Cullinan Blue Diamond Is Now “Star of Josephine”

The Hong Kong collector who bought Cullinan’s blue diamond has named it the ‘Star of Josephine’, Petra Diamonds said on Tuesday. The flawless cushion shaped diamond, weighing 7.03 carats was purchased by Hong Kong collector Joseph Lau Luen-Hung on 12 May. “Mr Lau bought the diamond for HK$74-million (US$9.48-million) and he has already exercised his [...]


“The Magnetic Quatre” by Boucheron

Boucheron celebrates the launch of the movie “HOME”, for which its parent company PPR is the exclusive worldwide partner. Precious metals and gems are amongst the earth’s most precious gifts and on this occasion, the House has especially created “The Magnetic Quatre”, a unique combination of four golds. The amalgamation of different golds and textures [...]


Rare blue diamond sells for record $9.5 million

A flawless blue diamond weighing 7.03 carats has sold for a record 10.5 million Swiss francs ($9.49 million), the highest price paid per carat for any gemstone at auction, Sotheby’s said. The rectangular-shaped blue stone, mounted on a platinum ring, is the rarest to enter the international market this year. The anonymous phone bidder, who [...]


Marc Newson’s Lockheed Lounge Sells for $1.6M

An aluminum “Lockheed Lounge” chair by Marc Newson, once used in a Madonna video, sold today in London for 1.1 million pounds ($1.6 million), an auction record for a piece of contemporary design art. The Lockheed Lounge reminiscent of some thing the aero space industry may have produced is a well rounded metal structure that [...]


Lincoln stamp trove scores nearly $2M at auction

A Georgia man’s collection of more than 10,000 Abraham Lincoln stamps has sold at auction in New York City for a total of nearly $2 million. The collection was amassed by William Ainsworth, a retired executive from the consulting and accounting firm KPMG. He inherited his father’s stamp collection more than 40 years ago. Until [...]


Iridescent Ammonite Fossil

Christie’s is offering a rare, 100-million-year-old petrified shell of an extinct Canadian marine creature. This fossilized ammonite is expected to fetch $70,000 at an auction next week in France. The fossil has naturally occurring iridescent colors created when the original shell substance turned into a mineral called aragonite.

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