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A Winston Legacy

The auction records just keep getting smashed. The latest record-breaking sale took place at Christie’s in Geneva on May 15 when a D color, flawless, 101.73 carat diamond sold for $26.7 million ($254,400 per carat), setting a new world record at auction for a colorless diamond. That lot – renamed the “Winston Legacy” after its new […]

Porges

The Porges Diamond is a fancy yellow, SI1 diamond weighing 78.53 carat and was bought by Harry Winston in 1962 who named it, as a tribute to the French diamond mining pioneer, Jules Porges. The diamond is most probably of South African origin, but any other details are lacking. By the time diamonds were discovered […]

Niarchos

The Niarchos is a 128.25 carat colorless, flawless pear shape named after the late Stavros Niarchos, the Greek shipping magnate. In the rough, it weighed 426.5 carat, internally flawless. It was slightly chipped, likely due to contact with the mine’s underground crusher. Sir Ernest Oppenheimer considered that it possessed the most perfect color of any diamond he had ever […]

The Indore Pears

The Indore Pears were two almost identical, E VVS2 pear-shaped diamonds, originally weighing 46.95 carat and 46.70 carat respectively (Harry Winston re-cut them to 46.39 and 44.14 carat- more about that later). They were set as a pair of earrings, belonging to the Maharajah of Indore and worn by his Queen consort the Maharani. The early history […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Dresden Green

The Dresden Green Diamond, also known as “Dresden Green”, is a 41 carat natural green diamond, which probably originated in the Kollur mine in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. The Dresden Green is a rare Type IIa, and it is said to be internally flawless. It is named after Dresden, the capital of […]

The Deepdene Diamond

The Deepdene is a 104.52 carat yellow diamond widely considered to be the largest irradiated diamond in the world. The Deepdene gets its name from the Pennsylvania estate of Mrs. Bok, wife of Cary W. Bok, both the diamond’s original owners. At the time, the Deepdene weighed slightly more at 104.88 carat and was mounted […]

The Blue Heart Diamond

The Blue Heart Diamond is 30.82 carat heart-shaped brilliant. Some reports refer to this unusual diamond as the “Eugénie Blue” although it is now recognized that there is no evidence of its having been owned by the Empress. Had she owned it, wouldn’t she have chosen to flee with it rather than the diamond which […]

The Star of Sierra Leone…

The 968.9 carat Star of Sierra Leone diamond was discovered by miners on February 14, 1972 in the Diminco alluvial mines in the Koidu area of Sierra Leone. It ranks as the third-largest gem-quality diamond and the largest alluvial diamond ever discovered. On October 3, 1972, Sierra Leone’s then-President, Siaka Stevens, announced that Harry Winston, […]

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