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Monday, February 1, 2016

#ChineseNewYear This Year, Think Twice Before Making Changes, You Need To Outsmart the Monkey! .#YearoftheMonkey



Info via Chinese Fortune Calendar

2016 is year of the Red Monkey Male FireMonkey. The Chinese name of 2016 in the Chinese Horoscope calendar is Male Fire Monkey. Chinese apply Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) into the Chinese calendar. Male Fire is in the Fire group. The color of Fire is connected to Red. Monkey is the calendar character corresponding to Monkey. Therefore, 2016 is the Red Fire Monkey year.

2016 Chinese New Year day is on February 8, 2016. All Chinese Horoscope signs, Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig, 12 Chinese Zodiac animal signs can be converted into Five Elements, which are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth.  Five Elements are the key to find your lucky times and places. To know your Five Elements is the way to live luckier, wealthier, healthier, happier and longer. Click here to search for your fortune


This sweet little guy is from Alex Woo
Monkey is the animal in the first of Metal Cycle. Monkey, Chicken and Dog are in the cycle of Metal. Our Chinese horoscope prediction combines the theory of Five Elements, the relationships betweens animal signs and the image meaning of I-Ching hexagram.

The prediction for 2016 Year of Monkey is based on your birth year, the Chinese zodiac signs. We have different forecasting method for 2016 using your entire Chinese astrology birth chart, which is required your birthday and birth time.

According to Chinese Five Elements Horoscopes, Monkey contains Metal and Water. Metal is connected to gold. Water is connected to wisdom and danger. Therefore, we will deal with more financial events in the year of the Monkey. Monkey is a smart, naughty, wily and vigilant animal. If you want to have good return for your money investment, then you need to outsmart the Monkey. Metal is also connected to the Wind. That impliesthe status of events will be changing very quickly. Think twice before you leap when making changes for your finance, career, business relationship and people relationship.

from David Webb
by Lydia Courteille 

also Lydia Courteille

from Marc Alary
from Elizabeth Taylor's Estate - gifted to her by Michael Jackson

Alex Woo for DisneyNature

Saturday, January 30, 2016

#DesignerSpotlight Ilgiz F. for Bovet 1822 #WatchesToWatch #SilentSaturday

I know - for a blog that doesn't really feature watches...TWO IN A ROW!  ...and the same brand!



From the Horsemen of the Apocalypse Series
Fired enamel miniature painting in two collections Floral and Horsemen of the Apocalyse  by Ilgiz F.

BOVET 1822 is proud to announce its partnership with Ilgiz F and unveil the exclusive collection born from this collaboration.

http://www.bovet.com/timepiece/amadeo-fleurier-fired-enamel-painting-by-ilgiz-f-af43588-c12346-pu-p



From award winning enamelist ILGIZ F.


for more on the collection see:
http://www.bovet.com/timepiece/amadeo-fleurier-fired-enamel-painting-by-ilgiz-f-af43588-c12346-pu-p/

About BOVET:
BOVET 1822 is a Swiss Manufacturer of luxury timepieces whose origins date back to 1822, the year in which Edouard Bovet founded their workshop in the picturesque Val-de-Travers region of Switzerland. BOVET is renowned for its pocket watches manufactured for the Chinese market in the 19th century. Today, under the guidance and ownership of Pascal Raffy, a visionary with a passion for Haute Horlogerie, BOVET is thriving, manufacturing unique timepieces distinguished by their pocket watch inspired form. From extraordinary complications such as tourbillons and minute repeaters, to rare artisanal crafts such as enamel painting and fleurisanne engraving, each BOVET timepiece is brought to life under the practiced hand of a BOVET master watchmaker. With a highly limited production annually, BOVET seeks to preserve and cultivate the art and craft of traditional watchmaking, while delighting connoisseurs and collectors.

For additional information please visit:www.bovet.com

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

#BOVET'S New 2016 Novelty at Salon - the Recital 18 Shooting Star ®


from Press Release



BOVET Introduces New 2016 Novelty at Salon 

- the Recital 18 Shooting Star ® - 

5-DAY TOURBILLON, 
HEMISPHERIC UNIVERSAL WORLDWIDE TIME 
WITH SELECTABLE TIME ZONE AND ULTRA-COMPACT 
24 CITIES INDICATOR, HEMISPHERIC PRECISION MOON PHASE, 
JUMPING HOURS, RETROGRADE MINUTES



Before even commencing work on this timepiece, the technicians and watchmakers at BOVET 1822 and DIMIER 1738 Manufacture began by ‘forgetting’ their certainties and habits in order to deliver a more intuitive and innovative way of reading the time articulated around the two stars that define it: the earth and the moon.

Based on the principle that observing the stars has served as a basis for defining time since the dawn of humanity, Pascal Raffy and his watchmakers deliberately looked through the wrong side of their loupes. They were able to gain enough distance to observe the rhythm of the Earth’s revolutions on its axis—and of its elliptical journey around its star, or indeed the ceaseless circles drawn by its natural satellite, the moon. Metaphorically speaking, of course. Nevertheless, everyone undertook this mental exercise in order to transform the microscopic vision to which watchmakers are accustomed into a macroscopic vision. The simple change in perspective brought about by taking this step back helped the observers to gain an overview of the dance of the planets and to grasp its complexity with disconcerting clarity. The twenty-four time zones that divide our planet longitudinally, albeit in an abstract and arbitrary fashion, seem almost visible from such a distance. The daylight regions stand in logical contrast to those plunged into darkness. The inclination of the Earth’s axis helps us understand—depending on the season—the variable length of the day and night as we approach the North and South Poles. The moon phases can also be observed in such a way as to be instantly comprehensible.

As well as understanding the various astral phenomena related to the measurement of time, this newfound perspective also enables us to tell the time in all regions of the globe simultaneously. And it was precisely this broader universal vision that governed the development of this timepiece. Seen from space, the spherical shape of the Earth enables us to observe only half of the surface at a time. Thus was born the idea of representing the entire globe in a single hemisphere. A cartographer was specially commissioned to design this atypical and hitherto unknown 3D map of the world. Thanks to this ingenious solution, the Earth’s surface can be seen in its entirety, without changing point of view. 
A first hemisphere was thus chosen to represent the Earth and enable the reading of universal time, which is displayed in three dimensions at 3 o’clock. A hand affixed to the North Pole—that is the axis of our hemisphere—follows its curve. It can be assigned to any one of the 24 time zones selected by the user. At its tip, a concentric ring displays the time in the chosen time zone, while the name of the city corresponding to that time zone appears on one of the two concentric rollers indexed to the hemisphere. The time zone hand is another first. Never before had the manufacturer produced a hemispheric hand, with all the difficulties inherent in the high quality required. In addition to displaying the time and the name of the city corresponding to an easily adjustable time zone, the 24-hour ring that surrounds the globe enables instant reading of the time anywhere in the world. Simply follow a straight line from the center of the globe, passing through the selected geographical point. The tip of this line will point to the exact time in the selected place on the graduated ring. To link the hand of the second time zone to a specific city, simply press the center of the crown. With each successive press, the needle jumps by an angular value of 15°, representing the exact value of the time zone. This action also activates the rollers and the names of the cities corresponding to the time zones indicated by the hand are displayed in sequence.

The choice of two concentric rollers to indicate the cities offers the two-fold advantage of taking up little space whilst providing exemplary readability. The mechanism that drives them required great ingenuity. The outer roller displays 11 cities simultaneously, then makes way for a window, which opens an aperture to the second roller—arranged concentrically inside the first roller—and displaying the 12th city. This inner roller then turns in order to display the 13 subsequent cities in the aperture. The whole system is controlled by a column wheel. The system, which is easy to use and to read, also required great ingenuity and demands extremely precise adjustments. The tension of each spring is perfectly calibrated for a flawless, reliable operation. To protect these settings and the entire mechanism, a ‘constant force’ correction was devised for which a patent was filed. When the user activates the corrector, the pressure of their finger can vary substantially from individual to individual. With a traditional system, the entire correction mechanism absorbs the pressure applied. But in the new correction system, the correction is transmitted to the mechanism when the user releases the pressure. It is thus the spring-loaded correction that transmits a measured and constant energy to the entire mechanism. This is in turn protected from excess pressure, for optimal adjustment and reliability in the long-term. The cylindrical form and engraving of the city names make for a particularly exquisite decoration. And to enhance their readability still further, the rollers are treated in black rhodium while the engraved names of the cities are lacquered in white. A single hemisphere is therefore sufficient to simultaneously display the exact time anywhere in the world. This information and its representation make it one of the most useful complications in existence.

This new perspective on the Earth and universal time also enables the moon to be observed. So it seemed self evident to complement universal time with a moon phase indicator, and entirely consistent to represent the moon correspondingly, in the form of a hemisphere. Two circular apertures follow the curve of this lunar globe and indicate the age of the moon as seen from the northern and southern hemispheres respectively.

The moon and the starry sky succeed each other in both windows and, although unusual, this representation of the time is both realistic and intuitive. The moon phase indicator is of course driven by a highly precise mechanism that only requires correction by one day every 122 years.

The hemispherical representation of universal time and that of the moon phases requires a particular construction in order to meet the qualitative and aesthetic norms that are the hallmarks of BOVET 1822. Each hemisphere is therefore machined in a single piece and their surfaces engraved with the correct relief. The oceans are then filled with luminescent blue material. The craters on the moon are all in white luminous material while the sky and space glow a deep blue in the darkness.

A common solution was found for both these constraints. On the one hand, these hemispheres had to move freely and with optimal performance, so as not to influence the impeccable chronometry of the timepiece. On the other hand, the watchmakers wanted to avoid the use of a pivot around the central axis for esthetic reasons, as well as the need to extricate the pivot from the time zone hand at the Earth’s Pole. The original and patented mechanism devised to meet these constraints is composed of three adjustable ruby runners arranged around the exterior of the hemispheres. Enthusiasts will no doubt appreciate and even feel the incredible results of this system.

These two hemispheres occupy the space at 3 o’clock for universal time and at 9 o’clock for the moon phase indicator. Logically enough, the watchmakers used the space at 12 o’clock to display the hours and minutes and the power reserve. They once again returned to their unusual viewing angle to devise an indicator as natural and intuitive as the one referred to earlier. Several strata were superimposed to evoke a third hemisphere dominating the first two with all the symmetry and balance that is so dear to the House.

As near to the mainplate as possible, a flat sapphire disc displays the hours, which are revealed when positioned on a lacquered plate. This digital display makes for easy and immediate reading of the time. In the center of the display, a curved dial displays the exceptional five-day power reserve. A third stratum dominates this ensemble. This section indicates the minutes by means of a retrograde hand. The combination of jumping hours and retrograde minutes raises the technical problem of the synchronization of instantaneous jumps—a complication perfectly mastered inhouse and which has already met with resounding success in other timepieces in the collection. As usual, the dials were manufactured in-house. The craftsmen at BOVET 1822 demonstrate the full extent of their talent in the dials of this Shooting Star®. The juxtaposed surfaces of the curved dials result in a perfect surface, whether in white or in aventurine!

The Shooting Star® Tourbillon is perfectly designed for travel because the corrector enables the hour disk to be adjusted without affecting the minutes, seconds, universal time or indexed time zone. The pushpiece is simply pressed and the watch is easily readjusted to the latest time zone being visited.

To drive all of the complications, the two barrels generate five days of power reserve, all controlled by a tourbillon balance oscillating at 21,600 vph. Three blued masses are positioned on the golden serge, inspired by the shape of the arches that adorned the balances of BOVET pocket watches in the 19th century. The DIMIER escapement and its specific centering guarantee exemplary performance. Of course, like all components used in the manufacture of BOVET movements, the Shooting Star® is regulated by a hair spring manufactured in the in-house workshops— an art mastered by fewer than ten watchmaking companies around the world. Performing each of its revolutions in one minute, the tourbillon features a triple seconds-hand, unusually placed under the tourbillon and following a subtly tampoprinted graduation inside the crystal, for a clear and original display.

The decoration of the movement of this Shooting Star® Tourbillon perfectly matches its originality, technical complexity and innovations. An entirely hand-engraved constellation of stars extends across the entire surface of the movement. Like many other symbols, a moon phase is entirely represented on the back, with captivating poetry. On the same side, two entirely hand-engraved hemispheres evoke the spherical nature of the terrestrial and lunar globes. The carriage and tourbillon bridges are also entirely hand-engraved, despite their delicate nature and the tiny amount of surface area available.

The technical intricacy of this spatial vision of time inspired the technicians and watchmakers at BOVET 1882 and its DIMIER 1738 Manufacture to devise a movement based on resolutely innovative methods, which led to the filing of two patents. This approach led to a totally original and modern architecture that remains firmly rooted in the values and demands of craftsmanship and high watchmaking that are the essence of BOVET. Thus, the incline that describes the movement between the top of the minutes dial and the tourbillon, and the use of the hemispheres, naturally necessitated a new direction for the design of the case which is completely consistent with the vision of this timepiece. A domed sapphire crystal with a very pronounced curve therefore crowns the case of this Shooting Star® Tourbillon. But the designers did not stop there. To open the world of this timepiece to the infinite, the watch middle follows a pronounced oblique incline along the 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock axis. The hours disk corrector is positioned at 12 o’clock, for a supremely ergonomic display and positioning that confirm the symmetry of the watch.

The presence of a total of seven domes, including the four hemispheres of the movement, the dials, the tourbillon carriage and the upper crystal lend the ultimate finishing touch to this timepiece.

Before the Récital 18 Shooting Star® Tourbillon, the notion of infinity was defined by two closely related concepts alone: space and time. To these we must now add the passion of Pascal Raffy and the craftsmen of the House of BOVET, which has once again proved that it has no limits.

About BOVET:
BOVET 1822 is a Swiss Manufacturer of luxury timepieces whose origins date back to 1822, the year in which Edouard Bovet founded their workshop in the picturesque Val-de-Travers region of Switzerland. BOVET is renowned for its pocket watches manufactured for the Chinese market in the 19th century. Today, under the guidance and ownership of Pascal Raffy, a visionary with a passion for Haute Horlogerie, BOVET is thriving, manufacturing unique timepieces distinguished by their pocket watch inspired form. From extraordinary complications such as tourbillons and minute repeaters, to rare artisanal crafts such as enamel painting and fleurisanne engraving, each BOVET timepiece is brought to life under the practiced hand of a BOVET master watchmaker. With a highly limited production annually, BOVET seeks to preserve and cultivate the art and craft of traditional watchmaking, while delighting connoisseurs and collectors.

For additional information please visit:www.bovet.com



Monday, December 28, 2015

CAROLE SHASHONA UNVEILS LATEST BLACK DIAMOND JEWELRY COLLECTION


from website information....

LAST WEEKEND JEWELRY DESIGNER AND FENG SHUI GURU, CAROLE SHASHONA UNVEILED HER LATEST BLACK DIAMOND JEWELRY COLLECTION AT BARNEY'S NEW YORK IN BEVERLY HILLS....



CAROLE SHASHONA
Spirit & Style Designer Carole Shashona is the creator of “Meditation-on-the-Go”, an effective way to meditate and quickly de-stress with her Luxurious, Black by Carole Collections. Carole’s approach focuses on the Art of Being…Spirit, Mind, and Body. Her unique Sensory Design technique interlocks all the senses to maximize the Power of Wellness.

Carole is recognized as the only Asian trained American Grand Master in Feng Shui; she was trained in both the Compass and Black Hat Tantric Buddhist Schools. Following her training, Carole partnered with Louise Hay and Barbara Brennan to establish the Center of Living in New York, a destination promoting health and wellness.



She broadened her scope assisting her clients with wardrobe styling, authored the book “Feng Shui Chic”, and had a column in Feng Shui for Modern Living Magazine in London. The Carole Shashona Black Diamond Jewelry Collection is available exclusively at Barneys New York.



Carole's book is available here: Feng Shui Chic: Change Your Life with Spirit and Style.


CAROLE SHASHONA - THE BLACK DIAMOND JEWELRY COLLECTION


Spirit & Style designer Carole Shashona redefines the purpose of statement jewelry by combining aesthetic beauty with “The Power of Wellness.” From the visual side, the luxe “Black by Carole” collection has symbolic meaning, as the pieces are rooted in the art of Feng Shui and designed to bring harmony, protection, love, health, and overall positive energy to the women who wear them.


Black by Carole, Jewelry Collections feature a signature coin with black diamonds, whether attached to the piece or as a separate charm. This special coin is a personal amulet, and fashioned to assist with meditation at home or “on the go”.


“My jewelry was inspired and designed to evoke and maintain those same meditative qualities in whomever wears it, to follow them throughout their day, and to remind them of their dreams and desires,” says Carole. “Like all of my designs, every piece in my Black Diamond Collection works like a life compass, keeping the wearer on course toward personal happiness.”





Jewelry at Barney's New York:  
Jewelry Website:  http://blackbycarole.com/
Facebook:               https://www.facebook.com/caroleshashona
Carole Shashona Brand Website:  http://www.caroleshashona.com/






Monday, December 21, 2015

Fall 2015 Gems & Gemology: Colombia’s One-of-a-Kind Trapiche Emeralds

 Press Release via GIA

Fall 2015 Gems & Gemology: Colombia’s One-of-a-Kind Trapiche Emeralds
HPHT-grown synthetic diamonds, Lesotho’s renaissance, and white nephrite origin study

FA_2015 GG coverThe Fall 2015 issue of Gems & Gemology (G&G), GIA’s quarterly professional journal, offers a comprehensive look at a stone that intrigues many gemologists – Colombia’s one-of-a-kind trapiche emerald. The issue, which is now available in print and online, also investigates recent breakthroughs in colorless to near-colorless HPHT-grown synthetic diamonds, how Lesotho’s Let¹eng-la-Terae diamond mine became one of the world’s richest, and the provenance of dolomite-related white nephrite jade using a new method of statistical analysis.

G&G’s cover story “Colombian Trapiche Emeralds: Recent Advances in Understanding Their Formation” presents a comprehensive paper on the unique trapiche emeralds from Colombia. In fine specimens, the combination of rich, gemmy green color with the six-spoke pattern is particularly striking. The article, headed by UCLA postdoctoral researcher Isabella Pignatelli and Gaston Giuliani, director of the French Institute of Research for Development, reviews the geology of trapiche emerald, provides 3-D petrographic examination of crystals along with spectroscopic and chemical analyses, and proposes a new formation model informed by their recent work.

Next, a team led by GIA research scientist Ulrika D’Haenens-Johansson investigates the gemological properties of 44 colorless to near-colorless HPHT-grown synthetic diamonds recently produced by a Russian firm, New Diamond Technology. Ranging up to 5.11 ct, these HPHT synthetics show dramatic improvement in size, color, and clarity. The issue’s third article, by GIA’s Russell Shor and Robert Weldon and three leading diamond researchers, profiles the Let¹eng mine in Lesotho to explain how the operations have been adapted to promote recovery of the mine’s biggest diamonds and increase profitability. In the fourth and final paper, Zemin Luo, Mingxing Yang and Andy Shen from the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan apply a new statistical analysis method to the provenance of dolomite-related white nephrite. This technique could prove useful in accurately determining the geographic origin of other gemstones.

The issue also features G&G’s regular Lab Notes and Gem News International sections, which include informative entries from contributors around the world. The second installment of the G&G Micro-World column features descriptions and photomicrographs of remarkable inclusions.

G&G’s free archive containing every issue from 1934 to present, more in-depth coverage, hundreds of additional photos, and exclusive video footage are available on GIA’s website at http://www.gia.edu/gems-gemology.  



About GIA
cid:image001.jpg@01D0558D.CBE8DD90An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit www.gia.edu

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Bring in the Holidays with Vivaan! #DesignerSpotlight


The happiest of holiday greetings from Vivaan....

There is a difference in our world,
for your presence adds the wonder.
Desire to thank you, 
your kindness touches us.  
Just as the river thanks its shores,
we thank you ever so more !

Website:     http://www.vivaan.us
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/vivaanbyyny


From pieces featuring stunning Carved Gems...

...to glorious diamond slices...

and my personal FAV - this sweet paisley pendant.



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

#Christie's Winter Jewels - Magnificent Jewels Auction and Christie's Online Boutique #AuctionJewels


CHRISTIE'S WINTER JEWELS
IN NEW YORK, DECEMBER 2015

• MAGNIFICENT JEWELS: THE AUCTION, DECEMBER 10 
•RARE AND UNIQUE JEWELS FROM THE ESTATE OF CARROLL PETRIE 
• CHRISTIE’S ONLINE JEWELS BOUTIQUE, DECEMBER 11-21

Christie’s schedule of Winter Jewelry sales in New York, started out with a BANG with the live saleroom auction of Magnificent Jewels December 10th, that included the introduction of a companion online boutique of Holiday Jewels from December 11 – 21.  Offering a multitude of outstanding jewels at every price level, including fancy colored and colorless diamonds, rare gemstones, natural pearls, and signed creations from the most coveted jewelry houses. 


THE SALES TOTAL FOR ALL THREE SESSIONS: $59,685,125 (USD)


The top lot was the ‘Victory Diamond’,  
a D color rectangular-cut diamond ring of 31.34 carats, 
which realized $4,309,000 or $137,492 per carat.

Additional top prices were achieved for:


CUSHION-CUT DIAMOND RING OF 43.79 CARATS IN D COLOR 
SOLD FOR $4,029,000


103.66 CARAT SOLITAIRE DIAMOND PENDANT SET IN PLATINUM
ON A FINE NECKLACE OF PLATINUM  BROUGHT IN $3,749,000


28.28 CARAT RECTANGULAR-CUT DIAMOND RING 
OF D COLOR  REALIZED $3,413,000

Christie’s is proud to report impressive prices for large white diamonds and colored gemstones, which further supports the collecting trends we have seen all season in Geneva, Hong Kong and in New York. A large D color diamond of 28.28 carats set a new house record for any jewel sold to an online bidder. Strong prices were also achieved for signed iconic pieces by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co. and Schlumberger, among others.

December's Magnificent Jewels auction featured over 500 lots, including signed pieces from Boucheron, Cartier, David Webb, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels, and prominent private collections.  Featuring some of the most important jewels to be offered this season, with jewelry from the estate of New York philanthropist and socialite Carroll Petrie and after the auction a private preview of 
Christie’s Jewels Online Boutique closed the evening session.



PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF CAROLL PETRIE
(from the Christie's Auction Catalogue)
The collection of the late New York socialite Carroll Petrie was 90% sold by lot, and inspired late-evening bidding wars in the saleroom for her most-coveted necklaces, including a fabulous multi-gem Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. and a truly unique Tony Duquette design from the royal Collection of the Duchess of Windsor. 

In total, 11 lots realized over $1 million, and four fetched over $3 million.

From a young age, Carroll McDaniel Petrie had a strong passion for beauty and great design and an early inspiration came when her first marriage to the Marquis de Portago brought her to Paris. There she became enamored with the fashions of Christian Dior, and even collaborated with the designer in the creation of her wedding dress. Her great love of beauty and keen eye allowed Mrs. Petrie to build a remarkable collection of fine and decorative art, haute couture, and jewels.

From the late-1950s, Mrs. Petrie established herself as an icon of international society and philanthropy, living and mingling among the elite in Paris, Hong Kong, and New York. Many of the pieces presented in this sale were worn during her meetings with notable figures such as President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, just to name a few. Carroll Petrie patronized many of the great jewelers of the twentieth century, including Van Cleef & Arpels, Jean Schlumberger, and David Webb, all were represented in the auction.



COLORED GEMSTONES
As in recent auctions, Christie's presented an impressive selection of exceptional emeralds, rubies and sapphires this December. Key highlights include rare sapphires from the Estates of Beatrice Goelet Manice and Gladys (Patsy) Pulitzer Preston, an important ruby and diamond ring from Harry Winston and an extraordinary cabochon emerald of over 50 carats.



NATURAL PEARLS
Natural pearls formed part of every royal and state collection for centuries and continue to remain in high demand. The Magnificent Jewels auction provides beautiful examples of necklaces from Cartier and Tiffany & Co., matched drop earrings and an elegant antique brooch formerly owned by Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, the first woman elected to serve in the British Parliament.




DIAMONDS

Christie’s continues its reputation for offering the most important historical and rare diamonds available in the market today. We are proud to offer once again the famous “Victory” diamond, named to commemorate the Allied victory in World War II. The “Victory” was last offered at Christie’s in 1984 as part of the famous Collection of Florence J. Gould. Other notable stones include the “Petrie” diamond ring, a D color stone of 24.34 carats by Harry Winston, and a beautifully cut diamond pendant of 103.66 carats as well as an impressive selection of fancy colored pinks, blues, oranges and yellows.



SIGNED JEWELS
Unique signed pieces from top international designers including Boucheron, Cartier, Graff, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels and more are among the key highlights of the sale. A top lot from the selection includes an iconic art deco coral bracelet by Cartier, with additional highlights including a diamond and gold ballerina brooch designed in arabesque pose, and two ‘Mystery Set’ flower brooches by Van Cleef & Arpels.



CHRISTIE’S JEWELS ONLINE BOUTIQUE, FEATURING FRED LEIGHTONDECEMBER 11 - 21, 2015
Christie’s Jewels Online Boutique

Following the Magnificent Jewels live auction, Christie's will offer a beautiful selection of contemporary jewelry for purchase online in Christie's Jewels Online Boutique. Just in time for the holiday season, the sale will include jewelry ranging from classic diamond earrings to an impressive assortment of vintage-inspired pieces by Fred Leighton. The online sale is open until December 21 at www.christies.com/jewelsboutique

About Christie’sChristie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction and private sales in the first half of 2015 that totalled £2.9 billion / $4.5 billion. In 2014, Christie’s had global auction and private sales that totalled £5.1 billion/$8.4 billion, making it the highest annual total in Christie’s history. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers around 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Christie’s has a global presence with 54 offices in 32 countries and 12 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.

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