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  • 3-Carat Blue Diamond Could Fetch $6.3 Million At Sotheby’s Geneva Auction - "Live jewelry auctions are returning with the first one being held in Geneva by Sotheby’s on June 23 offering a diverse collection of statement diamonds, colored gems and historic jewels."
  • 3 Fancy Colored Diamonds To Lead Christie’s New York Jewelry Auction - "Christie’s New York upcoming Magnificent Jewels auction is led by three fancy colored diamonds that the auction house has named 'The Perfect Palette.' The diamonds are mounted onto individual rings and are being offered in separate lots in the April 13 sale at its Rockefeller Plaza headquarters."
  • 3 Fancy Colored Heart-Shaped Diamonds At Sotheby’s Jewelry Auction - "Fancy colored diamonds make up the top five lots for Sotheby’s New York Magnificent Jewels auction to be held December 9. In keeping with the holiday spirit, three of these diamonds boast heart shapes."
  • 43-Carat Kashmir Sapphire Could Fetch $7 Million At Christie’s - "Auction houses continue to work around the spread of the coronavirus, hosting auctions and previews in ways that keep people safe while allowing them to view and bid on products. This includes jewelry auctions such as Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale on December 8."
  • 73.11-Carat Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Is The Top Lot At Sotheby’s Jewelry Auction - "Sotheby’s New York created a 'Roaring ’20s' theme for its upcoming Magnificent Jewels sale as a celebration to the opening up of the U.S. again after 15 months of closures due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The 94 lots for the June 9, 2021 sale will include white and colored diamonds, Kashmir and Ceylon sapphires, Colombian emeralds and Burmese rubies set into iconic designs signed by heritage jewelry houses."
  • 115-Carat Diamond Could Fetch $7 Million At Christie’s New York Auction - "Christie’s New York Magnificent Jewels sale will be the first live jewelry auction from a major auction house in New York since novel coronavirus pandemic made its way to North America. It’s an ambitious sale of more than 260 lots that includes colorless diamonds, colored diamonds, colored gems, and vintage and contemporary signed jewels. Perhaps the most interesting part of the sale is a large number of high-quality and important signed jewels from a number of high jewelry houses spanning several periods, including Belperron, Bulgari, Cartier, Graff, Harry Winston, JAR, Lacloche, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels. Estimates for pieces in the sale range from $10,000 to $7 million."
  • 118.88-Carat Burmese ‘Royal Blue’ Sapphire Leads Sotheby’s Hong Kong Auction - "Exceptional colored gems will take center stage at the next Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale, which will be held live on October 7 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre."
  • 552-Carat ‘Dancing Sun’ Yellow Diamond Could Fetch $5.5 Million At Auction - "Christie’s New York upcoming Magnificent Jewels auction has a bit of everything: statement diamonds, important contemporary jewels, loose gems and, as always, important signed jewels from heritage jewelry houses. The sale of 143 lots will be held June 8, 2021 at Christie’s Rockefeller Center headquarters."
  • Cartier Diamond Bracelet Could Fetch $8.4 Million At Sotheby’s Hong Kong Sale - "The first is an Art Deco inspired Cartier diamond and rock crystal bangle-bracelet from the Parisian luxury brand’s 'L'Odyssée de Cartier - Parcours d'un Style' collection. It features a 63.66-carat D-color, pear-shaped internally flawless diamond, set among the rock crystal. Its estimate is $5.1 million - $8.4 million." Sotheby’s Hong Kong will open its season with its Magnificent Jewels sale on April 20.
  • Diamonds & Colored Gems To Lead Sotheby’s New York Jewelry Auction - "A mix of statement diamonds and colored gems lead Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction on April 15, in the first live sale held by the auction house in New York this year. The top lot of is a rare 41.50-carat D color, flawless, Type IIa round diamond, with excellent cut, polish and symmetry. Its estimate is $4.5 million - $5.5 million."
  • Flawless 102-carat diamond a 'bargain' at $16m - "A rare 102-carat white diamond has sold at auction for $15.7m (£12.1m) in what experts say is a 'bargain'. The gemstone went to an unnamed telephone bidder. The auction was held online by Sotheby's in Hong Kong due to the pandemic. The diamond was taken from a 271-carat stone which was discovered at a Canadian mine in 2018."
  • 'Flawless' purple-pink diamond fetches record $29.3M at auction - "A 15.81-carat gem, dubbed 'The Sakura,' fetched $29.3 million in Hong Kong to become the most expensive purple-pink diamond ever to sell at auction. Named after the Japanese word for cherry blossom, it is the largest diamond of its kind to go under the hammer, according to Christie's, the auction house behind the sale."
  • Huge diamond deemed 'flawless' could break records - "This rare purple-pink diamond could make $38M at auction."
  • Jewels Owned By Joan Collins Highlight Bonhams London Auction - "Five jewels owned by film, television and stage star, Dame Joan Collins, will be among the highlights of the Bonhams London Jewels sale on November 12. The live sale will go on as planned but the saleroom will not be open to the public. Bids will instead be submitted by absentee means, online and by telephone."
  • Luxury Investments Around the World Compared - infographic - "Do you enjoy the finer things in life? For many of the world’s wealthy individuals, acquiring luxury goods such as art, fine wine, and watches is a passion. Unlike traditional investments in financial assets, luxury goods can be difficult to value if one does not have an appreciation for their form. A rare painting, for example, does not generate cash flows, meaning its value is truly in the eye of the beholder. To gain some insight into the market for luxury goods, this infographic takes data from Knight Frank’s 2021 Wealth Report to compare the preferences of nine global regions."
  • Queen Marie-Antoinette’s Diamonds for Sale in Geneva - "On 9 November 2021 Christie’s will proudly offer THE MARIE ANTOINETTE DIAMONDS as lot 1 of its live Magnificent Jewels Auction to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. Presented in their current form, the 112 diamonds, originally belonging to Queen Marie-Antoinette of France (1755-1793), are set as a historic pair of bracelets (estimated $2,000,000-4,000,000)."
  • Rare jewels given to Napoleon's daughter fetch over $1.6M - "The jewels were sold individually at Christie's in Geneva, 200 years after the French emperor's death. Each item exceeded the auction house's initial estimates, which ranged from 10,000 to 250,000 Swiss francs ($11,000 to $275,430) per piece. The biggest earner was a sapphire and diamond tiara which fetched 525,000 Swiss francs (over $577,000)."
  • SOTHEBY'S DIAMONDS - since 1744. "A Marriage of Jewellery and Art." A spectacular array of diamonds is available at Sotheby’s throughout the year: In our global live and online auctions, diamonds appear in extraordinary jewels dating from the 19th century to the present day by the world’s most celebrated designers and jewelry houses. In the Loose Diamonds online auctions, unmounted stones in every cut and color allow the buyer to create bespoke jewels to their own specifications. And Sotheby’s Diamonds presents a contemporary collection of modern masterpieces, available for immediate purchase.
  • SOTHEBY'S GENEVA - "Established in 1976, Sotheby's Geneva held its first Jewellery and Watches sales in 1980. Located in the major world centre for Jewellery auctions, Sotheby's Geneva has held many notable world-class sales at its historic Beau-Rivage Hotel location on the shore of Lake Geneva."
  • Sotheby’s To Accept Crypto For 101-Carat D-Flawless Diamond - "The gem in question is 'The Key 101.38,' a pear-shaped diamond of 101.38 carats with flawless clarity and D-color, the highest color and clarity grades for a colorless diamond. Along with fiat, the auction house will also accept bitcoin and ethereum as payment for the gem."
  • Two Fancy Colored Heart-Shaped Diamonds Could Fetch $18.5 Million - "Two hearts, one blue, the other pink, will appear at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels auction as if they were always meant to be together. They will be sold separately during the July 10 sale at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Combined, their high estimate is $18.5 million."
  • Why Maggi Simpkins Is About To Break Records With A Million-Dollar Ring At Sotheby’s - "The hotly anticipated Brilliant & Black selling exhibition opens at Sotheby's today, with a host of incredible pieces by black designers from the US and Europe. Amongst the selection is a ring by Maggi Simpkins, featuring a flawless fancy pink diamond surrounded by rubies and sapphires. Valued at $1 million, if the ring sells as expected, it will be the first time a Black female designer has broken the million-dollar barrier and could also be the most expensive piece of jewelry by a Black designer ever sold by a major auction house."
  • Top 7 International Jewellery Auctions & Auctioneers
  • ARTCURIAL - since 2005. In just over 10 years, these spectacular Jewellery auctions have become unmissable events for connoisseurs and collectors from all over the world. International auctioneers. Paris, France & Monaco.
  • Bonham - founded in 1793. "With over 40 auctions taking place throughout the year, Bonhams has more dedicated jewellery auctions than any other international auctioneer. We hold auction sales in all the key jewellery markets: New York, London and Hong Kong, as well as Sydney and Los Angeles. Each location has a team of locally based qualified gemmologists who are able to assist and advise with the sale or purchase of jewellery."
  • CHRISTIE'S - founded on December 5, 1766. "Christie's holds 26 jewelry sales a year in Amsterdam, Dubai, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, New York, Milan and Paris."
  • Fellows - established 1876. "The name Fellows is highly respected in both the UK and global markets, a reputation earned by over one hundred years of selling jewellery. We have a team of approximately twenty full time jewellery specialists, many of whom hold formal qualifications in gemmology and diamond grading. Jewellery auctions are categorised into three different sales; Antique & Modern Jewellery, Vintage Jewellery & Accessories and fortnightly auctions of Jewellery. The diversity of our jewellery lots is astonishing, each sale has a variety of offerings from dazzling period pieces, innovative contemporary styles to designer items from Bulgari, Cartier and Tiffany & Co to name a few. We strive to satisfy the needs of every buyer or seller with these three auction options."
  • HINDMAN AUCTIONEERS - since 1982. "Hindman is recognized internationally as a leading fine art auction house. With an unyielding focus on client service, Hindman offers holistic solutions to connect clients in local US cities to the global art market. Hindman operates more salesrooms in the United States than any other firm and conducts over 100 auctions annually in categories such as fine jewelry, fine art, modern design, books and manuscripts, furniture, decorative arts, couture, Asian works of art, arts of the American West, and numismatics, as well as special focus subjects as the need arises."
  • Phillips - since 1796. "Consign your property to an upcoming Jewels auction." We’re global. Our clients have collections all over the world. Along with our salerooms in New York, London, Geneva and Hong Kong, Phillips has specialists throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. We can help you get your work to the right auction in the right place at the right time.
  • SOTHEBY'S Jewelry - Established 1744. Sotheby's offers the most extraordinary jewels in the world to discerning collectors looking for special designs dating from the 19th century to the present day. Our auctions feature rare and iconic examples of the artistic creativity of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, Harry Winston, JAR, Graff, David Webb, Verdura, Boucheron, Chaumet, Suzanne Belperron, Boivin and Alexandre Reza, amongst others. The selection of top quality white and coloured diamonds, coloured gemstones and natural pearls is wide and varied, with many fresh-to-the-market examples from private collections, such as Queen Marie Antoinette’s Pearl, sold in Geneva for $36.2 million, a world record for a natural pearl. "Upcoming Auctions & Exhibitions."
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