If you’re searching for an engagement ring this winter, we have some insights on the latest trends. Not only are fancy shape stones making a comeback, they are currently being set in unconventional ways. Rose gold is the metal of the choice and fancy colour diamond and gemstones are spicing things up this season. So, when it comes to choosing what will most likely be the most important piece of jewellery of your life, it’s only right that you make an informed choice. Here are some up-and-coming trends taking the social media by storm:
If there’s one constant at the much-awaited diamonds’ auction in Geneva, it’s the stones that are always bigger and shinier than their predecessors. The autumn sales in Switzerland were on from November 11 till November 15, bringing cheer, and some disappointment. The eagerly anticipated Magnificent auctions, however, continue to boast of the most opulent and massive rocks going under the hammer.
Diamonds are viewed and cherished as a symbol of commitment and love. However, most people are unaware of the positive impact they have on various communities. In remote locations where diamonds are mined, their sales have helped turn around the lives of local communities that either developed because of the mining process, or pre-existed. Lifting them up from depths of poverty, hunger, and destitution, the sales of these precious rocks have helped generate employment, education, and health facilities.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a whirlpool of jewellery trends that come and go every season, some waltz in and win us over so thoroughly that they end up being around for a long time. If you are set to be the bride in 2017 and looking for a ring that stands out, or you’re a diamond-lover who wants to own a piece that breaks stereotypes – there’s good news. Experts have forecast this year to be a favourable time for off-beat designs, unique shapes and a splash of imperfection. So, let your inner genius out and break the rules!
Here’s a lowdown on the engagement ring trends that’ll set this year on fire.