AZGem Gems
August, 2010

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Wallis Simpson Jewellery Auction


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The Wallis Simpson Jewellery Auction is a highly anticipated event for many elite collectors.

The jewelry is of the finest quality, and was wrought by the world's biggest names in fine jewelry... but that is only part of the pedigree of these pieces. These exquisite jewelry pieces were made for the former King George VIII and his wife.

Most of us are familiar with the story of the king, who renounced his claim to the British throne in 1936 to marry the divorcee. He famously showered her with gifts of jewelry throughout their courtship and marriage.

The 1930's media avidly followed what they dubbed "The Great Love Affair." Following the abdication of King Edward VIII, the couple wed, and were subsequently given the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor  The couple left Britain to live abroad and avoid overshadowing his successor, King George VI.

The Duke of Windsor died in 1972. The Duchess of Windsor died in 1986. Her extensive jewelry collection was sold off by Sotheby's - Geneva in1987. The entire collection brought a record $53 million for her favorite charity.

The Wallis Simpson jewellery auction is scheduled for November at Sotheby's London gallery. Sotheby's plan to auction 20 items that were owned by the couple. The items include 11 pieces by Cartier, Some pieces have an estimated value of more than $1.5 million each.


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The Wallis Simpson jewellery auction of these 20 pieces may bring in excess of $4.5 million. 


Photo Information

Top - Onyx and diamond panther bracelet made by Cartier in 1952

Next - This diamond, sapphire, buby, and emerald flamingo brooch was made by Cartier in 1940.

Next - A diamond and colored gem bracelet with 9 crosses was made by Cartier in 1935 and worn by Wallis Simpson on their wedding day.

Next - This heart-shaped diamond, emerald, and ruby brooch was made by Cartier.

Below - The De Beers Millennium blue diamond.


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Gem Industry News...


The De Beers Millennium Blue Diamond


The De Beers Millennium blue diamond was recently sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong for  $6 million.

The smallest diamond in what was the De Beers Millennium Collection, this beautiful diamond weighs 5.16 carats, is internally flawless, and most importantly, is a natural vivid blue fancy color.

The Collection was made up of 12 exquisite diamonds, a huge D colored, pear shaped gem, and 11 rare blue diamonds.


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The De Beers Millennium blue diamond is set in a platinum tension mountring setting, and is flanked by a matched pair of white trillion shaped diamonds.


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Jewelry Dealers


Are your home town newspaper and local / national TV news sources delivering optimistic stories about signs of economic recovery?

If the signs are prophetic, that will be great for holiday sales! If things do not pick up soon... you must continue to offer great value in the jewelry you sell.

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.



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Carolyn Doyle

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