The runner-up for rare necklaces is a $12 million piece in the Robert Mouawad private collection. It has a 70 carat diamond surrounded by a multitude of colored diamonds, which appear to include yellow, pink, and blue.
Who knew that The Necklace Satine, worn by Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge, would be considered a bargain next to these two. It's got 1,308 diamonds for a total of 134 carats, and was made just for the movie. It's gorgeous, but "only" worth about a million dollars.
A more widely recognized (but still very rare) gem is the red diamond. There are many more red diamonds available than some other rare gems, but very large red diamonds are extremely rare. The largest cut natural red diamond may be the one owned by Moussaieff Jewellers Ltd, a 5.11 carat trillion cut.
The rare blue diamond, made famous by the Hope Diamond, gets its deep blue color from traces of boron in the stone. It is a natural blue diamond, in contrast with most of today's blue diamonds, which are turned from clear to blue with a process involving irradiation and heat.
The Hope Diamond was believed to be originally over 112 carats, but was poorly cut. It was recut in the 1600's, resulting in a stone just over 67 carats. It changed hands many times, and got its name from Henry Philip Hope, who acquired the diamond in 1839. After it changed hands a few more times, the Hope Diamond came to rest in the care of the Smithsonian, and now weighs over 45 carats.
Wendy does bracelets, necklaces, and earrings with a variety of semi-precious stones. All items are hand made, and the designs change with the season, offering the latest trends and colors. Some of her designs are one-of-a-kind pieces, but all are at least part of limited quantity runs, ensuring that you won't see your piece every time you turn around. My favorites include the Silver Goddess Pastel necklace ($433) and the blue topaz briolettes pictured here, 17.25 carats each ($374).
Part of the company's marketing efforts include the "Bracelet of Hope." It's a specially designed bracelet from which 20% of the profits go to breast cancer research in the United States and Canada. In addition to this, $1 from each sale of all other pieces in Wendy's collection goes to breast cancer research.
Tungesten carbide has become popular in recent years for watches and men's wedding bands because it is so durable. Watches and jewelry look so beautiful when they're brand new or freshly polished by the jeweler. Now your watch can have that look everyday. It looks like the stainless steel watch that is so popular, but with a bit of a darker hue.
The suggested retail on these watches is about $800 to $1,000 more than the traditional stainless steel versions... but the like-new look of it is worth it.
Passman crafted one-of-a-kind sculptures and jewelry for royalty, presidential palaces, and celebrities around the world. His pieces were only crafted from pieces of coral that had broken off naturally, as he did not want to harvest any living coral.
Each piece sold in the Passman Galleries was signed by Passman. Following his death, the company began signing pieces with a distinctive symbol, to differentiate those pieces from the ones made while he was still living.
The jewelry and sculptures have a distinctive style that is cherished by collectors around the world.
Fabergé plans to offer both rough and polished stones, and is planning on modeling its business after the De Beers diamond mine-to-market approach. The holding company in control of this venture is currently acquiring a portfolio of mines from which to source the gemstones.
They're banking on the Fabergé brand to add value to the gemstones, and each stone will be laser-engraved for authenticity. The company is also planning an expansion into luxury goods based upon the Fabergé brand.