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  • September 14 to 20, 2014 New York--This week, Petra sold its 122.52-carat big blue diamond for $27.6 million, falling short of the world record price for a rough diamond, while Storm Mountain Diamonds uncovered a 23.82-carat pink diamond in the Kingdom of Lesotho. 

    Bonhams sold a collection of rare intaglios and cameos for well over its estimated price. In other auction news, Sotheby’s announced that it will offer the jewels of art collector and horticulturist Rachel Lambert Mellon and Antiquorum announced plans to auction a watch that belonged to filmmaker and oceanographer Philippe Cousteau Sr., son of Jacques Cousteau.

    Click through the slideshow to see the week that was, in photos. 

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  • Gold Spotlight: Pinar Oner New York--Turkish designer Pinar Öner has introduced a new line for 2014 that utilizes enamel to bring color to 18-karat yellow gold and diamond pieces inspired by a former basilica in Istanbul.

    Called “Hagia Sophia,” the line is named after the museum of the same name in Turkey that was once a Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica before transitioning into an imperial mosque. Today, the monument is a museum, one that Öner has taken inspiration from to create her newest line.

    The designer also has new additions to her overall offerings, including pieces inspired by the ceiling of the Chora church, also in Istanbul, and jewelry dedicate to the Turks who were killed in Gezi Park this year while protesting environmental and human rights abuses.

    Click through this gallery to see 12 pieces that are new from the designer for 2014, including the Hagia Sophia line and jewelry from the Gezi suite.

    Wholesale prices for the pieces in the Hagia Sophia collection range from $1,900 to $3,200.
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  • Gemstone Spotlight: Laurie Kaiser New York--Designer Laurie Kaiser draws her inspiration from the shapes and styles that she finds in nature. 

    A fan of a well-cut stone that has been placed in a thoughtful design, many of her pieces are one-of-a-kind, jewelry that is “looking for a soul mate,” as she likes to say.

    She has a special affinity for opal, moonstone and druzy, especially the look these gemstones create when paired with diamonds and gold.

    Her “Sprinkles” collection features larger gems accented with smaller diamonds of various sizes to make them appear that they “dance” around the stone and create a more elegant, sprinkled look. Her “Lemongrass” collection, meanwhile, includes large stones surrounded by strands of textured gold.

    Click through the slideshow to see 10 of Kaiser’s new designs. 

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  • Titanium Spotlight: Edward Mirell New York--Jewelry brand Edward Mirell has introduced a line of titanium pieces for 2014 for both men and women.

    The Edward Mirell brand was created about 10 years ago and operates under the Spectore Corp. company, which was formed in 1980 to introduce and build a new category of noble materials for the jewelry industry, designer and CEO Edward Rosenberg tells National Jeweler.

    The titanium pieces featured in this story are made using pure gray titanium and “Black Ti,” a titanium where the metal actually is black and not coated. Some of the jewelry also has gone through an “anodized” process, where an electrochemical process converts the metal into a decorative, durable, oxide finish. 

    Rosenberg says when it comes to men and titanium, they always have had an affinity and sense of ownership for the metal, as it is a technology that can relate to in the sports, performance products, space and marine sectors, and also has the “edgy appeal of being technology-driven.”

    “Titanium, by virtue of its unique properties, has specific attributes that can make it stand alone … (it) offers the unusual combination of versatility, biocompatibility, comfort, weight, strength, hardness … and sheer broadness in the number of different looks that can be achieved,” he says. “It can be anodized, shaped and manipulated like no other material.”

    Click through this gallery to see nine new titanium pieces, for both men and women, from Edward Mirell. All prices listed are retail.  

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