A roundup of JCK’s top stories from the past week.
The famed Archduke Joseph Diamond fetched a princely price at Christie’s Geneva on Nov. 12 Geneva: $21.5 million, a world auction record for a colorless diamond.
Lacy & Co.—for years considered one of America’s premier independent jewelers—will close after Christmas, says owner Ellen Lacy.
Fifteen artifacts and jewels recovered from the remnants of the Titanic will embark on a three-city tour between November 2012 and May 2013.
On Nov. 14 at Sotheby’s Geneva, a 10.48 ct. fancy deep blue briolette diamond fetched $1.036 million a carat—a world record per-carat price for a deep blue stone.
On Nov. 13, Harry Winston announced plans to purchase BHP’s controlling interest in the Ekati diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories for $500 million—a move that will greatly expand the company’s reach in the diamond mining business.
Some 22.5 percent of shoppers plan to buy jewelry this holiday—the highest level since 2007, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual holiday spending survey.
A rare Patek Philippe that once belonged to guitarist Eric Clapton fetched $3.6 million at a Christie’s Geneva watch auction, a world record for the reference.
Many of the nation’s big retailers are beginning the annual shopping extravaganza the night before, on the day otherwise known as Thanksgiving, accelerating a trend that began last year.
This year marks the second time that Long Island, N.Y.–based London Jewelers has designed the show’s annual pièce de résistance—the fantasy bra.
This Saturday in New York City, Michael C. Fina will host its third scavenger hunt for a diamond ring, and its window displays touting the event are just fabulous!