Friday, January 15, 2016

Analogy & Harmony

Daring artists opt for imaginative designs where analogous colors turn heads.
Jacob & Co High Jewelry

Pairing close colors
The use of analogous color combinations is both daring and artful. We see this used in fashion, graphic designs are gratefully in jewelry. Simply put, analogous color combining utilizes colors next to each other on the color wheel.

So lime, yellow and orange would count as analogous color combinations.

Haute bijoux takes the plunge
Jacob & Co is masterful in combing analogous colors with a highly dramatic result.  The stunning ear pendants are not only visually appealing but contain a stellar collection of precious stones. The long pendants are Brazilian Morganite. The trillion shape stones on top are Pink Rubellite, and the round central stones are Burmese Pink Spinel. White diamonds finish the look. . . . and boy what a looker.

Jacob & Co. earrings

Monday, December 14, 2015

So I was like . . . Wha ?

 . . . then I was like  . . . Whoa!

Every auction raises the standard (usually) for setting new values on pricey fancy colored diamonds. Their rarity and high collectability drives the frenzy whirling around their sale. The entire collecting world can potentially be paddled-up for these electric affairs.
1.74 carat FIB diamond in platinum setting: Christie's Images 2015

Auction results thrill diamond fans. The buzz surrounding their final hammer price makes the global rounds in real time.

Except once in a while. And why is that? Have there been so many exceptionally large fancies sold recently that we have experienced information overload? I dunno. But here's a brilliant new auction record that should be getting more ink than it has.

So here it is. Christie's New York had their Magnificent Jewels auction on December 10, 2015. For me, one  blue diamond stood out. Against a pre-sale estimate of $700K to $1-million, the exceptional stone was a doozy; 1.74 carats, Type IIb, graded Fancy Intense Blue by GIA and VVS1 to boot.

Christie's FIB diamond paired to 3.74-ct Fancy Vivid purplish-pink diamond: Christie's Images 2015 

When all the bidding was through, it realized the better part of a cool $2-million, or $1,925,000 to be exact. And every dollar counts when you've got a tab this hefty. Don't bother getting the calculator out. It works out to be $1.106 million per carat--a record. Wha?

Have we had such a slew of amazing stones come to sale lately that a dainty -2 carat fancy can stay under the radar? Who knows, but it's worth applause. Let's hear it for the not so little blue!

Friday, December 4, 2015

If Diamonds Could Talk

Provenance. . . that precious word jewelers apply to storied treasures. The older the piece, the more likely it was to pick up tales along the way.

The very beautiful Queen Nazli lived a life of privilege at a time when monarchs ruled Egypt. Her husband King Fuad reigned over their domain in a lavish lifestyle at several palaces along with his wife, children and an enormous entourage. 

Pretty soon we'll get a peek into their rarified world through the auction of one of Nazli's iconic jewels; a jaw-dropping 600 diamond bib-style confection that Sotheby's New York will put on the auction block.

Here Nazli is seen wearing the necklace, plus the matching tiara custom designed for her by Van Cleef & Arpels and the dramatic chandelier earrings to finish the look.The pieces were commissioned for the occasion of Nazli's daughter's wedding in 1939 some 3 years after the King passed away. This was not just any wedding. Her daughter was marrying the Crown Prince of Iran. It was reported that Nazli literally dripped diamonds from head to toe at that historic ceremony.

Nazli did her duty by producing an heir to the throne, her only son pictured here with her 4 beautiful daughters, including the future bride of Iran's Shah..

One can only imagine the places this magnificent item went throughout the years. Nazli resettled in the United States by 1950 and sold off many of her treasured jewels as time went on. This piece went to the auction block in 1975 and retired into obscurity for decades.

Historians breathed a collective sigh of relief when it came up again for sale. Many such elaborate and historical pieces are taken apart and remade into modern items for today's lifestyle. Not this legendary piece though. Proceeds from the sale of this celebrated jewel will benefit a charitable foundation this time around.