Month: October 2009

Nature of Diamonds in Chicago

If you haven’t seen The Nature of Diamonds exhibit, you’ll have one last chance in Chicago, where it opened last week at The Field Museum. Along with fun facts about the history and geology of our favorite sparkly – and…

October’s birthstone: Opal

Opal pendant by Carolyn Tyler

Will wearing opal bring you bad luck if it isn’t your birthstone? Of all the ancient myths about gemstones, none endure like the superstitions surrounding opal. The bad-luck opal myth isn’t really ancient. It comes from 19th-century fiction.

Christie’s cleans up with diamonds and rare jewels

Diamonds brought big prices at Christie’s New York jewelry sale today and the much publicized 32-carat Annenberg Diamond did not disappoint, selling for $7,698,500, more than twice the low estimate. At $240,000 per carat, the Annenberg sets the world record per-carat…

Movie classics: three jewel heist films worth watching

Grace Kelly + Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief

Whether it’s fifties Hitchcock or seventies caper movies, jewels (especially diamonds) always make for the best Hollywood-style heist. Three classics that pack glamour, suspense and a nice payoff: To Catch a Thief, Le Cercle Rouge and Flawless.

Jeweled objets d’art at Christie’s NYC

In the 1930s, Van Cleef & Arpels was commissioned by a Maharajah to create an aquarium for his pet tree frog. “La Maison d’Hortense” was outfitted with a tiny gold ladder for the frog to ascend or descend, according to…

Big diamonds for big prices

Both Sotheby’s and Christie’s hold their big jewelry sales this week in New York City, and their hopes are pinned on diamonds. Sotheby’s is up first with a 29.53-carat pear-shaped diamond, internally flawless (pictured at left, courtesy Sotheby’s), at their…