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Sotheby’s Hong Kong will auction the De Beers Millennium Jewel 4, the largest oval fancy vivid blue diamond, at the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale on 5 April. The Millennium blue diamonds, which vary in size and cut, all originate from South Africa’s renowned Cullinan Mine. With an estimate of $30-35 million, the price tag of this internally flawless fancy blue diamond, weighing at just over 10.1 carats, is determined by its rarity and quality. As a back story, the stone was one of the 12 rare diamonds that make up the De Beers Millennium collection, unveiled by the company in 2000 and displayed at London’s Millennium Dome. Along with the 11 other rare stones in the collection (10 other blue diamonds and one 203.04 carat colourless diamond), it was the target of an attempted multimillion pound robbery in November 2000. A gang of thieves had planned to escape down the Thames with the diamonds until their plan was foiled by the Metropolitan Police. According to Sotheby’s, there are only about a dozen blue diamonds over 10 carats in the world.

TECHNICOLOR DREAMING

You heard it here first. This year London-based Lebanese designer Mira Mikati, will show up on your fashion radar. Mikati started her career in 2007 as a co-founder of Beirut’s leading concept store, Plum. Her eponymous label grew organically after she was invited to design a capsule collection for Parisian label, Façonnable in 2012. It was a sell-out success. In 2014, the irreverently witty capsule grew into a full collection with a cult global following, with Beyoncé and Rihanna as fans. Now in its second season, Mikati combines whimsical cartoon graphics, emoji-style detailing with elegant, effortlessly cool, easy grown-up silhouettes. Think slick ready-to-wear bomber jackets, skirts, tops and pants that fuse the best of artisanal tailoring and surface texturing. Mikati loafers are also covetable. The designer’s close art world connections often make their way into her work—in particular, the works of Japanese artists Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Darcel and legendary street-artist KAWS. Wearable art? For more information, log on to: http://www.miramikati.com

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