The record-breaking jewellery sale

16May 2015

The “Sunrise Ruby”, a 25.59-carat Burmese ruby mounted by Cartier, was the top lot at Tuesday’s Magnificent and Noble Jewels sale at Sotheby’s Geneva, selling for 28.3 million Swiss francs (£19.6 million). Its exceptional size, along with its intense “pigeon’s blood” red colour, were reflected in the bidding war and eventual price; a new world record for a ruby sold at auction, and triple the price of the 8.62-carat “Graff Ruby” which was sold in November 2014. The Sunrise Ruby also broke the world auction record for the price-per-carat of any ruby, along with becoming the most expensive Cartier jewel ever auctioned.

 “The Sunrise Ruby captivated me from the moment I saw it,” commented David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery division, after the sale. “Such an exquisite stone truly deserved the multiple-record-breaking price this evening.” 


The "Sunrise Ruby", a 25.59-carat Burmese ruby mounted by Cartier, sold for 28.3 million Swiss francs (£19.6 million)

One Hyde Park

13Apr 2015

One Hyde Park, the £500m development of 86 flats in Knightsbridge, London. It is the brainchild of Nick and Christian Candy, who were to the dizzy world of 00s property what the Gallagher brothers were to 90s music. They were stars, feted in magazine profiles, celebrated for their stylishness and wizardry.

They are part of an array of brands intended to lure buyers: design by Candy and Candy, "legendary service" by the Mandarin Oriental hotel, "acclaimed art" by James Turrell, Rolex and McLaren shops, and security by the SAS or, at least, SAS-trained personnel. It is the self-declared "best project in the world" at the "world's most glamorous address".  Cars can sweep the residents into the complex and an underground tunnel connects to the neighbouring Mandarin Oriental hotel, enabling its exquisite room service to get to the apartments. There is also 21 metre swimming pool, spa, cinema and golf simulator and not forgetting some of the most spectacular views of hyde park & knightsbridge.

London's One Hyde Park, home to the world's most expensive apartment