The Year in Review: 2013 Fine Jewelry Highlights

Looking back, 2013 was a spectacular year for fine jewelry. Record auction prices were achieved for diamonds, fancy color diamonds, and vintage jewels from Cartier, among others. Diamonds and gemstones continued to rule the red carpet, as the world’s luxury jewelry houses lavished their best designs on Hollywood legends and new starlets alike. And emerging jewelry designers forged new territory in 18K gold and unusual gemstone combinations. Here are a few highlights:

Record-setting 118-Carat White Diamond Sold at Sotheby's Auction
Record-setting 118-Carat White Diamond Sold at Sotheby’s Auction

Diamond of the Year. A 118-carat white diamond (the size of a small egg) was sold for a record $30.6 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in October. It eclipsed the record set by a 101-carat stone that sold for $26.7 million at Christie’s Geneva in May.

Record-setting 59-Carat Pink Star Diamond
Record-setting 59-Carat Pink Star Diamond
Fancy Color Diamonds. The Pink Star, a 59.60-carat Fancy Vivid Pink diamond, now holds the record for any gem sold at auction. It was purchased last month for $83 million at Sotheby’s Geneva; the new owner promptly renamed it The Pink Dream. Also in November, a 14.82-carat Fancy Vivid Orange diamond sold for $35.5 million. At $2,398,151 per carat, it set a world record price per carat for any colored diamond sold at auction.

Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan wearing the Tiffany & Co. Diamond Headband
Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan wearing the Tiffany & Co. Diamond Headband

The Great Gatsby Effect. Ever since the film debuted in March at the Cannes Film Festival, its fabulous Art Deco jewels recreated from 1920s archival drawings by Tiffany & Co. have had a huge effect on the popularity of the period. Look for more Art Deco auction records to be broken in 2014.

Jennifer Lawrence and Jane Fonda at the 2013 Oscars Red Carpet
Jennifer Lawrence and Jane Fonda Bedazzle Fans at the 2013 Oscars

Best Red Carpet Jewels.  Jennifer Lawrence wore a trendsetting back necklace from Chopard at the Academy Awards, but 75-year-old Jane Fonda nearly stole the show in stunning yellow diamond earrings. 

Chanel Pearl Earphone Necklace
Chanel Pearl Earphone Necklace

Timeless Chanel. Our jewelry “Greatest Hits” list would not be complete without a nod to Coco Chanel. We featured House of Chanel haute joaillerie modeled on Mademoiselle’s 1932 collection, as well as a high-tech pearl necklace from the Spring 2014 collection.

Andrew Geoghegn's "Chocolate Box" Ring
Andrew Geoghegn’s “Chocolate Box” Ring

An Up-and-Comer. The British Jewellers’ Association (yes, they spell it with two ls) named Andrew Geoghegn as its Designer of the Year for 2013. His AG “Chocolate Box” ring features 18K yellow gold with aquamarine, Madeira citrine, amethyst and diamonds ($7,330). Divine.

All in all, it was a great year to be Obsessed by Jewelry. Have a dazzling New Year’s…and we’ll see you in 2014!

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