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


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

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

  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!

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

  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.

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

  7. I want no. 6 and 7.

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

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

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

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


  11. The orchid brooch <3 <3 <3

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

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

  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. ;)


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

  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.

  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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