real price volatility with Natural Fancy Color diamonds and they only seem to go up in value each year, so one can assume that this will also be true in the future when there is even less supply.

With an investment-grade Natural Fancy Color Diamond as a push present, you are not only making a mother very happy, but you are investing in the child’s future at the same time if you elect to give it to him/her down the road – say at their 18th birthday. It’s sort of like two gifts in one really!  And, you don’t have to spend a million dollars to do it.  Fancy Yellow diamonds for instance start at approximately $15,000 CDN and can easily be set into a pendant or ring.

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Pendant designed by Guildhall Diamonds Inc.

With Kim scheduled to give birth as early as Thanksgiving, do you think we’ll see her on the red carpet in the near future with a gorgeous diamond choker?  I somehow think that we will!

 

Bond Breaks Record at Sotheby’s for 15.20 Carat Fancy Orangy Pink Diamond

When celebrated icons in popular culture can bring such attention to Natural Fancy Color Diamonds it is a wonderful thing -so naturally I was very excited to learn of the fantastic results that Sir Sean Connery had at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva this past week with two of his beautiful color diamonds.

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Beloved James Bond superstar Sir Sean Connery put his 15.20 carat Briolette Cut Fancy Orange Pink VS2 Diamond pendant into Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva this past week expecting to receive approximately $1.2 million to $2.2 million for the piece.  Imagine the delight when it sold for $4M USD – double the pre-sale estimate.  Sotheby’s has described the sale as a “record bid” for a Fancy Orange-Pink diamond.

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In addition to the sale of this pendant, Connery also sold a 5.18 carat pear shape diamond ring, with a winning bid of $249,300 USD, which was slated to come in at approximately $145,600 to $244,300 USD.

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Well done indeed!  I am sure having Connery’s name attached to these diamonds didn’t hurt the sales at all, but Natural Fancy Color diamonds have done exceedingly well this Fall continuing to break records and dominate the headlines around the world.

Are Two Stone Diamond Rings the Hot New Trend?

The hot new trend in jewelry design for 2016 has got to be the two stone ring.  The two stone ring is definitely unique in a world of solitaires, and halo encrusted diamond rings.  A woman wearing a ring like this is bound to get people swooning and talking when they see it; whether it is an engagement ring or a cocktail ring or a just because ring!

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When the “Ever Us” campaign recently launched featuring a Forevermark (DeBeers) diamond in the two stone design – it caught people’s attention – mainly because of the beauty, simplicity and the symbolism behind it.  The “Ever Us” two stone diamond design represents two equal partners in a relationship with diamonds of equal carat weight and clarity, gently set as though to touch one another in a display of friendship and love.  Not only are jewelers excited by the revival of this design but brides in particular are always looking for new ways to set themselves apart, while the romance of the concept is sure to resonate with brides from all walks of life.

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Although the advertising is predominantly for white diamonds, we have seen very significant two stone Natural Fancy Color diamond rings at auction before looking equally, (if not more) beautiful than the white diamond version.

Think about such famous stones as ”The Bulgari Blue”, a two-stone 10.95 carats Fancy Vivid Blue, VS2 triangular cut with a 9.87 carat White G, VS1 triangular cut diamond which sold at Christie’s in October 2010 for $15,762,500 USD.

The Bulgari Blue Diamond Two Stone Diamond Ring

The Bulgari Blue Diamond Two Stone Diamond Ring

Other beautiful two stone pieces that went to Sotheby’s and Christie’s auctions include Yellow, Orange, Pink and Blue diamonds:

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FANCY ORANGY PINK DIAMOND AND DIAMOND RING | A pear-shaped fancy orangy pink diamond and a pear-shaped diamond weighing 1.22 and 1.15 carats respectively, each surrounded by brilliant-cut diamonds of matching color, extending to the shoulders, mounted in platinum and 18 karat pink gold. | Sotheby’s

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18 Karat Two-Color Gold, Fancy Vivid Yellow-Orange Diamond and Diamond Ring – A cushion modified brilliant-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow-Orange diamond weighing 3.27 carats, and a cushion modified brilliant-cut near colorless diamond weighing 3.39 carats, the mounting further set with small round diamonds weighing approximately 1.45 carats.

18 Karat Two-Color Gold, Fancy Vivid Yellow-Orange Diamond and Diamond Ring – A cushion modified brilliant-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow-Orange diamond weighing 3.27 carats, and a cushion modified brilliant-cut near colorless diamond weighing 3.39 carats, the mounting further set with small round diamonds weighing approximately 1.45 carats.

Set with a modified lozenge-shaped fancy vivid yellow diamond, weighing approximately 4.18 carats, and a modified lozenge-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 4.94 carats, to the circular and calibré-cut diamond and yellow diamond shoulders, mounted in 18k gold and platinum With report 15030868 dated 10 May 2006 from the Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond weighing approximately 4.18 carats is fancy vivid yellow, natural color, I1 clarity

Set with a modified lozenge-shaped fancy vivid yellow diamond, weighing approximately 4.18 carats, and a modified lozenge-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 4.94 carats, to the circular and calibré-cut diamond and yellow diamond shoulders, mounted in 18k gold and platinum.

Although classic designs such as solitaires and side stone settings are classically beautiful, I do hope I get to see a lot more of these two stone settings in the coming year as a refreshing alternative and change to the really popular and somewhat typical settings out there.

Yours, The Queen of Color Diamonds

The Pumpkin Diamond

In honor of Halloween, let’s look at The Pumpkin Diamond, one of the rarest diamonds in the world.

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When an 11.00 carat Brownish Orange piece of rough was discovered by a farmer in the Central African Republic (the actual year is unknown) he couldn’t have possibly foreseen that it would one day become one of the rarest and most expensive Natural Fancy Vivid Orange diamonds in the world – or be photographed so extensively in Hollywood.

After the piece of rough was transported to South Africa for sale, it ended up being cut and polished by William Goldberg of the William Goldberg Diamond Corporation.  A stunning 5.54 carat Vivid Orange Cushion Cut diamond emerged where it was graded at GIA and then sent to auction at Sotheby’s.  On October 30th 1997, Ronald Winston of Winston Jewelers had the winning bid of $1.3 million USD for this magnificent diamond and promptly named it “The Pumpkin Diamond”.

Once the diamond was back at head office, Ronald Winston had the diamond set into a beautiful ring with two crescent-shaped white diamonds flanked on either side of the diamond and was valued at more than $3 Million USD.

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The ring was so exceptional that it ended up being worn by Halle Berry in 2002 and received international attention when her hand was photographed beside her Academy Award.

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One year later, the diamond was taken out of its setting and was featured in the Smithsonian’s “Splendor of Diamonds” exhibit.

Orange diamonds are one of the rarest Natural Fancy Color Diamonds, particularly one like The Pumpkin Diamond that is pure orange without any modifying colors.  They are quickly snapped up by collectors, jewelers and investors as soon as they become available in the trade.

Today this diamond would easily be worth ten times the price paid by Winston in 1997 (and possibly more).  We just don’t see very many orange diamonds in the market, let alone at auction.

Now if someone would just dress up like The Pumpkin Diamond for Halloween!  That would be beyond rare!  #beyondrare!

Sotheby’s Catharine Becket Visits GIA Alumni Ontario Chapter

Last night I attended the GIA Alumni Association Ontario Chapter’s meeting for a special presentation by Sothebys New York Senior Specialist, Vice President Catharine Becket G.G. (GIA) for a rare look into The World of Fine Jewels at Auction.

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After a lovely Thai meal with my colleague at Marche Restaurant we nestled into the private Swiss Hut room at Marche to be greeted by the lovely Leila Haikonen, General Manager of the Diamond Bourse of Canada and Glen Brown, President of the GIA Alumni Association Ontario Chapter.  The GIA crowd are always friendly and thirsty for knowledge about loose diamonds, gemstones, pearls and basically all things jewellery.  

It was nice to see some familiar faces and to meet some new alumni members.  Before the seminar got underway I found myself seated between two natural fancy color diamond dealers and one collector.  We had a delightful conversation about investing in natural fancy color diamonds and what a tremendous store of wealth they continue to be.  This theme was reiterated when Catharine noted in her presentation that the caliber of jewelry offered at Sotheby’s auctions are a great way to “park your money”, particularly for those living in countries with unstable economies as these pieces are highly portable.

In-between viewing some extraordinary slides of jewelry sold at Sotheby’s and listening to fascinating stories behind the jewels and how they get exhibited around the world with Catharine jet setting around the globe with fine jewels in her possession (being tightly guarded) – we got the inside peak into the world of fine jewelry at auction.

Asia (including India) continues to show an extremely strong presence in the auction arena for fine jewels with nearly 40% of sales coming from this region.   We saw a few fancy color diamonds broke auction records, such as The Mellon Blue Diamond which made history and headlines when it sold for a staggering $32,645,000 in 2014.  Catherine explained that the Vivid Blue diamond was so deep and exquisite that it almost didn’t look real in person.

Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Pendant, 9.75 carats, VVS2 clarity, potentially internally flawless. LOT SOLD. 32,645,000

Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Pendant, 9.75 carats, VVS2 clarity, potentially internally flawless. LOT SOLD. 32,645,000

Records continue to be broken year over year for these exceptional pieces at Sotheby’s auctions which include: color diamonds, D Flawless colorless diamonds at the 100 carat mark, rubies, emeralds and natural pearls. Cultured pearls are really the only type of pearls and jewelry that haven’t performed well at auction. Graining and strong fluorescence (particularly yellow in color diamonds) will also fetch lower prices at auction. In the end, Catherine stated that the piece has to be beautiful and though a GIA Grading Report is imperative people shouldn’t get quite so hung up particulars such as table size, or diamond type because it is the rarity and the magnificence in each piece that makes them so valuable.

Catherine imparted upon us that there is a significant shortage of rare and exceptional historical jewelry pieces available as many of the pieces passed down from royalty and aristocratic family heirlooms have been claimed over the years.  The jewelry has been dispersed and locked away by family members, investors and/or dealers.

Platinum, Carved Colored Stone, Diamond and Pearl 'Tutti Frutti' Bracelet, Cartier

Platinum, Carved Colored Stone, Diamond and Pearl ‘Tutti Frutti’ Bracelet, Cartier

In terms of trends, jewelry from Van Cleef & Arpels (particularly from the 60’s and 70’s) always do well.

Pair of 18 Karat Gold, Turquoise and Diamond Pendant-Earrings and ring, Van Cleef & Arpels.  Estimate 8,000-12,000 USD.  LOT SOLD: $52,500 USD

Pair of 18 Karat Gold, Turquoise and Diamond Pendant-Earrings and ring, Van Cleef & Arpels. Estimate 8,000-12,000 USD. LOT SOLD: $52,500 USD

A rise in jewelry from the eighties is making its way to auction with Bulgari and David Webb designs leading the pack at auction.

18 KARAT GOLD AND CARVED JADE 'RU-YI' NECKLACE, DAVID WEBB Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD LOT SOLD 209,000 USD

18 Karat Gold and Carved Jade Necklace by David Webb. 
Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 USD
LOT SOLD 209,000 USD

GOLD AND ANCIENT GREEK SILVER COIN CHOKER, 'GEMME NUMMARIE', BULGARI Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 CHF LOT SOLD 81,250 CHF

Gold and Ancient Greek Silver Coin Choker by Bulgari.
LOT SOLD 81,250 CHF

It is always a wonderful evening being surrounded by such knowledge, passion and so many GIA gemologists in one room.  It is a privilege to be a GIA Alumni and I’m already looking forward to the next event!

Nicole Snitman GIA DG, AJP with Leila Haikonen, General Manager of the Diamond Bourse of Canada

Nicole Snitman GIA DG, AJP with Leila Haikonen, General Manager of the Diamond Bourse of Canada

Nicole Snitman GIA DG, AJP with Catharine Backet G.G. - Sotheby’s New York Senior Specialist, Vice President

Nicole Snitman GIA DG, AJP with Catharine Backet G.G. – Sotheby’s New York Senior Specialist, Vice President

Iggy Azalea & Nick Young Get Engaged with A Yellow Diamond

Nick Young proposed to the beautiful rapper on June 1st with a gorgeous 8.15 Carat Intense Yellow Cusion Cut ring surrounded in a halo of white diamonds with a total carat weight of 10.43 carats set in 18 karat white gold. The basket ball star has amazing taste and Azalea looks over the moon.

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The diamond is valued at $500,000 USD.

“Nick was very involved in designing the ring,” Jason Arasheben, CEO of Jason of Beverly Hills told HollywoodLife.com. “We wanted it to be both a ring of Iggy’s dreams and a ring that fit her personal style. It is always an honor when a client trusts me to help design a ring that symbolizes one of the most important decisions of their life.”

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Nicki Minaj’s Fancy Yellow Engagement Ring

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Nicki Minaj is yet another celebrity to get engaged with a yellow diamond ring.  In this case it is a stunning 8-10 carat Heart Shape Fancy Yellow Diamond set in a double halo of micro pave white diamonds.

It is rumoured to cost fiance Meek Mill approximately $500K

A SPECIAL DIAMOND EXHIBIT AT NHM Los Angeles: The reunion of exceptional diamonds

If ever I wish I could hop on a plane and visit an incredible collection of natural fancy color diamonds, it would be at the Gem Vault of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Although today is the last day of the exhibit it just sounds so incredible with the combination of The Blue Moon Diamond and the Butterfly of Peace diamond collection.

The Aurora collection is an equisite array of 240 fancy-colored diamond meticulasely arranged into the shape of a butterful that took owner Alan Bronstein ten years to collect and arrange.

The renown Aurora Butterfly of Peace: 240 natural fancy-colored diamonds. All known colors of diamonds are represented in this unique and exceptional collection totaling 167 carats of beauty. The collection is not only a delight for the public but also for the scientists to study. The variety of colors makes it the best tool to analyze the color in diamonds. On loan from Aurora Gems. Photo by Robert Weldon. Copyright: GIA.

The renown Aurora Butterfly of Peace: 240 natural fancy-colored diamonds. All known colors of diamonds are represented in this unique and exceptional collection totaling 167 carats of beauty. The collection is not only a delight for the public but also for the scientists to study. The variety of colors makes it the best tool to analyze the color in diamonds. On loan from Aurora Gems. Photo by Robert Weldon. Copyright: GIA.

The 12 Carat Fancy Vivid Cushion Cut Internally Flawless diamond makes made its first and only public appearance in this special exhibit so if you were lucky enough to see it up close, please leave a comment explaining your experience as I would love to hear about it.

The 12-carat Fancy Vivid Blue Moon Diamond. Recently discovered in South Africa, this diamond shows the most exquisite of the blue colors. Such as the Butterfly of Peace diamond collection, the Hope diamond, or the Wittelsbach-Graff, it was studied at the Smithsonian Institution before coming on exhibit to our museum. On loan from Cora International. Photo by Tino Hammid. Copyright: Cora International.

The 12-carat Fancy Vivid Blue Moon Diamond. Recently discovered in South Africa, this diamond shows the most exquisite of the blue colors. Such as the Butterfly of Peace diamond collection, the Hope diamond, or the Wittelsbach-Graff, it was studied at the Smithsonian Institution before coming on exhibit to our museum. On loan from Cora International. Photo by Tino Hammid. Copyright: Cora International.

To read more about this exceptional exhibit at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, click here.

A Champagne Diamond Raises Money for Rio Tinto’s Women in Mining internship

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I just came across this press release on http://www.mining.com where it states that a champagne diamond from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine has been used to raise funds to sponsor a female mining intern from London’s Imperial College.

The Rio Tinto internship was announced at a Women in Mining event on the side-lines of Europe’s leading mining investment and capital raising conference, the Mines and Money conference in London.

Rio Tinto’s Diamonds and Minerals vice president of Human Resources, Gina Jardine said “we are delighted to support Women in Mining and look forward to providing the successful intern with a rich experience and exposure to Rio Tinto’s global business.”

Ms Jardine also spoke about the links between Argyle diamonds and women’s empowerment including the location of the Argyle Diamond Mine on a sacred women’s site and their participation in the economic benefits of diamond mining, along with having a voice in the mining decisions that affect their interests.

As a woman in the diamond industry, I just think this is so great and I hope to bring more information like this about the color diamond industry in particular.