Countdown to the Geneva Jewellery Auctions: What’s It Like to go to an Auction?

Have you been to an auction and/or auction viewing before? A friend of mine hasn’t, so we agreed to go together as they asked me to show them the ropes…diamond encrusted ropes. As well as tiaras, pendants, potentially CHF50 million rare coloured diamonds, you know the usual. Guffaw. My friend asked me lots of questions. I realised there’s no ‘set guide’ to answer said questions. … Continue reading Countdown to the Geneva Jewellery Auctions: What’s It Like to go to an Auction?

Hidden Gems: Virginie Liatard, Watch Specialist

Every Monday¬†The Carat Soup¬†shines a spotlight on hidden gems: extraordinary women in our industry. This week my focus is on Virginie Liatard @v4_vintage Liatard is a watch Specialist @phillipswatches Virginie wrote a fascinating article last week, which you can read here, via the Phillip’s blog. Follow along on her watch adventures via Instagram, here.   Continue reading Hidden Gems: Virginie Liatard, Watch Specialist

Trailblazer Tuesday: Gemfields PLC

Last week, I shared Inkalamu, the 5,655 carat lion emerald discovered by Gemfields last month and for sale this month, in Singapore. Gemfields are trailblazers because they have an excellent approach to the mining community in Zambia, where they ethically mine Zambian emeralds. As part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR), most corporations opt to nonchalantly throw funds at a cause in the hope it’ll … Continue reading Trailblazer Tuesday: Gemfields PLC