World's largest diamond ring

World’s largest crossover diamond ring costs £1.6 million

In the lavish world of billionaires 41.78 carats carry the price tag of £1.6 million as demonstrated by British jeweller, Hancocks. The world’s largest diamond crossover ring is now a luxurious reality and is so valuable that the brand has given the piece a specially-designated security guard.

The one-of-a-kind ring is made of two luminous 20-carat cushion-cut diamonds positioned on a band that goes around the finger with its ends passing each other on top. The most striking feature of the piece is the unique sameness of the two stones, which is due to the fact that they were cut from a single piece of rough diamond. This guarantees that the creation boasts a level of symmetry that would be nearly impossible to replicate and the finest match of gemstones of such generous size on the market, making it the ultimate statement piece.

World's largest diamond ring

Expected to go on sale in April, it is part of the Unum range and designed by Amy Burton. The rarity of the ring makes it the only one of its kind in the world and is already attracting interest from potential buyers, looking to make their significant others feel extra special.

As one of London’s oldest family jewellers, Hancocks is well-known for the fine craftsmanship and sublime designs of its pieces, making it the preferred choice of celebrities and English nobility. Diamonds permeate its collections, which exhibit unparalleled elegance and charm, but this ring is truly a remarkable piece of jewellery – one that will surely come to be regarded as the new standard of regal luxury in the new millennia.

World's largest diamond ring

The 41.78-carat wonder is flawless in every aspect and instantly draws attention to its many sublime qualities upon careful observation. Apart from the bespoke characteristics of the diamonds – the striking symmetry and attention to detail employed in putting together the flawless composition, are also evident and well worth the hefty price tag.

Baselworld 2016

Jewelry highlights of Baselworld 2016

The 2016 edition of the prestigious Baselworld exhibition proved that confidence in the jewellery industry remains high. 1,500 of the world’s most prestigious and renowned brands revealed superb creations of astonishing precision, harmony and elegance that will dictate the trends on the market this year. Visitors at this year’s Baselworld got to experience a luxurious ambiance of precious gems and outstanding craftsmanship that uses centuries-old goldsmith and artisan traditions in the making of exquisite pieces-of-art, such as Magic Circus, which comprises 18 carat yellow gold chain colliers and bracelets embellished with minute diamond stars and vivid gemstones, Blooming – a line of 18 carat gold rings crafted with delicate dormant flower buds in red coral and diamond pave and many more.

Baselworld 2016

Famous jeweller Peter Lam showcased his latest Dreamcatcher collection, inspired by Native American folklore and symmetry. Refines bracelets and rings – all crafted in 14 carat white gold and adorned with sparkling diamonds and sapphires for the ultimate finesse and femininity. Prices of the beautiful pieces range from $1,469.99 to $3,289.99.

Baselworld 2016

Italian fine jewellery brand Picchiotti stole the spotlight with its selection of eye-catching diamond and gemstone pieces. One of the brand’s most eye-catching creations was a 5.36 carat certified Columbian vivid green emerald ring with 4.16 carats of diamonds, priced at £26,500.

Baselworld 2016

On the male jewellery front, an honourable mention goes to Shamballa Jewels who presented an elegant men’s cuff, as well as new interpretations of the classic Shamballa bracelet with rare marbles and granite interspersed with precious gems. Starting prices for their bracelets are approximately $4,630.

Baselworld 2016

Yoko London presented a whole new collection of pieces designed for the modern, cosmopolitan woman. A wide range of easily-wearable pearl earrings, rings and bracelets are the epitome of feminine grace and understated elegance, retailing for £600 to £2,000. This is the brand’s first line that responds directly to consumer’s feedback about jewellery that is more accessible and fluid.

Louis XIII’s L’Odyssée D’Un Roi cognac

Louis XIII’s L’Odyssée D’Un Roi cognac

А monumental piece has been created by Four distinguished French luxury houses and is made available under the name of L’Odyssée d’Un Roi. This is a worthy tribute to the cognac’s historic journeys through the ages, as the collaboration features Louis XIII, renowned fashion house Hermès, cristallerie Saint-Louis and silversmiths Puiforcat. To create an object of unparalleled quality and originality to honour the luxury travel heritage of Louis XIII, each house has relied on its own centuries-old savoir-faire.

Louis XIII’s L’Odyssée D’Un Roi cognac

The end result is several objects of art that will be presented as part of traveling exhibition in the course of one year that will visit the capitals of several countries. The composition is made of elements that each of the four maisons has created – a leather trunk hand-stitched by Hermès (sfour glasses and a crystal decanter mouth-blown and decorated with 19th-century maps by Saint-Louis artisans and a white-gold pipette by Puiforcat to complement the rare blend of Louis XIII. The liquor is the effort of more than 50 artisans who have spent over 1,000 hours on every piece of L’Odyssée d’Un Roi to achieve a truly phenomenal taste and texture. The exceptional blend is the result of the collaboration of Baptiste Loiseau and Remy Martin Cellar Master since 2014, alongside Cellar Master Pierrette Trichet and is an assemblage of eaux-de-vie from Grande champagne.

Louis XIII’s L’Odyssée D’Un Roi cognac

Sotheby’s is expected to be auctioning all three Louis XIII Unveils L’Odyssée d’Un Roi with all proceeds benefiting The Film Foundation. It is a non- profit organization founded by famous Hollywood director Martin Scorsese and other leading filmmakers with the intent to preserve and restore classic films. Reserve price to take part in the auction is announced to start at €350,000. The elegant collaboration between the famous houses has produced a collection of fine leather, delicate crystal and rich blend of Louis XIII.

Largest Ever Blue Diamond

Largest Ever Blue Diamond Costs – £45 Million

Christie’s has announced a scheduled auction of a spectacular 14.62 carat blue diamond for May this year. Nicknamed the Oppenheimer Blue – the gargantuan stone has an estimated value of between £38 and £45 million, making it the most expensive vivid blue diamond to be auctioned ever.

The emerald-cut gem carries the name of its previous owner – Sir Philip Oppenheimer and is described as possessing “perfect hue, impeccable proportions, and [a] fabulous rectangular shape.” Diamonds that have impeccable qualities in terms of the 4C’s are incredibly rare to come across. That stands for Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight and a stone of blue nuance is amongst the rarest to be found in nature with less than 2% of all gems are naturally blue. The Oppenheimer Blue rates high in both the highest and clearest saturation nuance of the colour possible.

Largest Ever Blue Diamond

The last few years have seen a number of record-priced coloured diamonds sold at auctions with the Hope Diamond being the most famous. The sale of the Oppenheimer Blue comes just a few months after another record-breaking sale – that of a 9.54-carat blue diamond that used to be owned by the child star Shirley Temple. It was sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $35 million in April. However, the Oppenheimer diamond has the potential to break all records.

It is an incredible challenge to achieve such brilliant blue nuance in a traditional emerald-cut shape like the 15-carat Oppenheimer. Evaluators praise the colour and clarity, which are exceptional when combined with the traditional cutting style and provenance.

Largest Ever Blue Diamond

In 2010, the London jeweler Graff broke a record for obtaining a 24.78-carat pink diamond at Sotheby’s Geneva for $45.6 million. And just last year, Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau paid $48.4 million for a 12.03-carat, vivid blue diamond at Sotheby’s Geneva, which is more than enough to say with certainty that coloured diamonds are making a comeback.

Fendi's new Boutique Hotel

Fendi’s new Boutique Hotel

Italian luxury fashion house Fendi, known for its superb designs in furs, leathers and furniture, is now opening its own Palazzo Fend boutique in the eternal city of Rome. The jewel-box-size hotel—complete with the brand’s largest store ever—is strategically located on the site of its historic Palazzo Fendi, on Rome’s famous Via Condotti.

Clients can enjoy the house’s signature opulence, which includes red Lepanto marble walls and Gio Ponti designer furniture. The historically-rich building underwent extensive renovation before it was revealed for the architectural marvel that it truly is. An exhibition of the first-floor galleries was held for the public for the first time, displaying the story behind the building’s past in interspersed with photographs by Karl Lagerfeld and celebrates Italian artist Franco Fontana. There are many eye-catching accents in the interior – including the glass-and-bronze central elevator designed by Gwenael Nicholas.

Fendi's new Boutique Hotel

At street level there is a massive Fendi store with Lepanto marble staircase and the said elevator. Right above it is a spectacular apartment designed exclusively for VIP clients to use for private fittings and high-profile events. The rest of the boutique hotel dubbed Fendi Private Suites was designed by Costanzi. The roof of the building houses renowned London-based Japanese restaurant Zuma. The entire space is distributed in line with the latest in architectural aesthetics while in keeping with the city’s centuries-old traditions.

Fendi's new Boutique Hotel

The hotel is intimate and has only seven rooms – each uniquely designed from the Fendi Casa furniture line. Beautiful artwork and design pieces create an art deco ambiance. Room rates range from $770 to $1,900 per night depending on the view and size of the accommodation and all suites overlook the historic Via Condotti. The spirit of Rome is beautifully incorporated throughout the boutique hotel and blends well with its contemporary luxury. Fendi’s definition of aesthetic can be found in the lavish three-room apartment designed by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran of Dimore Studio.

Hublot LaFerrari Sapphire

Hublot Launches MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Tourbillon

In its latest limited edition masterpiece Hublot takes the art of fusion to new heights. LaFerrari Sapphire is the living embodiment of decades of fine horological traditions and constant pursuit for innovation and development. The Unico movement is beautifully accentuated thanks to the transparent case, which puts the essence of the Tourbillon model on display.

Hublot LaFerrari Sapphire

The watch’s unique character is characterized by its robust and flamboyant nature – Hublot’s Sapphire models have revolutionized the fashion and jewelry worlds as they are cut straight from sapphire, retaining the material’s precious and rare character. Only 50 pieces will be manufactured of this highly-praised model that combines the acclaimed architecture of Hublot’s famous Big Bang model and absolute transparency of design with the brand’s signature Unico movement.

The middle of the case together with the bezel and back of the Big Bang Unico Sapphire are all cut from blocks of scratch-resistant sapphire. Only a small portion of the spine of the watch is made from titanium. The skeleton dial reveals all the gears of the proprietary Hublot Unico movement and its intricate finishes. The strap is also transparent to complement the watch’s ethereal silhouette. LaFerrari Sapphire is water-resistant up to a depth of 50 metres and has a power reserve of up to 72 hours. In total, 637 components power the spectacular timepiece.

Hublot LaFerrari Sapphire

Designed in a way to reveal all inherent beauty and complexity of Hublot’s proprietary movement – the new piece balances refined elegance and bold architecture in a remarkable way. This explains the extravagant price, which despite remaining to be announced officially, is expected to be in the region of $300,000 to $600,000. Its austere design is evocative of the beauty and aerodynamics of the outline of Ferrari cars. The 50-day power reserve sets a new world record for a Tourbillon wristwatch that is hand-wound. PVD titanium blends seamlessly with the sapphire and are topped off with a rubber strap.

vintage watches

Four vintage Chronograph watches

Vintage watches have always had a certain appeal to them highly valued by connoisseurs and collectors, but when it comes to vintage chronographs – there is something truly special. The most exciting period for chronograph watches were the 60s and 70s with no two timepieces ever being alike, so let’s take a look at some models that are definitely keepsakes.

Omega Speedmaster “Pre-Moon”

Omega Speedmaster "Pre-Moon”

An icon on its own, the Omega Speedmaster shines with design and technology. The officially-approved NASA mission piece was originally designed for racecar drivers and is now one of the most beloved luxurious models in the world. A 1967-model was recently sold for $3,550 at a recent commemorative Speedmaster sale by Christie’s.

Heuer Viceroy Autavia

Heuer Viceroy Autavia

The racing chronograph is a synonym for exquisite design and superior metrics and it’s difficult to come across an older model in pristine condition. This is what makes this 1973-watch so valuable with its perfectly preserved colours and minimal scratches, giving it the price tag of $3,750.

Zenith Red Vignette El Primero

Zenith Red Vignette El Primero

The unusual Zenith Red Vignette El Primero sports an eccentric case design that makes it stand out from the multitude of chronographs. Its bright red dial and shimmering bracelet would definitely not go unnoticed and convey the disco spirit of the 70s. It can be yours for $5,000.

Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263

Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263

To this date the Rolex Daytona remains the gold standard, which all chronograph watches are measured against. Its qualities in terms of technology and precision are unparalleled and the sleek, refined design has shaped countless trends in the fashion world. This explains the asking price of $40,000, which guarantees a watch in excellent condition with all of its signature trademarks like the red signature at 6 o’clock, a lightly faded dial, and a glossy black bezel – restored to their full glory and shine.

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The biggest jewellery sales of 2015

2015 saw a few record-breaking sales in the world of high-end jewellery with auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s sharing details on the most striking stones that were purchased at auctions. Sapphires, striking red rubies, and pink diamonds were the gemstones that made headlines the previous year and there were some truly unique finds that exhibited exceptional qualities and were promptly picked up by connoisseurs and collectors. In total, sales of precious jewels came to $214 million and there were quite a few that broke records in terms of size, clarity and brilliance.

The Blue Moon of Josephine

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Undoubtedly, the most famous blue diamond of 2015, the 13.02-carat stone was sold to a Hong Kong billionaire for $48,468,158 by Sotheby’s. He reportedly bought it for his 7-yearold daughter and named it after her. This price is by far the largest anyone has ever paid for a diamond of any colour and size.

Ruby and Diamond Ring

ruby and diamond cartier

Cartier’s 25.59-carat ring wields a flawless and extremely rare ruby stone as well as 2.47 and 2.70 diamonds, which explains its $30,335,698 price tag. It made headlines for being the first coloured gemstone to sell for more than $1 million per carat at auction and it went to an undisclosed buyer.

The Sweet Josephine

sweet josephine diamond

Another spectacular buy for Hong Kong billionaire’s daughter Josephine as the name reveals. The 16.08-carat pink diamond ring was sold for $28,523,925 at Christie’s.

Emerald-Cut Diamond

emerald-cut diamond

A 100.20-carat ring with more than perfect proportions and clarity was sold at Sotheby’s auction for the record sum of $22,090,000 to an undisclosed buyer.

The Crimson Flame

crimson flame diamond

The 15.04-carat ring is unique with its deep vivid colour, explained as pigeon blood red and considered very rare to be found naturally. It was sold for $18,372,913 at Christie’s.

The Historic Pink

historic pink diamond

The 8.72-carat ring has a rich history behind it as it is believed to have been part of Princess Mathilde de Bonaparte’s collection. Kept in a bank vault since the 1940s, it was sold for $15,903,422 at Sotheby’s.

Emperador Coussin XL 700P

Emperador Coussin XL 700P – Piaget’s latest creation

The exquisite world of haute horology has witnessed a true electromechanical marvel just in time for the holidays. Piaget’s newest model – the Emperador Coussin XL 700P – is the first watch to combine mechanical power with electronic timekeeping in a unique hybrid movement. This is a remarkable feature that continues to put the brand at the forefront of innovation and superb craftsmanship in the fine watch-making industry.

EMPERADOR COUSSIN XL 700P

Made of solid white gold with an elegant black bezel that is ADLC-coated, the new model brings together the oversized proportions of a sports watch with clean aesthetic of a dress watch. The design exhibits beautiful contrast and visual structure. It is visibly masculine with a very powerful yet refined presence.

EMPERADOR COUSSIN XL 700P

The real worth of the timepiece, however, lies within the method of manufacture and the mechanism it employs. It still uses the traditional mechanical spring as a power source, but crystal quartz is installed to keep the time. This crystal is of significantly higher quality than the one found in a Swatch. It is used to regulate the movement of a flywheel, which when spinning controls all other gears. The precise movement of the crystal permits for more accuracy.

EMPERADOR COUSSIN XL 700P

It is the first time Piaget experiments with this technology and the result is nothing short of spectacular – both visually and performance-wise. Their revered skeletonized design is present in the Emperador Coussin XL 700P as well, complementing the sleek, refined look of the model. With only 118 pieces set to be manufactured, price has been announced at $70,000 a piece and there is a waiting list for eager buyers.

EMPERADOR COUSSIN XL 700P

The Emperador Coussin XL 700P is a eautiful continuation of Piaget’s proud traditions in watch-making and is, by far, the biggest technological leap the brand has taken to date. It is yet unclear whether it’s going to be a stand-alone model or the beginning of a series of electromechanical watches, but in either case it’s a sight to behold.

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O'), 1955

10 Artworks totalling $1 Billion

The annual art auction sale held at Sotheby’s New York contains some intriguing and valuable lots with a collective worth of $996 million. While there is no particular trend or tendency towards certain artist or period, an increasing mixture of contemporary art and classic works has seen an increase in public interest with modern names like Jeff Koons, Alexander Calder, and Andy Warhol constituting one of the 300 lots estimated at around $89 million. The record-breaker for the month of November was a $3.4 million oil painting by Roy Lichtenstein sold by Sotheby’s. The most sought-after works of art for December are:

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), 1955

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O'), 1955

Its asking price is $179,365,000 at Christie’s and it’s a series of 15 paintings and numerous drawings made by the famous Spanish artist. Version O is the final painting in the Eugène Delacroix- inspired series and was completed in 1955.

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché, 1917-1918

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché, 1917-1918

This painting caused quite a bit of controversy earlier in 2015 when it was publically exhibited at Christie’s New York gallery. The notorious painting is one of a series of nude portraits commissioned by the Polish art dealer Leopold Zboroswki and currently sold for $170,405,000.

Roy Lichtenstein, Nurse, 1964

Roy Lichtenstein, Nurse, 1964

Another painting by Roy Lichtenstein made it into December’s lot with the artist’s unique style becoming increasingly popular. Inspired by the signature style of 90s comic books, the masterpiece celebrate the bold new imagery of art and has an asking price of $95,365,000.

Mark Rothko, No. 10, 1958

Mark Rothko, No. 10, 1958

The bizarre, but bold and impressive Mark Rothko piece captivates with simplicity and clarity of composition. He is known for the vibrancy of his paintings, achieved through very few materials as evidenced by the No.10, sold for $81,925,000.

Cy Twombly, Untitled (New York City), 1968

Cy Twombly, Untitled (New York City), 1968

Another striking example of contemporary art at its finest – Cy Twombly’s chalkboard picture exits architectural aesthetic and wonderful chaotic allure. It is sold for $70,530,000 at Sotheby’s.

The list complete:

Alberto Giacometti, L’homme au doigt, 1947, sold for $141,285,000 at Christie’s.

Alberto Giacometti, L'homme au doigt, 1947

Pablo Picasso, La Gommeuse, 1901, sold for $67,450,000 at Sotheby’s.

Pablo Picasso, La Gommeuse, 1901

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme (Femme à la résille), 1938, sold for $67,365,000 at Christie’s.

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme (Femme à la résille), 1938

Vincent van Gogh, L’Allée des Alyscamps, 1888, sold for $66,330,000 at Sotheby’s.

Vincent van Gogh, L'Allée des Alyscamps, 1888

Lucian Freud, Benefits Supervisor Resting, 1994, sold for $56,165,000 at Christie’s.

Lucian Freud, Benefits Supervisor Resting, 1994