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Top 5 Wedding and Engagement Ring Trends for 2015

2015 Wedding and Engagement Rings

 

With wedding season in full swing, new bridal jewelry trends have emerged shaping purchasing decisions. Based off customer feedback and inquiries we’ve put together a list of five top trends for wedding and engagement rings in 2015:

FANCY SHAPED DIAMONDS
Fancy shaped center diamonds such as cushion and asscher have taken the limelight. Many subsequent bridal jewelry trends for 2015 revolve around these new favorites.

CLASSIC ENGAGEMENT RING SETTINGS
Fancy cut centers are often being paired with classic style settings featuring modern clean lines. The halo setting continues to be a top engagement ring style, particularly among budget-conscious couples looking to maximize a diamond’s brilliance.

ETERNITY WEDDING RINGS
Fancy shapes have made their way into wedding rings as well. Eternity rings remain a top style with fancy shaped diamonds going all the way around matching or complimenting their engagement ring’s center stone. The growing stackable ring trend has also influenced wedding ring selections as couples consider how a wedding band fits with an existing piece.

VINTAGE GLAMOUR
Antique style rings continue to be favorite choice. There is still a great appreciation for pieces featuring elaborate milgrain detailing. Intricate etching and designs have also extended into men’s wedding bands as well.

WHITE AND ROSE
Platinum and white gold remain the top metals of choice, but combining white metal with a hint of rose gold has also been a growing trend this year.

Lastly, here are a few tips for creating the perfect bridal ring set: For a seamless feel, we recommend looking for a wedding band with similar contours as the engagement ring. Also be sure to choose the same metal type. It’s ok to get creative, but just note that a wedding band typically should not overpower an engagement ring.

Which is your favorite bridal jewelry trend for 2015?

The Premier Blue Diamond to Fetch $19M at Auction

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in Asia, Sotheby’s will be auctioning the largest round fancy vivid blue diamond ever to be graded by the Gemological Institute of America. The diamond will be the star at the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn Sale in Hong Kong on Oct 7.

The Premier Blue, a 7.59 carat round brilliant internally flawless marvel is expected to fetch an estimated $19 million. If the stone reaches this amount it will shatter the world record for a blue diamond at auction and per-carat price for any diamond. The 24.78 carat Graff Pink diamond however, would still hold the world record for any diamond sold at auction.

Excavated from the Premier Mine, (formerly known as Cullinan), its natural vivid blue hue and round cut are what make The Premier Blue so exceptional. Colored stones make up about 0.01% of all mined diamonds. Due to the high volume of waste of diamond rough when creating round brilliant cuts, they are rarely used in fancy color diamonds.

Other top lots include:

8.03 carat cushion shaped natural Pigeon’s Blood Burmese ruby set into a diamond ring setting specially designed for the upcoming Sotheby’s auction. Excavated from the Mogok Valley in Burma, the stone is free from inclusions to the naked eye. (EST. $3.5 – $4.2 million)

Set of two jadeite bead necklaces, circa Republican Period featuring 254 jadeite beads of matching color, translucency and texture. (EST. $2.8 – 3.8 million).

Jadeite Cabochon and Diamond Necklace (EST. $2.3 million – $3 million)

10.94 carat pear shaped fancy light pink diamond mounted into a diamond ring (EST. $1.9 million – $2.3 million)

Lavender jadeite bangle (EST. $850,000 – $1 million).

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Rare Blue Diamond Sets World Record

A fancy deep-blue diamond weighing 5.30 carats set a $1.8 million per carat world record at Bonhams Fine Jewelry sale in London last week. The selling price of approximately $7.3 million was more than five times its pre-sale estimate.

The antique cut cushion shaped blue beauty is mounted in a Trombino ring surrounded by pavé-set round brilliant cut and baguette cut white diamonds approximately 2.00 carats total. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has graded the diamond as fancy deep blue, natural colour and VS2 clarity.

“Blue diamonds, especially those over 5 carats, are extremely rare to see on the market and continue to be highly sought after,” said Jean Ghika, director of Bonhams jewelry department for Europe.

The term ‘fancy’ describes the Type IIb diamond’s unique shade of blue which stems from traces of Boron elements. Other historic blue diamonds which exhibit similar characteristics include the Hope diamond, the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond and the Tereschenko diamond. All are believed to have originated from the Golconda mines which have produced white diamonds and fancy color diamonds with the highest degree of brilliance.

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28 Carat Flawless Diamond Sets New World Record at Auction

On April 8th, a 28.68 carat D color internally flawless round brilliant cut diamond of excellent cut, polish and symmetry set a new price per carat record at Sotheby’s Hong Kong sale of Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite. The stone sold to a private buyer for $6.9 million ($239,352 per carat), surpassing pre-sale estimates by nearly $1 million. Specifically, the diamond set a new record price for a D color flawless diamond sold at auction.

Other highlights included a pair of diamond pendant earrings weighing 8 carats which sold for $2.7 million, a 21.54 carat diamond mounted in an 18k white gold setting which sold for $2.7 million and a 19.54 carat cushion shaped Colombian emerald and diamond ring which sold for $1.9 million. While most of the highly anticipated lots were diamond pieces, jadeite, emerald, pearl and sapphire jewels also had a strong showing.

In total, the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale garnered $61.4 million. The top prices paid indicate a continually rising demand for the highest quality diamonds and gemstones.

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Spring 2013 Diamond Jewelry Favorites


A curated collection of our favorite pieces evoking Spring’s beauty.

 

Fine Jewelry

Diamond and Purple Amethyst Antique Style 18k White Gold Ring

Diamond and Purple Amethyst Antique Style 18k White Gold Ring

Product: #6330

Diamond and Blue Sapphire 18k white Gold Eternity Ring

Diamond and Blue Sapphire 18k white Gold Eternity Ring

Product: #6320

Diamond 18k Rose Gold Ring

Diamond 18k Rose Gold Ring

Product: #6307

Diamond, Pink Sapphire and Purple Amethyst 18k Rose Gold Dangle Earrings

Diamond, Pink Sapphire and Purple Amethyst 18k Rose Gold Dangle Earrings

Product: #6304

Diamond 14k White Gold Flower Pendant Necklace

Diamond 14k White Gold Flower Pendant Necklace

Product: #6276

Diamond, Blue Sapphire and Blue Topaz Antique Style 18k White Gold and Black Rhodium Dangle Earrings

Diamond, Blue Sapphire and Blue Topaz Antique Style 18k White Gold and Black Rhodium Dangle Earrings

Product: #6246

 

Bridal Jewelry

Diamond Platinum Wedding Band Ring

Diamond Platinum Wedding Ring

Product: #4417

diamond heart shaped pendant

Diamond 18k White Gold Engagement Ring Setting

Product: #5346

Diamond Antique Style 14k White Gold Floral Wedding Band Ring

Diamond Antique Style 14k White Gold Floral Wedding Ring

Product: #2108

Diamond Antique Style 18k White Gold Engagement Ring Setting

Diamond Antique Style 18k White Gold Engagement Ring Setting

Product: #3709

Diamond Antique Style 18k White Gold Wedding Band Ring

Diamond Antique Style 18k White Gold Wedding Ring

Product: #5405

Diamond Antique Style Platinum Engagement Ring Mounting

Diamond Antique Style Platinum Engagement Ring Setting

Product: #155

 

Extraordinary Parure

Diamond 18k White Gold Dangle Earrings

Diamond 18k White Gold Dangle Earrings

Product: #6277

Diamond 18k White Gold Drop Necklace

Diamond 18k White Gold Drop Necklace

Product: #6035

 

Diamond 18k White Gold Ring

Diamond 18k White Gold Ring

Product: #4662

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101 Carat Flawless Diamond Goes to Auction

 

The world’s largest D color flawless diamond ever offered at auction is scheduled to go under the hammer at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva on May 15th.  The 101.73 carat pear shaped marvel, being offered for the first time, has pre-sale estimates in the $20 million range.

“A perfect diamond is the result of the skill and vision of a master cutter who is able to uncover beauty from a rough gem.” said Rahul Kadakia, head of jewelry for Christie’s Switzerland and Americas. “This diamond is in its scale, quality and rarity one of the most beautiful white diamonds Christie’s has ever had the honor of offering for sale,” he added.

Discovered at the Jwaneng Mine in Botswana, the diamond was carved from a 236 carat rough and took nearly 2 years to polish. The Gemological Institute of America has given the stone the highest grades in both color and clarity and according to Chrisitie’s it has been “sculpted like a work of art”. The chemically pure type IIA gem radiates a rare inner brilliance unique to fewer than 2 percent of the world’s diamonds.

The stone is set to join the ranks of some of the world’s most famous diamonds and the buyer will have the privilege of initiating its legacy with a name.

Over the past few years fine gemstones have risen in demand at auction. In November 2012, the internally flawless and colorless 76 carat Archduke Joseph Diamond sold for a world breaking record of $21.5 million.

 

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Oscars 2013 Jewelry Winners

Vintage style jewelry and classic white diamonds ruled the red carpet at the 2013 Academy Awards. View the highlights of the evening and vote below:

Jennifer Garner stunned in a 200 carat vintage diamond necklace set in darkened platinum worth $2.5 million. Garner has attended almost every ceremony throughout the award show season supporting husband Ben Affleck who accepted the Best Movie Oscar for Argo.

Silver Linings Playbook and best leading actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence paired a gorgeous faint blush hued Dior Haute Couture gown with a set of 12 carat pear shaped diamond dangle earrings set in round brilliant cut and rose-cut diamonds, an 8 carat diamond ring a 5 carat diamond band topped off by a 74 carat opera length diamond necklace draped down her back.

Oscar winner Anne Hathaway accessorized a pale pink silk Prada gown with a platinum vintage style floral diamond necklace. The Les Miserables actress added an interesting twist by wearing the $485,000 piece backwards.

Oscar award presenter Charlize Theron looked stunning in a strapless snow white Dior Haute Couture gown and sporting a fearless pixie cut. Theron accessorized with a pair of asscher cut diamond studs and stacks of antique style diamond platinum bracelets each weighing between 57 and 58 carats.

Jessica Chastain paired a strapless sequined Armani Privé gown with a set of 10 carat antique style diamond cluster earrings and a 24 carat white diamond and yellow gold bracelet.

Sandra Bullock accented her sparkling sheer black Elie Saab Couture gown with a pair of diamond studs, 3 diamond rings and diamond brooch used as a hair pin.

Jennifer Hudson paired her midnight blue shimmering mermaid-like Roberto Cavalli dress with a set of bold diamond and blue green opal earrings $13,250.

Jane Fonda radiated on the red carpet in a canary yellow Versace gown paired with a set of 28 carat yellow diamond chandelier earrings, crafted in yellow gold and a 10 carat emerald cut yellow diamond ring surrounded by pavé set white diamonds in white and yellow gold.

Oscar award presenter and previous Best Actress winner Reese Witherspoon donned a vivid blue and black Louis Vuitton gown accessorized with a diamond and onyx ring, an antique style diamond and platinum bracelet and a pair of diamond cluster earrings.

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76 carat Archduke Joeseph Diamond to Auction

The world’s largest internally flawless and colorless diamond is set to auction at Christie’s in Geneva on November 13th. The cushion-cut marvel weighs in at 76.02 carats and is expected to sell for over $15 million.
It is said the origins of the stone can be traced to the Golconda mines in Central India. “The legendary Golconda mines in India produced some of the world’s most famous diamonds, including the Dresden green, the blue Hope, and the Koh-i-Noor (in the Royal Collection at the Tower of London),” said Rahul Kadakia, head of jewelry for Christie’s Americas and Switzerland.

The Archduke Joseph Diamond was named after one of its former owners, Archduke Joseph August of Austria, a military prince from the House of Hasburg. While there’s an air of mystery that surrounds the date the gem was initially acquired, all that is known is the royal family owned the stone until the 1930’s. Some time before then, the diamond was passed on to the archduke’s son, Joseph Francis who kept it deposited in a bank throughout World War II. The whereabouts of the diamond remained unknown until 1961, where it reappeared at auction in London.

Over three decades later, the diamond made another grand appearance at Christie’s in 1993 where it sold for $6.5 million (est. $10.5 million in current USD) to an anonymous buyer. In 1999, the diamond was sold in a private sale where it was subsequently re-cut by the new owner. It was during this process where the stone’s clarity grade was upgraded from Slightly Included (SI-1) to Internally Flawless (IF) after sacrificing 2.52 carats of the stone’s original weight.

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