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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 Steinmetz Sirius

The Steinmetz Sirius (not to be confused with Sirius Star®…the world’s brightest diamond®) is a 103.83 carat D IF cushion shaped diamond mined from the legendary Premier mine in South Africa. This legendary cushion shaped stone is claimed to be one of the largest D colored, internally flawless diamonds to ever appear at auction and is only […]

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 Iranian Yellows

The Iranian Yellows is a collection of diamonds that were acquired by Nasseridin Shah on a trip to Europe in 1889. These yellow diamonds are all South African in origin, and considering the year the diamonds were purchased, may have originated in the highly productive De Beers or Kimberley mines, that started production in the […]

The Blue Lili

The fancy intense blue cushion-shaped, 30.06 carat Blue Lili diamond was cut by the William Goldberg, founder and former president of the William Goldberg Corporation. According to William Goldberg website, as he was shaping the stone, its intense blue color and fiery character reminded him of his wife, hence, he decided to name the processed […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Victoria-Transvaal

  Transvaal is not a name you hear very often these days. It used to be known as the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (South African Republic) and after Cecil John Rhodes’  Anglo Boer War, it become the Transvaal Colony for about a decade and when the Union was established, it become known as the Transvaal Province. More recently, […]

A Golden Jubilee

The Golden Jubilee Diamond is currently the largest cut diamond in the world. It was found in 1985 as a rough stone of 755.5 carat in the Premier mine, South Africa – one of the most famous diamond mines in the world operated by De Beers. The stone was cut into a 545.67 carat and […]

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