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February Birthstone: Amethyst

Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.  Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures.  English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty. It has […]

The Blue Empress

The Blue Empress is a spectacular 14 carat perfectly symmetrical pear-shaped, fancy vivid blue diamond.The most distinguishing feature of the diamond is its perfect symmetrical shape. it was mined at the Premier Diamond Mine in South Africa and was purchased from De Beers by the Steinmetz Group of Geneva, a leading diamond specialist. The clarity […]

The Beluga

The Beluga is a 102 carat oval that was cut by the William Goldberg firm from a rather flat, blocky 265.82 carat piece of rough, and is claimed to be the largest F flawless standard oval brilliant cut diamond in the world. The odd-shaped stone arrived as a 265.82 carat rough with secrets waiting to be […]

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 […]

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