Παρασκευή, 29 Νοεμβρίου 2013
Πέμπτη, 21 Νοεμβρίου 2013
Τετάρτη, 20 Νοεμβρίου 2013
Graff Diamonds Presents The Most Valuable 'Hair & Jewel' Ever Created
In 1970, world renowned diamantaire Laurence Graff OBE created Hair & Jewel, an ornate coiffure comprising one million dollars of diamonds and precious gems. It captivated audiences from around the globe, creating an interest and excitement for the jewellery crafted by Graff Diamonds, which continues to this day. To celebrate Laurence Graff’s 60th anniversary working in the jewellery industry and to mark the success of Graff Diamonds globally, Hair & Jewel has been recreated. Featuring 22 individual jewelery pieces with a value of half a billion dollars, including a number of the world’s rarest and most valuable diamonds, it showcases Graff’s renowned expertise for creating the most fabulous jewels in the world.
Incorporated into the recreation are a number of record breaking diamonds that have been cut and polished by Graff, namely the Graff Sweethearts a magnificent pair of earrings featuring 51.53ct and 50.76ct D colour Flawless type IIA heart shape diamonds and a selection of jewelery crafted from the 550ct Letšeng Star, the 14th largest white rough diamond ever discovered.
Other pieces showcased include an exceptionally rare 10.47ct Fancy Vivid Blue Internally Flawless briolette diamond pendant, a stunning 52.73ct Fancy Vivid Yellow emerald cut diamond ring, a 6.51ct Fancy Intense Pink Internally Flawless oval cut diamond ring and other one of a kind jewels designed and created at Graff’s Headquarters in London.
Commenting on the original creation of Hair & Jewel in 1970, Laurence Graff said: “At that time, this was a highly original concept which captured the attention of the world’s media and was seen in newspapers and magazines around the globe. Until this time, images showing fine jewelery were typically modelled in a more conservative style. This image broke the mold by using a younger model and created the idea of diamonds being aspirational to younger women.”
It has been more than 40 years since the original image of Hair & Jewel was captured. The recreation marks an important milestone in Graff Diamonds’ history and coincides with the opening of its 40th store globally.
Mr Graff continued: “Hair & Jewel is a celebration of our expertise and success, as we continue to operate at the very pinnacle of the industry. I am extremely proud of what Graff Diamonds has achieved, but as I always say, we are just beginning; there is still a long way to go.”
Million-Dollar Diamond Leads Bonhams December Jewelry Sale in New York -
Bonhams Fine Jewelry auction on December 9 will feature a rare, unmounted modified pear cut diamond, weighing 17.82 carats, and estimated to fetch $1-1.5 million. As a type IIa diamond, the breathtaking stone is not only beautiful, it is also scientifically extraordinary.
Scientists classify diamonds into two types, based on the presence or absence of nitrogen in the diamond's atomic structure. Type II diamonds contain little — if any — nitrogen, and make up less than 2% of the world's diamonds. Type IIa diamonds, such as the one on offer, are considered the most chemically pure of all diamonds, and often have exceptional optical transparency.
"This diamond comes to us from a private collection and has a limpid quality that is very important to true connoisseurs," explained Susan Abeles, Bonhams Head of US Jewelry.
Outstanding diamonds sparkle throughout the sale. Especially notable is the rainbow array of colored diamonds on offer, including a rare fancy intense blue diamond ring from a private collection, weighing approximately 1.12 carats (est. $100,000-150,000). Also available are a natural very light pink diamond ring, weighing 5.07 carats (est. $275,000-300,000) and a fancy light yellow diamond ring, weighing 7.79 carats (est. $60,000-80,000).
Highly sought-after signature diamonds also feature prominently in the sale. A diamond solitaire ring by Harry Winston centering a pear-shaped diamond, weighing 5.05 carats will be on offer (est. $225,000-350,000), as well as a diamond and sapphire necklace from Van Cleef & Arpels (est. $70,000-90,000). A jade, diamond and eighteen karat gold brooch by David Webb is sure to attract attention (est. $50,000-70,000), as will a pair of diamond earclips from Bulgari, featuring alternate gem-set and diamond drops (est. $30,000-50,000) — just one of a fine selection of gorgeous Bulgari pieces available.
On the heels of Bonhams remarkable results for sapphires in October Fine Jewelry auction, the December sale includes many extraordinary pieces featuring the precious stone. The most remarkable is an important Burmese sapphire ring weighing 38.71 carats (est. $550,000-750,000). A 18.57 carats sapphire and gold pendant fragment is also available (est. $55,000-75,000).
Additional gemstone treasures in the auction include a rare Burmese ruby necklace composed of three strands of graduated beads (est. $150,00-180,00) and a ruby and diamond ring from Van Cleef & Arpels, centering a cushion-cut ruby, weighing 3.77 carats (est. $80,000-100,000).
"The December 9 sale features splendid diamonds and the finest gemstones. It's the ideal opportunity to find the perfect holiday gift for someone truly special," said Virginia Salem, the Director of the Jewelry Department in New York.
Bonhams Fine Jewelry auction will take place on December 9 in New York. The auction will preview at Bonhams San Francisco November 15-17, Bonhams Los Angeles November 22-24, and at Bonhams New York December 5-8.
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