Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Imperial Crown Jewels of Iran

The Imperial crown jewels of Iran include several elaborate crowns and decorative thrones, thirty tiaras, a dozen bejeweled swords and shields, a vast number of unset precious gems, and numerous other objects cast in precious metals and encrusted with gems.

The collection is housed at The Treasury of National Jewels, known colloquially as the Jewellery Museum. It is situated inside the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tehran. The Imperial crown jewels of Iran are said to be the largest set of displayed jewels in the world in state ownership in one location.
The majority of the items in the collection were acquired by the Safavid dynasty, which ruled Iran from 1502 to 1736 AD. Afghans invaded Iran in 1719 and sacked the capital of Isfahan and took the Iranian crown jewels as plunder.

Nader Shah Afshar successfully drove the Afghans from Iran in 1729. In 1738, the Shah launched his own campaign against the Afghan homeland.
The victorious Nader Shah returned to Iran with what remained of the plundered crown jewels as well as several other precious objects now found in the Iranian Treasury.

These included heavily jewel-encrusted thrones and numerous diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. Four of the most prominent acquisitions from this conquest were the Koh-i-Noor and Darya-ye Noor diamonds, the Peacock Throne, and the Samarian Spinel.

When the Iranian revolution toppled the Pahlavi dynasty in 1979, it was feared that in the chaos the Iranian crown jewels had been stolen or sold. Although some smaller items were stolen and smuggled across Iran's borders, the bulk of the collection remained intact.

The revolutionary government under the presidency of Hashemi Rafsanjani re-opened the permanent exhibition of the Iranian crown jewels to the public in the 1990s. They remain on public display.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Top Diamonds at auction 2014

The Ocean Dream – a 5.50-carat Fancy Vivid Blue-Green diamond sold for $8,633,798, or $1,569,781 per carat.

In May, Sotheby’s Geneva sold the Graff Yellow, a 100.09-carat Fancy Vivid yellow diamond set in a ring by Graff, for a record $16.3 million – the highest ever for a yellow diamond at auction.
In May at Christie’s Geneva, the Winston Blue, a 13.22-carat Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue diamond, sold for $23.7 million, setting a world auction record for price per carat for a blue diamond at $1,799,953 per carat.

That record was broken by Mrs. Paul Mellon’s 9.75-carat Fancy Vivid Blue diamond, renamed the Zoe Diamond by its new owner sold for $32,645,000, or $3,348,205 per carat at Sotheby’s in November. The most expensive jewel to sell in 2014, the Zoe diamond also set a new world auction record for any blue diamond and a new world auction record for price-per-carat for any diamond.
At Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale in October, a 8.41-carat Fancy Vivid Pink diamond sold for nearly $17.8 million, setting a new world auction record for a Fancy Vivid pink.

A 75.97-carat pear-shaped D Flawless diamond sold at Christie’s Geneva for nearly $14.5 million.
A 70.33-carat Cushion Brilliant-Cut Diamond – $14,201,234.

A 89.23-carat Pear-Shaped Diamond – $11,085,000
A Belle Époque Diamond Devant-de-Corsage Brooch, by Cartier – $17,581,612

Pair of Fancy Vivid blue & Fancy Vivid pink diamond earrings, by Bvlgari – $15,820,731