From IDEXOnline comes news of a remarkable fancy green diamond set into a masterpiece of a ring for sale. And just in time for RamaHannuKwaanzMas!
Apparently, the super-pretentious Robb Report, a self-proclaimed "luxe lifestyle magazine" has just unveiled its delightfully garish 23rd annual holiday gift guide.
Among the many ostentatious treasures available?
An $80 million pair of Mark-1 X-Racer racing rockets, a 20-day and $3.45 million Scottish golf extravaganza, and a smugly benevolent $2 million tree-hugging package that will provide perpetual care for 550 endangered American Elms in Central Park. (awwwwww...)
But only one of the many holiday gift items in particular stood out to The Bling Blog: an extremely rare natural-color 25-carat green diamond. Available for $7.3 million from famed Swiss jewelry house de Grisogono.
The diamond, a cushion-cut stone, is described by de Grisogono founder Fawaz Gruosi as, "the finest modern specimen of a green diamond," eclipsed only by the 40.70-carat "Dresden Green" which has its permanent home in the Royal Palace of Dresden in Germany.
The natural-color cushion-cut stone is set in a white gold ring that has an additional seven carats of black diamonds, a de Grisogono signature. The white gold looks to be oxidized to provide a dramatic background for the black diamonds.
It's utterly breathtaking, no? Santa, you know I love green, and that's all I'm saying.
Now go see the de Grisogono company site if you have a minute. It's pretty wonderful, too. Check out "Jewellery" and sub-listing "High Jewellery." And tell me if old Fawaz doesn't love green, too. His singular adoration for black diamonds is very elegantly executed and very playful. Good taste abounds in a medium and with color palettes that could easily slip into an uncomfortably kitschy trajectory.
Fawaz Gruosi seems like a fascinating man with a love for gemological history and quite a colorful professional background. Working with Mr. Bulgari and the Saudis... he must have a pretty good idea where many of the world's important stones have gone, seemingly disappeared forever. I'd love to talk to him over fig tarts and hot tea one afternoon, dining alfresco beside Lake Geneva. He must have some wonderful stories to tell.
(Thanks, Etienne, for the heads-up on the green diamond.)
(photo from IDEXOnline)