Luxury investment update: Jewellery shines bright

The profile of luxury investments continues to rise after a series of record-breaking auctions so far this year.

Pulling together the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (KFLII) is always fascinating because I get to write about things that a property researcher wouldn’t usually get to cover.

The latest edition of KFLLI is no exception because, with the help of international auction house Bonhams, we decided to focus on jewellery – the shiniest and oldest luxury asset of them all.

Our KFLII jewellery special is full of interesting facts and figures about the performance of gems and jewels.

Did you know, for example, that natural pearls are back in fashion in a seriously big way – values have risen by well over 300% during the past 10 years.

Coloured stones like rubies and sapphires are also setting record prices. And if you want to impress with your gemstone knowledge read up on the Spinel, the new coloured stone on the block.

Diamonds of course are still a (seven-year-old) girl’s best friend, particularly if your dad is a Hong Kong billionaire who’s just splurged almost US$50m on you by buying the most expensive diamond to be sold at auction.

To launch the report we held a press breakfast at Bonhams’ recently revamped London HQ on New Bond St – even the restaurant has a Michelin star it’s that smart.

There was lots of discussion among the audience following my presentation. One person, in particular, really seemed to know an awful lot about jewellery.

I later found out she was the jewellery expert from the Antiques Roadshow!

Read the report to find out more about the latest jewellery trends and which have been the other best performing investments of passion over the short and longer term.

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