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Hearts of stone

Diamonds seem to be making the news at the moment. A rare pink diamond, the Martian Pink, sold for US$17.4 million at Christie's Hong Kong last month.

Sunday, 10 June, 2012, 12:00am

Martian Pink snapped up for a sparkling HK$135m

A frenzied 10-minute bidding war sent the price of the 12.04 carat Martian Pink diamond soaring to a record HK$135 million.

The stunning gem was snapped up by an anonymous buyer at Christie's Hong Kong jewellery sale on Tuesday. The price, way above the auctioneer's estimate of HK$95 million, made it the most expensive round pink diamond ever to go under the hammer.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Wallace Chan shows dazzling collection ahead of Paris exhibit

Wallace Chan will participate in the prestigious Biennale des Antiquaires at Paris' Grand Palais in September as the first and only Asian and Chinese jeweller.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

'King of diamonds' a cut above

'Diamonds are forever,' sang Shirley Bassey, and Laurence Graff could not agree more. The British jeweller sells diamonds to billionaires, royalty and even movie stars like the late Elizabeth Taylor, whose jewellery collection was legendary.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Trust is stumbling block to buying jewels online

While you may have valid reasons for buying precious jewellery online, most jewellers don't recommend it for a number of reasons.

Number one is trust. In this age of easy photo editing, the buyer cannot tell if the colour and radiance of the gemstone they see online has been digitally-enhanced.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Step back in time for value

There was a time when Chinese women would frown upon buying anything old or previously worn, especially jewellery. But times are changing as vintage and antique jewellery have come into the spotlight.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Jewellery chain set to give rivals a run for their money in chase for young customers

Compared to other jewellery chain boutiques springing up around town, Larry Jewelry might not ring a familiar bell. The 44-year-old brand is a rarity in that it still has its products made entirely in Hong Kong, hand-crafted by seasoned artisans.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Personalised rings express individuality

Several of the major jewellers are now offering bridal services that include personalised wedding or engagement rings that the bride and groom can design to express their individuality.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Altfield

Who started it? When interior designer Amanda Lack Clark and lawyer David Halperin discovered a common interest in Asian antiques and art, they thought they would put it to good use and, in 1982, the Altfield Group was born. More than just art dealers, the pair also help people incorporate pieces into their homes.

20 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

The Valentine's Day treasure hunt is on

Cheers to the city's singletons on this special day. Today, you can finally and openly taunt your not-so-single friends pulling strings to book a fancy candlelit dinner and hunt down a much-anticipated Valentine's Day gift because if they still haven't got those sorted out by now, they are most likely in trouble.

14 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Editor's choice - For the ladies

Crystal clear

7 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Steal the limelight

There is only one Berkeley Imperial - not surprising, considering it took Backes & Strauss two and a half years to collect and match the 48 natural lime-coloured diamonds, plus six months to polish and hand-set them in the dial. These 6.89-carat rarities were then custom cut, together with a further 48 white diamonds weighing 7.17 carats, to fit the Berkeley Imperial.

10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

All things bright and beautiful the Christmas choice for Women's Forum annual party

The Peninsula hotel function room looked more like a hothouse of yuletide flowers, with the 135 attendees of the Women's Forum Christmas party all sporting their most colourful dresses, jewellery and accessories. The reason? A chance to win one of the three best-dressed titles and some great prizes.

3 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Rare collections enjoy revival

The Modern Wristwatches Auction offers a unique and rare collection of fine timepieces that will appeal to beginner collectors and connoisseurs.

19 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Goldsmith puts seal on love affair with HK

Seventeen years ago, Christoph Wellendorff (pictured) and his wife came to Hong Kong for their honeymoon. The German goldsmith, who had just joined his family business, Wellendorff Gold Creation, fell in love with the city.

'I knew then that one day I'd open a Wellendorff shop here in Hong Kong,' he said.

18 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

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