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Increased Demand for Platinum Jewelry in 2009?

November 25, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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According to a report from Johnson Matthey, demand for platinum jewelry may rise next year. During the past year, the rising price of platinum (which topped at $2,200 an ounce) had a negative impact on jewelry manufacturing. As prices rose, recycling of old platinum jewelry, especially in China and Japan, further depressed demand. But when the shocking news from the financial sector hit in the third quarter, prices of precious metals, including platinum, dropped significantly.

The current spot price of platinum has been hovering near $825 an ounce, while gold has dropped back to around $750, after topping $1,000 an ounce earlier in the year. The bigger drop in platinum prices compared to gold prices is said to be attributed to the fact that platinum is predominantly an industrial metal, while gold is more of a financial metal.

If demand for platinum jewelry increases that means the price of platinum will likely rise, too. So, if you are looking to sell some platinum jewelry, you may want to wait a few months to see what happens on the market. Platinum, along with its sister metals Palladium and Rhodium, may be set for a rebound.

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Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Auction Expects $64 M

September 9, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Rapaport reports that Sotheby’s Hong Kong will conduct its Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite 2008 Autumn Sale at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 7, 2008. Some 320 lots will be offered with an estimated total value of HKD500 million ($64 million.)

The highlight of the sale is a fancy vivid yellow diamond necklace with an estimated value of $7.4 million to $9.5 million, featuring a 102.56-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond (pictured.) It has a flower pendant that can be detached from the necklace and worn as a brooch.

Quek Chin Yeow, deputy chairman and head of jewelry at Sotheby’s Asia, said, “The diamond is the largest fancy vivid yellow diamond ever to be offered at auction anywhere in the world; this extraordinary diamond, with its impressive size and auspicious golden yellow color, will be a major attraction.”

Another highlight of the sale will be a colored diamond butterfly brooch by Carvin French. The center of the brooch is set with one fancy vivid blue diamond and two fancy intense blue diamonds, weighing 5.53 carats in total. Complementing the blue hues are the vibrant yellow and pink diamonds mounted on the wings of the butterfly. (Estimated value $3.8 million to $4.6 million.)

With strong demand for top quality diamonds weighing more than 15 carats, an impressive 34.07 carat cushion-shaped D, IF, diamond ring will undoubtedly attract much attention. (Estimated value $6 million to $7 million.)

Sotheby’s Hong Kong will present a pair of ruby and diamond earrings by James de Givenchy for Taffin. The two unheated, natural rubies, weighing 10.02 and 10.91 carats respectively, are well-matched in both color and shape. Each surrounded by eight rose-cut pink and eight colorless round diamonds, these rubies show a fiery red hue with dazzling brilliance fascinating all connoisseurs. (Estimated value $3.8 million to $4.5 million.)

Also featured among the colored stones is a pair of star rubies, alexandrite and diamond earrings. The rubies, weighing 19.45cts and 22.13cts each, are remarkably matched in both color and shape, and boast intense hues and fine clarity. (Estimated value $666,000 to $871,000.)

A further highlight is a Colombian emerald and diamond ring without any oil treatment. This natural 10.09 carat emerald boasts high clarity and a saturated color. It is embellished by 10 round diamonds, emphasizing the magnificence of the noble green color.

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If you are a San Diego resident who is a collector of fine jewelry from brands like Tiffany and Cartier, then you’ll want to read this article about how Vintage Jewelry is a Popular Investment.

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