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The Arcots I&II

The Hanoverian rulers of Great Britain amassed a large collection of personal jewelry and Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III, was surely no exception  She received many jewels, the most notable being the diamonds she was given by the Nawab of Arcot. These included five brilliants, the largest of which was a 38.6 carat oval-shaped stone […]

Ahmadabad

Ahmadabad, is the capitol of the Indian state of Gujarat. One famous visitor to Ahmadabad in the 1600’s was the French traveller and gem merchant, Jean Baptiste Tavernier. Over a period of 40 years, he made a total of six trips to the East. In chapter XXII of part II of his book Travels in India, […]

Today in history…

On January 25, 1905, at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa, a 3,106-carat diamond is discovered during a routine inspection by the mine’s superintendent. Weighing 1.33 pounds, and christened the “Cullinan,” it was the largest diamond ever found. Frederick Wells was 18 feet below the earth’s surface when he spotted a flash of starlight […]

Sefadu

The Sefadu  is an uncut diamond weighing 620 carat which easily makes it one of the worlds’ largest diamonds. It’s owned by leading diamond manufacturer Lazare Kaplan- its current whereabouts is unknown. It is one of the largest rough stone ever found, and the only one of the top stones never to have been cut.   The Tolkowsky Connection…amongst others In 1919, […]

Vargas

The Vargas Diamond, discovered in Brazil on August 13, 1938 by Joaquim Venancio Tiago and Manoel Miguel Domingues, was 726.6 carat when pulled out of the ground. Twenty nine smaller diamonds were carved from the larger rough Vargas Diamond including the 48.26 carat emerald cut diamond named “President Vargas”, after the former Brazilian President, Getúlio […]

My name is Sam.

We’ve covered a lot of diamonds from Arkansas. Uncle Sam is the nickname for the largest diamond ever discovered in the United States. The diamond was named “Uncle Sam” after the nickname of its finder, Wesley Oley Basham, a worker at the Arkansas Diamond Corporation. It was found in 1924 Prairie Creek pipe mine in […]

Is it a bird?

The Raven is a 12.78 carat black trilliant shape purchased in 2011. It is currently in a private collection in upstate NY. Carbonado, commonly known as the “Black Diamond”, is a natural polycrystalline diamond found in alluvial deposits in the Central African Republic and Brazil. Its natural colour ranges from black to dark grey, and […]

The Victoria-Transvaal

  Transvaal is not a name you hear very often these days. It used to be known as the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (South African Republic) and after Cecil John Rhodes’  Anglo Boer War, it become the Transvaal Colony for about a decade and when the Union was established, it become known as the Transvaal Province. More recently, […]

Sirius Star® 100

We’re proud to announce the largest Sirius Star® 100 to date. It’s not every day that a diamond manufacturer announces the completion of a diamond, but this one is of extra special significance to the creators of the world’s brightest diamond®. “We were certain that gaining massive brilliance and symmetry would more than compensate for […]

The Black Moon

Not much is known about the 27.77ct  Black Moon. It is reported to be the third largest faceted black diamond in the world, and is locked away in a private collection in upstate New York. Black diamonds are kind of a paradox. They’re real diamonds, but they don’t do perform like their other counterparts. They don’t sparkle, they don’t […]

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