It has been a pretty impressive week for jewellery sales. Sotheby’s hosted a specialist auction in Geneva, aptly named ‘Sale of Magnificent Jewels’. The auction grossed a total of £50 million and one diamond – the Archduke Joseph Diamond – set a new world record for a colourless diamond when it sold for £13.53 million. Read more
A diamond that once belonged to Archduke Joseph August of Austria was sold at an auction earlier this week and has set a new world record.
The Archduke Joseph Diamond is an unmounted cushion-shaped Golconda diamond weighing 76.02 carats roughly the size of a strawberry. Read more
The auction was held in order to raise funds for restoration work at the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield, an Anglican monastery. Read more
Christie’s first jewellery auction of the season takes place later this month and will feature a staggering collection of flawless diamonds and natural pearls.
The auction house’s spring auction grossed £188 million in total jewellery sales and saw “unprecedented global participation”. Read more
Bonhams is gearing up for a 188-lot sale of fine jewellery which is expected to bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars.
One of the stars of the show is a renaissance revival pendant, an exquisite example of the finery of the era, which has a pre-sale estimate of between $15,000 (£9,706) and $20,000. Read more
Peter Carl Fabergé, the well renowned creator of the famous Fabergé jewel-encrusted eggs has been honoured with a Google doodle to mark the 166th anniversary of his birth.
Google has adorned its search bar with a number of golden eggs, each decorated with diamonds, precious metals and gemstones all in tribute to the designer who passed away in 1920, at the age of 74. Read more
Worn by several members of the French, English, Prussian and Dutch royal families, the Beau Sancy diamond weighs in at 34.98 carats and sold for more than double its original estimate.
The diamond is believed to have originated in India, acquired by Nicolas de Harlay, Lord of Sancy, in Constantinople, before being worn by Marie de Medici at her coronation in France during 1610. Read more
A pair of unwanted pearl earrings kept in a desk drawer for 35 years could raise as much as £500,000 when they are sold at auction, according to experts.
The earrings were originally given as a gift from King Carol II of Romania to his mistress who left them to her British friend. The friend felt they were too flashy for her to wear and essentially forgot about them. Read more
The jewellery collection owned by late heiress Hugette Clarke has been sold at auction for a massive $21 million (£13 million).
The auction, which took place in New York recently, included a series of lost and valuable treasures, attracting bidders from around the world including Japan and Bahrain. Read more
Recent research from shopping channel QVC has shown that one in ten women have put jewellery at the top of their Christmas list.
As well as this figure, it was also revealed that 22 per cent of women felt that their partner’s gift choice would say a lot about their knowledge of them and their tastes. Read more