Posted by Alexandra Robson on April 11, 2017 0 Comments
Have you heard the news? The most expensive gemstone on Earth, the Pink Star diamond, was sold last week in Hong Kong.
This pink gemstone is unique in many ways: with its 59.60 carats, it already held the record for being the largest Fancy Vivid pink, Internally Flawless diamond ever graded by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America).
However, last week it further exceeded everyone's expectations, by becoming the most expensive gemstone to ever be sold: Hong Kong jewellery company Chow Tai Fook bought it at auction for $71.2 million, surpassing its original estimate of $60 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong.
Before last week, the record for the most expensive gemstone was held by the Oppenheimer Blue diamond, which was sold for $57.5 million at Christie's in Geneva last may.
This beautiful gemstone seems to be full of surprises! We wonder when it will next be on the news...?
Posted by Alexandra Robson on February 08, 2017 0 Comments
Posted by Alexandra Robson on November 25, 2016 0 Comments
We are very excited to be participating in the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club Publication Launch Show! It will be held at Kensington Palace on 9th December, 2016, from 5pm. We will be featured alongside many other luxury brands, from providers of show-stopping cars to makers of fine wines. We can't wait!
Posted by Alexandra Robson on October 18, 2016 0 Comments
This year at the Spirit of Christmas we are happy to showcase a new capsule collection inspired by Portofino!
The Portofino collection boasts a beautiful range of coloured gemstones set in silver, yellow gold and rose gold spirals. The Pastel-colored houses and deep blue sea of Portofino caught the attention of the designers at Augustine Jewels. This capsule collection of necklaces is enchanting, yet simple and is the epitome of glamour for the modern woman. The spiral shapes hug the most gorgeous natural stones, with combinations of rose gold with morganite, yellow gold with emerald and silver with sapphire.
Visit us at stand C63 for an exclusive 10% all collections for show goers!
Posted by Alexandra Robson on October 07, 2016 0 Comments
Augustine Jewels is getting ready to attend the Quintessentially Weddings Atelier show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates! The show takes place in the heart of downtown Dubai, 17-19 November. We are very excited to be a part of this amazing show and to display alongside other luxury brands, as well as to experience a new city. We can't wait for November, and are sure it will be a great success!
Click here for more information and to buy tickets: http://quintessentiallyatelier.com
Posted by Alexandra Robson on July 28, 2016 0 Comments
Here at Augustine Jewels, we were lucky enough to join the other competitors at the awards evening at the London Hilton to see our entry. The winners were announced on the 29th June 2016 when the leading names in the UK jewellery industry gathered at the prestigious London Hilton on Park Lane for a night dedicated to recognising and celebrating industry excellence. The awards showcased achievements from an array of talents, ranging from independent retailers to well-known brands. We were very happy to be shortlisted for our beautiful Bridal piece! Fingers crossed for next time!
Posted by Alexandra Robson on June 18, 2016 0 Comments
Join us, as we count down the 8 most expensive and luxurious pearls in existence:
- Pierre Cartier - $1 million
Pierre Cartier had been creating the ultimate two-strand pearl necklace for a number of years, and when in 1917, he found the perfect location for his business in New York’s Fifth Avenue (the most famous shopping address in the world) he bought the piece of real estate with $100 and the necklace – which is now valued at $1 million.
- Three Strand Natural Pearl Necklace – $1.4 million
The 'Three Strand Natural Pearl Necklace' is comprised of 180 natural pearls and completed with an ornate cabochon emerald and diamond clasp. It was sold by Christie's in 2013 for $1.4 million.
- Five Stand Natural Pearls – $1.7 million
The stunning 'Five Strand Natural Pearls Necklace' was sold by Christie’s in 2012. The innermost strand is comprised of sixty 63 graduated natural pearls. The next strand is comprised of 68 pearls, followed by a strand of 72 pearls. The fourth and fifth strands are both comprised of 73 pearls, and it is beautifully joined together by an exquisite blue and gold silk cord.
- The Pearl of Lao Tzu - $3.5 million
The astonishing 'Pearl of Lao Tzu' is worth a huge $3.5 million. Often referred to as the ‘Pearl of Allah’, this pearl is reported to be the largest natural pearl in existence. It was discovered in the waters off the Philippines in the 1930’s and weighs just over 14 pounds.
- Double Strand Necklace - $3.7 million
The 'Double Stand Necklace' was sold by Christie’s In 2012 for $3.7 million. It is made up of 120 individual pearls, which possess beautiful, subtle rose and green overtones. It is held together with a 3 carat diamond clasp signed by Cartier.
- The ‘Big Pink Pearl’ - $4.7 million
The natural abalone pearl was discovered by American diver, Wesley Rankin in 1990, and it’s still in his possession to this very day. It is famous its glistening pink colour and weighs 470 carats.
- La Peregrina Pearl - $11.8 million
This necklace was given to actress Elizabeth Taylor by her two-time husband Richard Burton, and it sold for $11.8 million at Christie's auction house in 2011. It is made with diamonds, pearls and has a breathtaking ruby centrepiece. It was once owned by Spanish royalty and dates back 500 years.
- Beauty of Ocean Pearl - $139 million
The impressive Chinese ‘Beauty of Ocean Pearl’ set a world record for being the biggest luminous man-made pearl. It was discovered in Mongolia and weighs 6 tonnes and is 5 feet high. It’s composed of fluorite and was ground into a pearl shape over the course of three years. It is valued at $139 million, making it the most expensive pearl ever.
Posted by Alexandra Robson on June 16, 2016 0 Comments
The Spirit of Summer has returned and we are excited to unveil our newest Pearl Tassel collection! Visit us at stand B107 at Olympia London from 22 – 25 June.
See all of our stunning collections and receive an exclusive discount, with over 450 other independent boutiques and designers it is a fantastic day out! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an exclusive 30% off your ticket price.
Posted by Alexandra Robson on June 05, 2016 0 Comments
The birthstone for June is the opulent pearl. Today, the pearl still remains a symbol of purity, elegance and beauty.
Pearls come in a variety of different shapes, colours and sizes. Natural freshwater pearls come from mussels that live in ponds, rivers, and lakes, whereas a cultured pearl is a pearl created by a oyster farmer under controlled conditions.
Depending on the type of mussel, freshwater pearls come in a number of pretty pastel shades such as, white, black, pink, peach, lavender, plum, purple, and tangerine.
Akoya pearls are produced by Japan’s Akoya oysters. They are the classic white pearls and typically have the highest luster and greatest shine of all cultured pearls.
Tahitian pearls are the only pearl to naturally achieve a black body colour. They are an organic gem formed from the black lip oyster and primarily cultivated around the islands of French Polynesia, around Tahiti.
South Sea Pearls
South Sea pearls are exceptional quality pearls, they come from the white-lipped variety of the pinctada maxima oyster, and they are the most expensive pearl on the market due to their rarity.
We recently launched our beautiful, luxurious Pearl and Tassel jewellery collection.
Shop today: augustinejewels.com/collections/pearl