It seems that spring and summer are the most popular times to get engaged. If you are thinking of popping the question, make sure you know what to look for when picking out a diamond for that special someone!

When selecting a diamond, you need to examine the diamond’s 4 C’s.

What are the 4 C’s you ask? Cut, Clarity, Color, Carat.

Cut– This is the most important part of the diamond. Cut is used to describe the shape and the reflective qualities of the jewel. When a diamond is well-cut, light enters through the table and travels to the pavilion where it reflects from one side to the other before reflecting back out of the diamond through the table and to the observer’s eye.

Clarity– Most diamonds do contain some inner flaws that occur during the formation process. The visibility, number, and size of these flaws determine what is called the clarity of a diamond. Diamonds that are clear create more brilliance, and thus are more highly prized, and priced.

Color– Color is a result of the composition of the diamond, and it never changes over time. Colorless diamonds are the most desirable since they allow the most refraction of light and therefore sparkle. Off white diamonds absorb light, inhibiting brilliance.

Carat– This is the unit of weight for a diamond. Since large diamonds are found less than small diamonds, as the size of the diamond becomes larger, so does the price.

Now that you have these guidelines on what to look for when buying a diamond, you are ready to head to the store!

While it’s not quite the world’s largest natural pearl, it is the largest natural pearl to come up to auction.

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The pearl came from a private source, whose wife wore it as an earring. It was accompanied by a cultured pearl. The jewelry department head of the auction house had the pearl’s origin certified by the Swiss Gemmological Institute.

The pearl is an attractive white color with weak rosé and green overtones. Poetically, it is also referred to as the ‘orient of pearls.’ These overtones are due to an iridescence effect caused on the surface of pearls which greatly contribute to their beauty.

The pearl is expected to bring in somewhere around $400,000 at auction on May 1.

On May 13th in Geneva, the Graff Vivid Yellow diamond will be auctioned off. It is 100.9 ct and named after for the famed diamond collector Laurence Graff.

It is considered one of the largest vivid yellow diamonds in the world and should fetch between $15 and $20 million.

Also at the auction will be a Graff diamond ring which features  a 103.46 ct round brillian cut. It is considered one of the largest diamonds in the world and is expected to bring in between $3.5 and $5 million.

Another item at the auction is the Victory Diamond. It is a  31.34 ct D Type IIA step cut and was named in honor of the Allies’ triumph in World War II. It was originally discovered in 1945 and at the time was the largest alluvial rough ever found, weighing in at 770 cts.

In the 1950s, 30 diamonds were cut from that rough. The Victory Diamond was the biggest of these cuts– it is considered potentially flawless and should bring in around $5 million to $8 million.

It is going to be a great sale!

 

Breguet Reine de Naples Princess

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Breguet Reine de Naples Princesse was inspired by the creation of the first wristwatch by Abraham-Louis Breguet for Caroline Murat, the Reine de Naples. The watch is identified by the delicate shape of its case. Its elegant curves are an ode to femininity.

The Reine de Naples Princesse 8968 watch proclaims its own modern and stylised identity while staying true to the typical Breguet collection. This model deploys lines and spaces, depths and colours to draw the eye into the dimension of time. While retaining its egg shape, the case is curved to fit the shape of the wrist ensuring a comfortable fit.

The plain dial follows the line of the case creating an illusion of depth, which highlights the hour markers, also curved, at 12 and 6 o’clock. The gold dial has manually operated engine-turned patterns while using perspectives and contrasts to capture attention. A touch of brilliance tops off this exploit on the face of time because the crown is set with an inverted diamond while the ball attachment is decorated with brilliant-cut diamonds.

The case is an 18-carat rose gold with a finely fluted caseband. The crown is set with an inverted diamond (approx. 0,15 ct). There is an attachment set with 16 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0,15 ct) to go along with the Sapphire caseback. The timepiece has a diameter of 43 x 34,95 mm and is  water-resistant up to 3 bar (30m).

The dial is silvered and anthracite-coloured 18-carat gold that is engine-turned. The watches are individually numbered and signed Breguet. Applied and curved Roman numerals appear in rose gold at 12 and 6 o’clock. The Breguet open-tipped hands are in rose gold. The watch comes on a leather strap with a clasp set of 29 brilliant-cut diamonds.