In a recent Hong Kong jewelry auction, there has been a noticeable shift in the tastes of jewelry collectors. Although there were a variety of pieces offered ranging from celebrity inspired pieces to actual jewelry worn in actual films, the star power had almost no effect on the price of these sometimes interesting collectables.
At the top lot of the auction was a wonderful pair of jadeite bangles, which sold for $6.9 million to an Asian private buyer. Overall, when the dust cleared, the auction totaled $36.9 million and 79 percent was sold by value.
This ruby and diamond necklace (above) sold for $3.2 million, while a jadeite and diamond suite, consisting of a necklace, earrings and a ring (below), realized $2.4 million.
All top 10 lots of the auction, which were largely jadeite and diamond pieces, were sold to Asian private buyers.
“Nowadays, jewelry collectors have much wider interests,” said Ellen Sin, director of Tiancheng’s jewelry department. “Besides the conventional top jadeites and diamonds, colored gemstones like natural rubies and emeralds have been sought after and drawn increasing attention … We will continue our perseverance in bringing more unique jewelry in line with market tastes from all over the world to collectors.”
The origins of jewelry glass making dates back to 12th century-Venice, this technique gained its popularity back to the times of the Roman Empire when molded glass was used for illumination in bathhouses. The raw Blend of the Roman experience with the skills learned from the Byzantine Empire and trade with the Orient, Venice emerged as a prominent glass-manufacturing center as early as the 8th century. Fast forward to the 20th century where through continuous trade and improvement on techniques, the master glass-makers of Murano were still reproducing classical styles and rediscovering ancient techniques, which was evident at Murano and Venice Exhibition of Choice Glass and Glass Objects staged in 1895 inside Murano City Hall.
From the 20th century up until today, the techniques of glass-makers have been refined to become what it is today. The magnificent appearance and coloring of Murano glass now a day’s are achieved through adding gold or silver foil to the glass mixture and adding minerals such as zinc for white, cobalt for blue, manganese for violet. Once the jewelry piece is finished, it is placed in a cooling oven, called “tempera”, to cool down slowly; in this way it doesn’t break due to the extreme variations in temperature.
Today many jeweler’s through inspirations from universal sources and art have been able to create some very contemporary and fashion forward jewelry pieces. We have been fortunate to be able to bring to you some featured pieces from such jeweler’s which have had the opportunity to become known by media outlets globally. Below, I’ve featured some wonderful pieces from Hilary London and Pasionae.
Many of these wonderful pieces and more can be acquired directly from Hilary London’s site by clicking here.
These breath taking Pasionae pieces can all be viewed and acquired here.
As with anything, Murano glass jewelry may require a certain taste and appreciation to both jewelry and art as a whole. They are all unique and generally no two pieces will be identical in nature. Any Murano piece is sure to attract some attention and simultaneously be unique, hence the reason it would be a great addition to your jewelry arsenal.
Recently the gemstone miner Gemfields has unveiled their new global brand ambassador Mila Kunis. Which in my opinion just happens to be one of the hottest young actresses in Hollywood.
Wednesday Gemfields announced that the television and movie actress would be the face of the company’s new advertising campaign. The campaign is set to run in some of the most renowned magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and W. Although this is just one element of their multifaceted consumer focused campaigns, the company is set to launch their absolute best this year.
Kunis photographed (below) by Mario Sorrenti and styled by Anastasia Barbieri for their recent Gemfields campaign. She is shot wearing one-of-a-kind emerald and ruby jewellery created by six of Gemfields’ designer partners – Alexandra Mor, Amrapali, Dominic Jones, The Gem Palace, Sutra and Fabergé, the latter was acquired by Gemfields earlier this year.
Kunis recently returned from Africa where she toured Gemfields mine in Zambia, Kagem, which produces about 20 percent of the world’s emeralds. Accompanied by Gemfields Chief Executive Harebottle, the actress learned about the company’s mining practices and visited Gemfields-sponsored community projects, including schools and a farming cooperative.
“While in Africa, I learned that the entire journey that each Gemfields stone takes is carefully considered and that the environment and the local communities where its mines are located are held in the highest regard,” Kunis said.
“I truly believe in Gemfields’ mission of ethical mining, and I absolutely have fallen in love with the rarity, beauty and history of emeralds.”
From this campaign and others, there is a true sense that emeralds will be making a very large come back. Gemfields positioned itself well with this campaign with Mila Kunis. A revamped Gemfields website will also launch this spring and Gemfields will also release a large format book on emeralds in 2013.
The featured gemstone of the week is the Emerald, its beauty and luster can only be descibed as mesmorizing. Emeralds have throughout history been looked upon as a gem full of love and a striking symbol of life. Love because it has the ability to activate and stimulate the heart chakra and the deep green color for centuries have been looked upon as a meaning of constant life. The reason for such charm and mystery for the stone is primarily due to its great historical significance throughout history as a whole. Emeralds have always been prized by the ancient Babylonians and Native Americans, loved and cherished by Cleopatra who made outstandingly popular the stunning jewelry of the Egyptians. Emeralds were also used by the Aztecs, Incas and Mayan cultures for carving, adornment and medicine. Although it has such a high esteem, its rather unfortunate that gemstones such as Emeralds dont get as much publicity as diamonds do although they are a more abundant asset. Oddly and unsurprising we in this society have been loosing our appreciation for the finer things in life although we are said to be advancing.
Below are images of different cuts of emeralds with varying levels of color, cut, clarity. This image comes with an accompanying grading scale which will be featured and posted on a future post dedicated to its explanation.