Category: Hot Rocks

Pink diamond sets auction record

A fabulous five-carat pink diamond sold today at Christie’s Hong Kong for $10,776,660, the highest per-carat price ever paid for a diamond. No doubt about it: fancy-colored diamonds are hot – and Hong Kong has become a major market for gemstones.

How to spot fake gems in old jewelry

Learn what to look for in terms of color and cut, but don’t expect to tell a synthetic from a real stone – and forget trying to identify something based on a digital photo. “If something looks too good to be true,” Christie Romero warns, “it probably is.”

Buying a diamond engagement ring: 6 C’s

An engagement ring may be the most important jewelry purchase anyone makes. Not only does it represent a lifetime commitment, it may be the only piece of jewelry a woman never removes. Like the marriage itself, it should be beautiful, timeless and able to withstand some hard knocks.

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.

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…