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The Jewelry of Black Panther & Marvel's First Licensed Jewelry Maker

The Jewelry of Black Panther & Marvel's First Licensed Jewelry Maker


Jewelry isn't the first thought that comes to mind after watching a superhero movie, but the motion picture production of Black Panther actually employs aesthetic creations from Marve's first licensed jewelry makre, Douriean Fletcher. The designer makes use of her unique and powerful creative tastes to help paint a world where one's ability and skill define one's role more in society.



African themed jewelry was an integral creative focus for her pieces, but she also wanted to show the manifestation of both bold strength and graceful spirituality- two traits that the women of Wakanda held proudly in their technologically advanced society. Fletcher mentions that the goal of her jewelry pieces is to remind wearers of an inner strength that they possess.



Her beautiful work was also shown for a brief period at the end of 'Avengers', another movie in the marvel cinematic universe. The usage of gold in feminine, yet strong motifs governed a large portion of the collection used by Marvel. The gemstone amethyst was also incorporated into some designs, possibly pointing to its historical connection with royalty and nobility.



Jewelry does not simply exist to be shown off as bauble or fashion statements. Throughout our existence on this planet, the wearing of precious metals and gemstones signified importance, wisdom, expression and culture. The passing down of mementos and heirlooms was something seen across every nation, with the intent of the older generations to leave behind a guiding emblem of their love and learnings to the children of the future.

(Photography: Marvel Studios & Press)
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 Christie's Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence Auction Garnered $109.2 Million. The Second Highest Auction Total for a Private Jewelry Collection

Christie's Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence Auction Garnered $109.2 Million. The Second Highest Auction Total for a Private Jewelry Collection


On June 19th of 2019, Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani through Christie's auction house put together a ground-breaking collection of almost 400 gemstones and jewel-encrusted objects for public offer. This esteemed sale may prove to be one of the highest in value of all time, in tier with the Elizabeth Taylor collection- which itself garnered around 115.9 million dollars back in 2011.



Many of the breathtaking artifacts and jewelry have a historical significance factor added to their appeal. Certain items span centuries-worth of stories, and many lots are comprised of Mughal royal objects, such as a dagger with precious jade affixed to its hilt design.

Other slightly more modern items come from the notable design houses of Bulgari, Linzeler, Lacloche and Cartier among others. Different kinds of rare and illustrious colored stones will take to the spotlight, as emeralds, rubies, sapphires and of course diamonds get showcased through the prestigious sale.



High-visibility items like the Patiala Ruby Choker- commissioned by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala to Cartier in the early 1900's, will undoubtedly be some of the center-stage highlights. This item in particular has an estimate pegged at around 1.2 million US dollars.

Another included item that has garnered recent fame, is the elegantly named 'Mirror of Paradise' diamond, which is graded at D for color and IF (Internally Flawless) for clarity. This 52.58ct rectangular cut diamond has an estimate range of around 7 to 10 million dollars.



The collection's highlight pieces will be travelling around the world, to displays in Hong Kong, London and Geneva, as is expected of featured lots managed by Christie's. The full suite of the auction items will also be shown at the Christie’s Rockefeller Center galleries located in Manhattan.  The Al Thani Collection still holds around 5,600 individual items, some of which will be shown in Paris starting next year, at a new museum location.

Photography Credit: Christie's Auctions, The Al Thani Collection
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The Pastel Shades of Morganite, the Pink Beryl Cousin of Emerald

The Pastel Shades of Morganite, the Pink Beryl Cousin of Emerald


Most of you have heard about two very famous beryl colours that have captivated the hearts of jewelry buyers around the world; the oceanic blues of aquamarine and the forest greens of emerald. The science of gemology classifies beryl as an individual gemstone species, with both aquamarine and emerald belonging to this species, but existing as different varieties.






Photography Credit: BBBGem (above) and Christine K. Jewelry (below)

Today let's take a look at possibly the next most famous beryl variety used in jewelry- Morganite. This pastel peach-pink stone was named after J.P. Morgan, who himself was a notable gemstone enthusiast. Morganite was discovered in California and Madagascar sometime in the early 20th century, and has been circulating around many demure and elegant coloured-stone jewelry themes ever since.

It's no surprise that morganite's specific hue is a favorite of brides, debutantes and socialites. Many tout its color as a graceful accent for modern day women. Although morganite cabochon rings are also popular among men, especially when embellished with the warmer tones of yellow or reddish gold.

For those on a mid-market budget, morganite also makes a great alternative to padparadscha sapphire, the pinkish-orange corundum color that's been trending nowadays on the colored stone markets. Padparadscha can sometimes out-value blue sapphire colors even at fine jewelry auctions, so despite popularity, these stones can feel quite expensive for many collectors.


Morganite can be found in many parts of the world, like Brazil, Russia, Mozambique and Namibia among other places, but the best qualities are still quite sporadic in distribution. The supply and demand of gemstones plays an integral part in its popularity within the trade. Morganite currently sits behind aquamarine and emerald in terms of both public reception and price, however it has enough of a following for jewelers to actively use it as a main center-stone in rings, pendants and many other types of personal jewelry wear.

Sometimes called pink beryl, morganite's colour can range from a lightly toned brownish peach to salmon pinks with good saturation, although most material is typically orangey pink in a subtle pastel shade. Fashion trends love to make use of morganite along with light blues, and rose gold colours.
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Watching Frank Everett's Narration on The Magnificent Jewels of Barbara Sinatra

Watching Frank Everett's Narration on The Magnificent Jewels of Barbara Sinatra


Many connoisseurs in the jewellery trade are familiar with the annual auction events held internationally. From Geneva to New York, greatly anticipated events led by the duopoly of Christie's and Sotheby's auction houses, have shown us some of the world's most tantalising jewellery from human history's most well known brands and designers.




Photography: Sotheby's Auction House, Plume necklace by Jean Schlumberger (Tiffany & Co.)

One particular storyteller we often like watching (just for his charismatic narration of significant pieces) is Frank Everett, who spotlights his own section called Frank's Files, on Sotheby's online platform. Here's an episode link where he timelessly describes a couple of novelty pieces from the collections of Barbara Sinatra (wife of Frank Sinatra) and Happy Rockefeller.



Some of the oldest jewellery design houses in the western world are often featured on his segments, including pieces by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Tiffany & Co. Both diamonds and rare coloured stones are often incorporated within the same piece, creating a mysterious allure unbound by a single hue or theme. Rubies, emeralds and sapphires are among the world's highest priced gemstones, and they're often found in the collections of society's most well regarded socialites and personalities.




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The Story of the 101 carat Winston Legacy Diamond, that was Once Auctioned for 26.7 Million Dollars

The Story of the 101 carat Winston Legacy Diamond, that was Once Auctioned for 26.7 Million Dollars


The number 101 might be familiar in most modern day pop-culture references. Even children can relate to the catchy number being used as part of the 101 Dalmatians animation franchise. Did you know though that there is a beautiful pear-shaped diamond out there called the '101'? Precisely it actually weighs 101.73 carats, however 'point seventy three' didn't quite sound as catchy for its proprietors.



This diamond was once bought by Harry Winston, the famous jewelry design house, during a Christie's event several years ago. The purchases was a celebratory event of Harry Winston being acquired by the Swatch Group. The company currently owns many famous jewelry and watch brands such as Blancpain, Tissot and Omega, aside from their own Swatch brand.




The 101 diamond was described as the most perfect diamond ever offered at auction- by Rahul Kadakia, the head of Christie's Switzerland during the time of sale. Harry Winston originally purchased the stone for about 254,000 USD per carat, or about 26.7 million dollars in total. It sits today as one of the world's finest pear-shaped D-colored, flawless diamonds recorded in human history. It was soon after renamed to the 'Winston Legacy' in honour of the jewelry house's founder.
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