NYC Wholesale Diamonds would like to Congratulate this very special couple, Kristin and Tom, on their Wedding Day!
“I was recently referred to Keith by a coworker. She talk about how great he is and I took her word for it. I am so glad I did. Keith is the absolute best! He was very pleasant, knowledgeable, and very genuine when it comes to helping you with the process of selecting an engagement ring. Right away, he taught me what I needed to know about picking the right diamond, we discussed my budget and particular cut and design, and he was able to help me with my engagement ring immediately. I can’t stress how happy I am with Keith and the overall process. My lady loved the ring and everything turned out perfect! Thanks Keith!”
~ Juan H.
“Wow. My husband and I have been talking for a few years about upgrading my diamond. We have been married almost 24 years. My husband did his homework. He reached out to Keith on Tuesday of this week. They emailed each other and had some conversations about what we ere looking for. We set up an appointment for 11am today. Keith is professional, caring and not a schyster (Yiddish for crook). He wants all of his couples to be truly happy with their purchase. He had 6 options to show us. He spent the time to re-educate us on the importance of GIA certification and then began to show us the stones. He listened to our feedback and the third stone was just perfect. We purchased the stone and Keith was able to place it in a beautiful simple setting. He recommend I live and love the new stone and band before I decide if I want to upgrade the setting. He said we can come back at anytime to reset the stone. If you are looking to purchase an engagement ring for the first second or third time, go no further than NYC Wholesale Diamonds. Keith is your man.”
Jake, from Dallas, Texas, contacted NYC Wholesale Diamonds when he wanted to propose with a very special and unique ring. We worked closely over email to create the ring of his fiancé’s dreams.
It’s not often that a jewel sells for almost double its pre-auction estimate, but that happened this week with a rare Kashmir sapphire at Bonhams. The 17.43-carat stone fetched GBP 723,062 ($944,713), or close to $54,000 per carat, beating its high valuation of GBP 400,000 ($521,440).
The cushion-shaped, vivid-blue stone dates to the late 19th or early 20th century, and was formerly owned by a European noble family. It headlined Bonhams’ London sale on Tuesday in its first appearance at auction.
“We have a strong track record of selling Kashmir sapphires at Bonhams, with our international clients eager to add an important gem to their growing collections,” said Emily Barber, director of jewelry at Bonhams UK.
The piece wasn’t the only one that exceeded expectations: A transformable diamond and sapphire necklace by designer Grassy, which can be changed around and worn in five ways, garnered GBP 287,562 ($375,713). The ensemble, which features a 34.59-carat detachable sapphire, beat its estimate of GBP 120,000 to GBP 180,000 ($156,800 to $235,200).
“To discover a necklace like this today, intact and never before seen on the open market, offered with its original design drawings, is not only rare, but illustrates the compelling stories that period jewels can tell,” Barber added.
Other notable items at the sale included a step-cut, 9.07-carat, F-color, type IIa diamond ring with the potential for VVS1 clarity. Originally estimated at GBP 250,000 to GBP 350,000 ($325,900 to $456,260), the piece sold for GBP 250,062 ($326,717).
Additionally, a ring featuring a step-cut, 22.02-carat, Colombian emerald sitting on a mount formed by two marquise and brilliant-cut diamond honeybees and two brilliant-cut diamond leaves brought in GBP 100,062 ($130,736). Its presale estimate ranged from GBP 65,000 to GBP 85,000 ($84,730 to $110,810). The jewel, which is signed by both Tiffany & Co. and designer Jean Schlumberger, was part of the collection of artist Andy Warhol.
“Keith was terrific to work with. He helped explain each diamond in detail and never pushed me to pay more than my asking price. He gave me plenty of time and attention, I never felt rushed to make a decision. I’d recommend him to anyone looking to purchase a beautiful ring at a reasonable price.”