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The Star of China

The record-breaking 75.36 carat briolette diamond sold by Christie’s Hong Kong last month for $11,151,245, or $148,000 per carat, has been named The Star of China by owner Tiffany Chen, the vice chairman of China Star Entertainment Limited. The diamond was the top-selling lot sold at the Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Sale on May 28, and has GIA certificate […]

3 AGS Birthstones for June

If you’re celebrating a birthday, you’re have choice of three birthstones to choose from. Pearl Historically, pearls have been used as an adornment for centuries.  They were one of the favorite gem materials of the Roman Empire; later in Tudor England, the 1500’s were known as the pearl age.  Pearls are unique as they are the only gems […]

PA jeweller recognized as a registered supplier

A member of the Embee Diamond Technology team in Prince Albert is being recognized by the American Gem Society as a registered supplier. Ruth Batson, chief executive officer for the American Gem Society (AGS) and American Gem Society Laboratory said Evert Botha recently received his title as registered supplier. “The title of registered supplier means the firm Embee Diamond […]

5 years and then some…

What an incredible first 5 years it has been for Master Diamond Cutters here in Prince Albert (and 15 years or so in Canada! Sirius Star…the world’s brightest diamond continues to make huge inroads into the market. We’re honored by your support in helping us establish the new standard in light performance. Starting a diamond […]

25.5 carat blue diamond sells for US$16.9 million

Petra Diamonds Limited announces that the exceptional 25.5 carat blue diamond recovered from the Cullinan mine in South Africa in April has today been sold, following a highly competitive sales process, for US$16,910,180 (US$663,144 per carat). Johan Dippenaar, CEO of Petra, commented: “We are delighted to have concluded such a successful sales process for this […]

The Baden Solitaire

The Baden Solitaire weighing in at 30 carat was one of the Crown Jewels in the Imperial Austrian Schatzkammer. It featured prominently in one of Empress Maria Theresa’s pearl necklaces. It consisted of a single string of 114 large size pearls with the “Baden Solitaire” as a clasp. Three of the pearls weighed from 92 to 100 grains each, and […]

Baumgold Brothers’ Anniversary Diamond

Cut by Baumgold Brothers (Baumgold Fine Jewelry) in 1951, this 65 carat pear shape originated from the Jagersfontein Mine. According to source, the rough weighed more than 200 carats. It was named to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Baumgold firm, and was sold to a private Canadian buyer after its exhibition in Toronto. In the […]

Abadia do Dourados

Little is know about the Abadia do Dourados diamond which was found in the Minas Gerais, Brazil in the mid-1940’s. This light brown diamond weighed around 104 carat. Minas Gerais was formed mainly by colonists who searched for veins of gold (discovered 1693) and gems, and later diamonds which come from the naturally occurring itacolumite rock that can be found in great […]

Argyle’s Ultra-Rare Red Diamonds

Argyle announced that it will feature three ultra-rare red diamonds in its upcoming Pink Diamond Tender—the most it has featured in its 30-year history. Among them is a 1.56 carat I2 fancy red, dubbed the Argyle Phoenix. “Since mining began in 1983, only six diamonds certified as Fancy Red by the Gemological Institute of America have […]

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