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Jasper52 presents Fine Designer and Gold Jewelry, June 8

On Wednesday, June 8, starting at 2 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present a sale of Fine Designer and Gold Jewelry.

The 465-lot sale’s selection of gold necklaces is impressively broad and deep, but the lineup contains much more than that. Pieces by Tiffany & Co. include an 18K white gold solid, heavy cable link necklace, measuring 20in long; a platinum and diamond engagement ring, set with a pear-shape 0.41-carat diamond and offered with its original GIA certification; and a large pair of vintage 18K gold starfish-form earrings. A few David Yurman pieces appear as well, such as a sterling silver and 18K gold twisted cable cuff bangle bracelet and a men’s sterling silver diamond curb chain bracelet, and there’s a rugged-looking Roberto Coin 18K gold Opera woven twist bracelet on offer, too.

18K yellow, white and rose gold fancy link necklace, est. $5,500-$7,000

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Jasper52 tempts with designer jewelry, watches and fashion, May 8

NEW YORK – On Sunday, May 8, starting at 8 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present a sale of Designer Jewelry, Watches and Fashion – more than 300 lots of treasures from the most coveted and sought-after brands, houses and firms. Among the many prizes on offer are a Franck Mueller master calendar watch; an 18K white gold Chopard ring set with a blue topaz weighing 6.10 carats; a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust watch and also a ladies’ Rolex Datejust watch with a gold case and bracelet and a bezel set with sapphires and diamonds; a black leather Chanel handbag, its strap a gold chain intertwined with black leather; an 18K white gold Cartier solitaire ring; a large number of Hermes watches, including a ladies’ Hermes Cape Cod Nantucket watch in gold and a Hermes Kelly watch, which takes the form of a steel-cased padlock with a silver dial, attached to a natural ostrich leather bracelet; an 18K white gold Chanel ring from the Baroque collection, graced with a central amethyst attended by iolites and rhodolites; a Tiffany & Co. triple heart pendant gold necklace; two examples of Bulgari’s Tronchetto ring, one set with a pink-fuchsia tourmaline and the other set with a semi-cylindrical chrysoprase; a steel Cartier Tank Chronoreflex watch; a beige canvas Hermes Heeboo handbag; a Piaget heart ring in 18K white gold; a Chanel Premiere Chaine watch on an 18K gold bracelet; and a pair of silver-gray leather Hermes high-heeled sandals.

Ladies’ Rolex Datejust wristwatch, est. $21,000-$25,000

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Rainbow of choices in March 9 Antique to Modern Fine Jewelry sale

On Wednesday, March 9, starting at 4 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present a sale of Antique to Modern Fine Jewelry – almost 300 lots of exquisite necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets and other pieces that will spark your imagination and brighten your wardrobe. Among the lots on offer are a pair of 14K white gold, emerald and diamond earrings; an emerald cut 18.00-carat aquamarine set in an 18K white gold ring, flanked by 74 small diamonds; a pair of multi-color sapphire earrings in 18K rose gold; an 18K white gold ring with a 1.01-carat Padparadscha sapphire and diamonds; 14K white gold earrings with diamonds and green-hued cultured pearls; a pink gold and diamond bracelet; a 14K white gold ring set with tsavorites, diamonds and blue and yellow sapphires; a cross-shaped diamond and blue sapphire pendant; and an 18K rose gold ring set with three rows of multi-colored sapphires.

18K rose gold ring with multi-colored sapphires and diamonds, est. $2,605-$3,860

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Luxe brands add cachet to Jasper52 Feb. 15 Jewelry & Watches auction

On Tuesday, February 15, starting at 5 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present an auction of Designer Jewelry & Watches. The 293 lots cover virtually every great name and brand in a dazzling array of pieces. Among them are an Alex Sepkus yellow gold and diamond ring featuring a large orange spessartite, an Hermes white gold and diamond Cape Cod Nantucket ladies’ watch, a Roberto Coin yellow gold and enamel giraffe-patterned bangle, and a Pasquale Bruni white gold, diamond and peridot cross pendant necklace.

Other top prizes include a circa-1994 Cartier yellow gold heart necklace, a Bulgari Mediterranean Eden yellow gold amethyst necklace, an Ilias Lalaounis yellow gold, diamond, ruby and sapphire Chimera bangle bracelet; a Tiffany & Co., yellow gold ladies’ pocket watch; a Piaget yellow gold cocktail ring set with a three-carat diamond; a Chanel Comete yellow gold, diamond, pink sapphire and pearl ring; and a Barry Kieselstein-Cord yellow gold and diamond Two Alligator Heads bracelet, among many others.

Cartier 18K yellow gold heart-pattern necklace, est. $10,000-$12,000

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Creative genius shines in Designer Jewelry & Watches sale, Nov. 14

On Sunday, November 14, starting at 7 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will hold an auction of Designer Jewelry and Watches. The 573-lot sale includes a 1981 Tiffany & Co. Paloma Picasso 18K yellow gold, platinum and diamond link necklace; a vintage Audemars Piguet 18K white gold and diamond ladies’ watch; a Hermes H D’Ancre 18K white gold and diamond bangle bracelet; an Alex Sepkus 18K yellow gold and diamond ring featuring a large orange spessartite stone; a Pasquale Bruni 18K white gold and diamond necklace; a set of 18K yellow gold and lapis lazuli cufflinks by Bulgari; a vintage IWC (International Watch Company) pocket watch in 18K yellow gold; and literally hundreds more outstanding and exquisite pieces.

Alex Sepkus 18K yellow gold, diamond and spessartite ring, est. $19,500-$20,000

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Bulgari and Cartier shine in May 26 designer jewelry sale

Don’t ask if you deserve it. Of course you do. You are worthy and yes, you can and should have nice things. On May 26, starting at 9 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present 362 ways to reward yourself through its Designer Jewelry & Watches sale, featuring pieces from storied brand names such as Piaget, Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., David Yurman, Chanel, and many more.

Limited edition Roberto Coin Nemo cuff bracelet, estimated at $23,000-$28,000

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Dip into an auction trove of antique to modern fine jewelry, April 7

All that glitters earns the spotlight in Jasper52’s Antique to Modern Fine Jewelry auction, scheduled for April 7 and beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Nobody strictly needs jewelry, but everyone needs a bit of sparkle in their lives, especially now, more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. With improved distribution of the various vaccines and vaccination rates slowly rising, it’s OK to think about shedding the sweatpants and glamming up to go out on the town in the near future.

An 18k David Yurman Supernova ring with diamonds, estimated at $6,000-$7,000.

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Jasper52 showcases the lustrous beauty of pearls in Oct. 7 auction

The beauty and versatility of pearls will be on full display October 7 as Jasper52 presents a 186-lot auction of fine pearl jewelry in its many elegant forms. Whether the goal is understated chic or scene-stealing dazzle, the right piece is waiting for you in this very special sale.

Stunning 18K yellow gold adjustable bracelet with nine top-quality oval high-luster golden South Sea pearls. Estimate $2,000-$2,200

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Diamonds: In Living Color

While most are familiar with the fiery sparkle of clear, colorless diamonds, the coveted gemstones actually occur in all colors of the rainbow.

Diamonds are the product of time and nature. It took an average of two billion years for highly compressed carbon, 90 to 500 miles underground, to form hardened crystals known as allotropes. Then, sometime within the last 100 million years or so, volcanic eruptions deep within the Earth deposited the highly structured crystals in vertical “pipes” of igneous kimberlite. Commercial miners have been extracting diamonds from kimberlite ever since the first major diamond discoveries in South Africa, in the mid-19th century. 

Your diamond ring or pendant tells a great story of creation from stone to symbol of love as it dazzles and throws off light in every direction. But pass a light through a clear, colorless diamond just right and you’ll discover that it reflects all the colors of the rainbow.

Pick a color, any color, and it can probably be seen in a diamond. From the colorless to the darkest black, with variations of color in between, diamonds are hued according to the impurity of chemicals found in the Earth itself.

Colorless diamonds, for example, have no visible impurity apart from small specks of black carbon called inclusions. However, an additional natural chemical impurity and how the atoms are distributed (called “lattices”) can change the colorless into a palette of colorful options. According to the diamond industry, there are 27 different official variations of diamond colors.

A GIA-certified fancy yellow diamond weighing 4.17 carats in a cushion-modified brilliant cut fluoresces a gentle yellow hue. It sold for $50,000 in September 2019. 
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What is a diamond color?

In 1953, the Gemological Institute of America (http://www.gia.com) classified the rarity of polished diamonds based on the now iconic four ‘C’s: carat (weight), how it’s cut, and its clarity. Most diamonds made into pendants, rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and brooches are clear. But even colorless diamonds usually display some subtle shade of color. The more colorless, the more valuable a diamond is per carat. 

To determine a diamond color, a standard grading system was developed that classified an individual polished diamond according to the shade of color ranging from D (colorless) to Z (light color). The closer to grade D, the more colorless it is and the more valuable. How is the color measured? A loose, cut diamond is exposed to ultraviolet light, which measures its “fluorescence,” or the light a diamond gives off. A yellow fluorescence is less desirable than a blue fluorescence, for example, which affects the final value of the cut diamond.

So with all that in mind, here’s a primer on diamond colors, based on information from the Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association (http://www.dmia.net). 

Red diamonds certified as a “D,” the highest color standard, would be worth millions per carat as they are the rarest diamonds mined. This fancy red 2-carat example is at the far end of the color standard near the “S” range and sold for $37,500 in March 2014. 
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The fancy color diamonds

Clear 

These are not actually clear or translucent, according to the diamond industry. They are classified as white diamonds, usually free of additional impurities other than pure carbon called inclusions, which determine its final value. 

Brown

Curiously enough, brown diamonds are the most common color of diamonds overall. The lattices reflect the darker brown color. They don’t have the brilliance of the more pastel varieties and were mostly intended for industrial use. However, these ‘chocolate’ diamonds are gaining gaining interest beyond their industrial applications and are being set as a distinctive counterpoint to the more reflective diamonds in jewelry. 

Orange

An orange diamond gets its appearance from its high concentration of isolated nitrogen. While pure orange color is very rare, those that have secondary colors such as yellow, brown or even pink are more commonly seen. 

Yellow

Like orange diamonds, yellow diamonds contain more of the nitrogen atom that fluorescences yellow than other diamonds. The brighter the shade, the more valuable the stone. Lighter shades of yellow that also show shades of green, yellow or even brown are more readily available.

According to diamond sites, values for diamonds in fancy colors can range from thousands of dollars a carat to nearly $50,000 a carat for the very intense color range. 

 

One of the rarer diamond colors, this 3.5 carat fancy blue, marquis-cut diamond whose “…clarity may be potentially internally flawless…,” according to the auction-catalog description, is set off by a platinum band and baguette diamonds along the band. The ring sold for $1.4 million (hammer price) in April 2013.

 

The rarest diamonds

Blue and pink are among the rarest diamond colors. Such stones can sell at auction for millions of dollars per carat, depending on the vibrancy of its color.

Other diamonds that rarely appear at auction are gray, purple and green. Green diamonds, for example, are formed from natural exposure to radiation and the formation of lattices. Once found, these diamonds are usually professionally cut and retained as an investment rather than being set into jewelry. 

Black diamonds have an overabundance of graphite that makes the stone rather opaque and particularly rare in a completely dark black color. 

These color diamonds can range in value from $10,000 to several times that per carat depending on the vibrancy or absence of other colors when placed under UV light. 

The most rare of any diamond shade is the red diamond. A pure-red diamond can auction for millions of dollars per carat. Like brown diamonds, the red diamond’s color comes from its lattice construction and not necessarily from a chemical impurity, but is very difficult to find a diamond that is pure red.  

This more-standard “white” diamond shows brilliantly when cut into a heart shape and set in white gold. Its total weight is 1.65 carats. Sold for $4,600 in March 2019.
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An investment that sparkles

Diamonds are considered a great addition to an investment portfolio. They hold their value, even during inflationary periods, don’t take up a lot of room, and are portable. Yet, diamonds are one of the few investments that can be appreciated aesthetically, as jewelry, rings, pendants, brooches or watch adornments. And they make a lasting personal connection when given as gifts on special occasions. That’s hard to do with stocks and bonds.

Diamonds and ethics

Diamonds are mined in different ways. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is the international standard for overseeing the import and export of diamonds to severely restrict “conflict” or “blood” diamonds from reaching the end consumer. This terminology refers to diamonds mined in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgency, an invading army’s war efforts, or a warlord’s activity. While the KPCS isn’t always successful, diamonds exported to the United States, the largest diamond market, it has strengthened the diamond trade’s efforts to keep “blood diamonds” out of the marketplace. A retailer should have the certification available to prove a diamond’s source, if asked.

From millions of years as pressurized carbon to a dazzling accessory, diamonds really are “forever.”

Fine jewelry, couture offered in Jasper52 sale March 18

From classic Hermes Birkin bags and Versace jackets to trendy Chanel bracelets and Tiffany rings, the Jasper52 online auction inspired by the Las Vegas Show on March 18 features the best of the best in luxury jewelry and fashion. All items are sourced from trusted dealers that exhibit at shows in Las Vegas.

There are only two sapphires in the world like this 26.14-carat blue Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring in 18K white gold. Estimate: $260,000-$312,000. Jasper52 image

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