Meeting with Valentine Lecêtre in her magnificient offices on Avenue Kléber, Paris. A trio of young entrepreneurs, Valentine, her brother Julien and their friend, Jonathan, a graduate from HRD Antwerp, decided to launch a diamond jewellery line exclusively sold on the net. Valentine has an impressive track record of success despite her youth: the creation of the “CARAT Fair” for jewellery designers, book publishing and recently the exhibition “Art Paris Art Fair” which took place at the Grand Palais last March. To my question ” How was born Divinescence?”, Valentine answers: We wanted to create a top level site which would simply the purchase of jewellery and diamonds. Our credo […]
Geneva: A blue jewellery box for the most extraordinary blue diamond of all times! GENEVA – Magnificent colour diamonds are gaining stature as an asset class due to their rarity and extraordinary beauty, achieving successive world record prices this year culminating in the landmark sale of the Oppenheimer Blue. 2016 has been the year of the blue diamond, one of the rarest of colour gems. Blues have taken centre stage at auctions around the world, starting with the sale of the 10.1-carat De Beers Millennium Blue Jewel 4 in Hong Kong on April 5 for a record price for any jewel sold at auction in Asia of US$31.8 million. […]
With a weight of 1109 cts, the Lesedi La Rona Diamond is the second biggest rough diamond ever discovered. This amazing stone was extracted in Botswana last November from the Karowé mine, property of the Canadian mining Company Lucara Diamond. The presence of the Lesedi La Rona in Antwerp highlights the leading position of the city as World Diamond Center! The first place in the row of the biggest diamonds ever found is hold by the Cullinan, mined 110 years ago in South Africa. This 3000+ cts stone was cut in 1908 in several superb loose stones that have adorned the British Crown Jewels for more than a century.
Classic cuts and styles remain the most popular, director Andrew Hinds tells ADTF. Andrew, who has visited the Antwerp Fair twice, was elected chairman of the UK jewellery trade body the National Association of Goldsmiths in 2014. F. Hinds’ more than 100 stores across England and Wales serve over 2 million customers a year. Why is diamond jewellery an important part of the offering of F. Hinds? While we stock a wide range of products, including other precious metal and fashion jewellery collections as well as watches and gifts, diamonds are central to our range. This is because we are sixth generation jewellers and have been selling […]
Asia auction record highlights robust demand for rare BLUE DIAMONDS “Blue diamonds of any intensity of colour are amongst the rarest of all gems. Highly saturated blue diamonds over ten carats combined with an Internally Flawless clarity grade are extremely rare. There have been fewer and fewer new rough diamonds discovered over the last decade that produce this colour. Most of the recent diamonds offered for sale in this category are coming from private collections—not diamond mines.” Tom Moses, Executive Vice President and Chief Research and Laboratory Officer, GIA A record price achieved on April 5 for any jewel sold at auction in Asia, highlights the strength of demand for […]