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Graff Diamonds Cuts 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona Diamond — First Results Here

Graff Diamonds Cuts 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona Diamond — First Results Here

Graff Diamonds is known as one of the world’s premier purveyors of diamonds.  Recently, on our Forbes.com column, Perfect Timing, we wrote about the  1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona rough diamond owned by Graff that was said to be the most valuable of its kind in the world. Graff first purchased  the diamond oabout one year ago in a  $53 milllion deal. It was the intention to cut that rough diamond – the second largest ever discovered — into a host of smaller diamonds to create a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for discerning customers to own a piece of that rarity and history. Now, Graff unveils the first approximately 60 diamonds cut from that rough and created in scintillating pieces of jewelry. Each diamond cut from the Lesedi La Rona is D-color.GRAFF DIAMONDS “The cutting of the Lesedi La Rona rough diamond, the largest rough diamond to be found in more than a century, was no small undertaking. It took master diamond cutters and gemologists more than a year of analysis, cutting and polishing before attaining the first 60-plus finished stones. While the main stone is still being worked on, Graff’s master designers took the first cut and polished stones – ranging in size from just under a carat to more than 100 carats each – and have incorporated them into extraordinary jewelry.” Graff Diamonds reveals the first 60 stones cut from the 1,000-plus-carat Lesedi La Rona rough diamond.GRAFF DIAMONDS “Each individual diamond is of D-color (the highest grade for a diamond) and possesses exceptionally clarity. Each is verified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and is laser inscribed with both Graff and Lesedi la Rona as proof of unique origin and as authentication. Each will have its own unique GIA number, as well. The first creations include oval, cushion and other fancy-cut...
Introducing the All-New High-Jewelry Coloratura Collection By Cartier

Introducing the All-New High-Jewelry Coloratura Collection By Cartier

  Last week on my PerfectTiming column on Forbes.com, I presented the all-new Cartier Coloratura collection of high jewelry — inspired by cultures and color. Here, we bring you an excerpt from that article and a look at these great gems.   “Each piece in the collection is a one-of-a-kind work of art. The series includes individual necklaces, as well as complete suites of jewelry inspired by a specific culture or color. One necklace, inspired by the lanterns used in Asian ceremonies, features a bottle pendant made from a rubellite rough stone that has been hand-carved using the ancient art of glyptic so that it can be filled with perfume. In fact, for nearly a decade, Cartier has dedicated an entire workshop to the art of glyptic, which is supervised by an award-winning master sculptor. The pendant bottle weighs more than 200 carats of rubellite, and the 18-karat yellow gold necklace features beads made of 27.70 carats of chalcedony, 67.66 carats of chrysoprase, 22.21 carats of Morganite, 24.50 carts of onyx, 1.20 carats of orange garnets and more than 5 carats of diamonds. Cartier also unveils an exceptional suite inspired by the brands color combinations used in jewels of the early 20th century. In this suite, the brand combines black and green – using lush tourmalines, rich green opals and black onyx or lacquer for striking beauty. Much like Cartier’s superb art deco jewels of that century, this new suite features geometric appeal, with angled, rectangular and square motifs paired with round shapes. The necklace in this suite is an alluring look indicative of the brand’s artistic skills as a purveyor of fine stones, gem-setter, and high-jewelry designer extraordinaire. Crafted in platinum, the necklace is set with 53.05 carats of tourmaline beads comprising three strands that sway from a single...
Tiffany & Co. Unveils Blue Book Watches for 2017

Tiffany & Co. Unveils Blue Book Watches for 2017

Those familiar with Tiffany & Co.  know that the brand annually unveils its Blue Book– one-of-a-kind and unique pieces of jewelry and watches bedecked in gemstones and sporting a key theme. This year, the brand continues in its   “The Art of the Wild” with a motif focusing on insects, birds, trees and flowers.  There are 16 stunning watches joining the line up.   Among them: Oval-shaped unique cocktail  watches with marquetry butterflies in alluring hues of pink, as well as a diamond-and-sapphire set version. Round watches in 34 mm white gold with either gem-set dial, case, bezel, crown and, in several instances, bracelet. There are also dials that boast floral motifs via a marquetry mix of semi-precious stones (such as opal and  chalcedony), diamonds and enamel. These watches are powered by self-winding mechanical movements. There are also 28mm round watches meticulously set with diamonds and boasting a quartz movement.      ...