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Oct 2nd

2012

The Star of Sierra Leone…

The 968.9 carat Star of Sierra Leone diamond was discovered by miners on February 14, 1972 in the Diminco alluvial mines in the Koidu area of Sierra Leone. It ranks as the third-largest gem-quality diamond and the largest alluvial diamond ever discovered. On October 3, 1972, Sierra Leone’s then-President, Siaka Stevens, announced that Harry Winston, […]

Oct 1st

2012

The Star of South Africa AKA Dudley Diamond

The Star of South Africa, also known as the Dudley Diamond, is a 47.69 carat white diamond found by a Griqua shepherd boy in 1869 on the banks of the Vaal River. The original stone, before cutting, weighed 83.5 carat. The finding of this large diamond spurred the rush by many prospectors to this new […]

Sep 28th

2012

Pear of the Season…

The Star of the Season is a 100.10 carat pear-shaped D-color, Internally Flawless stone. At $16,548,750 it held the world record for the highest price paid for a diamond at auction until the sale of the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond in 2008. Sources: Wikipedia Famous Diamonds

Sep 25th

2012

Olá lá! Estrela do Sul…

The Star of the South, also known as Estrela do Sul, is a diamond found in Brazil in 1853. The diamond was cut into a cushion shape and weighs 128.48 carat. The Star of the South is graded as a type IIa diamond, with a colour grading of fancy light pinkish-brown and a clarity of […]

Sep 24th

2012

The Steinmetz Pink….20 months of cutting and polishing…

The Steinmetz Pink is a diamond weighing 59.60 carat, rated in color as Fancy Vivid Pink by the Gemological Institute of America. The Steinmetz Pink is the largest known diamond having been rated Vivid Pink. As a result of this exceptional rarity, the Steinmetz Group took a cautious 20 months to cut the Pink. It was […]

Sep 21st

2012

The Arch

This 76.45 carat diamond gets its name from from Archduke Joseph August (1872-1962), a previous owner of the gem and a prince of the Hungarian line of the Hapsburg dynasty. The Archduke was a descendant of the Emperor Leopold II, son of Empress Maria Theresa who owned the famous Florentine Diamond, one of the most […]

Sep 20th

2012

The Taylor-Burton Diamond

The Taylor-Burton Diamond is a diamond made famous when purchased by actor Richard Burton for his wife Dame Elizabeth Taylor in 1969, receiving worldwide publicity for its size and value. The original rough diamond was found in 1966 in the Premier Mine in South Africa, weighing 241 carats. It was cut by the legendary Harry […]

Sep 19th

2012

You speak Russian, eh?

The Tereschenko is a spectacular blue 42 carat antique pear brilliant cut. The original owners of the gem were the Tereschenko family. They were sugar-kings in pre-communist Russia. One member, Mikhail (1886-1956), who held advanced political views, became Kerensky’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1917. It is not known where it was found: theoretically, it may have […]

Sep 18th

2012

A bird in the hand…

The Tiffany Yellow Diamond is one of the largest yellow diamonds ever discovered; it weighed 287.42 carat in the rough when discovered in 1878 in the Kimberley mine in South Africa, and was cut into a cushion shape of 128.54 carat with 90 facets—32 more than a traditional round brilliant—to maximize its brilliance (someone knew what […]

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