Aqua Aura Kyanite – A New Twist on Vapor Treated Natural Stones

We have seen so many varieties of quartz coated with titanium, gold, indium and iron. Coated material from Brazil and Arkansas were standard, then, geodes, cactus quartz from South Africa and even some zeolites started showing up.

Yet, it was surprising to see Aqua Aura Kyanite blades.

Aqua Aura Kyanite Cluster

These showed up at a gem show we were visiting and I asked the vendor to send us some photos of these beautiful stones.
The dealers, Cinderhill have a great selection of natural stone pendants. They told me that these are a type of kyanite from brazil that is black. Coating it with titanium vapors makes these clusters vibrant.

Aqua Aura Kyanite Cluster in simple wire wrap pendant made by cinderhill.com

Cinderhill.com makes these beautiful natural stone pendants, using things like aquamarine and emerald crystals in matrix, or bright blue cavansite balls on stilbite, trimmed and drilled to make fascinating beads to use as centerpieces.

If you are looking for an interesting new stone to use for a designer jewelry necklace, a brilliant peacock like stone like this vapor treated black kyanite cluster.

Sotheby’s Important Jewels Brings in Over $16 Million

Today’s auction of Important Jewels at Sotheby’s New York totaled $16,383,856 – well above its $14 million low estimate – and was 79.3% sold by lot. This marks another strong total for our jewelry sales in New York, coming just $100,000 shy of last year’s record for a September jewelry auction at Sotheby’s.
“We were very pleased with the solid results of today’s sale,” commented Gary Schuler, Head of Sotheby’s Jewelry department in New York. “We saw particularly strong prices for unique color diamonds, led by the fancy light pink diamond that soared to $1,426,500 above a high estimate of $700,000. While many of our top ten prices came from American trade buyers, both signed jewels and stones under 10 carats brought spirited bidding from collectors worldwide. Jewels from the estate of Kitty Carlisle Hart, which we were delighted to offer, doubled their overall low estimate and were led by her beautiful art deco diamond sautoir that achieved $146,500 (est. $60/80,000). And in a continuation of a trend we have observed in recent years, natural pearls remain a strong segment of today’s market.”

“We now look forward with great excitement to next week’s sale of Property from the Estate of Brooke Astor, which will offer a wonderful selection of the icon’s personal jewels in the Tuesday afternoon session.”

Lot 490: Round Brilliant-cut Fancy Light Pink Diamond, 5.08 carats, VVS2 clarity ($280,807 per carat)

Price: $1,426,500 (£881,971)

Estimate: $500,000 – 700,000

Buyer: American Trade

“500 Silver Jewelry Designs” Book Review

500 Silver Jewelry Designs: The Powerful Allure of a Precious Metal
by Marthe Le Van, Talya Baharal
Robyn Hawk’s review

500 Silver Jewelry Designs: The Powerful Allure of a Precious Metal (500 Series)is, as the title reveals, one of Lark’s “500 Series”. I don’t know about you but these books have helped me through many a design drought…

The Lark “500 Series” if you aren’t already aware of them, are brilliantly curated books that showcase some of the most incredible artisans in the field. Each bares the unique viewpoint of the person that juries the work in it along with the editing genius of Marthe LeVan. The juror in this issue is Israel born, Talya Baharal – who, like so many took her first Jewelry Design class at the 92nd Street “Y” in NYC. Known for her sculptural style Talya is, for the most part self-taught and has had exhibits throughout the country and was written up in Metalsmith magazine.

These will be the books that will service as a reference library for appraisers decades down the road — they are the only thorough look at Art Jewelry in the 20th & 21st Centuries.

This particular edition is great in that it encompasses all forms of design as long as the piece is silver…and the range is amazing!

From the subtle sexy movement of Loretta Tryon’s “Satin Curve Cuff” chosen for the Title Page with her feature on page 415 to the insanely intricate work of Vina Rust, whose work is featured twice…pg. 46 “Eastern Cottonwood Defense” and pg. 181 “Stained Cell Series: Equisetum Bracelet”.

With this addition to the 500 Series Lark once again provides maximum color photos of amazing jewelry at a very economic price – these books run around the $25 – 30 price point. Worth EVERY penny!