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Unforgettable pearls

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Pearls Sydney Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but pearls are her first choice! Natural or cultured, round or baroque, large or small, freshwater or seed, pearls come in every colour from white to gold, black to silver, and pink, grey and green too, and they are the easiest of accessories. Think Coco Chanel, … Continue reading Unforgettable pearls

Three magnificent sapphires auctioned at Christie’s

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Sapphire Jewellery Sydney The Rockefeller Sapphire In 2001 Christie’s sold the 62.02 carat Burmese cornflower blue rectangular Rockefeller Sapphire. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. had bought it in 1934 from the Nizam of Hyderabad through the New York jeweller Raymond Yard. In the 1940s Rockefeller asked Pierre Cartier to recut the stone into this unique shape … Continue reading Three magnificent sapphires auctioned at Christie’s

The diamond paperweight of the Nizam of Hyderabad

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Diamond Jewellery Sydney In 1884 a rough diamond of over 400 carats was found in the Kimberley mines in South Africa and smuggled to London to avoid duty. A syndicate of dealers at Hutton Gardens bought it and sent it to Amsterdam to be cut and polished. The finished gem was a spectacular rectangular cushion … Continue reading The diamond paperweight of the Nizam of Hyderabad

The A, B, C of the Smithsonian Collection in Washington DC

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Jewellery Appraisal Sydney Jewellery Valuation at Diamonds by Design A is the American Golden Topaz from Minas Gerais in Brazil, which has 172 facets and weighs almost 23,000 carats — that’s 4½ kilos, ¬ which makes it one of the biggest gemstones in the world. The almost 12-kilo piece of rough belonged to Dr Edgar … Continue reading The A, B, C of the Smithsonian Collection in Washington DC

Some famous opals and references from famous authors

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Opal Jewellery Sydney Opals have been mined in Coober Pedy since the 1840s and Lightning Ridge since the beginning of the 20th century. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “The hues of the opal, the light of the diamond, are not to be seen if the eye is too near.” In 1906 Charlie Dunstan found a 900-carat … Continue reading Some famous opals and references from famous authors

Three of Elizabeth Taylor’s Legendary Jewels

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Jewellery Valuation Sydney Elizabeth Taylor never needed to borrow jewellery for the Academy Awards. Her husbands gave her gems for any and every occasion — even to celebrate the days of the week. Richard Burton used to joke that the only word she knew in Italian was Bulgari. “I’ve never thought of my jewellery as … Continue reading Three of Elizabeth Taylor’s Legendary Jewels

Some Smithsonian sapphires — stones with a great backstory

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Sapphire Jewellery  Sydney Diamonds by Design – Custom Sapphire Rings Design The Star of Artaban Have you ever read The Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke? Artaban, the fourth Wise Man, was on his way to Bethlehem, but failed to meet up with the Magi. The Star of Artaban was the sapphire (together with … Continue reading Some Smithsonian sapphires — stones with a great backstory

Where to see Fabergé

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Fabergé Eggs Sydney Get a Real or a Replica Fabergé Egg at Diamonds by Design What does the unforgettable name Fabergé conjure up for you besides imperial Easter eggs? The most elegant enamel? The doomed Russian Tsar and his family? The collection Malcolm Forbes and his son Kip built up? Beautiful, subtle flowers in pure rock … Continue reading Where to see Fabergé

The Oscars III

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Jewellery Designer Sydney Some of the most wearable jewellery at this year’s Oscars came from lesser known designers and not the big five: Bulgari, Cartier, Chopard, Harry Winston and Tiffany. Jewellery Designer Sydney: Diamond Earrings & Necklaces, Oscars 2019 Maya Rudolph was on the worst dressed list with slicked back hair and a billowing, baggy, … Continue reading The Oscars III

Coloured diamonds sold at Christie’s recently

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Coloured Diamonds Australia Did you ever see a 1953, 20th Century Fox film called Gentlemen Prefer Blondes? It was a glorious, glamorous musical with Marilyn Monroe, where she sang Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend and wore a stunning 24 carat canary yellow, pear-shaped diamond called The Moon of Baroda. It came from the Golconda … Continue reading Coloured diamonds sold at Christie’s recently