Happily Ever After: Will & Laura

Every story is a unique representation of love – the meeting, the maturity of the relationship and the journey towards marriage. Two individuals coming together to build a life as one. Despite the hurdles and hiccups along the way, this is their happily ever after. Meet some newly engaged couples, basking in a state of romantic bliss. These loved up pairs have been kind enough to share their proposal stories with 77 World.

Today, we meet a couple from Bournemouth, Will Kay, a sales department manager, and Laura Woolfenden, a sales consultant, who were engaged last year under a Jamaican sunset.

The idyllic spot where Will proposed

The idyllic spot where Will spontaneously proposed during the couple’s holiday in Jamaica

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Diamond in the Rough: From Boot Sale to Big Bucks

Back in the 1980s,  a ring was purchased at a car boot sale in west London for £10 under the assumption it was a piece of costume jewellery.  Several months ago, when informed by a jeweller of the ring’s potential value, the owner of the ring had it appraised by Sotheby’s. What was revealed was that the ring is actually a genuine 26.27ct cushion-shaped diamond from the 19th century. The diamond, which was tested by GIA has been confirmed to have a near colourless grade of I with VVS2 clarity. The diamond will be up for auction at Sotheby’s on 7 June and is expected to fetch up to £350,000.

The 26.7ct cushion diamond that was found in a boot sale is expected to fetch up to £350k at an upcoming auction by Sotheby's

The 26.27ct cushion diamond that was found in a boot sale in the ’80s is expected to fetch up to £350k at an upcoming auction by Sotheby’s

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Every Bit Magnificent

In a charged-up environment, dynamic bidding on the phone, online and in the room at the Mandarin Oriental in Geneva saw a total sale of US $151,546,458 (£116,413,012) on 16 May as auctioneer Sotheby’s played host. In what clearly spells positive innings for the diamond industry, the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale met expectations squarely after a slight lull seen last spring.

The event, that showcased a collection of the finest diamonds and gemstones, as well as signed jewels from the most sought-after jewellery houses, saw over 90 per cent lots sold, two-thirds over the high estimate, and created three new auction records for over US $10m (approx £7.7 milllion).

A Fancy Intense Purplish Pink diamond that sold for a record $13,245,750 (£10,250,542). The 7.04-carat diamond with VS2 clarity and mounted by Piaget also created a new auction record, selling at $1,881,499 per carat. Image: Instagram @jessica_wyndham

A Fancy Intense Purplish Pink diamond that sold for a record $13,245,750 (£10,250,542). The 7.04-carat diamond with VS2 clarity and mounted by Piaget also created a new auction record, selling at $1,881,499 per carat. Image: Instagram @jessica_wyndham

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World’s Most Precious Pink and Blue Diamonds

To mark the auction of the Dream of Autumn Leaves (formerly Artemis) and the Memory of Autumn Leaves (formerly Apollo) fancy colour diamonds at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels on 16 May 2017,  we’ve decided to take a look back at the rarest and most expensive pink and blue diamonds sold at auction to date.

10 Most Expensive Blue Diamonds Sold at Auction

  Carat Intensity Clarity Shape Price Sold Known As
1 14.62 Fancy Vivid VVS1 EM $58,002,681 (2016) Oppenheimer Blue
2 12.03 Fancy Vivid IF CUS $48,468,158 (2015) Blue Moon of Josephine
3 14.54 Fancy Vivid IF PS $42,087,302 (2017) The Memory of Autumn Leaves
4 9.75 Fancy Vivid VVS2 PS $32,645,000 (2014) Zoe Diamond
5 24.18 Fancy Intense VS2 RAD $25,365,000 (2016) Cullinan Dream
6 35.56 Fancy Deep VS2 CUS $24,311,191 (2008) Wittelsbach
7 13.22 Fancy Vivid FL PS $24,202,829 (2014) The Winston Blue
8 7.32 Fancy Vivid IF PS $17,112,629 (2016) Miroir de ‘Amour
9 8.01 Fancy Vivid VVS1 ASC $17,074,168 (2016) The Sky Blue Diamond
10 7.74 Fancy Deep VVS1 OV $13,706,728 (2016)  
Blue Moon of Josephine sold for $48 million in 2015.

Blue Moon of Josephine sold for $48 million in 2015

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Jewels Fit for the Gods

Kicking off its annual spring auction with two rare coloured beauties as the stars, Sotheby’s is expecting a spectacular show at its sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels at Mandarin Oriental, Geneva, on 16 May.

The two remarkable gems – one Fancy Vivid Blue diamond and one Fancy Intense Pink – are dubbed to be the most valuable earrings ever to appear at auction. The presence of these stones at the illustrious auction comes at a time when very rare naturally coloured diamonds are becoming the investment of choice for the super-rich and breaking records at most auctions. No wonder then that David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division, is excited to host the two. “These exquisite coloured diamonds are enormously rare and each is a wonderful stone in its own right. Together, as a pair of earrings, they are breath-taking. We have named them after Apollo and Artemis, a twin brother and sister of great power and beauty who were among the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities,” he said.

The astounding Apollo Blue and Artemis Pink - the remarkable gems slated to be the stars at the May 16 Geneva auction. Image: Instagram @h.pearls.gemstones

The astounding Apollo Blue and Artemis Pink – the remarkable fancy colour diamonds slated to be the stars at the 16 May Geneva auction. Image: Instagram @h.pearls.gemstones

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The Royal Touch

This year, 29 April marks the sixth wedding anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Prince William and Kate Middleton. The iconic date reminds us of the Princess’ stunning sapphire and diamond engagement ring with which Prince William proposed to her in October 2010 while the couple was on a 10-day trip to Kenya. The ring, apart from being precious, also holds emotional significance for the couple since it belonged to the Prince’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Let’s take a look at this and a few other spectacular royal engagement rings that remain timeless:

Kate Middleton’s engagement ring consists of 14 round brilliant diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold. The royal engagement set off a trend of using sapphires in engagement rings.

Kate Middleton, the striking Duchess of Cambridge, is always seen wearing her iconic engagement ring on her left hand. Image: Instagram: @hrhkateduchessofcambridge

Kate Middleton, the striking Duchess of Cambridge, is always seen wearing her iconic engagement ring on her left hand. Image: Instagram: @hrhkateduchessofcambridge

The stunning sapphire and diamonds engagement ring that is donned by the Duchess of Cambridge. @pinterest

The 12ct blue sapphire is set off by a sizable halo of diamonds. Image: @pinterest

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Fancy some Colour this Spring?

Rarely found and stunning to look at, coloured diamonds emit not just unmatched brilliance, but also the owners’ exquisite taste. This makes them most collectors’ dream jewels and jewellery connoisseurs’ prized possessions. With a 110-carat light yellow diamond unearthed recently from a Lesotho mine by Firestone Diamonds Plc., and a pink diamond (the ‘Pink Star’) becoming the most expensive gemstone ever sold (for a record $71.2 million, approx £55.56 million) at a Hong Kong auction this month, coloured diamonds are here to stay. Our case in point is also proven by the latest sensations – the blue and pink diamond twins named Apollo and Artemis. Expected to break sales records at the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva on 16 May, they are on display in London until then.

While pinks, blues, and yellows have always been sought-after, we are now witnessing a rise in the popularity of diamonds with unexpected hues, such as a green, grey, orange and brown. Nothing spells spring like colour, so what could be better than adding on to your pool of jewels with delicate trinkets in diamonds of vivid colours? We help fan this chromatic revolution with a lowdown on the latest rage in fancy diamond hues in off-beat design pairings.

Fancy colour diamonds are often mixed with various hues. Featured above is a brownish-green cushion-cut diamond set with a double halo in 18k rose gold.

Fancy colour diamonds are often naturally mixed with various hues. Featured above is a brownish-green cushion-cut diamond set with a round double halo in 18k rose gold

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Diamond-studded Sin!

When it comes to diamonds – the most expensive gems in the world – nothing is off-limits. Not teddy bears, not pens, not golf clubs, not tea bags. For those who are in love with these precious stones and their sparkle, adding some of their shine on to everyday items is not extraordinary. If you thought the rare rocks look pretty sitting on rings, pendants and other items of jewellery, you might want to take a look at these products that diamonds found themselves on. Cock an eyebrow all you want, but there’s definitely no going back to a diamond-less life once you read our list of top five (and outrageous) diamond-studded articles.

Stepping stones to luxury:  Putting your best foot forward gets easier when you have the Buscemi 100mm Diamond Sneakers to walk in. The limited edition sneakers were revealed by the company in late 2016, and feature the brand’s trademark 18k gold detailing complemented by 11.5carats-worth of diamonds. The ‘diamond shoes’ that boast of a tumbled white leather upper (going extremely well with the ultra-extravagant material of the signature lock and hardware), took more than 20 hours of labour and will set the buyer back by $132,000 (approx £106k). The catch is that the most expensive sneakers in the world are only available in-store at the brand’s new flagship in NYC.

The most expensive sneakers in the world contain 11.5 carats-worth of diamonds on 18k gold detailing. Image: Instagram: @buscemi

The most expensive sneakers in the world contain 11.5 carats-worth of diamonds on 18k gold detailing. Image: Instagram: @buscemi

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Happily Ever After: Rammah and Leona

Every story is a unique representation of love – the meeting, the maturity of the relationship and the journey towards marriage. Two individuals coming together to build a life as one. Despite the hurdles and hiccups along the way, this is their happily ever after. Meet some newly engaged couples, basking in a state of romantic bliss. These loved up pairs have been kind enough to share their proposal stories with 77 World.

Today, we meet London-based couple Leona and Rammah who tied the knot last October.

The couple exchange wedding vows during their wedding ceremony last October

After dating for 10 years, the couple exchanged wedding vows during their ceremony last October

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A Gem of a Story!

Diamonds aren’t just priceless rocks that are lust-worthy; most of these dazzling beauties have stories to tell. From beguiling tales tracing their origins to accounts of their famous owners, and notorious thefts, authors have attempted to put into words the curious histories that these precious gems have lived.

If you are passionate about diamonds or simply wish to learn more about them, here’s a list of books that are certain to capture your interest and imagination.

Christie's: The Jewellery Archives Revealed, by Vincent Meylan. The most famous and some lesser-known auctions of royal and noble jewels come to life, as do stories of royal fortunes and misfortunes. ImageL Instagram: @josiegoodbody

The most famous and some lesser-known auctions of royal and noble jewels come to life, as do stories of royal fortunes and misfortunes. Image: Instagram: @josiegoodbody

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