Zach is in the contruction business and graduated from the top of his class from Cal State Long Beach. Lots of changes in his life, but none as important as getting engaged! Zach’s just got a D color diamond and a beautiful ring that we help put together here at INTA Gems. Congrats Zach!!!
Jason bought Clarissa a GORGEOUS platinum wedding band with diamonds that looked perfect with her already sparkling 3-stone engagement ring… and the best part… it already fit her finger perfectly! I think it was made for her :)
Clarissa also picked up some fabulous bridesmaid gifts and left with two full bags of jewelry, cleaning solution and CANDY!!! This couple has some serious style and class. I can’t wait for their BIG DAY in June!
Brian Joy and his two year old Travis stopped by to get his mom a beautiful diamond bracelet! He and she are a police officers and got a special diamond bracelet that has a locking mechanism that looks like… diamond handcuffs! How appropriate!
Travis had a great personality and was so cool. A joy to the world!
Ben bought his engagement ring at INTA Gems awhile back and now it is his buddy Rex’s turn. And of course, our company gave them tons of candy treats to nibble on as they learned about diamond education.
Rex played for the Boston Red Sox and he’s now a motivational speaker! We should be thankful that we’re not living in New York because the Yankee fans would be killing us right about now… ha ha ha!
Rex ended up getting a great deal on a dazzling 18K white gold princess cut diamond ring with round brilliant cut diamond side stones. The center stone is a fabulous top color diamond (E color). Congrats Rex!!
We hope to see you soon!
GENEVA (Reuters) – A flawless vivid blue diamond weighing 7.03 carats sold Tuesday for a record 10.5 million Swiss francs ($9.49 million), the highest price paid per carat for any gemstone at auction, Sotheby’s said.
The rectangular-shaped blue stone, the rarest to enter the international market this year, went to an anonymous buyer bidding by telephone after hectic bidding see-sawed between two callers for 15 minutes.
It was the centrepiece of its semi-annual sale in Geneva, conducted by David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s jewelry department in Europe and the Middle East, who said the results showed the market’s resilience despite the economic downturn.
“This is already a new world record price for a fancy vivid blue diamond and a new world record per carat for any gemstone (at auction),” Bennett told reporters.
“It is fantastic in this market and shows that these rare things are very much in demand,” he said.
The final price includes a commission paid by the buyer to the auction house. The stone sets a record price per carat for any gemstone sold at auction of $1,349,752, Sotheby’s said.
The previous record price for a fancy vivid blue diamond was $7.9 million, including commission, for a stone weighing 6.04 carats at sale in Hong Kong in October 2007, also by Sotheby’s.
The new owner will have the right to name the stone, which is mounted in a platinum ring. The pre-sale catalog estimate was 6.8 million to 10 million francs, excluding commission. The hammer price excluding commission was 9.3 million francs.
It was put up for sale by London-listed Petra Diamonds, which extracted it last year from the historic Cullinan mine in South Africa, the world’s most regular supplier of blue diamonds of size and quality. Blue are the rarest of the diamond family after reds.
“To have a stone mined last year and cut the early part of this year so it is absolutely virgin coming straight from the mine has never happened before,” Bennett said. “This is one of the extremely rare substances in our universe.”
The sale fetched a total of 39.5 million swiss francs ($35.7 million) for 266 lots which found new owners, while another 80 pieces were stranded on the block.
“In this general economic environment to see $35 million worth sold in a session shows a lot about the resilience of fine jewels no matter what the climate,” Bennett said.
Fresh stones to the market, including coloured diamonds, fetched good prices, the Briton said.
(Editing by Jonathan Lynn and Jon Boyle)
Here’s the new Miss California USA PSA called “I Believe” that features former Miss USAs, Miss California USAs, and Miss Teen USAs and our own Chelsea Gilligan, Miss California Teen USA, showing the world, the beauty of California.
It’s about love, responsibility and respect.
Watch the video, it’s amazing.
I just attended the Miss California USA press conference at the Pennisula Hotel in Beverly Hills that was covered by CNN, ABC and other news organizations. Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler, Co-Directors of the Miss California USA organization, introduced the new “Beauty of California” ambassador, Tami Ferrell. Chelsea Gilligan, Miss California Teen USA 2009, was also taking questions from the press about the new “I Believe” PSA.