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$8 for a 1-in-a-billion diamond?

Over the centuries, dozens of extraordinary diamonds have been uncovered in India, South Africa and other countries known for producing diamonds. There have even been a few from the United State of America. Some 32,000 diamonds have been discovered at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas since 1972 when it was opened to […]

3 AGS Birthstones for June

If you’re celebrating a birthday, you’re have choice of three birthstones to choose from. Pearl Historically, pearls have been used as an adornment for centuries.  They were one of the favorite gem materials of the Roman Empire; later in Tudor England, the 1500’s were known as the pearl age.  Pearls are unique as they are the only gems […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aquamarine.

The second birthstone for the month of March is aquamarine. The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.  This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage.  The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.  Its […]

Getting blood from a stone…

Ever wondered where the expression comes from? The expression was first recorded in Giovanni Torriano’s Second Alphabet, 1662: “To go about to fetch blood out of stones, viz. to attempt what is impossible.” Well, we think it was inspired by one of our birthstones. March has 2 birth birthstones: aquamarine and blood stone. The latter is a dark-green […]

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