Seals and signet rings (from Latin “signum” meaning sign) were used in the earliest civilizations and are of considerable importance in archaeology and history because of their practicality. The useful seal evolved into jewelry because of its utilitarian purpose of authenticating a document while being portable. At a time when few could read or write, seals bore a distinguishing mark or badge, equivalent to that of a signature. The seal was essential for establishing the ownership of property, for legitimizing business transactions, for rulers, governments and church officials authenticating any kind of correspondence. The signet ring became popular for its convenience because the seal was ready to be used at a moment’s notice. Only later did it become ‘a piece of jewelry’. The signet ring has been worn and used throughout history in all cultures around the world.
While there have been many first ladies that have gotten a lot of press for their fashionable ways, there are few that got as much positive and negative attention at the same time. Ronald Reagan’s…
Continuing with our pearl theme for the month, here are some pearl facts by the numbers.
At Christie’s auction house in April 2007, $7.1 million was paid for a suite of natural pearl jewelry that had been owned by the maharaja of Baroda. The original seven strand necklace is now two strands.
This month at Christie’s Magnificent Jewel auction in Hong Kong, a 5.03-carat fancy vivid green diamond is predicted to sell for between $16 and $20 million when it hits the block later this month.
According to Christie’s, GIA says it is the largest fancy vivid green natural color diamond it has graded as of January 20, 2016.
May is the month for emeralds! The lush green of emerald has soothed souls and excited imaginations since the antiquity. The name comes from the ancient Greek word for green, “smaragdus”. Rome’s Pliny the Elder described emerald in his Natural History, published in the first century AD as “nothing greens greener”.
At the Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva next month, there will be the largest and finest fancy vivid blue diamond ever seen at auction before. The “Oppenheimer Blue,” a rectangular-cut, 14.62-carat stone, is expected…