Boodles’ latest collection is a series of five rings called Maymay, to be released May 1 with a nod to the Chelsea Flower Show. While the ‘Jasmine’ is clearly the centerpiece, having been released last and featuring the only color of the collection with a yellow diamond, I think the ‘Tulip’ is actually the most interesting piece because the flower is often overlooked when it comes to jewelry.
Garrard is exhibiting at Baselworld for the first time this year and is showing two of its latest collections by new head designer Sara Prentice. The Tudor Rose collection, composed of 30 pieces, was inspired by historical designs of the house and the iconic English symbol. The elaborate neckpiece can be broken up and worn five different ways, as elements such as the largest flower and the tassel are removable. Other pieces from the collection include matching earrings, cuffs, rings and, of course, tiaras. While the technical achievements of the collection are interesting, the line itself could have used some styling updates. There just isn’t anything modern about them. Interestingly, Beyoncé wore the pieces below in a promotional video for the Mrs. Carter tour, but in the context of the 18th century royal splendor of the set it made it bit more sense. The second debut is a 10th anniversary line of the iconic Wings collection.
New York-based Bayco has unveiled a 206 carat Colombian emerald, which they have dubbed the ‘Imperial Emerald’, at Baselworld 2013. The stone is remarkable for its clarity given the size, as well as uniform color throughout. Owners Moris and Giacomo Hadjibay bought the stone recently in a private sale from a collector who owned it for 40 years and are not revealing how much they paid for it. Something to consider: the world auction record for an emerald is US$6.5 million for Elizabeth Taylor’s 24.33 carat Bulgari brooch, sold by Christie’s in December 2011. No doubt the aura of Taylor bumped up the price, but if this stone went to auction it would surely shatter that record.
Bonhams held a fine jewelry auction in London on April 24th and offered a 5.30 carat blue diamond ring by Bulgari, which sold for £6.2 million (US$9.5 million) to Laurence Graff of Graff Diamonds. The ‘Trombino’ ring, which was made in 1965, sets a new world auction record for price per carat of a blue diamond at US$1.8 million. Watch an interesting video by Bonhams about this piece and blue diamonds in general here and watch a video of the actual sale on the auction floor here.