Photo Giraudon, ParisThe Grand Conde is one of the most unusual of the world’s notable diamonds: a light pink pear-shaped stone of 9.01 carats. Agents of Louis XIII are said to have bought the stone in 1643 after which the King presented it to Louis de Bourbon, Prince of Conde, who had distinguished himself as [...]
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It is debatable whether Truman Capote’s novel Breakfast at Tiffany’sdid much to increase the prestige of this famous New York jewelry store because long before 1958, the year of the book’s publication, it had become a household name within the United States as well as abroad. Doubtless some people continue to inquire whether the store [...]
The adventurous history of the Regent is very much like that of several other great diamonds. Greed, murder and remorse play a part in the opening chapter. Trouble – political, social, and personal – accompanies this gem to it’s last resting place. Originally known as the Pitt, this 410-carat stone was one of the last [...]
In the rough, greenish diamonds tend to occur as one of three types: a stone, often a crystal shape, possessing a light tinge rather like the color of water in a swimming pool; a stone with a dark green skin; a yellowish-green stone characterized by a degree if lubricity. After being cut and polished, diamonds [...]
The 45.52 carat steel blue Hope Diamond was found in India back in remote times as a rough crystal weighing 112 carats. It first came to light when Jean Baptiste Tavernier, the noted French traveler of the 17th century, was approached in India by a slave who had a very secretive manner about him.
The Sancy Diamond has one of the most interesting, colorful, confused and involved histories of all the famous diamonds in Europe. It is a pale yellow 55.23-carat shield-shaped stone, apparently of Indian origin, and is said to be one of the first large diamonds to be cut with symmetrical facets. The stone is also unusual [...]
The Cullinan I – aka the Star of Africa. 530.20 carats. The Star of Africa, a pear shaped diamond weighing 530.20 carats, aka the Cullinan I. It measures 53mm x 44mm x 29mm, and has 76 facets (counting the culet and the table). It’s called the Cullinan I because it’s the largest of the 9 [...]
The diamond Jubilee of De Beers Consolidated Mines passed off quietly in 1948, the massive post-WWII growth and expansion of the diamond industry had barely begun, while several important sources of diamonds, including the Premier Mine, were still closed, while others remained to be discovered. Forty years later the annual output of diamonds exceeded 100 [...]
Golden Jubilee Diamond Gabi Tolkowsky examines the diamond with a jeweler’s loupe.The Golden Jubilee is the largest faceted diamond in the world, weighing 545.67 carats. The stone was designed by Gabi Tolkowsky, who also designed the 273.85-carat Centenary Diamond, which is the largest D-Flawless diamond in the world. The Golden Jubilee was presented to the [...]
COLOR Diamond color is graded on a scale of the alphabet, using letters D through Z. The letters A, B, and C aren’t used. This is because when the Gemological Institute of America invented the scale they wanted to disassociate it from jewelry stores that used their own color grade scales. The colors D, E, [...]
The price of natural color diamonds varies widely depending on the color, market demand and rareness. Prices depend on the intensity of the color, on the purity and weight of the diamond.
Diamond inclusions are characteristics that occur inside a stone. They are usually called flaws, because their presence means the diamond is not perfect. Inclusions are like fingerprints, a characteristic that gives us all a special signature. Getting to know your diamond inside and out makes the stone a more personal possession—and will help you describe [...]
When it’s time to buy a diamond, we spend a significant amount of time juggling diamond characteristics to find a gemstone with a combination of qualities that suits out style, our needs, and our budget. Diamond color nearly always plays an important role in our search, because color shadings in what should be a whitediamond [...]