The diamond trading network Rapaport recently listed the top ten fancy coloured diamonds to have gone to auction at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s. We take a look at the lists and show you some images of our favourite gems…
Top Ten Fancy Coloured Diamonds Sold at Christie’s 2009-2014
THE PRINCIE DIAMOND
$39,323,750 — Christie’s New York, April 2013
Fancy intense pink cushion-shaped diamond, 34.65 carats, VS2, Golconda.
- Photo: Christie’s
For the last 4 years, Professional Jeweller magazine has celebrated The Professional Jeweller Hot 100. Described as a “celebration for the entire community of jewellery professionals, from the designers, polishers and setters who create each piece through to the retailers and business owners that sell them” they select their 100 people from the industry and compile the list where they are then celebrated at a big event in London as well as the publication of the Hot 100 book with the imagery and bio’s of those featured.
When singer and X Factor presenter Cheryl Cole was married for the second time on a Caribbean beach this month she did so sporting a stunning six-carat emerald-cut diamond that dwarfed the rock given to her by first husband Ashley Cole.
But which other celebs have upgraded their wedding and engagement rings when remarrying? We took a look at a few celebrities and how their rings compared.
How would you like to win £1000 towards a diamond ring of your choice? Or one of our beautiful ring and bracelet sets? We’re offering five lucky winners the chance to get their hands on some incredible prizes over the next five weeks – read on to find out more!
You may have already seen our beautiful and unique virtual universe, Diamonds in the Sky, which recreates the night sky and allows you to dedicate your very own star – whether to yourself, a friend or a special loved one. As well as being able to dedicate a one-of-a-kind gift to that certain someone, we’re also giving you the chance to win some amazing prices, including real diamonds!
When I interviewed the former chief executive of Boucheron, Jean-Christophe Bedos, seven years ago and asked him about the concept of male jewellery, he was highly sceptical. “I think it’s a marketing gimmick and I’m not in favour of looking at this for an opportunity for growth. I feel strongly about this,” he told me.
But nowadays men’s luxury jewellery has become more popular than ever. Euromonitor recently revealed that British spend on men’s luxury jewels amounted to a glittering £110.5 million in 2012 and £114.8 million in 2013, each year representing 15 per cent of the market compared to women. In China and France, men’s jewellery makes up an even higher proportion of total luxury jewellery sales.
On a daily basis in our London showroom we have people come to purchase an engagement ring, whether it be a gentleman looking for his beloved or a couple looking together to find the perfect ring. When Antonio Peruga contacted us and asked if he could book an appointment to look at engagement rings with his girlfriend we assumed it was like any other appointment… However, imagine our delight when Antonio told us he wasn’t telling his girlfriend where she going and that he intended on proposing in the showroom before their appointment!
And that is exactly what happened… A few weeks ago, Antonio and Kathryn arrived at our Mayfair showroom and as they entered our reception area, Antonio dropped down on one knee to a surprised (yet delighted) Kathryn and 77 Diamonds was there to document the proposal!
Antonio gets down on one knee!
One of the world’s largest diamond mining companies has announced it has found a 122.52 carat blue diamond. Petra diamonds found the stone at the Cullinan mine in South Africa (the origin of the world’s largest mined diamond).
For centuries, fairy tales have inspired children and adults alike to dream. Very few did this like the story of Sleeping Beauty, who herself had time to dream after being tricked and put into a 100 year sleep by the wicked fairy Maleficent.
As movie stars, film industry power-brokers and high profile stylists converge on the French Riviera for the 67th Cannes Film Festival, jewellery brands will have just one thing on their minds – ensuring celebrities are photographed wearing their jewels.
It is safe to say that this week is a big week in the diamond world. As well as the world’s largest fancy vivid blue diamond – “The Blue” – going up for auction at Christie’s in New York on Wednesday 14th May as we mentioned last month, Tuesday 13th May also sees rival auction house Sotheby’s auctioning a diamond of “extreme rarity”.