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Apollo and Artemis diamond earrings fetch record-breaking $57.4 million at Sotheby’s auction

We previously wrote that this pair of earrings were likely to be the most valuable earrings to appear in auction—and we were right. Two spectacular diamonds— the Apollo Blue and Artemis Pink—mounted as earrings fetched a record $57.4-million (51.8 million euros) at auction on May 16 in Geneva, with an unnamed Asia-based buyer netting both, Sotheby’s said.

After protracted bidding, the flawless and vivid Type IIb diamond “The Apollo Blue” fetched $42.087-million. The equally intensely luminescent “The Artemis Pink” went for $15.33-million, buyers premium included. The earrings were sold as separate lots.

The earrings, named after the twin Greek gods, had respectively been valued at between $38-million and $50-million and $12.5-million and $18-million.The 14.54-carat “Apollo Blue” is the largest gemstone in its category ever to be auctioned and has been cut and polished to a pear shape.

The 16-carat “Artemis Pink” is near identical in shape. It is also one of the world’s most “chemically pure” diamonds, according to the Gemological Institute of America, which experts say gives the stone such a high degree of transparency.

Jewellery auctions in Geneva: Christie’s sells heart-shaped diamond $15 million

The largest flawless heart-shaped diamond has sold for nearly $15 million in Geneva on May 17, breaking a world record in its category, auction house Christie’s said.The 92-carat diamond forms the centrepiece of a necklace of cultured pearls.

The sale price of around $14.99 million (around 13.45 million euros) is a world record for heart shaped diamonds, Christie’s spokeswoman Alexandra Kindermann told AFP.

The piece was designed by Boehmer et Bassenge who have taken over the name of one of the greatest French jewellers of the 18th century. It is now run by an Antwerp-based diamond merchant.

The previous record for a heart-shaped diamond was set in 2011 when a 56.15-carat rock sold for $10.9 million.

Chaumet’s Joséphine Aigrette Impériale tiara stars in the bridal collection 2017

Since the 18th century, Chaumet has been a beacon of elegance in the world of fine jewellery. Inspired by the well-documented love story of Napoleon and Joséphine, the brand’s founder Nitot took it upon himself to honour the timelessness of their passion in his designs. As a veteran in the jewelry industry, the brand has tirelessly celebrated its clients’ most cherished moments through the years. With stunning sets of wedding bands, rings and a tiara, Chaumet once again recites the story of love in their new bridal collection.

Consisting of pieces from several previous collections such as Bee My Love, Les Éternelles de Chaumet and the classic Joséphine, Chaumet sticks to classic diamonds — the symbol of everlastingness. Choosing only the purest white gems will do for their collection and Chaumet diamonds sparkle with the vitality that comes with the notion of marriage.

Stackable wedding bands have been added to each of the collections involved, highlighting the continuity of marriage. The classic Joséphine is presented in a new V-shape of the aigrette, a symbol of everlasting love. As an homage to Marie Antoinette’s love for ribbons and bowknots, the interlacing Liens rings express the unbreakable ties between two souls. Bracelets, necklaces and pendants line the aisle of the collection, awaiting the beautiful union between two people.

Joséphine ‘Aigrette Impériale’ tiara

Yet, the tiara is undoubtedly the star of the show. Chaumet is no stranger to crafting an intricate headpiece, having made over 2,000 of them for aristocrats and monarchies alike since 1780. A symbol of status and power, Empress Joséphine brought this adornment, inspired by the period of Antiquity, back in style on the occasion of her coronation. The 2017 edition features the Joséphine ‘Aigrette Impériale’ tiara in platinum and white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds. A striking pear-shaped sapphire rests in the center along with a princess cut diamond, making it a headpiece fit for a modern day queen. The tiara comes in six different variations, each cradling a different coloured gem.

With an unfailing dedication to creativity, Chaumet proves again that its love for jewellery is indeed everlasting. For more information about this bridal collection, do visit Chaumet.

Karl Lagerfeld for Swarovski: The Kaiser collaborates with crystal brand for a fashion-forward collection in 2017

Earlier this year, legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld revealed plans to collaborate with jeweller Swarovski. This collaboration between the fashion and jewellery world is finally at our doorsteps, with Karl Lagerfeld recently sharing the first images of his work. The designer will collaborate with Swarovski to create two collections of jewellery per year, including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings.

The collection is divided into three groups: Ikonic, with a rock-chic aesthetic influenced by musical styles; Klassic Karl, inspired by Lagerfeld’s famous cat Choupette will see signature designs; and Essentials, made up of classic key pieces such as crystallised chains and necklaces that are iconic to both brands.

This collaborative collection will feature Items such as personalised charms, ear jackets, pearls, chains and studs encrusted with Swarovski crystals, finished with gold plating, rose gold plating and rhodium plating.

The collection will be launched later in the year in September at Karl Lagerfeld stores and website, Swarovski Crystal World locations and selected retailers. The collection will be launched across the world in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US, with retail prices ranging from €50 to €250.

Luxury jewellery collection: Atelier Swarovski to unveil sparkling jewelry collection at the Oscars 2017

 

Marking the 10th year that the brand has since been decorating the stage for the Academy Awards, Atelier Swarovski brings a sparkling surprise. Handcrafted in Paris, a fine jewelry collection featuring diamonds and crystals reflecting the group’s “craftsmanship, innovation and commitment to responsible practices,” will be unveiled this week at the 89th Academy Awards. Part of the “Red Carpet Green Dress” initiative, the pieces will then go on show at further red carpet events around the world, before a commercial version launches in 2018.

The Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry Collection will feature cocktail rings, earrings, a necklace and other accessories; with contemporary art deco style details a running theme throughout the series.

The launch isn’t the only project the brand is focusing on for the awards ceremony — 2017 marks a decade long commitment Swarovski has had illuminating the Oscars stage. The company has provided over a million Swarovski crystals for the stage since 2007, and will outdo itself for this anniversary year, offering over 300,000 crystals for the event.

Swarovski is famous for its fashion collaborations, but the brand has a strong history with the cinematic industry too, having provided jewelry for some of film’s most iconic characters, from Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” to Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

The 89th Academy Awards will take place on February 26 in Hollywood.

Bulgari’s New Digital Ambassador: Jasmine Sanders

Jasmine Sanders for Bulgari by Michael Avedon

Bulgari appoints the Instagram star of diverse heritage as their new face for the digital scene (Photographs courtesy of Bulgari)

Bulgari understands what this age is about: diversity and interconnectedness. Just look at their new Digital Ambassador: Instagram star and eminent model Jasmine Sanders (@golden_barbie) of diverse heritage, with 2.1 million followers on the social media platform.

Jasmine Sanders for Bulgari by Michael Avedon

Jasmine’s affinity with Bulgari lies in her favour towards Italian design. “Bulgari is more than a brand. It represents pure Italian luxury that’s larger than life”, Jasmine says. As a fresh face for Bulgari; her connectedness on social media speaks of Bulgari’s desire to be more than just a luxury brand, but to also participate in and respond to the interconnectedness of modern life.

Jasmine Sanders for Bulgari by Michael Avedon

Michael Avedon’s shoot of Jasmine in the Big Apple as she dons the new line of Bulgari jewellery is not the typical high fashion shoot; it marries elegance with approachability. Jasmine’s charm shines through and her look complements the vibrancy of New York City while lending the city a personal charm.

Tanaka Goes for Gold on Japan’s Children’s Day

Jewelry store Tanaka, located in Ginza, is celebrating Children’s Day in style this year with a sale of samurai helmets ornamented in gold and silver, worth tens of thousands of dollars each. The festival occurs May 5, and the sale went on ahead of time last week.

Children’s Day was originally a celebration exclusively for boys and fathers, and was called Boy’s Day in the past. This was in contrast to another festival called Girls’ Day, that occurs March 3. During this period of celebration (for Children’s Day), displaying items signifying vitality and strength is common, including carp-shaped flags and traditional samurai helmets. For Girls’ Day, also called Doll’s Day, ornately crafted dolls are displayed instead.

The Tanaka Kikinzoku Group, in charge of the Tanaka store, have celebrated the festival with such glitz before. In 2013 they designed gold samurai helmets with Disney Mickey Mouse logos. This year’s collection has designs modeled off helmets actually worn by famous warriors in the past (one example being the legendary shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu). They often had original helmet designs for self-identification, with traits like deer antlers or crescent moons.

According to the store, each helmet is made with up to 430 grams (15 ounces) of gold, worth as much as six million yen ($53,700), and are suited as an investment asset besides being beautifully crafted objects.

This story was written in-house, referencing wire stories. The image is courtesy of the AFP.

Blue Moon Diamond

$55 million Blue Moon diamond headed to auction

Blue Moon Diamond

A blue diamond weighing 12.03 carats could sell for a record $55 million when it goes up for auction in November, Sotheby’s said Thursday.

The Blue Moon diamond, discovered in South Africa in January last year, will be exhibited in Hong Kong, London and New York before its likely purchase at auction in Geneva on November 11.

“The Blue Moon diamond is a simply sensational stone of perfect colour and purity,” David Bennett, who heads Sotheby’s international jewellery division, said in a statement.

He added that the immense hype which followed the stone’s discovery “has now been proven to have been totally justified.”

The Gemological Institute of America previously declared the Blue Moon to be “internally flawless”.

Categorised as a fancy vivid blue diamond, the Blue Moon is the largest cushion-shaped stone in that category to ever appear at auction.

Sotheby’s put its estimated sale price between $35-$55 million which, at the higher end, would mark a record for any diamond sale.

In November 2010, a 24.78 carats pink diamond — known as the Graff Pink — sold in Geneva for just over $46 million.

The record sale for a blue diamond so far came in November last year, when a 9.75 carats fetched $32.6 million at an auction in New York.

Blue Moon blue Diamond

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Malaika Raiss Launches Star Wars Jewelry Collection

malaikaraiss star wars

The Berlin-based womenswear designer has been given permission to produce a “Star Wars” themed collection for her label, Malaikaraiss.

Lucasfilm ltd, owned by Disney, has agreed to give Raiss a license to produce a special line of jewelry that will launch with the release of the movie “Star Wars: the Force Awakens.” Part fashion jewelry, part fine jewelry, the collection will feature characters and familiar images from the film. Prices will range from under 100 dollars to nearly 700, with pieces made from 18-karat gold, rose gold and occasional diamonds.

So far, two pieces have been revealed on the brand’s Facebook page: Imperial Shuttle earrings and a Darth Vader pendant. The launch is planned for October, with the collection in stores for Christmas.

Secrets and Lights

Secrets & Lights – A Mythical Journey by Piaget

Secrets and Lights

The Swiss jewelry brand has presented a new collection of jewels and watches called Secrets & Lights – A Mythical Journey by .

The house’s artisans found inspiration for the ornamental pieces from sites along the Silk Road, deeply influenced by the rich colors and history of Venice and Samarkand.

Both of these emblematic cities were chosen by Piaget for their “cultural wealth” as well as their “fascinating way of life”.

The Silk Road allowed Piaget’s craftsmen and artists to draw from “a remarkable territory of expression”. The collection is comprised of 93 elaborate jewelry pieces and 38 watchmaking creations.

An ode to Venice and Samarkand

The bright and dazzling collection of “The Secrets of Venice” was brought to life by feather masters, enamellers and engravers.

Patterns and shades inspired by the Orient define “The Lights of Samarkand” collection that accentuates the rarest of gems.

“The Secrets of Venice” line pays tribute to the Clock Tower, the Bridge of Sighs and the lion in an assortment of cuffs, rings, earrings and necklaces. White gold, feathers, emeralds, enamel, red spinel gemstones, diamonds, pink gold and rubies adorn the pieces of the series.

Cascading or asymmetrical neck pieces take center stage in “The Lights of Samarkand” collection. Rings, bracelets and drop earrings are decorated with turquoise pearls, Colombian emeralds, sapphires from Sri Lanka, Mozambique rubies and diamonds.

Discover all 131 striking pieces of the new collection in Piaget boutiques. Prices upon request.

Dior launches Rose des Vents fine jewellery [VIDEO]

Dior has created four short videos to mark the launch of its new Rose des Vents jewelry line.

The whimsical animations are based on the drawings of the contemporary French jewelry designer Victoire De Castellane in which she imagines encounters with the house’s founder, Christian Dior.

The eight-point Rose des Vents medallion is showcased in each film and each cardinal point represents one of the stones used in the collection.

In one movie, de Castellane spins the Rose des Vents to find herself in the next frame with Dior in the midst of prepping for a party at the Dior headquarters on Paris’s Avenue Montaigne. The music turns on and lapis lazuli medallions flit around the room like a disco ball.

The Rose des Vents line will go on sale on May 11 in France, May 18 in Europe and June 3 in the rest of the world.

The line features four bracelets, four necklaces and one long necklace, priced from 1,350 euros to 8,000 euros.

Buccellati Madison Avenue

Buccellati unveils jewels inspired by Monet and Bonnard

Buccellati Madison Avenue

Jewelry house Buccellati is unveiling a series of unique pieces inspired by the artistic masterpieces of Claude Monet, Pierre Bonnard, Winslow Homer, Mikhail Larionov and Odilon Redon.

Buccellat Madison Avenue flagship store

“The Art collection” reimagines five of the best-known paintings in the world in jewelry form. The collection will be exhibited at the brand’s new flagship space in New York, which opened its doors on March 12.

Buccellati ring inspired by Mikhail Larionov

The Milanese house, which was founded in 1919, combines the aesthetics of Italian Renaissance design and modern design approaches at the core of its work. Wanting to create a collection relating to the most famous masters of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements, the company’s first female designer, Lucrezia Buccellati, designed the new pieces alongside her tenured father Andrea over a period of eight months.

Buccellati bracelet

The family business’s new five-storey flagship townhouse boutique on Madison Avenue will contain a high jewelry lounge and a private Family Vault of vintage offerings.

Buccellati Earrings inspired by Claude Monet

Chanel Coco Crush collection

Coco Crush by Chanel

The French luxury brand has introduced Coco Crush, a jewelry collection inspired by the diamond quilted pattern seen in its handbags, among other accessories. The new line will be available from the end of April.

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One of Chanel’s signature motifs, diamond quilting is an integral part of the brand’s heritage. Seen most famously on the brand’s popular handbags and clutches, the pattern has also appeared on Chanel shoes and other accessories, as well as in haute couture and ready-to-wear items such as jackets. There is even a Chanel watch collection reprising the style.

Chanel Coco Crush collection

Now Chanel is celebrating the motif once again with its Coco Crush jewelry collection. The generously sized items in this line offer an entirely new take on the diamond quilted pattern, which is delicately engraved in gold for an elegant and understated effect.

The collection includes rings and a cuff bracelet available in white or yellow 18K gold. The rings are available in small, medium or large versions.

Chanel Coco Crush bracelet

The Coco Crush jewelry line by Chanel will go on sale at the end of April.

Bvlgari-Bvlgari Cuore collection

Bulgari celebrates love with latest jewelry collection

Bvlgari-Bvlgari Cuore collection

The Italian jewelry maker has presented the Bvlgari-Bvlgari Cuore collection, which is dedicated to the theme of love.

Naturally the heart — “cuore” in Italian — is the key motif in this new jewelry line. Not just an enduring symbol of love, the heart is also one of the emblems of the city of Rome, where Bulgari is based.

The collection includes four items — two heart pendant necklaces, a three-strand necklace and a ring — all made of rose gold.

Worn on a rose gold chain, the first pendant has pavé diamonds and stands out for its unique moving parts, which enable the user to wear it four different ways. The rose gold pendant may be turned to show or hide the pavé diamonds or the “Bvlgari-Bvlgari” engraving.

The second pendant is in rose gold with white mother-of-pearl. A three-strand necklace in rose gold and white mother-of-pearl rounds out the collection, along with a rose gold ring with pavé diamonds on one side.

The items in the Bvlgari-Bvlgari Cuore collection range in price from €1,900 (around $2,150) to €6,500 (around $7,360).

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Chanel Cosmique collection rings

Chanel takes its jewelry into the cosmos

Chanel Cosmique collection rings

The luxury brand has presented Cosmique, its latest fine jewelry collection, which combines white gold and diamonds with high-tech ceramic.

A few months ago, Chanel introduced a collection inspired by comets, including pieces with evocative names like “Nuit de Diamants” (Night of Diamonds), “Voie Lactée” (Milky Way) and “Étoile Filante” (Shooting Star).

Now, with its Cosmique line, the French brand returns yet again to one of Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite themes — the night sky — with a new take on a motif she created in 1932.

The pieces in this latest collection have a distinctly modern and minimalist style, with high-tech ceramic as the primary material.

The collection consists mainly of rings and pendant necklaces, in which diamond-studded comets and stars, outlined in 18K white gold, are set in white or black high-tech ceramic.

Ye Mingzi Flower of Life Jewelry Collection

An Atelier Swarovski hair jewelry line with Ye Mingzi

Ye Mingzi Flower of Life Jewelry Collection

Twice a year since 2007, Atelier Swarovski collaborates with emerging and established designers on a one-off jewelry collection, to celebrate the fashion week season.

This time,  launches its first collection of hair accessories, in collaboration with Chinese designer Ye Mingzi.

It comprises three exclusive headpieces, two hair pins (with a gold-plated and a crystal version), and a tiara decorated with pearls and crystals.

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Ye Mingzi

Like the rest of the Ye Mingzi collection, which comprises necklaces, rings and bracelets, these hair accessories feature an antique geometric motif.

These head pieces are available on atelierswarovski.com, and in some Swarovski boutiques and distributors.

The hair pins cost €80 and €96 (crystal or gold versions) and tiaras €280.

Marine Vacth for Chaumet

Marine Vacth poses for Chaumet

Marine Vacth for Chaumet

French model turned actress Marine Vacth stars in the latest campaign for luxury jewelry brand CHAUMET.

Vacth garnered attention at the Cannes film festival last year for her role as a teenage prostitute in François Ozon’s “Jeune et jolie.”

The 22-year-old French actress and model first broke through to mainstream success in François Ozon’s “Jeune et Jolie.”

Now she’s been shot by fashion legend Mario Sorrenti for a new campaign by luxury jeweler and watchmaker Chaumet. The emerging star follows fellow thespian Sophie Marceau as the latest face of the brand.

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Vacth appears twice in the same image, playing a double role where she appears to embrace herself in a romantic cinch. It’s designed to play on the idea of the Parisian woman’s dual-sided identity, both “elegant and rebellious.”

The new pairing also reinforces the company’s link with the world of cinema, including its support of the annual French César movie awards.

Dutch fashion designer Rolf Snoeren (R) and Viktor Horsing (C) stand next to models presenting their creations during the Viktor&Rolf Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/2014 collection show, on July 3, 2013 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/FRANCOIS GUILLOT

Viktor & Rolf team up with Swarovski

Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf have created two new jewelry collections for Austrian brand Swarovski, entitled ‘Velvet Rock’ and ‘Frozen Crystal’.

Rolf Snoeren and Viktor Horsing

Unveiled during their show last week in Paris, ‘Velvet Rock’ does exactly what it says on the tin – features Swarovski’s famous stones coated with flock.

It’s something of a first, a textural experimentation playing with sparkling crystal and velvet which is also a nod to Viktor & Rolf’s new Paris flagship (which is covered in gray felt).

Viktor & Rolf’s new Paris flagship

The line features earrings, cuffs, chokers and rings which were apparently inspired by the style of American indie singer Joan As Police Woman.

“You will need a sense of humor and irony” to wear it Horsting told WWD.

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