The last known photo of copper heiress Huguette Clark, whose jewelry and gems sold for $21 million at an April 17 Christie's auction. When the head of Christie’s jewelry department discovered gorgeous, mint-condition jewelry and gems in copper heiress Huguette Clark ’s vault last month, he said it was like “chasing a rainbow and finding a big pot of gold at the end of it.” And when those Art Deco jewels went up for auction yesterday, they fetched an unbelievable $18.3 million ($20.8 million with commission) – almost double Christie’s estimate. A pink diamond, left, and a colorless diamond shattered sale estimates at the Christie's auction. It’s no surprise that the 9 carat cushion cut Belle Epoque pink diamond ring that Huguette inherited from her mother was the star of the auction. The gorgeously cut, perfect condition pink diamond sold for an astonishing $15.7 million including commission ($14 million base price). It’s the latest indication that the world is still enamored with colored diamonds (and especially pink diamonds ). Another spectacular diamond up for auction was a GIA certified 19.86 carat rectangular cut white diamond with the best color grade (D color) and internally flawless clarity. The colorless diamond, cut in the 1930s by famed jeweler Cartier , sold for $3.1 million. Two Cartier Art Deco bracelets auctioned on April 17. Two signed Cartier diamond bracelets circa 1920 also commanded high prices at the Huguette Clark auction . The first, a geometric link diamond bracelet circa 1925 bearing the Cartier signature, sold for $578,500. The second, a sleek Art Deco Cartier diamond bracelet with rectangular emerald accent stones, was snatched up for $90,000. Huguette was wearing these two Cartier Art Deco bracelets in her last known photograph. A ruby , sapphire, emerald and gold Tiffany & Co. bracelet took in more than $260,000, and onyx photo frames sold for a surprising $60,000 each. Two Art Deco bracelets from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection. Huguette Clark’s jewelry and gems showcase the best of Art Deco jewelry design from the most chic designers of the era. Want to own a piece of vintage 1920s? Diamond & Estate Trust has a stunning collection of Art Deco bracelets, including sapphire and diamond bracelets , brooches , and rings that will add antique flair to your jewelry box. The 1920s have been roaring back into vogue lately, making there no better time than now to indulge in Art Deco jewelry. Diamond & Estate Trust is Southern California’s premier buyer and seller of vintage estate jewelry, loose gems such as diamonds , sapphires and rubies , and luxury watches from Rolex , Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe . We work with an elite international clientele to ensure each piece embodies luxury. Original post: Huguette Clark Auction – Christie’s Jewelry Sale Results
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The Asscher cut diamond has always been one of the most coveted diamond cuts , but its strong, modern lines became even more vogue after the Asscher cut was profiled on the popular show Sex and the City. You’ll be in the company of celebrities such as Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel and Jessica Alba when you choose a piece of Asscher cut diamond jewelry . Who created the Asscher cut? Joseph Asscher The Asscher cut diamond was created in 1902 by famed diamond cutter and jewelry designer Joseph Asscher of the Asscher Diamond Company (now called the Royal Asscher Diamond Company). Soon after Joseph Asscher debuted his new diamond cut, the world was captivated. The Asscher Diamond Company, which Joseph’s father had founded in 1854, patented the design and maintained exclusive rights of the Asscher cut until World War II. What does the Asscher cut look like? An emerald cut diamond, left, and an Asscher cut diamond. The Asscher cut is similar to the emerald cut in that it has a similar striking pavilion cut with rectangular facets that highlight a diamond’s clarity and depth. The main difference between the emerald cut and the Asscher cut is that the Asscher cut is square rather than rectangular. The Asscher cut was designed to draw your eye to the diamond itself rather than wow you with flash; that quality makes it an ideal diamond cut for an engagement ring . What is the Royal Asscher cut? About 100 years after the Asscher cut was created, two relatives of Joseph Asscher debuted the Royal Asscher cut. Known for its unparalleled light performance , the Royal Asscher cut features one extra break on the diamond’s pavilion, which gives this cut 74 facets instead of the Asscher’s 58 facets. The Royal Asscher Diamond Company holds the patent for the Royal Asscher cut, which debuted in 2001. The Asscher cut and Diamond & Estate Trust If you prefer a strong, modern cut that emphasizes a diamond’s color and depth, the Asscher cut is the perfect choice. This exquisite, 4.65 carat Asscher diamond in the Diamond & Estate Trust collection is the epitome of a precise diamond cut. With striking facets and a perfectly symmetric signature Asscher shape, this GIA certified diamond isn’t one you’ll easily forget. Diamond & Estate Trust is the premier luxury jeweler buyer and seller in Los Angeles, Southern California and beyond. We specialize in vintage jewelry , signed designer pieces, watches such as Rolex , Audemars and Patek Philippe , and loose gems such as diamonds , rubies and sapphires . Read more here: Asscher Cut – Joseph Asscher and Royal Asscher Diamond Company
http://www.youtube.com/v/B_WiNRzWu3o?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata Composer Andrew Lockington talks to Los Angeles Times reporter Emily Rome at the LA premiere of “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” on Feb. 2, 2012. See the rest here: Andrew Lockington at the premiere of “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”
In the competitive world of luxury watchmaking, one name stands out among others: Patek Philippe . A family owned, Swiss watch company, Patek Philippe has been captivating the world with its innovation, invention and unparalleled luxury watches ever since Queen Victoria famously donned a Patek Philippe watch in 1851. Patek Philippe History When French watchmaker Adrien Philippe and Polish businessman Antoni Patek met in 1844, it was history in the making. Patek had already been involved in a watch business at the time, alongside watchmaker Franciszek Czapek, but was knocked off his feet by the intricate stem and wind system Philippe had created. When Czapek left the partnership in 1851, Patek and Philippe quickly joined forces to form one of foremost names in luxury watches today: Patek Philippe. Philippe’s stem and wind system was a mere glimpse of the innovation to come. With more than 70 patents to its credit, Patek Philippe is the only timepiece manufacturer that crafts every part found in its brilliant watches. The sole Geneva watchmaker to receive the coveted Geneva Seal, Patek Philippe’s impeccable standards ensure its watches are among the most luxurious, precise examples of Swiss watches in the world. The company is rumored to put each movable component of its watches through hundreds of hours of testing, and observes the function of each manufactured watch for an entire month before releasing it to the public for purchase. That care and exquisite attention to detail explains why Patek Philippe only produces about 30,000 watches each year. Given this inventiveness and penchant for perfection, it’s no surprise that Patek Philippe holds so many “firsts” in the watch world. It released one of the first crown wound pocket watches in 1839, an innovation that would eventually do away with the act of winding a watch with a key. Patek Philippe is credited with making the world’s first wristwatch, a feat it accomplished in 1868, and the first wristwatch with a perpetual calendar. And the price of a Patek Philippe watch reflects it unparalleled manufacturing and luxury: At an astounding purchase price of $5.7 million, a Ref. 1527 Patek Philippe chronograph wristwatch in 18K gold stole the show at a 2010 Christie’s auction and set the world record for the most expensive watch ever sold. And Patek Philippe watches have fetched $1.1 million bids on more than one occasion. Notable People Who Wear Patek Philippe If you aren’t convinced of a Patek Philippe watch’s elegance and appeal, this story should do the trick: When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to select a gift for the Dalai Lama in 1943, he chose a Patek Philippe watch. It is reportedly one of the Dalai Lama’s favorite possessions, and the renowned leader wears it regularly to this day. Among other notable figures and celebrities who have worn Patek Philippe watches are watch aficionado Brad Pitt, who has been spotted in the Patek Philippe Nautilus Watch; John Mayer, a vintage watch collector; Johnny Depp; John Lennon, who wore a Patek Philippe Moonphase watch on his 40 th birthday; and fellow Beatle Paul McCartney, who wore a Patek Philippe at his recent wedding.