April 2017 Newsletter

  • By Antiques-Art-Design Sydney

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."

Mae West

A selection of diamonds and gem set rings.
Hello there,
This month we share our love for April's birthstone, diamonds...
The next Sydney Fair is just around the corner, and will be held from 25-28 May 2017, at the Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park. We will be emailing a complimentary day pass in early May, and look forward to seeing you at the Fair, where there will be an amazing display of antiques, 20th century and modern, jewellery and furniture, the biggest antiques fair in Sydney since 2003. If you have any friends who are interested in attending the fair, please send their name and email to store@antiques-art-design and we can send out a complimentary invitation. For more information on the Sydney Fair, please click on the following link:

Blowing out the Candles in April... birthday dinner for eight
Wordsworth wonders at Bismarck's manoeuvres as Ella scats and Letterman chats with Chaplin who mimes to Shakespeare rhymes while Shirley MacLaine wishes Andre Agassi Many Happy Returns...
A selection of diamonds...
Clockwise from top left: Gold and diamond cluster ring $37,500, Gold and diamond marquise ring $4,450, Art Deco gold and platinum ring $4,250, American retro gold and diamond brooch 1940s $13,750.
Diamonds... I don't mean rhinestones...
Pink Star diamond, image courtesy of

On the 5th of April Sotheby’s Hong Kong auctioned the Pink Star diamond for a record $94.3 million. Weighing in at 59.60 carats it took a billion plus years to form, two years to cut and five minutes to sell – to a local jewellery company Chow Tai Fook, whose chairman renamed it the CTF Pink Star in memory of his dad. 

By a happy co-incidence diamond is the April birthstone (the origin of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel). Before geologists spoiled the fun by discovering that diamonds are formed under the earth, the ancients believed they were made by lightning, (varya in Sanskrit, the weapon of choice for Indra, King of the Godsand), and were thought to bring courage. They were also a symbol of everlasting love, famously expressed in the De Beers slogan “diamonds are forever” which made them the must-have accessory for modern brides-to-be. The more celebrated the couple the more fabulous the “rock”, if Elizabeth Taylor referred to the 29 carat emerald cut diamond given to her by Mike Todd as an “ice skating rink” the 69 carat stone she received from Burton must have invoked images of glaciers.

69 carat diamond ring given to Elizabeth Taylor from Richard Burton, later converted to a necklace as seen wearing - photo courtesy of Pinterest.

But it isn’t all about size; Jack Kennedy gave Jackie a ring set with a comparatively small diamond but combined with an emerald in an open halo setting by Van Cleef & Arpels. It wowed Washington.

Di Maggio sealed the deal with a platinum eternity band set with thirty five baguette diamonds when he married Marilyn and Sinatra wooed Mia with a 9 carat pear cut solitaire. But if reading this makes you question the foreverness of diamonds, Queen Elizabeth’s engagement ring, a 3 carat diamond surrounded by five smaller stones, was given to her by Prince Philip in 1947. They’ll be celebrating their 70th anniversary in November, when, if tradition holds, he’ll present her with a sapphire.  

Lorna Lesley
Number 96
Number 96 by Nigel Giles, Melbourne Books 2017

Before the Summer Bay and Ramsey Street there was a block of flats in Paddington, "Number 96". The show premiered in 1972 and was an overnight sensation - the audience had never seen anything like it with its combination of sex, comedy and drama and characters that included a gay couple (when it was still illegal), migrants, hippies, troubled teens, a pantyhose murderer, lady bowlers and a Town Clerk. not to mention Satanists. 

Millions tuned in five nights a week for their “fix” - as Phillip Adams commented at the time “many viewers are more involved in Number 96 than they are in their own community”. A fan of the show since he was a child, one of the few who were allowed to stay up and watch it, oral historian and author Nigel Giles spent fifteen years tracking down and interviewing writers, directors, crew and actors to tell the story of how the show was made. The result is an honest, entertaining and poignant behind the scenes look at “Australian TV’s most notorious address”. 

Lorna Lesley
From L to R clockwise: Silver ice bucket $945 for the pair, Hans Hansen silver necklace $2950, Georg Jensen Vivianna watches - steel $1950, black $1650, Hans Hansen silver drop earrings $795
The Last Word…
divination by onions'll all end in tears

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