2013 especially November really was an incredible time for the sale of fantastic gems and jewellery. So much so, I have decided to do a round-up of the auction highlights for you. Since the 1970’s the two main auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s held regular sales devoted to important diamonds and coloured stones. These regular auctions have heightened interest exponentially of coloured gems and has consequently become a strong indicator of their market value. Since the 2007 crash of the world economy the price of gems, especially coloured ones, has risen year on year, with auction estimates regularly being smashed by the time the hammer falls. And yet there is still no sign that the ceiling price has been anywhere near reached. The time for coloured gems is now, and
If cold December gave you birth, the month of snow and ice and mirth, place on your hand a turquoise blue; success will bless whate’er you do. Unknown Author Blue turquoise has been found on artefacts dating back 5000 years, in ancient Egypt, Sumeria and Mesopotamia. The word Turquoise is derived from the Greek word “turkois” meaning “Turkish” because it was first brought from Turkey to medieval Europe. Perhaps the oldest stone in male history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. Warriors in both ancient and medieval times wore Turquoise as a protection from death before their time. If the warrior looked down and saw a crack in the stone they would believe that the Turquoise took the blow instead of them, thus enabling them to fight another day.
As the days turn decidedly cooler those with birthdays this month can find warmth in their beautiful birthstone Topaz. This beautiful and inviting gem comes in an array of colours, however the tone to represent this month is warm honey, it is no wonder that it represents lasting friendship and trust. Topaz is the one of the hardest minerals in nature with its large crystal formations exceeding most other crystals in size, making it perfect for setting in this seasons “must have” oversized cocktail ring. The word ‘topaz,’ birthstone for the month of November, comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “fire.” And in ancient lore, the topaz could be used to control heat. It was said to have the power to cool boiling water, as well as excessive anger. As
October is a dazzling month, as the leaves start to turn from green, we are treated to scenery that holds a kaleidoscope of colours, a true feast for the eyes. Perhaps this is why the beautiful opal, the rainbow gem, has been used as October’s birthstone for thousands of years. The name opal is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit upala, meaning “precious stone,” and later the Greek derivative “Opallios,” meaning “to see a change of colour.” Opals have a very long and chequered history. I am sure you will have heard at some point that opals bring bad luck or that they are a sign of evil. This mistaken belief has stemmed from many different sources over the years. The wife of Napoleon III of France, refused to
Have you ever noticed that the sky is always at its bluest this time of year? Perhaps this is why September’s birthstone is the stunning blue Sapphire. Since antiquity, the colour blue and September have always been connected. Even the word “Sapphire” derives its name from the Greek “sapphirus” meaning blue, a word which itself comes from the Hebrew ” sappir” which means to shine. In western Europe, medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings. The sapphire was said to represent the purity of the soul. Before and during the Middle Ages, it was worn by priests as protection from impure thoughts and temptations of the flesh. Medieval kings of Europe valued these stones for rings and brooches, believing that it protected
It’s been a particularly active year so far for jewellery heists. Not since the words “stand and deliver” were originally uttered has jewellery theft been more prolific, or brazen! One may be forgiven for thinking that jewellery theft is the latest in criminal trends, and perhaps it is! There is something very alluring and fascinating about this type of crime though isn’t there? Many a literary best seller has been based around jewellery thieves, and Hollywood is already clamouring to make a movie about the latest robbery in Cannes. And reports in digital-spy last week said that there are T-Shirts are being worn around New York saying “I’m a Pink Panther” referring of course, to the international crime ring of said name – who are incidentally are meant to be
August is the month when nature is at its most green, which is perhaps why the gleaming green peridot stone has been attributed as this month’s birthstone since antiquity. It is one of the oldest known gemstones, with records documenting its mining since 1500 B.C. It is especially connected with Cleopatra, as many historians believe that her emeralds were actually peridots! The Greek’s believed that the peridona – as it was referred to then – gave protection and richness of character to the bearer. However, the Romans called peridot the “evening emerald” because of its enhanced colour in lamplight. Over a thousand years later pirates used it, to dissolve enchantments and ward off the evil eye in the night! And medieval priests used peridot for protection and to ward off
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The Thinkers Stone Apart from July representing the height of the summer season, with everyone’s thoughts on taking a break, the month is made even more special by one of the most special birthstones there are. The magnificent glowing red ruby is a stone whose origin straddles the world, with stones coming from Thailand, Mozambique and most importantly Burma. Nobody really knows where the origins of the birthstone came from. Rubies have been found in both western antiquity and in ancient far eastern traditions. But many believe that the idea of the birthstone was inspired by the book of Exodus, where there is a list of twelve precious stones, one for each tribe of Israel – here is the first time Ruby is put against the month of July. Rubies
Actually June is a bit of a greedy month in that rather than just having one birthstone it actually has three! The Pearl, the Alexandrite and Moonstone, so anyone who is born in this month is in luck as they can choose which gem they prefer, or have all three – and change as the mood suits! The Pearl has been used in Europe as a birthstone for over 1000 years to symbolise loyalty, faithfulness and friendship, it was held in very high esteem by ancient Egyptians, Persians and Hindus. Early Chinese myths told of pearls falling from the sky when dragons fought. And Greek legend says that pearls were the tears of the gods. The Greeks also gave pearls if the wedding took place in June to promote marital