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Sotheby’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva Tuesday brought in a record breaking $160.9 million.

Magnificent Jewels Sale

The eye-watering figure is the highest ever total for any jewellery auction, which took place at the auction house’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale at the Hôtel Beau-Rivage, Geneva.

The sale also saw a number of other world auction records, with the top lot of the evening selling for $30.3 million.

The ‘Sunrise Ruby’, a 25.59-carat Burmese stone, smashed its high estimate of $16 million, and set a new world record for ruby at auction.

It also established a new world auction record for any ruby per carat and a new world auction record for any stone by Cartier.

The sum is three times the last record price for a ruby, which was set six months ago.

The  $30.3 million paid for the pearl also makes the Sunrise Ruby the world’s most expensive precious stone that is not a diamond.

Magnificent Ruby

David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division, said the exquisite stone truly deserved the multiple-record-breaking price this evening.

The Sunrise Ruby wasn’t the only shining star of the night.

The ‘Historic Pink Diamond’, an 8.72-carat Fancy Vivid Pink diamond sold for $15.9 million.

The exceptional diamond is believed to have been owned by Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, niece of Napoleon I, and was originally slated as the top lot of the auction.

The princess, who died in 1904, was also a relative of King George II and the tsar of Russia.

Her jewellery collection is considered second only to the collection of Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III, Sotheby’s said.

The Fancy Vivid Pink diamond was believed among her jewels auctioned in Paris in 1904, shortly after her death.

It was later acquired by William Andrews Clark Sr, a U.S. senator, industrialist and entrepreneur who died in 1925. The stone was then passed to a daughter, Hugette Marcelle Clark, who died in 2011.

The diamond is also considered prized for its cut; a classic, non-modified version of the cushion, Sotheby’s said.

Among some of the other lots in the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale was a 190 carats Cartier custom-made diamond necklace, which sold for more than $7.24 million.

The piece was designed as a cascade of diamonds, the front accented with a floral motif and suspending a fringe of nine pear-shaped stones.

Magnificent Jewels Sale

A Kashmir sapphire and diamond brooch by Cartier sold for more than $6.1 million, setting a world auction record price for a Kashmir sapphire jewel.

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For many getting hold of the Apple Watch is desirable enough as it is, but one company has gone a gigantic step further by offering a luxury bespoke model.

Luxury Apple Watch

Goldgenie, the London based luxury customisation specialist company, boast a strong celebrity following, and say they expect a high demand for their customized Apple Watch.

Goldgenie’s Spectrum Collection comes in various extravagant themes to suit your tastes, including 24k Gold, Rose Gold and Platinum.

The Spectrum collection will be available in both 38mm and 42mm in a variety of models.

The Apple Watch Elite consists of the classic stainless steel Apple Watch embellished in 24k Gold, Rose Gold or Platinum and Swarovski crystals.

For those who are partial to a bit of sparkle, fear not, you’re covered. Goldgenie will customise your Apple Watch strap with Swarovski crystals.

The most expensive of the lot, if you can afford it, Apple Watch Edition Diamond Ecstasy, a 18 karat solid gold watch, which is adorned with hundreds of diamonds.

Luxury Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Diamond Ecstasy also features a larger one-carat diamond in the crown. The watch can be ordered with a matching diamond encrusted solid gold link bracelet strap or solid gold.

Or you could instead opt for the classic leather strap or perhaps you would prefer crocodile and python skins.

The python skin is also Cites (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) certified.

Goldgenie’s Elite models and the Spectrum collection is now available to pre-order through their website, with prices starting from £2,000.

However, prices can go up to £120,000, depending on how much you want to add to your timepiece. The watches may be reserved with a 50 per cent deposit.

Goldgenie’s luxury customized Apple Watch Spectrum Collection is now available to pre-order through their website.

Laban Roomes, chief executive of Goldgenie Global, said the firm are bridging the gap between the more accessible stainless steel Apple Watch models with their luxury finishes and artisan watchstraps.

He said the Apple Watch is a device that will not only change the way we tell the time but will change our relationship with wearable technology.

Online orders for the Apple Watch opened on April 24.

All stores in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US will have the watches on or before the 18 June.

Luxury Apple Watch

From June 26 the Apple Watch will be available online, in stores and through resellers in Italy%2

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Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca has been named the world’s top restaurant.

El Celler de Can Roca

The prestigious honour was given at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in London last month.

El Celler de Can Roca, which previously won the award in 2013, is run by brothers Joan, Jordi, and Josep Roca.

The awards, run by trade magazine Restaurant, said El Celler de Can Roca’s Curiosity and creativity propel the Rocas back to the top.

The magazine said the El Celler, located in Girona, has never forgotten its humble roots, its sense of familial warmth, or the need to serve remarkably delicious dishes and outstanding wines.

The Spanish restaurant pipped Italy’s Osteria Francescana to the top spot and pushed Danish four-time winner Noma down to third place, its lowest ranking since 2009.

The awards began in 2002 and have become a key point of reference for foodies around the world, even rivalling the longstanding Michelin guides.

Inclusion on the list can make or break a restaurants fortune and almost guarantee a restaurant’s financial success.

El Celler de Can Roca

The awards are judged by more than 1000 independent experts that include food writers, chefs, restaurant owners and gourmets.

As is normally the case there were some new entries on the list, including Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Ney York, which entered the list at 49.

Central in Lima, Peru, managed to crack the top ten for the first time.

The top 10 featured Mugaritz in San Sebastian, Spain, London’s Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Narisawa in Tokyo, D.O.M in Sao Paulo and Gaggan in Bangkok.

Eleven Madison Park in New York kept its spot in the top 10.

Fellow American eateries Le Bernardin, Per Se, the French Laundry, Nomad, Saison and the Restaurant at Meadowood, also mainlined their standing in the list.

However the wider picture was not good for the American restaurants. It was the European eateries that fared best in this year’s list.

European restaurants dominated the top 50. Restaurants in Spain and France featured prominently on the list.

The White Rabbit, a new entry from Russia, also made the list.

Other notable winners on the night include Helene Darroze, who was named the World’s Best female chef. French chef Daniel Boulud, best known for the New York-based Daniel, picked up this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

El Celler de Can Roca

Next year’s awards will be held in New York City, the first time it will be staged outside of Britain.

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Michael Jackson’s legendary Neverland Ranch is officially on the market for an eye-bulging $100 million.

Neverland Ranch

The late pop superstar’s 2,700-acre property, north of Los Olivos, near Santa Barbara, is listed as Sycamore Valley Ranch on real estate firm Hilton and Hyland’s website.

The firm shares the listing with Southeby’s International Realty.

Jackson reportedly paid $19.5 million for the Neverland Ranch, which was inspired by Peter Pan, in the late 1980s and lived there for more than 15

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A handful of spectacular underwater villas are available to interested buyers in Dubai’s World Islands

Underwater Villas

Project developers Kleindienst Group are offering 42 partially submerged villas, with an initial price of Dh5 million, around $1,3 million.

Last month, Kleindienst showcased the luxurious villas at an exclusive pre-launch event.

The 1,700 sq ft villas, which will feature two overwater floors and one underwater level, are expected to be finished in 2017.

At the pre-launch event, Kleindienst said it will offer investors it will offer the luxurious pads on a construction-linked payment plan.

The villas are being sold by the real estate consultancy firm Privilege Dubai, who have bought the underwater villas from the developer.

The villas are part of Kleindienst Group’s spectacular The Heart of Europe (THOE) project.

Kleindienst said their vision is to create an elegant European lifestyle experience where every detail is underscored by luxury and perfection and draws from the very best of European designs.

The Heart of Europe will stretch 4km from the city’s coastline and will include a cluster of six islands,

Underwater Villas

These will consist of one main Europe island and five others, themed around Monaco, Germany, Sweden, St Petersburg and Switzerland.

The spectacular development will include a number of luxury hotels including a five-star wedding hotel, an aviary, waterpark and many other attractions.

The project will also give Dubai, known for its extremely hot climate, a taste of snow.

The project will feature the world’s first ‘rain and snow’ lined streets, featuring outdoor climate controlled areas. It will also feature the world’s largest open aquarium.

Work on the project resumed in May 2013 after a financial dispute with the developer Nakheel halted construction.

The World Islands project is located just off the coast of Dubai, and adds over 232 kilometres of new beachfront to Dubai’s coastline.

Despite the majority of islands being sold off to, work stopped after developers were hit during the financial crisis in 2008.

Work has since restarted and in January, developer OQYANA Real Estate announced that a series of private island villas are set to be developed on the Australasia continent.

Underwater Villas

In November, Dubai-based Q Group, said it would reveal plans for a luxury resort, private and water villas, hotel serviced apartments, an event and wedding venue, offshore restaurants and bars, and water-based experiences on the island.

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