• Sotheby's Diamonds Online Auction Celebrates the Number 8

    Sotheby's Diamonds Online Auction in September Sotheby's Celebrates the Number 8 in their upcoming Diamonds Online Auction. Photo courtesy of Sotheby's.


    Sotheby's Diamonds Online auction takes place from September 8 to September 18, 2018. Curators of the sale decided to focus this sale on the Chinese tradition of numerology. In commemoration of the passing of the singular occurrence of the date 08-08-18, they handpicked 8 lots of exceptional loose diamonds.


    Chinese Numerology & The Number 8

    These clusters of ice embody the power of the number 8. Eight is considered the luckiest number in Chinese numerology. The Chinese word for 8 (八) sounds like 發 (fa), which translates "wealth, fortune, and prosper").

    When 8 is repeated, such as in the number 88, its fortuitous meaning increases. This is because it now resembles 囍 (shuāng xǐ), which means "double happiness." The Chinese do what they can to bring the number 8 to bear in their lives. Now you have the opportunity to do so, as well.


    Sotheby's Diamonds Have Beauty and Significance

    In addition, the number 8 also resembles the symbol for infinity. All of the diamonds in Sotheby's Diamonds Online auction combine impeccable qualities with carat weights featuring the number 8. All the diamonds chosen for this sale are remarkably pure and colorless in clarity, all in a variety of cuts.

    Experts at Diacore carefully oversaw the provenance of each one of these exquisite stones. In particular, they monitored the stones from the mines in South Africa, Botswana, or Namibia. Then, they brought the diamonds to their cutters and polishers in New York.

    Sotheby's hopes these diamonds find their way into the most precious of jewels, wedding and engagement rings. Unquestionably, these diamonds promise to imbue any jewel with good fortune and the promise of prosperity.

    "With beauty and significance in equal measure, these diamonds will make for jewels that are precious in every sense." (source)

  • Bernd Munsteiner, "Father of the Fantasy Cut"

    Bernd Munsteiner Cut Citrine Bracelet 18K Gold Bangle Bernd Munsteiner Cut Citrine Bracelet. Photo ©2018 EraGem Jewelry.


    Bernd Munsteiner apprenticed with his father in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Idar-Oberstein remains to this day a center for gem cutting and carving. Established during the late Medieval period, Idar-Oberstein is particularly known for its Renaissance-style cameo cuts. This style of cameo cutting remained the same for over 500 years. Until Bernd Munsteiner turned the traditions upside down, literally.

    Munsteiner's Beginnings

    In the 1950s, Munsteiner began his apprenticeship with his father to learn the family trade. In 1962, he enrolled in the School of Design in Phorzheim. While in school, he continued to learn conventional lapidary skills. However, he also studied painting, metal sculpting, and jewelry design. In 1966, he graduated as a designer of precious stones and jewelry.

    A true child of the 1960s, Bernd Munsteiner failed to find the allure in conforming to tradition. For the first time in 500 years, he succeeded in challenging the carving community. Of course, his new approach to cameo carving was not well received, but he persisted in his avant-garde methods.

    Fantasy Cuts

    Rather than carving on the top of the stones, he focused his skilled efforts on the back of the stones. Faceting negative cuts on the bottoms and backsides of semiprecious stones, he became one of the first gem cutters to establish the modern era of lapidary art.

    While the traditionalists frowned at his defiance, international buyers clamored for what would come to be called Fantasy Cut gemstones. In 1973, he established Munsteiner Atelier in Stipshausen, Germany.

    His reputation grew, as he continued to turn the tables on traditional gem cutting. Often he left parts of a gem raw to create contrast with other portions that he polished and faceted. He frequently chose irregular stones which imbued his finished pieces with geometrical, abstract shape. For this reason, he earned the moniker the "Picasso of Gems."

    As his career blossomed, he began working with larger and larger stones. Today, savvy collectors remain on the lookout for his gemstone sculptures and his jewels. Esteemed museums around the world display his works with pride.
    And jewelry experts the world over seek to establish Munsteiner's work in the annals of history.

    A Unique Opportunity

    This particular piece, an original Munsteiner bracelet, features a deep orange-brown citrine faceted in the artist's signature fantasy style. Its dimensional geometrical shape reverberates in the 18k gold band, which has a hinged clasp that evokes sensual modernity.

    It pleases us to invite you to visit our Bellevue showroom to see this and several other Bernd Munsteiner works in person.

    Certainly, this represents a unique and rare opportunity for you to touch modern history, to feel its essence upon your skin. Please don't hesitate to reach out and make an appointment to visit us soon.

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  • Showroom Hours M-F 10-6, Sat 10-4

    We are thrilled to announce the opening of our  Jewelry Showroom to our customers shopping on Saturdays.  We will be open for walk-ins and appointments between 10am and 4pm every Saturday.  We appreciate setting up viewing appointments so that we can ensure you get our undivided attention but we love the surprise of customers just showing up as well.


    Weekday hours continue to be M-F 10-6. is always the best place to start exploring our selection as each item we have is fully described and pictured on the site.


    EraGem's showroom is located a few blocks east of Whole Foods on NE 8th Street.  EraGem is on the north side of the street just past the 120th Street intersection.  The city has recently completed road construction so our building can only be accessed from westbound direction on NE 8th coming down the hill. Those coming in on 405 take the 13B Exit to Eastbound NE 8th St. Get into the left hand turn lane to take a left at the 120th intersection, make the first right onto Bel-Red. Proceed up the hill then turn right onto 124th.  Then Right on NE 8th and then you can turn right into our parking lot, it looks like this:


    Our entrance is on the downhill, west facing side of the building.


    We will be available for Jewelry Consignment intake on Saturday as well however customers interested in selling jewelry may be referred to other local businesses.

    -EraGem Team


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