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Esperanza: A diamond unlike any other

“When I first saw and held Esperanza, it was smooth as silk and glowed like the moon. I don’t see a lot of rough diamonds, but I never knew they could look like she did!” ~ Laura Stanley, Stanley Jewelers Gemologist Read the Jewellery Business Magazine article: Esperanza: A diamond unlike any other

Krandall Diamond

Weighing in at 40 carat, this golden yellow, cushion-shaped diamond belonged to Sidney Krandall. At the time, it was an unusual shape for a cushion shape with 114 facets (56 on the girdle). We come a long way since then. Our Sirius Star® Cushion features 116 inclined facets! Mr. Krandall’s father originally purchased the diamond around 1934 […]

The Pam Brilliant

The 56.6 carat Pam Brilliant was cut from a piece of rough weighing around 115 carat, found at the famous Jagersfontein Mine in South Africa in 1891. It attracted the attention of Queen Victoria, who requested is shown to her at Osborne House. The Queen started negotiating to buy the diamond for the Duke of Clarence […]

The Winston Diamond

When Lillian Ross profiled Harry Winston in  The New Yorker in 1954- this is the stone being described. It was cut from a 154.5 carat rock found in 1951 at the Jagersfontein Mine in South Africa in 1951. Harry Winston bough it in London in 1953 for a very affordable $230k. It was cut into […]

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 […]

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 […]

De Beers

Shortly after the formation of De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited in March 1888, a huge light yellow octahedral crystal was found in the De Beers Mine. The gem, named the “De Beers Diamond” weighed an astonishing 428.50 (old) carat (old carats being the pre-1913 non-metric carat) and measured 47.6 mm through its longest axis and […]

Begum Blue

The “Begum Blue” diamond (seen here set in Princess Salima Aga Khan’s necklace)  is a 13.78 carat, fancy deep blue, heart-shaped diamond of unknown clarity. The “Begum Blue” diamond was the property of Princess Salima Aga Khan (formerly Sarah Croker Poole), the wife of His Royal Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV. The wife of the […]

The Shah Jahan

The Shah Jahan is table-cut or taviz diamond weighing 56.71 carat. It is one of several legendary diamonds that have been credited as a match for the Great Table Diamond first viewed and recorded by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier at Golconda in 1642 (though some claim this may be an error). Shah Jahan was the emperor of […]

France. The army. The head of the army. Josephine.

“I am going to bed with my heart full of your adorable image… I cannot wait to give you proofs of my ardent love… To live within Josephine is to live in the Elysian fields. Kisses on your mouth, your eyes, your breast, everywhere, everywhere.” – Napoleon Bonaparte The simple diamond and sapphire engagement ring that […]

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