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Farnese Blue Diamond Could Sell for up to £5m

Indian gem that passed down through European royalty goes on sale for first time

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A blue diamond that was secretly passed down through European royalty over three centuries is to go on sale for the first time.

The Farnese Blue, a 6.16-carat, pear-shaped, dark grey-blue gem said to be one of the most important historical diamonds left in private hands, is expected to fetch between £3.5m and £5m at auction in Switzerland.

It originated in the Golconda diamond mines of India and was given to Elisabeth Farnese in 1715 to mark her marriage to King Philip V of Spain.

The wedding took place after the war of the Spanish succession, which left Spain’s finances gravely depleted. The government ordered Spain’s colonies from Mexico to the East Indies to send wedding gifts.

A year later, in August 1715, a “Golden Fleet” set sail from Cuba to Spain, comprising 12 ships carrying a fortune in gold bullion and a casket of enormous emeralds. After 10 days’ sailing, a hurricane destroyed most of the fleet off Florida, with only one ship escaping.

The story goes that the emeralds were lost in one of the sunken ships, but one diamond found its way to Spain. That gem was gifted to the new Spanish queen by the governor general of the Philippine Islands.

Over the next 300 years, as Elisabeth’s and Philip’s descendants married into Europe’s most important dynasties, the Farnese Blue passed down through royal families in Spain, France, Italy and Austria, travelling across the continent in a royal casket.

Its existence is said to have been secret from all except close relatives and the family jewellers. At one time it was mounted on a diadem alongside diamonds thought to have belonged to Marie-Antoinette.

Now it is being sold by one of Elisabeth’s descendants, and will be auctioned in Geneva on 15 May at Sotheby’s.

David Bennett, the chairman of international jewellery at the auctioneers, said: “This stone has witnessed 300 year of European history, and in colour is reminiscent of historic Golconda blue gems such as the Hope diamond.”

Philipp Herzog von Württemberg, the chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, said: “With its incredible pedigree, the Farnese Blue ranks among the most important historic diamonds in the world.”

Special thank you to author Caroline Davies for The Guardian

GIA and FIT trained, Keith has been a trusted high end diamond jewelry specialist for 30 years. He is the founder and president ​of NYC Wholesale Diamonds Inc. located at 47 West 47th Street Suite 3A in the New York City Diamond District. His website iswww.NYCWD.com and he authors a blog www.NYCDiamondBlog.com. ​Keith has been named to The Diamond Council of America, is a member of the Jewelers Board of Trade, and Jewelers of America​. He offers GIA Certified Ideal Cut Diamonds,​ state of the art Engagement Rings, and fine jewelry designs at low wholesale prices. Keith has been named the N.Y. Diamond District’s Favorite Jeweler by the N.Y. Post’s Savvy Shopper column, had his diamond education articles published, been recommended in the New York Times, national gift reporter Robyn Spizman’s ‘Perfect Present Guide’ and ‘The GIFTionary’, as well as having his Diamond Halo Engagement Ring design featured on ‘The Knot’

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“Working with Keith was a pleasure and a delight. I visited him once in his office and then on the phone (and email) from across the country. We designed the ring and he helped me in all aspects of the decision and purchase. 100% satisfied.”

– Adam

 

GIA and FIT trained, Keith has been a trusted high end diamond jewelry specialist for 30 years. He is the founder and president ​of NYC Wholesale Diamonds Inc. located at 47 West 47th Street Suite 3A in the New York City Diamond District. His website is www.NYCWD.com and he authors a blog www.NYCDiamondBlog.com. ​Keith has been named to The Diamond Council of America, is a member of the Jewelers Board of Trade, and Jewelers of America​. He offers GIA Certified Ideal Cut Diamonds,​ state of the art Engagement Rings, and fine jewelry designs at low wholesale prices. Keith has been named the N.Y. Diamond District’s Favorite Jeweler by the N.Y. Post’s Savvy Shopper column, had his diamond education articles published, been recommended in the New York Times, national gift reporter Robyn Spizman’s ‘Perfect Present Guide’ and ‘The GIFTionary’, as well as having his Diamond Halo Engagement Ring design featured on ‘The Knot’

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SUMMER TRAVEL JEWELRY CARE

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The 21st of June is just a week away, and with temperatures soaring, summer is close enough to touch! Here at NYC Wholesale Diamonds our president Keith Saxe has been helping clients deal with issues that arise from not being prepared to care for their treasured jewelry for over a quarter century. Here is some extremely useful information that will help prevent any issues before they occur.

Weekend getaways, jaunts to the beach, and full-fledged vacations are perks that pretty much come with the territory during the summer months, so it’s no wonder that summer fashion tips such as what to wear, what to pack, what to buy—are at the forefront of our minds right now.

One thing, though, that’s not quite as readily on our radar is the idea of jewelry, and how the summer months might affect our pieces. Namely, how we can protect our beloved rings, jewelry, necklaces, and earrings from the season’s elements, and how we can keep them secure while jetting off somewhere sun-filled.

Our jewelry can take a serious bruising when exposed to summer activities such as lounging in the sand, applying suntan lotion, and traveling. Whether your summer plans include a weekend trip or a week abroad. Here are some helpful hints to keep in mind while you enjoy the beauty of summer:

1. Sunbathe without your Gems
Sunscreen can coat gemstones, which reduces refractive and reflective light. Essentially, this means your stones won’t be as brilliant or bling-y. To avoid this, leave your fine pieces at home if you’re heading to the beach or the pool for the day, and be sure clean them regularly all summer. Check NYC Diamond Blog’s post for tips on regular Diamond Jewelry maintenance.

 2. Organization is key when traveling.
When jumbled together, your jewelry doesn’t always get along. For example, a diamond can scratch a pearl, and a bracelet can get caught on a necklace, so always pack pieces in individual soft cloth pouches or lined jewelry boxes to prevent scratching, dulling, and the dreaded tangling of chains.

3. Keep it safe.
When selecting a hotel, be sure that safe deposit boxes are available. Never leave fine jewelry unattended in a hotel room, a rental car, or on a lounge chair—even if you’re just popping over to the bar for a mojito.

4. Shopping for something new? Do your research.
Oftentimes, vacation destinations are also prime shopping destinations, so if you get the urge to commemorate your trip with a new fine jewelry purchase make sure you’re buying from a jeweler that’s been in business for several years. When in doubt, check a retailer’s reputation and rating with the Better Business Bureau and ask for an appraisal. The appraisal should always have the store’s letterhead, and a clear signature of a member of store management.

5. Before you go away, be sure your jewelry is adequately insured.
If you decide to bring an especially valuable piece on vacation—perhaps your engagement ring, a pricey watch, or a family heirloom—always be sure it is fully insured. Always obtain insurance through your homeowners or renters policy, it is safe and more affordable than you would imagine.

A unique, personal jeweler who works nationwide, Keith Saxe is GIA and FIT trained and has been a trusted high end diamond jewelry specialist for 29 years. He is the founder and president ​of NYC Wholesale Diamonds located at 47 West 47th Street, Suite 3A, in the New York City Diamond District. His website is www.NYCWD.com and he authors a blog at www.NYCDiamondBlog.com. Keith has recently been named to The Diamond Council of America, is a member of the Jewelers Board of Trade, and Jewelers of America. He offers GIA Certified Ideal Cut Diamonds,​ and state of the art fine jewelry designs at low wholesale prices. Keith has been named the N.Y. Diamond District’s Favorite Jeweler by the N.Y. Post’s Savvy Shopper column, had his diamond education articles published, been recommended in the New York Times, national gift reporter Robyn Spizman’s ‘Perfect Present Guide’ and ‘The GIFTionary’, as well as having his Diamond Halo Engagement Ring design featured on ‘The Knot.’’

 

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Sienna Miller Shines with her Diamond Bracelets at Cartier Bash

Sienna Miller found a posh way to dress up her white beaded boho frock at the Cartier Fifth Avenue Mansion reopening party in Manhattan Wednesday.

The 34-year-old Golden Globe nominee – who relies on stylist Kate Young – glittered in diamond earrings, bracelets, a ring, and silver kitten heels.

‘I think she has really good style, and I would love to take credit for it, but it’s mostly her,’ the 40-year-old former assistant to Anna Wintour told Vanity Fair last year.

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‘She has great taste, but I think that her career has changed a little bit in the last year and a half.

‘She’s in really serious movies, and she’s doing really serious acting roles and doing an amazing job in them. So I like to think the fashion just relates to her career.’

Not seen with the High-Rise actress was her four-year-old daughter Marlowe with former fiancé, Remainder actor Tom Sturridge.

Sienna will likely attend the October 15 world premiere of her next film – The Lost City of Z – which closes the 54th New York Film Festival.

In the 1925-set Amazon adventure drama, the Manhattan-born Brit plays Nina, the wife of British explorer Percival Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam).

According to Deadline, Amazon Studios is ‘in negotiations’ to buy the US rights, while Studiocanal nabbed international distribution.

Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson also star in The Lost City of Z, which was produced by Brad Pitt and based on the 2009 David Grann book.

Article courtesy of  The Daily Mail

A unique, personal jeweler who works nationwide, Keith Saxe is GIA and FIT trained and has been a trusted high end diamond jewelry specialist for 27 years. He is the founder and president ​of NYC Wholesale Diamonds located at 47 West 47th Street Suite 3A in the New York City Diamond District. His website is www.NYCWD.com and he authors a blog www.NYCDiamondBlog.com. ​Keith has recently been named to The Diamond Council of America, is a member of the Jewelers Board of Trade, and Jewelers of America​. He offers GIA Certified Ideal Cut Diamonds,​and state of the art fine jewelry designs at low wholesale prices. Keith has been named the N.Y. Diamond District’s Favorite Jeweler by the N.Y. Post’s Savvy Shopper column, had his diamond education articles published, been recommended in the New York Times, national gift reporter Robyn Spizman’s ‘Perfect Present Guide’ and ‘The GIFTionary’, as well as having his Diamond Halo Engagement Ring design featured on ‘The Knot.’

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The ULTIMATE PUSH GIFTS for New Mothers

Take it from this father, grandfather (I prefer Pappa), and jeweler with 28 years experience – Push Presents are a very, very wise idea!

‘Push Present’ is a gift a husband gives to his wife to mark the occasion of her giving birth to their child. In practice the present may be given before or after the birth, or even in the delivery room.

According to Linda Murray, the executive editor of BabyCenter, “It’s an expectation of Moms these days that they deserve something for bearing the burden of childbirth. Other sources trace the development of the present from the increased involvement of the man in pregnancy, making them more informed of the pain and difficulty of pregnancy and labor.”

Here at NYCWD, we take pride in helping every expectant father find the perfect push gift. Many soon to be mothers also let us know their desires for this romantic gift just in case their man reaches out to us.

The following represent a small sample of appropriate, and state of the art push gift designs:

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NE4515  Dangling Cushion Shaped Diamond Cluster Earrings

$1,450

 

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NE8150  GIA Certified 1.60 Carat Brilliant Cut Round Diamond Stud Earrings, Highest Excellent Cut Grade, I Color and SI2 Clarity

$5,985

 

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NB3994   Diamond Bangle Bracelet, Stackable

$1,350

 

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P381E  Our Premier Two Carat Diamond Cluster Earrings

$2,975

 

 

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NP4471  Diamond Tear Drop Cluster Pendant and Chain

$850

 

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NR3143  Diamond Cluster Ring

$975

 

 

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  P639  Our Unique One Carat Diamond Pendant

$1,750

 

 

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P4516E  Dangling Circular Diamond Cluster Earrings

$1,550

 

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NP4944  Multi Color Gold Diamond Pendant and Chain

$985

%Jeweler NYC %NYC Wholesale DiamondsNE8188  GIA Certified 2.00 Carat Brilliant Cut Round Diamond Stud Earrings, Highest Excellent Cut Grade, H Color and SI1 Clarity

$12,500

 

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NE4475  Diamond Bezel Cluster Earrings

$985

 

 

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PF1503  Our Premier GIA Certified One Carat Diamond Halo Necklace with Highest Excellent Cut Grade, I Color, SI1 Clarity 

$8,500

 

 

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NE8195  GIA Certified 3.00 Carat Brilliant Cut Round Diamond Stud Earrings in Martini Settings, Highest Excellent Cut Grade, I Color and SI2 Clarity

$18,500

I Offer My Clients the Finest Selection Of Diamonds, Engagement Ring Designs, And Custom Wedding Bands All At The Lowest Wholesale Prices!

My Exclusive Personal Consultation To You Includes:

* An informative lesson on the quality, pricing, and certification of diamonds.
* Locating the perfect, ideal cut diamond for maximum, spectacular brilliance.
* Finding and/or custom designing the perfect ring setting for the diamond.
* Advice on immediate protection by the least expensive insurance options.
* Advice on the actual proposal as its romantic significance will last a lifetime!
* A complete selection of custom designed diamond and men’s wedding bands.

Our promise is to always offer ideal cut diamonds that display maximum brilliance at all times. Round, Princess, Cushion, Asscher, Radiant Cuts in quality designs hand made in gold and platinum.

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A unique, personal jeweler who works nationwide, Keith Saxe is GIA and FIT trained and has been a trusted high end diamond jewelry specialist for 28 years. He is the founder and president ​of NYC Wholesale Diamonds located at 47 West 47th Street Suite 3A in the New York City Diamond District. His website is www.NYCWD.com and he authors a blog at www.NYCDiamondBlog.com. Keith has recently been named to The Diamond Council of America, is a member of the Jewelers Board of Trade, and Jewelers of America. He offers GIA Certified Ideal Cut Diamonds,​ and state of the art fine jewelry designs at low wholesale prices. Keith has been named the N.Y. Diamond District’s Favorite Jeweler by the N.Y. Post’s Savvy Shopper column, had his diamond education articles published, been recommended in the New York Times, national gift reporter Robyn Spizman’s ‘Perfect Present Guide’ and ‘The GIFTionary’, as well as having his Diamond Halo Engagement Ring design featured on ‘The Knot.’

 

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NYCWD’s Latest Google+ Review

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” I stumbled upon Keith Saxe while researching options for engagement rings and am thrilled that I did. The process was smooth and very educational. Keith takes the time to walk you through all aspects of diamonds and does not apply any pressure for you to make a decision. He also did not show me anything above my price range, which shows his ethics. The ring I bought turned out gorgeous and my (now) fiance absolutely loves it. You won’t beat his prices, nor will you beat the experience. If I could rate higher than 5 stars, I would. “
 
– Kevin B.

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