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Shore Gold

Saskatoon-based Shore Gold Inc., which operates the Star-Orion diamond project in Canada (just outside Prince Albert), narrowed its net loss for the first quarter which ended on March 31, to $1.5 million from $3.8 million in the same period of last year. The exploration firm also recorded working capital of $7.2 million at the close […]

Special Large and Exceptional Stones

If you’re looking for an exceptional diamond, Canadian mining company, Lucara Diamond Corporation is currently holding its first Large and Exceptional Stone Tender which closes on May 22, 2013. The tender features 15 single diamond lots from the Karowe Mine in Botswana, including the recently recovered 239 carat diamond. The Karowe Mine is the first […]

Responsible sourcing practices…

On Tuesday, April 30, 2013, a multi-stakeholder group comprised of some fifty representatives from industry, civil society and government met at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris to discuss responsible supply chains for precious stones. The meeting was hosted by the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies, Jewelers of America, Signet […]

Emerald

As the birthstone for May, the emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. Emerald, derived from the word smaragdus, meaning green in Greek, was mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. Today, most of the world’s emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia. The availability of high-quality […]

The Hornby Diamond

Another gem of a diamond unknown to modern history is the Hornby Diamond— possibly to be found in Teheran. The Hornby Diamond was originally brought from the East Indies by the Honorable William Hornby, governor of Bombay in 1775 and was estimated to weigh around 36 carat. Nothing further is known of this stone, no […]

Flawless 100ct

Idex Online  is reporting that a pear-shaped, D color, flawless diamond weighing 101.73 carat is likely to be the highlight of Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva on May 15. We think it will be. The sale will feature more than 300 lots which are estimated to sell for a total of around $65 million. […]

$134 million week for Sotheby’s & Christie’s

  Big week in New York for Sotheby’s and Christie’s.   Sotheby’s New York sale of magnificent jewels garnered $53,490,938 and was 82.4% sold by lot. The top lot was a 74.79 carat, D, VVS1 potentially internally flawless, type IIa, pear-shaped diamond that sold for $14.165 million. The diamond was acquired in 2001 for $4.3 million. Other […]

Handbook of Gemmology Review

The Handbook of Gemmology By Geoffrey M. Dominy with photos by Tino Hammid Vancouver-based Geoffrey Dominy has just released a digital-format book, The Handbook of Gemmology, featuring the photographs of notable photographer Tino Hammid. Why digital? “Tino and I chose to make our book digital for one reason and one reason only,” Dominy explains, “to make […]

Petra Blue

Petra Diamonds Limited announced the recovery of a 25.5 carat blue diamond at the Cullinan mine in South Africa. The stone is considered to be a high quality gem diamond of top colour. Blue diamonds are among the rarest and most highly coveted of all diamonds and the Cullinan mine is the most important source […]

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