Avakian Diamonds for men
A new collection of haute couture jewellery from Avakian
Diamonds might traditionally be a girl’s best friend, but men are able to get familiar with them courtesy of a new collection of haute couture jewellery from Avakian.
The latest collection from the Swiss jeweller includes some spectacular men’s pieces, including eye-catching cufflinks which employ a complicated and innovative inlay technique in which one precious stone is set within another. Titanium, black onyx and amethyst are inset with yellow diamonds and emeralds. And for any man who feels that a cufflink just isn’t enough, Avakian have also launched a stunning black gold and sapphire ring.
Avakian have been creating men’s jewellery for over two decades. Noticing a gap in the market, they started to produce high-end accessories which had a level of design and intricacy often reserved for women’s items. Now, they number countless royals, heads of state and senior businessmen among their clients and have a dedicated men’s accessory team.
The new collection puts into practice Avakian’s commitment to merging traditional and modern tastes and trends – it’s the perfect celebratory piece for any fashionable male. After all, this summer gold might be good, but diamonds are forever…
Shine On You Coloured Dimaond
Move over white, dimamonds in rainbow hues are one everyone's wish list
The Hope Diamond is probably the most famous coloured diamond in the world. The gray-blue stone (and its infamous curse) is sequestered inside the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. But there are many other coloured diamonds on the open market, and they’re increasing popular, both as something to wear and something to invest in.
The sheer rarity of coloured diamonds has made them incredibly desirable today—in fact, they command the highest prices at jewellery auctions. From engagement rings to collar necklaces, fancy, or coloured, diamonds are now in high demand by everyone who can afford them. That list includes Hollywood celebrities, Russian oligarchs, Saudi princes and regular consumers who want something special. And jewellers have taken notice. Diamonds in every shade are getting the royal treatment from princess to marquise cuts, with pieces coming from all quarters from avant garde designers like Theo Fennell to conglomerate De Beers.
If a flawless diamond is a rare thing, a flawless, coloured diamond is even rarer. Only one in every 10,000 diamonds is a coloured stone, and only 4,000 carats are available on the world market at any one time. Traces of boron turn a diamond blue, while nitrogen creates yellow stone. A flawless red diamond is practically non-existent. That’s why the Moussaieff Red, a 5.11 carat diamond and one of only five graded in the world, is worth more than $20 million.
Following red in order of rarity are orange, green, blue, pink and yellow, yellow being the most widely available and thus the most affordable. And now 'brown' diamonds are the latest to strike collectors and jewellers’ fancy. They run the gamut from golden champagne to deep cognac. "There is an interesting trend towards yellow and light, golden colours which are warm and sympathetic and need not stretch one’s pocket,” says jewellery designer Theo Fennell. “They also can lend themselves to more original designs than traditional white."
Graff, considered one of the best jewellers in the world and subject of our programme The King of Diamonds, has 60 percent of the world’s yellow diamonds--in 2006 they sold the Golden Maharaja (65.57 carats) and the Rojtman Diamond (107.46 carats). They say they have seen rising interest from customers in yellow, pink and cognac diamonds.
Yellow diamonds have always been popular, especially in the US, according to De Beers, and pink diamonds have really come on in the past few years. They appeal to connoisseurs and collectors, maybe for a special occasion such as a wedding anniversary. “There are so many variations in the pink and blue shades: lilac pink, baby pink, grey-blue, pale blue…not all of them are that rare, but each is certainly unique, “says a spokeswoman for the company. “Clients are looking for a stone of character.”
It’s that character that have made coloured diamonds so popular in retail and for collectors. Individuals can choose the shade and hue that best fits their personality, their wardrobe, their mood. And would you expect anything less from a best friend?
‘Martian Pink’ diamond sold for $17.4m
A rare pink diamond has been sold for $17.4 million at auction, after just six minutes of bidding, in Hong Kong.
Auction house Christie’s stated the diamond – the biggest of its kind ever to be sold – was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder, according to the BBC.
The Martian Pink diamond is extremely rare and had been expected to sell for between $8 and $12 million at auction.
“The bids were very competitive… there was a lot of excitement… when it finally did come up for sale the buzz in the room was sensational,” said Christie’s auctioneer Rahul Kadakia.
The 12-carat diamond was given its name by American jeweller Harry Winston in 1976, the year America launched its first satellite mission to Mars.
“It comes from Harry Winston, who was so impressed that the Americans had landed on Mars in 1976 that he looked at his inventory and he found a rough diamond which probably could come out as pink,” Christie’s Francois Curiel said.
“So he cut it, and he cut it in such a way that the intensity of the thing was larger than any of the other things that he had ever cut before.”
Mr Curiel added the American seller of the diamond had wanted the gem to be sold in Hong Kong.
“He had studied the market pretty well and seen that all the top prices recently were obtained in Hong Kong because of the presence of the Chinese, and several other countries from South East Asia were very, very keen on diamonds,” he said.
The most famous pink diamond in the world, however, belongs to Queen Elizabeth II.
The Williamson Pink was given to the British queen on the occasion of her wedding in 1947 – the cut, 23.6-carat round stone was later set in a brooch.
Diamond sold for $9.7m at jewellery auction
The historical Beau Sancy diamond was bought by an anonymous bidder for $9.7 million at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva on Tuesday.
The Beau Sancy is a 34.98 carat diamond which was passed among the royal families in France, England, Prussia and the Netherlands. It was sold by the Royal House of Prussia, the line of descendants that once ruled Prussia, according to Associated Press.
Another historical piece of jewellery, the Murat Tiara, sold for $3.87 million at the auction. The pearl-and-diamond tiara was created for the marriage of a prince whose ancestors included the husband of Caroline Bonaparte, Napoleon’s sister.
A diamond brooch known as the Bonnie Prince Charlie also sold for $968,085. The brooch features a yellow diamond once owned by Charles Edward Stuart, whose attempt to regain the British crown led to the Battle of Culloden in 1745.
In Geneva still, where it’s currently spring auction season for jewellery and watches, a Christie’s auction was organised to benefit 32 charities favoured by the Lily Safra Foundation. Safra’s donated jewellery fetched nearly $38 million in sales — almost double what was expected.
The most expensive item sold at that auction was a 32.08-carat Burmese ruby and diamond ring that sold for $6.7 million, a world record price for a ruby sold at auction. Eighteen jewels by the designer JAR collectively sold for $11.4 million.
Billionaire Lily Safra told reporters after the auction that selling jewellery for charity — rather than keeping them unused in a vault — felt like one of the best things she’d ever done in her life.
Largest pink diamond ever sold set to fetch up to USD10 million
The largest round fancy intense pink diamond ever sold at auction is due to be auctioned next month, with an expected selling price of up to USD10 million.
According to auction organisers Christie’s, the 12.04-carat pink diamond, called the “Martian Pink”, is the largest ever pink diamond to appear at auction, the Daily Mail reported.
Christie’s stated the gem is one of only two known round pink diamonds of significant size in the world. The other is the 23.60-carat Williamson Pink diamond, which was presented to Queen Elizabeth II as a wedding gift in 1947.
While most natural pink diamonds have purple, grey or orange tones, the Martian Pink “shows absolutely no trace of a secondary colour, making it exceedingly rare,” the auction house said.
The diamond is currently owned by a private collector, and was given its name by American jeweller Ronald Winston in 1976, the year America launched its first satellite mission to Mars.
Another large diamond of 11.85-carats will be sold alongside the Martian Pink at the Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale on May 29, and is reportedly worth over USD1.7 million.
Chiang Chaofeng, a diamond expert working at Christie’s Hong Kong office, said the greatest advantage of diamond investment is the stable rate at which the jewels increase in value.
“The appreciation of diamond investment grows slowly compared with other investment aspects, but the biggest advantage is the stability of the growth,” Chiang said.
“More than 10 per cent of our buyers are from the Chinese mainland, and it has increased dramatically from five or six years ago.
“We predict mainland buyers will continue to increase gradually in the future,” Chiang added.
High Jewellery ‘Imaginary Nature’ Collection unveiled by De Beers
De Beers has released its latest line of jewelry which has been titled ‘Imaginary Nature’. Nature and natural world gets beautifully represented in this line of jewellery by the diamond giant, De Beers. Fluidity and movement, two very integral aspects of nature get reflected in the Imaginary Nature collection of De Beers jewels. If luxury jewellery is your style and if diamonds are more than just your best friends and have a look at the De Beers Imaginary Nature collection and find yourself immersed in the true spirits of nature.
The De Beers Imaginary Nature Collection
Hollie Bonneville-Barden brings to us the fine designs of the Imaginary Nature collection believes that the eight jewels used in the collections have been inspired by the many themes of nature, such as constant change and rhythms. Movement and fluidity get represented through the baguettes and pear shaped stones. Hollie Bonneville-Barden together designed the collection with Rapahele Canot.
Nature and Diamonds
The focus of this collection is not only on nature but also the very character of the diamond, which ultimately speak of the varied changes we witness in nature. So how is it that they have managed to encapsulate nature in this collection? Feathers of a bird or waves of the seas have been gently represented by a gentle curve in the Imaginary Nature earrings. The ring has also been set with a 4.11 carat diamond that looks like a bird about to take off! A pear shaped brooch with a 16.38 carat diamond gives you the feel of a leaf twisting and dancing to the tunes of the wind. By launching this collection diamond giant De Beers wished to unveil to the world their vision believes Francois Delage, the Chief Executive Officer of De Beers.
The prices of the Imaginary Nature collection are jaw dropping for sure. A pair of earrings with 5 carat diamonds comes with a staggering price tag of 2, 69,500 Euros and 4, 485, 00 Euros for a brooch. It will cost you $331,485 and $5,516,550 for the earrings and the brooch respectively.
About De Beers
Founded by Cecil Rhodes, De Beers has created a monopoly over diamond jewellery and is the most preferred amongst the elite and celebrities as well. They are also known around the world for creating the most fascinating engagement rings which exude radiance and are known for their sparkling brilliance and lustrous nature. Some of their creations include the Diamonds of Character, the Talisman Collection, the Enchanted Lotus and the Reverie Collection. For years, De Beers and its collection of luxury jewellery has enthralled us all with its brilliant designs and radiant diamonds. The Imaginary Nature collection is also one of its kinds and tells us the very story of the nature around us with stones and diamonds.
Well, if you are rich and loaded then do adorn yourself with the many shades of nature which get reflected through some fine jewels and uber expensive diamonds. Get immersed in the Imaginary Nature by De Beers!
Presenting the David Yurman Bridal Ring Collection
Are you getting married this season? Or is there anyone out there hoping to propose to his special someone? Whatever the occasion, if marriage is on your mind then don’t forget to celebrate this very special moment in your life with a David Yurman ring. The jewelry designer has launched yet another splendid 2013 collection from his line of jewels and with which he intends to enthral every women with these sparkling pieced of precious jewels.
If you happen to be interested in luxury jewelry, you would be happy to know that we had also reported on the Hellmuth’s croc style jewelry. Another fascinating and rare jewelry collection which will take your breath away.
For those who don’t know, David Yurman is the man behind David Yurman Inc. which is an American jewelry designer company creating luxury jewels for the rich and affluent. The company is New York based but also has stores in ten states in the United States and also acquired international recognition after the setting up of four boutiques in three cities across the world. The jewelry designer has always fascinated jewelry lovers with his line of jewels. Very recently David Yurman had recently launched some fine gifts for Father’s Day especially for dads who led a very executive life. The collection included chains in silver or stainless steel, cufflinks and bracelets. The collection also had special ‘elite’ gifts to choose from for the metropolitan and the executive dads. And for the elegant and the sophisticated dads there were also some cigars and wine accessories along with some grooming products. It’s not only jewels he also launched the first David Yurman fragrance in the summer of 2008 after much discussions and deliberations with his wife to chose that fine scent.
Let’s give you a glimpse of his dazzling new collection.
David Yurman Fine Rings
David Yurman has always been known as a person who does things differently. With this collection David Yurman’s cushion cut diamond skills of creating excellent refractory brilliance once again came to the fore. The collections 0.5 to 5 carat cushion cut diamonds are set on platinum bands. The centre cushion cut diamond is circled with a micro pave diamond
Every ring in the collection has a story to tell and symbolises the ideas of togetherness and love. One of the rings from the collection also features an intertwining band with an exquisite centre stone. The ring and the intertwining bands are said to represent the connection of two very different souls. This particular piece was also a tribute to the lovely relationship that he and his wife share. The ring was a part of the DY crossover collection.
The jewelry designer has also introduced an array of fine colours in his DY Classic Three Stone ring collection. The collection dazzles with some vibrant coloured gems which includes some emeralds, sapphires and rubies and all surrounded by some brilliant diamonds. The rings will be engagement rings and will enthral soon to be brides with their fascinating colours. Woven diamonds along over the centre stone appear in an unnamed collection and also make the ring dazzling. The woven diamond rings will be available only at the Madison Avenue store.
The DY exclusive and signature detailing appear in the DY Solitaire collection. Some of the designs are exclusive to the DY Madison Avenue Store.The rings were showcased at the brand’s flagship store in Madison Avenue known as the Townhouse. It was at a private cocktail party that the luxury jewelry designer launched the collection along with his son Evan Yurman.
Anita Mai Tan “The Dragon and Spider iPhone Cases” Auction
There has been a lot of creative work for making iPhone cases. There have been many blinged creations in the past which have been well received by the glitterati. Still some new creations keep coming up that stun you with their beauty and grandeur. Anita Mai TAN of Al-Gems Global Design has designed two iPhone cases priced at $880,000 each. Anita enjoys an international reputation for her jewellery designs. She boasts of a clientele who come from the elite of the society and royalty. Some of her custom designs have been described as technical marvels. The new iPhone cases designed by her can be worn as a necklace.
The Dragon iPhone Case with 32ct Diamonds
Anita took 16 months in creating the unique pieces. The intricately designed cases have the potential to become as popular and famous as her million dollar Heaven GoldPen which was not only one of the most expensive writing instrument but also the first to be designed by a woman for the women. The iPhone cases have been crafted out of 18K gold. For the Dragon case she has used 2,200 colorless and colored diamonds in cognac, brown, champagne shade for a total weight of 32 cts to create the dragon on the case. The design is very appropriate for the Asian market as it is the Year of the Dragon. In addition the number 22 and 32 are significant for representing the sense of ‘easy’ and ‘born lucky’. The combination of the two numbers becomes 9 which signifyies leadership qualities. The dragon in itself is significant as it is the symbol of life and existence, growth, and the universe.
The Spider iPhone Case with 38ct Diamonds
The Spider phone case has also been designed in the same style. It has also been crafted out of 18K gold. The spider design created with 2,800 black and colorless diamonds weighing a total of 38cts. Again, both the numbers are significant for the Asian culture with 38 signifying ‘born wealth’ and 28 signifying ‘easy gaining wealth’. Both the stunning cases will be offered for sale through an auction in the fall this year which will be conducted by Magnetic Communication Inc. It will be part of their Sparkle Event and part of the proceeds will go towards supporting NFTE that helps children from low income families to stay in school longer.
They say you can never be too thin or too rich, but belt-tightening is sending a cold chill through Wall Street that could well spread to Main Street and beyond, according to various reports.
Luxury stocks may be taking a hit, but the recession hits home hardest for employees facing layoffs at Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and many other financial institutions that occupy Wall Street. If not facing unemployment, these and other employees and executives may be facing furloughs, salary reductions, slashed year-end bonuses along with uncertain financial footing.
That fear and uncertainty will surely cause many to trim traveling plans, modify shopping habits, and pay less attention to the $65 billion luxury retail market in the United States–and Reuters reports that New York alone spends a third of that on luxury goods, restaurants, travel and automobiles. Of course, the ripple will also be strongly felt in the luxury real estate market where demand for $2 million-and-up apartments has already softened in favor of those under a million.
CNBC reports relates the story of one bank executive who, fearing the possibility of a layoff, has very modest spending plans for any bonus he might receive this year, Meanwhile the Occupy Wall Street movement has put a damper on spending. According to Reuters:
Even those who are still getting big bonuses may hesitate to flaunt their wealth in New York this year given the Occupy Wall Street protests have been growing from a camp set up near the New York Stock Exchange. A number of finance industry leaders have said they understand the anger of the protesters, many of whom are concerned about a lack of jobs and growing income inequality.
Will the luxury gloom spread elsewhere in the United States? We’re watching it closely–and the shopping statistics should tell us much in the next two months.
Razzle-Dazzle: Anne Hathaway in Tiffany & Co.
Anne Hathaway at the 2011 Academy Awards
Anne Hathaway was a picture of elegance at the Academy Awards, donning a gaggle of fine gems from American jeweler Tiffany & Co. Here, she sports a necklace crafted by acclaimed designer Jean Schlumberger.
Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. necklace of amethyst drops, diamonds, platinum and 18 karat gold
Twenty pear-shaped amethyst drops hang delicately from glittering platinum leaves comprising 715 diamonds. The amethyst drops are capped by 18-karat, gold leaf-shape mounts. She complemented her necklace with a pair of shimmering earrings, set with Lucida diamonds - Tiffany’s patented diamond cut - to emphasize the stone’s brilliance.
The jewels are offset with a stunning taffeta and lace corseted frock from Vivienne Westwood Couture, adding just a hint of black glamour to the starlet’s sweet appeal.
Lucida® diamond earrings in platinum
Elegant Simplicity: Gisele Bundchen in Tiffany & Co.
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen shows us how it's done by dressing up her simple scoop-necked black dress with the sparkle of Tiffany & Co gems. Spotted on the red carpet before receiving her award for the 2011 Global Environmental Citizen, her understated outfit was accented with just the right dash of glamour: witness the glimmer of her Tiffany Morgan clutch in platinum patent leather, paired with an Open Square diamond necklace and the gleam of her simple diamond stud earrings. A study in class and sophistication!
Tiffany Open Square necklace in diamonds and platinum
Tiffany Morgan clutch in platinum patent leather
Tiffany & Co diamond stud earrings in platinum
De Beers Opens First Shanghai Store
Shi Qi with one of eight Talisman medals
Esteemed jeweler De Beers bolted opened the doors to its first Shanghai store last week. Located at the Shanghai International Finance Centre in Pudong, the 75-square-metre boutique is decked out in warm and neutral tones, with plush furnishing and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
In addition to the maison’s jewelry and high jewelry collections, a collection of eight unique Talisman medals have been specially created to fete the opening of the Pudong store. Set in the house’s signature serti-poincon style, each medal features a magnificent rough diamond with a trove of shimmering diamonds surrounding it.
(from left) Andrew Coxon, Shu Qi and Francois Delage
At the opening ceremony on August 30, award-winning actress Shu Qi showed off her svelte body in a figure-hugging Dior gown, complementing it with a scintillating Arpeggia necklace, a bracelet crafted in yellow gold with white and fancy coloured diamonds, and two solitaire rings, all from De Beers.
François Delage, CEO of De Beers Diamonds Jewellers, commented, "We are proud to continue to build the brand in China with the opening of our first store in Shanghai after the successful openings in Beijing, Tianjin and Dalian. As the sole diamond jewellery specialists, we are delighted to share our exceptional passion and expertise in diamond selection, craftsmanship and diamond jewellery design with one of the most discerning markets."
Andrew Coxon, President of De Beers Institute of Diamonds, continued, "Every De Beers diamond is meticulously hand-selected for beauty to ensure that it has exceptional Fire, Life and Brilliance. We know that the highly discerning clients in China will no doubt appreciate the superior sparkle and transparency that our specially selected diamonds exhibit."
Cullinan Blue Diamond Is Now 'Star of Josephine'
The 7.03-carat blue diamond that broke records at the recent Sotheby’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels auction now has a name. Its new owner Mr. Joseph Lau Luen-Hung, a renowned collector and connoisseur in Hong Kong, has christened the cushion-shaped diamond ‘Star of Josephine’.
We first brought you news of the auction of this diamond from Petra Diamonds’ famed Cullinan mine in early April. One of the world’s most important gems, this rare, internally flawless stone fetched $9,488,754, making it the most expensive fancy vivid blue diamond sold at an auction to date.
This works out to an eye-popping price of $1,349,752 per carat, setting yet another world record for the highest value per carat for any gemstone sold at an auction.
True Blue: Rare Diamonds at Sotheby's
Come May, one of the world’s most important blue diamonds will go under the hammer at ’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels auction.
Weighing in at 7.03 carats, this rare cushion-shaped gem will be the centerpiece of the sale with a pre-sale estimated price of US$5.8 to 8.5 million (CHF 6.8 to 10 million) which will also include the honor of naming the diamond.
The rare stone hails from mine in South Africa, a site which has yielded many of the world’s largest and most magnificent diamonds, and is recognized as the world’s single most reliable source of blue diamonds.
Among the rarest of all gems, blue diamonds get their unique color from the presence of the element boron during their formation.
The diamond on sale has been certified as internally flawless in clarity with a fancy vivid blue coloration by the Gemological Institute of America, and will be displayed in Hong Kong, Paris, New York and London before traveling to the Magnificent Jewels show in Geneva.
Cocktail Jewelry - Piaget Limelight Paradise
Fancy a spot of Sex on the Beach then? We are referring to the nightclub staple of course, along with other perennial favorites such as the Caipirinha and the Blue Hawaiian. Luxury jeweler and watchmaker Piaget introduces these intoxicating elements in the Limelight Paradise collection. The items seen here were created by the brand to gently tease the senses.
The Caipirinha is a 18-carat white gold ring with 214 brilliant-cut diamonds, one round-cut green tourmaline and one citrine. The Sex On The Beach ring is in the same white gold with the same diamond count but with one round-cut pink tourmaline and one peridot instead. The Blue Hawaiian is a 18-carat white gold ring with 121 brilliant-cut diamonds, with a single cushion-cut blue topaz and white chalcedony with a round yellow sapphire.
Chopard Robbed In Paris By Daring Jewel Thief
Jewellery worth more than 6m euros (£5m, $8m) has been stolen from an exclusive Paris store in broad daylight by a lone gunman, police sources say.
Dressed in a suit and fedora, the man entered Chopard on Place Vendome and reportedly made staff hand over 15 pieces of jewellery at gunpoint.
The heist, which
took place in mid-afternoon, came after a gang of armed
men stole gems worth 85m euros from
jewellers Harry Winston in Paris in December.
Place Vendome is an elegant old square known for its luxury hotels, and is also home to numerous jewellery stores as well as the French justice ministry.
Jewelry and couture traditionally play important roles on the red carpet at the Academy Awards and it was no different in 2009. Given the uncertainty of current time, there’s a surfeit of vintage material, such as seen on Viola Davis, or in unusual interpretations such as blackened platinum items worn by Diane Lane and Evan Rachel Wood. Nevertheless, a few stars choose classic options from the major brands, including Marissa Tomei (Van Cleef & Arpels), Taraji Henson (Piaget) and Teri Hatcher (Piaget).
Cullinan Blue Diamond Is Now “Star of Josephine”
The Hong Kong collector who bought Cullinan’s blue diamond has named it the ‘Star of Josephine’, Petra Diamonds said on Tuesday.
The flawless cushion shaped diamond, weighing 7.03 carats was purchased by Hong Kong collector Joseph Lau Luen-Hung on 12 May.
Lau bought the diamond for HK$74-million
(US$9.48-million) and he has already exercised his right to
name the diamond, which is now known as ‘Star of
Josephine’,” said the company.
The sale on auction at Sotheby’s in Geneva set two world records – the highest price per carat for any gemstone at auction and for a fancy vivid blue diamond at auction.
The diamond was cut from a 26.58 carat rough discovered in 2008 at Petra Diamonds’ historic Cullinan diamond mine in South Africa.
The mine has been the world’s most consistently reliable source of blue diamonds.
De Beers woos safe-haven investors
De Beers has launched a global campaign to convince investors that diamonds are an alternative to gold as a safe-haven investment.
The move is a sign of the pressure on the world’s biggest diamond miner to find new markets following the collapse of traditional sales.
Stephen Lussier, De Beers’ executive director for corporate affairs, told the Financial Times the group had been approached in the past two months by “half-a- dozen” brokers linked to sovereign wealth funds and wealthy individuals.
Rare stones, like that big blue diamond that sold for $9.5 million recently will always find their purchasers.
Big stones, stones of unusual color or clarity, stones with a unique historical provenance, these stones will likely grow in value over time.
These stones are not the norm however and analysts and investors say that the closed nature of the diamond market made them a much less attractive option than gold.
Mariah Carey is gifted diamond jewelry worth millions!
Not all pop divas are blessed to be showered with diamond gifts again and again. But Mariah Carey certainly is one lucky dame as its not the first time that she has received diamond jewelry worth millions as gifts. Following her high-rated performance at the launch of the most expensive luxury hotel Mardan Palace, apart form her soaring charges ($1.5 million), she was also gifted millions more in form of sparkling jewels. She flew high with a huge five-carat diamond ring in the shape of her signature butterfly. And that’s just a part of the big, fat, dazzling gift collection. However its not only diamonds that is showered on her as the singer cum actress also loves to get dusted with 24-karat gold dust.
SoKoBe.com offers the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyroturbillon 1 wristwatch for an exceptional price of $339,995
If you love to collect exquisite timepieces you probably are aware of the Gyroturbillon 1 wristwatch by Jaeger-LeCoultre which has been produced in limited runs of 20 per year since mid-2004. The extravagant watch has 679 parts and is adorned with 117 jewels including a sapphire crystal. The 43 mm platinum case with a transparent case back and a black crocodile leather strap are just some of the amazing features of this watch that boasts of functions like hours, minutes, power reserve, perpetual calendar, date, month, leap year, and a gyroscopic tourbillon. The exclusivity along with its fine features and design make this watch a must have for every watch collector. In case you have failed to get your hands on this timepiece, here is some good news. SoKoBe.com has one for sale and is offering it at an unbeatable price of $339,995! The excellent price point is more than 20 percent off the average price of more than $400,000 for this Swiss-manufactured collector's piece. The online jeweler is promoting this watch as its weekly special and claims that it is one of only 75 Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyroturbillon 1 wristwatches available worldwide.
is a French producer of jewelry. Founded by Frédéric
Boucheron, the company is over 150 years old and one of the
most venerable French jewelers.
The company offers some of the most exclusive jewelry and watches in the industry and is praised for its unique crafting and Art Nouveau style. Along with its jewelry, Boucheron is well known with its fragrances and timepeice distribution.
In 2000, Gucci Group acquired 100% of Boucheron as well as many other labels. Two years later Boucheron unvealed its new store concepts in Tokyo, Milan, London, San Francisco, and Honolulu.
Italian jeweler Bulgari (often written "BVLGARI") was founded in Rome by Greek emigrant Sotirio Boulgaris in 1884. Once only known for its jewelry, the company today markets a whole line of products, including handbags, fragrances and wristwatches. The name "Bulgari" is an adaptation of the founder's last name.
There are more than 150 Bulgari retail locations worldwide. Bulgari's New York outlet is located on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The Bulgari family also owns the luxurious Bulgari Hotel in Milan.
Today, Boulgaris's grandsons Paolo and Nicola Bulgari are chairman and vice-chairman of the company, respectively. The Bulgaris' nephew Francesco Trapani has been CEO of Bulgari since 1984.
Trapani's goal to diversify the company was first acted upon in the early 1990s, with the release of the Bulgari perfume line. Bulgari grew in popularity as it offered more products, and the company was listed on the Milan stock exchange in 1995.
The company has seen 150 percent revenue growth between 1997 and 2003. Outside investors hold 45 percent of Bulgari's stock.
Popular among millionaires and celebrities, Bulgari jewels often fetch tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
At number 12, one of the 18th century's most famous private homes, the Baudard de Saint-James mansion owes its names to the treasurer of Louis XVI's Navy. It is within these walls, echoing with history, that Chaumet set up his shop. Napoleon III met his future wife, Eugénie de Montijo, there. And in 1847, the composer Chopin died in one of the upstairs salons. In these rooms, with their ornately decorated, wood-embellished ceilings, Chaumet houses a charming museum bearing witness to the creativity of this jeweler, which boasts a royal clientele. In the 20s, its specialties were aigrettes, the jeweled decorations that the belles of the époque's balls placed in their hair, and above all, tiaras. Today, Chaumet offers more contemporary creations, and recently brought out two fresh and elegant perfumes -one for men and one for women- whose image is less elitist but as refined as ever.
The House of Graff is synonymous with the most fabulous jewels in the world. The name symbolises rarity, beauty, excellence and, above all, the best quality, craftsmanship and diamonds. A diamond company extraordinaire, Graff produces polished diamonds from the rough sourced from mines around the world, making it one of the world's leading diamond companies. Tens of thousands of carats of rough diamonds are cut and polished by a team of over 300 in Graff's diamond cutting facility based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Each jewel is unique, from the perfectly cut diamond to the magnificent hand finished piece.
A cohort of stars, including Marlene Dietrich, the Blue Angel, soon fell under the spell of its unique creations A perfume with seductive oriental notes, named in her honor and launched a year ago, is presented in an iridescent-glass bottle shaped like a spinning top. The crowning touch? The fragrance's violent tint has turned into the jeweler's signature color.