Oct 13, 2008

Shopping Monday: Jewelry at Christies Auction

Happy Monday savvy gals! Let's go pretend shopping today!

Being a savvy gal, I don’t have to buy everything brand new. From time to time I will look to auction houses such as Christies and Sotheby for more exotic jewelry pieces. If a gal is lucky, she might find great pieces at quite reasonable prices, comparing to original retail prices. But, it is important to do all the required researches to ensure a gal is truly getting a bargain and don’t forget to add the 18% fee to the bidding price.
1. intense blue diamond 7.02 carats, est. value $3.5 millions to $5 millions
SG tried one on for size few years ago in a 3 carats and was mesmerized by the beautiful blue tone. These pictures just do not do justice to the beauty of color diamonds.
2. intense pink/purple diamond ring 5.6 carats, est. value $2.6 millions to $3 millions (Isn't pink the prettiest diamond color? It's SG's favorite!)
These two diamonds look about the same with similar cut, carat and clarity but...
no. 3 at 16.05 carats with D color is worth est, value of $1 million to $1.5 millions. On the other hand, no. 4 at 14.49 carats with K color and faint brown tint is worth only $200,000 to $250,000. (Ah... what a beautiful cut!) 5. Tiffany orchid brooch is from $40,000 to $60,000. I am fascinated by the delicate workmanship.
6. Van Cleef & Arpels sapphire cabochon with ruby and diamond set in yellow gold, est. value $25,000 to $35,000. The reminds SG of a Chanel brooch.
7. Bulgari pearl and diamond necklace, est. value $40,000 to $60,000. I don't know where I can wear this but it's such a classic necklace.
Tiffany & Co. diamond ring, 8.23 carats est. value $800,000 to $1.2 millions. (This diamond is about size of my thumb nail.)
Last but not least, Van Cleef & Arpel flower watch set in diamond, est. value $50,000 to $70,000
The value of this watch brand new is about triple. If condition is excellent, then I will buy it at the auction instead of the retail boutique. But it is important to figure out price break of a new watch and don't forget to add the 18% fee on top of the bidding price to ensure a truly savvy deal.

So savvy gals, what is your favorite piece of SG's list from Christies auction in New York on Oct. 15, 2008?

image: christies


20 comments:

  1. Hi savvy-I'm going to fight you for the pink diamond ring, haha!!

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  2. No. 5
    If I were to be a super rich SG, I would definitely bid for that~

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  3. Gorgeous!...watched 'Blood Diamonds'... they r no longer my 'best friends' for now... I would just keep my grandmother's & mom's f the great sentiments.... heee* Great week to you dear!

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  4. they are sooo gorgeous. but too bad, we're not rich. lol.

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  5. Oh man, I love real jewels. I've acquired several and love them all. Real gems vibrate positive energy like you wouldn't believe.

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  6. it's okay, it's only pretend shopping so we can buy with our pretend money. : ) have a savvy day.

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  7. I want no. 6 and 7.

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  8. no. 2 is delectably gorgeous. Gah! wish i cld afford it!!

    P.s. thanks for adding me to ur blogroll. xoxo

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  9. does it even matter? i would take any one of those pieces!

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  10. Ooooh yu, I'll bid on #6! They are all savyy, though!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  11. The orchid brooch <3 <3 <3

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  12. The Tiffany diamond ring is magnificent! I think it would look fabulous on my finger!

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  13. wow... this stuff is gorgeous! i am a sucker for any of those rings!!

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  14. Oh all these pieces are beautiful, I can't really pick a favorite! But I guess it doesn't matter since it's not like I can afford to buy any of them. ;)

    xoxo,
    S-C

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  15. I will take the Bulgari pearl and diamond necklace. It is soooo pretty!!!

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  16. thank you for the eye candy today! i needed it.

    I would take #2. One of these days I will own a pink diamond.

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  17. I'm all for the fancy-shaped diamonds. No "K" color, the lowest I'll go is G.

    (I used to work for GIA!)

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