Saturday, October 3, 2015

$7 Million Royal Pearls, $28 Million Pink Diamond & Emmy Jewels

Watching the actresses parade down the red carpet on Emmy night is always an event to look forward to. One actress who never fails to disappoint the masses on the red carpet is Sofia Vergara. Not nominated for an award her show "Modern Family" but there to support her cast and crew. Stunning in not only her looks and fun personality her glittering jewels. Looking superb in a new designer she hasnt worn to an award show she radiated glamour in  metallic fishtail dress by St John. Her jewels accented her rose gold colored beaded dress perfectly and were by Lorraine Schwartz and featured natural diamond bangles and diamond modern swirl dangle earrings. Her best accessory of course is her future husband Joe Manganiello.

The best looking couple of on the red carpet!

Julie Bowen looking glam in her Monica
Another standout on the red carpet was Suzanne Cryer from "Silicon Valley". Wearing one of the most incredible necklaces from the evening. Created by Davani her necklace featured a 60.20ct emerald sugarloaf cabochon along with multi rows of 12cts of diamonds. What a stunner!

One can only imagine the sheer brilliance and size in person!

A stone that is coming to Auction ( and creating quite the buzz) at Christies in Geneva on November 10th is sure to set world records. A 16.08ct Fancy Pink IF type lla cushion shape pre auction estimate is from  This type of diamond is rare not only for its spectacular hue but also stones in type such as the Hope Diamond and the Graff Pink The fancy vivid pink means the hue is of the purest and strongest of saturation.

Stated by Chrsities, " In almost 250 years of auction history, only three pure vivid pink diamonds of over ten carats have appeared for sale ".

  Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s International Head of Jewellery had said, "As large and rare colored diamonds of this caliber become increasingly hard to locate, this 16.08 carat Fancy Vivid pink diamond comes to market at a time when great gems are mirroring prices achieved for masterpieces in the world of fine art. Collectors are looking to jewels as savvy investments that are both beautiful and can appreciate considerably in value over a relatively short period of time".

 Christies states that the previous owner had purchased the stone as an investment. A smaller pink diamond, 8.79cts had sold for $15.9Million in May in Geneva. So its quite possible that this particular diamond can break world records buy selling for even more than the pre auction estimate of $28 Million. Its anyone's guess as to how feverishly collectors will be bidding on this exquisite diamond.

The 16.08cts Fancy Vivid IF Pink up for Auction on Nov 10th

The Maharani of Baroda, the first owner of the "Princie Diamond" a slightly lower-grade fancy intense cushion-shaped pink diamond of 34.65 carats known as The Princie brought $39.3 million at Christie's in 2013.
A red spinel is a popular stone that often gets mistaken for a red ruby. But a new world record has been set for the sale of a red spinel that was owned by Henry Phillip Hope. He was also the owner of the Hope diamond. A Collector of gems in the 1800's he had a Henry Philip Hope (1769-1831) may not sound familiar to most people, but he came from a prominent banking family and started collected gems in 1800, until his death in 1839. He is the Hope that was the infamous Hope Diamond now housed at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History’s Gem Hall in Washington, D.C. It was donated to the Smithsonian in 1958 by Harry Winston. His collection featured more than 700 gems ( that were cataloged and written about prior to his death in 1839)
The exceptional stone is set in a 19th-century silver and gold brooch and flanked by diamonds. It last sold at auction in 1917
The reason for that is the stone’s coloring, mining locations. While the spinel comes in many shades, including blue, purple, and black, the most valued and desirable shade, is red. The gemstone is one of only three stones in nature that produce true red coloring, along with the ruby and the diamond.
Henry Phillip Hope, gem collector from the late 1700's

Evelyn Walsh Mclean last owner of the Hope diamond as seen here
 The Hope diamond was rumored to have been removed from the eye of an idol and that was the reason for the ill fated curse that the owners of this gem experienced. Since it has been acquired by the Smithsonian, the curse has faded as nothing but good fortune as the stones presence has caused the attendance numbers to rise. The stone traveled from Turkey to King Louis XIV then to the US. It was thought to have been cut from its original size of 112-115cts.
The infamous Hope Diamond 45.52cts
Another notable item coming to Sothebys auction on October 10th in Hong Kong is a highly prized and notable strand of gray saltwater pearls, called "The Cowdray Pearls".The pearls of royal provenance having been once owned by Viscountess Anna Pamela Cowdray . Pre auction estimate is from $4.5Million - $7Million. Originally the strand had 42 pearls but she had the necklace shortened to 38. They have since been restrung to the original size of 42 pearls. They were sold at previous auction in 2012 for $3.3Million.Barbara Hutton's pearl necklace that was once owned by Queen  Marie Antoinette nd consisted of 44 pearls ranging in size from 8.7mm - 16.3mm. The necklace was inherited by Queen Marie and was in her possession until she was incarcerated. She had given her jewels to lady Elizabeth for safe keeping until she was able to escape. That day, sadly never came.
The Cowdray Pearls ranging in size from 6.8mm - 11.4mm
Viscountess Anne Pamela (bridgeman) Cowdray on her wedding day July19th 1939

Barbara Hutton's pearls once owned by Queen Marie Antoinette

Barbara Hutton wearing the Royal perals on her wedding day in 1939 to Prince Midvani

The pearls were a gift from Barbaras father on the event of her wedding to Prince Alexis Midvani in 1933. The pearls had been auction at Christies in 1999 for the large sum of $1.4 Million . The high bids on pearls recently is due to the rarity and the provenance of the large size ( known as a grain when measuring a pearls weight) and the color.Larger sized pearls with a royal provenance coming to auction will always command high prices~

                                                   Keep sparkling, until next time~

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