AZGem Gems
April 2011

 

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Gem & Jewelry Monthly Newsletter

Written by Carolyn Doyle for customers of
The Dorado Company
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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.

  

Elizabeth Taylor, Fabulous Jewelry Collector

  

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Elizabeth Taylor Fabulous Jewelry Collector, is a well deserved epitaph. She had a great eye for fabulous jewelry pieces. She appreciated and wore the fabulous jewelry she collected.

Elizabeth Taylor Fabulous Jewelry Collector, gained that epitaph through many years as a prolific jewelry collector and connoisseur.

The collection includes many important pieces... some because of the gems, some because of the designer, and some because of the provenance.

A favorite piece was the Krupp Diamond. It was acquired by Richard Burton in 1968 and given to "Liz" as an engagement ring. Many of the pieces in her collection were presents from her eight husbands.

The Krupp is a 33.19 carat, D color, Asscher cut diamond. The Krupp is renowned as one of the most flawless large diamonds known to exist.

The Krupp was previously owned by actress Vera Krupp Vera was the wife of a member of the family that owned Krupp AG, the gigantic German steel and manufacturing empire. Krupp AG supplied arms to the Nazis during WW II. Liz has been quoted as saying "When it came up for auction in the late 1960s, I thought how perfect it would be if a nice Jewish girl like me were to own it."

Another famed and important piece is the Taylor-Burton Diamond, a 69.4 carat, pear shaped, internally flawless, D color gem. It was cut from a 240 carat rough from the famed Premier Diamond Mine in South Africa.

 

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elizabeth taylor fabulous jewelry

 

 

The gem gained notoriety first from the bidding war and high sale price, and then from it's subsequent purchase by Richard Burton as a gift for his wife. The stone was sold in 1979, following the divorce of Taylor and Burton.

Elizabeth Taylor Fabulous Jewelry Collector has other notable pieces, including the Taj Mahal heart shaped yellow diamond necklace, the La Peregrina pearl, pieces from the Duchess Of Wimsor estate, and the Grand Duchess of Russia emeralds by Bulgari.

 

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Elizabeth Taylor Fabulous Jewelry Collector was an iconic movie star, humanitarian, author of My Love Affair with Jewelry, and businesswoman (House of Taylor perfumes) passed away on March 23, 2011. News reports indicate that her jewelry collection has an estimated value of $150 million. Reports also say the collection will be auctioned by Christie's, with the proceeds going to charity.

 

 

 

Photo Information

Top - Ruby and diamond necklace by Cartier. A gift from husband Mike Todd.

Next - The Taylor-Burton 69 carat diamond. A Gift from husband Richard Burton.

Next - The Taylor-Burton 69 carat diamond close up.

Next - The Grand Duchess of Russia emeralds by Bulgari. The entire suite includes this necklace and pendant/brooch, ear "pendants," and bracelet. A Gift from husband Richard Burton. 

Next - The Grand Duchess of Russia  pendant/brooch close up.

Below - This month's special offer-
A matched pair of round white zircons,
the recognized natural gem substitute for diamonds. They make beautiful, sparkling earrings.

Lower - The Pearl Canopy of Baroda. Said to contain emeralds, sapphires, rubies, diamonds, and a half million natural pearls from the Persian Gulf.

Still Lower - The Pearl Canopy of Baroda close up.

 

 

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A Google search using keywords such as elizabeth taylor jewelry or elizabeth taylor perfume can return some very interesting information and websites.

 

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Gem Offer

 

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Readers have requested that I offer a special deal on a different gem in each newsletter. I am not able to offer gems at prices below my cost as some readers have requested, but I will offer them at very low prices.

We keep gem prices low by buying quality gemstone rough worldwide, and having the rough material cut by our gem cutters in Asia.

This month's featured item is a matched pair of colorless (white) zircons, the recognized natural substitute for diamonds. 

Gem:   White Zircons 

Shape:   Round

Size:   5 mm, 2.3 carats

Price:   $16 per stone = $32

Send me an email (with anti-spam) and tell me that you want this great matched pair of gems. This price is low, and the 5mm size represents a one carat diamond.

I received a few of these exceptional gems as a consulting fee. When they are gone, this price cannot be repeated.

 

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Gem Industry News

 

Pearl Canopy of Baroda

Sotheby's New York sold the masterpiece art object Pearl Canopy of Baroda. Sotheby's described the sale on their website as...

LOT 105 

THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
THE PEARL CANOPY OF BARODA, GUJARAT, INDIA

circa 1865-70

The foundation of silk is densely embroidered overall with a design worked in strings of natural 'Basra' pearls, measuring approximately 1-3mm, and English colored glass beads. Approximately 950,000 pearls and beads have been used to decorate the field. In our estimation, the number of pearls employed in the design is therefore at least 500,000-650,000. The rosettes are circled by small natural 'Basra' pearls of slightly larger size, measuring approximately 3-4 mm. The designs worked in the rosettes are set with over 200 table cut and occasional rose cut diamonds, all set in silver topped gold or possibly blackened gold; the motifs are further enhanced with approximately 700 foil backed rubies, emeralds and sapphires set in gold.


3,000,0005,000,000 USD
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 2,322,500 USD

Measurements
approximately 3ft. 11in. (1.19m.) diameter


Description
circa 1865-70

The foundation of silk is densely embroidered overall with a design worked in strings of natural 'Basra' pearls, measuring approximately 1-3mm, and English colored glass beads. Approximately 950,000 pearls and beads have been used to decorate the field. In our estimation, the number of pearls employed in the design is therefore at least 500,000-650,000. The rosettes are circled by small natural 'Basra' pearls of slightly larger size, measuring approximately 3-4 mm. The designs worked in the rosettes are set with over 200 table cut and occasional rose cut diamonds, all set in silver topped gold or possibly blackened gold; the motifs are further enhanced with approximately 700 foil backed rubies, emeralds and sapphires set in gold.

 

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pearl canopy

 

 

The Smart Jewelry Show

The smartest trade show in the jewelry business is here! See us April 2-4, 2011 at Chicago's Navy Pier. (Pre-show seminars April 1.)

 

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Jewelry Dealers

 

From a supply perspective, now is the time to replenish your depleted inventory. If you have some money to invest in inventory - there are deals to be had. And you should have some cash. After all, that depleted inventory was sales.

From a sales perspective, gift giving occasions have not disappeared. Birthdays, anniversaries, and many other reasons to give nice jewelry at a great price just keep on coming. Your customers (and their friends) need what you offer!

A market where people perceive they should spend less fits right into your marketing strategy... 

Be The Quality Jewelry Discounter.

 

SBI Video Tour!

 

 

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Jewelry Dealers Program

Do you enjoy jewelry and gems?jewelry dealers program

Do you enjoy talking with friends and co-workers?

Could you use an extra income source?

Take a look at our great Jewelry Dealers Program.

 

 

Carolyn Doyle

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