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Color Diamonds Light Up Christmas For Christie’s

The final major jewelry auction of 2015 is ready to go on December 10 by Christie’s in New York and some stunning color diamonds are set to go under the hammer.

1.  A Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ring


A massive 30.48-carat Fancy Vivid yellow diamond headlines this stunning ring and is flanked by tapered, baguette-cut white diamonds.   Pre-auction estimates for the ring have been set for between $1.4 and $1.8 million (USD).

2.  A Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ring


The diamond only weighs in at 3.74 carats but it is a stunning Fancy Vivid purplish pink set with  tapered baguette-cut white diamond on either side.   The piece is expected to sell for between $1.3 and $1.5 million.

3.  A Diamond and Coloured Diamond Pendant Necklace


The only necklace on our list, the piece features an 18.88-carat modified heart-shaped white diamond, with a circular-cut pink diamond and white diamond surround, as well as a pear and circular-cut diamond surmount to the fine link chain, enhanced by two circular-cut diamonds.   This fantastically intricate piece is expected to sell for between $1.25 and $1.75 million.

4.  A Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ring


The star of this piece is a pear brilliant-cut fancy gray-blue diamond, weighing in at 19.97 carats, trimmed with circular-cut diamonds and set within an undulating tapered baguette-cut diamond surround.   This final ring on our list has a pre-auction estimate of between $1 and $1.5 million.

5.  A Pair of Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ear Pendants


The high-end estimate for this piece is $1 million, not surprising considering the earrings feature a Fancy yellow pear brilliant and a pear modified brilliant-cut yellow diamond, weighing 15.10 and 14.86 carats respectively.




Some Magnificent Yellows at Christie’s Auction

Christie’s Auction House closes out the spring auction season with their Magnificent Jewels auction on Tuesday, June 16.   Yellow Fancy Color Diamonds will be taking centre stage as 4 of the top 5 color diamond lots are yellow.   Let’s take a look!

1.   A Colored Diamond and Diamond Ring


A whopping 28.02-carat Fancy Intense Yellow diamond featuring a cushion-cut shape and flanked by two shield-cut white diamonds.   Pre-auction estimates have it selling for as high as $1.1 million!

2.  A Colored Diamond and Diamond Pendant Necklace


The only necklace on the list, the piece features a pear-shaped diamond, weighing 5.06 carats, suspended from a modified pear-shaped Fancy purplish pink diamond, weighing 1.68 carats.   Industry experts believe it will sell for between $345,000 and $431,000.

3.   A Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ring


Estimated to sell for between $308,000 and 431,000, this modified cut-cornered rectangular-cut fancy intense yellow diamond, weighs in at 13.32 carats and flanked on either side by a trapezoid-shaped white diamond.

4.  A Coloured DIamond and Diamond Ring, by Graff


Designed by famed jeweler Graff Diamonds, this ring is centered by a modified cut-cornered rectangular-cut Fancy Yellow diamond that weighs 14.49 carats.   The piece is expected to sell for between $308,000 and 431,000.   However, considering the designed, it may well go for much higher than the estimate.

5.   A Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ring


The final piece on our list is a 9.07-carat modified cut-cornered square-cut Fancy Intense Yellow diamond and flanked on either side by a triangular-cut white diamond.   The ring is expected to sell for between $172,000 and $222,000.

Multi-Million Dollar Color Diamonds Highlight Auction

A staggering amount of multi-million dollar color diamonds will be headlining Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels Auction on November 25.   Here’s a look at the top 5 dazzlers that are certain to be among the most popular of the items at the auction.

1.  An Exceptional Colour Diamond Ring


Designed by famed Israel-based Moussaieff Jewellers Ltd, this ring is centred by a 3.39-carat oval-shaped Fancy Vivid blue diamond with a marquise and brilliant-cut pink diamond surround.   The piece is estimated to sell for as high as $7.3 million (CAD).

UPDATE:  Didn’t quite the reach the high end of the estimates, selling for $6.5 million (CAD).

2.   A Stunning Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ring


A second diamond ring from Moussaieff Jewellers, this features a 2.09-carat heart-shaped Fancy red diamond within a petal-surround of six pear-shaped white diamonds ranging between 1.01 and 1.07 carats.   Pre-auction estimates have this piece selling for between $4.1 and $5.5 million.

UPDATE:  This ring blew past the pre-auction estimates, selling for $5.7 million.   That sale price makes the stone the most expensive red diamond ever sold both by overall price and price per carat.

3.  A Rare Pair of Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ear Pendants


The first of these pendants feature a square-shaped Fancy Intense green diamond weighing in at 5.64 carats, while the second has a square-shaped Fancy Intense Yellowish Green Diamond weighing in at 5.18 carats.   Each pendant features a brilliant-cut white diamond surround highlighted by a pear-shaped pink diamond and brilliant-cut pink diamond hook.   The estimate for the pair is between $3.5 and $5.8 million.

UPDATE:  Did not sell

4.  An Important Coloured Diamond and Diamond Ring


The focal point of this ring is a massive 20.82-carat square-shaped Fancy Vivid yellow diamond.   The piece also features an oval-shaped white diamond surround weighing in between 1.50 and 1.57 carats.  The pre-auction estimate ranges between $1.8 and $2.7 million.

UPDATE:  Did not sell

5.  A Unique Belle Epoque Coloured Diamond and Diamond Pendant Necklace


From France’s Belle Epoque era of the late 1800s-early 1900s, this pendant necklace is set with a cushion-shaped Fancy Intense yellow diamond weighing in at 52.26 carats.  The chain itself features Old European and Brilliant-Cut white and yellow diamonds.   The estimates for this piece are between $1.8 and $2.6 million.

UPDATE:  A bit of a surprise considering how many industry experts were gushing about this piece prior to the auction, it only sold for $2.5 million.

Opening The Mellon Collection

Sotheby’s highlights the auction world this week with two separate sales from the collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon.  Paul Mellon, a famed philanthropist and horse breeder, passed away in 1999.   His wife Bunny Mellon, well known in the horticultural world as having designed the White House Rose Garden, passed away in March 2014.

The fine art, furniture and silver from the Mellon residence will be part of a Sotheby’s auction that begins on Friday, November 21.   The jewelry owned by Mrs. Mellon will be part of an auction that begins on Thursday, November 20.   We decided to take a look at the Top 5 Color Diamond jewels that will be part of the sale.

1.  A Magnificent and Rare Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond


The prime jewel of the auction, this pear-shaped Fancy Vivid blue diamond weighs in at a staggering 9.75 carats.   The pre-auction sale estimates are ranging anywhere from between $10 and $16 million (CAD).

UPDATE:  This stone, now named The Zoe Diamond, become a true record-breaker, selling for more than double the high-end estimate at $35.8 million.   This amount set records for highest sale price for a blue diamond at auction as well as the most paid per-carat for a diamond of any kind at auction.

2.  An Exquisite Gold and Diamond Riviera by Cartier


111.0 carats of old European-cut white diamonds make up the bulk of this Cartier necklace but the highlight is a Fancy Deep Yellow diamond weighing 4.20 carats.   The piece is expected to sell for between $1.4 and $1.7 million.

UPDATE:  Another piece that sold for more than double the high-end estimate, this necklace went for $3.1 million.

3.   An Important Fancy Blue Diamond Pendant


The second of two impressive blue diamonds, this pendant featuring a 9.15-carat Fancy Blue diamond mounted on platinum has a low end estimate of $1.1 million.

UPDATE:  Another blue diamond that more than doubled the high-end estimate, this sold for $3.3 million.

4.  An 18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Fancy Yellow Diamond & Diamond Bracelet


A stunning bracelet featuring 12 old European-cut yellow diamonds alternating with 12 old European-cut white diamonds.   The stones total approximately 28 carats and is expected to sell for between $137,000 and $192,000.

UPDATE:  The only piece on our list to not at least double the estimate, this bracelet sold for a mere $163,000.

5.  A Platinum, Colored Diamond, Diamond and Diamond Simulant Brooch


A bunny-shaped brooch highlighted by a .50-carat round orangey-brown diamond, a .69-carat Fancy Intense Blue diamond and a .62-carat Light Pink diamond.   The wholly original piece is expected to sell for between $16,000 and $22,000.

UPDATE:  Apparently someone really likes bunnies as this brooch sold for almost 4 times the high-end estimate at $85,8700.

The Color Diamonds of the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair

The Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair begins this week and there are some spectacular color diamonds being shown off by the over 300 exhibitors.

We take a look at 5 of the most impressive ones.


1.  From Glajz-Thg PTE Ltd, this is 5.21-carat diamond ring featuring a Purplish Pink stone as the centrepiece surrounded by smaller white diamonds.


2.   Another ring from Glajz-Thg PTE Ltd, the focus of this piece is a 12.31-carat shield-cut pink diamond with white diamond shoulders.


3.  The third piece from Glajz-Thg PTE Ltd on our list, this ring has a 1.61-carat purplish red diamond at the centre while being surrounded by 4.11 carats of white diamonds and 0.62 carats of pink diamonds.


4.   A stunning necklace from Essex Global Trading & Bijan and Company LLC, the piece includes a massive 80-carat deep brown diamond.


5.  From Windsor Jewellers, this platinum Graff necklace features a 10-carat pinkish orange diamond.

Salvador Dali…the Diamond Jewelry Designer?

Dali Persistence

Even the most casual art fan will probably recognize Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali’s greatest work, The Persistence of Memory.   But did you know he also dabbled into jewelry design?   We decided to take a look at four pieces of his jewelry that has been sold at auction over the last five years.


Heading to auction in November 2014, The “Swirling Sea Necklace” features 67 diamonds, 61 Sapphire beads, 61 emerald beads, 125 Oriental pearls and a large South Sea Pearl.   The diamonds weigh in at a total of  4.74 carats and the entire piece is set with 18 karat gold.


“The Eye of Time” brooch features rows of diamonds surrounding the “eye” with a blue enamel watch face set as the “eyeball”.   It was sold for $1.2 million (CAD) at auction in May 2014 by Sotheby’s as part of their Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale.


A pair of yellow gold ear clips, stylized to look like telephone receivers featuring brilliant-cut diamonds on both ends along with rubies and emeralds.   These pieces were sold at auction in November 2010 for $53,832.


The “Tree of Life” necklace features leaves made of gold along with 20 brilliant-cut diamonds spread throughout the piece.   The necklace was part of the Sotheby’s London Fine Jewels auction in December 2011 and sold for $52,004.

Millions of Dollars in Color Diamonds At Auction in October

As temperatures drop, the autumn auction season is starting to heat up.   Next on the schedule of diamond auctions is the annual Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Auction by Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

The auction features more than 30 color diamond pieces, so we decided to look at the five most impressive ones.

1.  Superb and Highly Important Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink Diamond and Diamond Ring


The cream of the crop at the October auction, this ring features an 8.41-carat Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink diamond.   Early estimates have the piece selling for almost $17 million (CAD).

Post Auction Update – Sold for $19,823,873.   A new auction record for that color of diamond.

2.  Fine Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond and Diamond Ring


Centred by an emerald-cut Fancy Vivid Blue diamond weighing in at 3.32 carats, the ring also features white diamond shoulders weighing a total of 2.0 carats.   The piece is estimated to sell between $3.7 and $4.8 million.

Post Auction Update – Sold for $5,975,342

3.  Impressive Fancy Deep Brown-Orange Diamond with Diamond Necklace


A breathtaking piece of jewelry by Cartier, the focal point is a pear-shaped Fancy Deep Brown-Orange diamond pendant weighing a 100.26 carats.   The necklace itself is set with approximately 98.00 carats of white diamonds ranging from brilliant cut to marquise-shaped.   The piece is expected to sell for between $2.7 and $3.4 million.

Post Auction Update – Did not sell

4.  Fancy Blue Diamond and Pink Diamond Ring


This is an absolutely dazzling ring with a heart-shaped Fancy Blue diamond weighing 7.02 carats at the venter.  Flanking the stone are 3.60 carats of pink and blue diamonds ranging from brilliant-cut to marquise-shaped.   The piece is estimated to sell for between $1.7 and $2.1 million.

Post Auction Update – Sold for $2,835,268

5.  Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond and Diamond Necklace


Estimated to sell for between $1.7 and $2.0 million, this spectacular necklace features a Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond pendant weighing in at 25.16 carats.  Suspending that stone is a cushion-shaped 3.03-carat white diamond while the chain itself is set with 51.24-carats of brilliant-cut white diamonds.

Post Auction Update – Did not sell