Not something we have any expertise in but never the less one of the most beautiful objects at Basel World 2014. The Paraiba Star of The Ocean Jewels.
It is a one of a kind creations, designed by Moneca Kaufmann, of Kaufmann de Suisse jewelers. It features as its center stone the world’s largest Paraiba Tourmaline – a natural treasure of historical importance.
It has been placed by experts in the field amongst the rarest gemstones in the world, such as the Logan Sapphire, the Hope Diamond, the Golden Jubilee, the Alan Caplan Ruby, and the Cullinan Diamond.
Mr. Vincent Boucher, Canadian financier, physicist, artist and President of Billionaire Business Enterprises Inc., first introduced this stone to the market in 2009. His passion for world-class gems, and his desire to collaborate with a reputable and renowned design house, brought Mr. Boucher to Kaufmann de Suisse to create a handmade objet d’ art in which to present this significant gemstone.
“It was a rare opportunity to design this piece to showcase a world-class gem, and my personal inspiration was the result of living in Palm Beach, Florida for the past few winters and becoming grateful and enamored with the beauty, strength and majesty of the sea. So much life is created beneath the surface, just as in the formation of this incredible Paraiba tourmaline. The brilliant blue-green color of the stone is symbolic of our little blue planet, 70% covered by oceans, whose health is inextricably linked with our own. The oceans are the wellspring of life and connect us all from microbe to mammal to man.
The elaborate composition is a celebration of the unfathomable grand design and interdependent nature of our planet, an appeal to respect, protect and to care for each other. Each individual creature I chose was sculpted by hand to lie upon the delicate coral branches from which it finds shelter and sustenance. The myriad of colors and the diversity of stones all mimic the diversity in nature.
The exquisite yellow diamond is poised beneath the necklace as though a brilliant moon in orbit around the transparent blue planet beneath. And then, the raison d’être, the core, 191.87 cts Paraiba tourmaline, hangs delicately in balance – the perfect marriage of form and substance, art and science.”
This piece will go to auction in 2014, and the return on investment for this stone is of great merit and consideration. The near exhaustion of this gemstone, along with the incomparable size, natural, untreated color and transparency of this gem make it a rare geological anomaly, possession of which will have historic significance.