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Brazilian Diamond

Abadia do Dourados

Little is know about the Abadia do Dourados diamond which was found in the Minas Gerais, Brazil in the mid-1940’s. This light brown diamond weighed around 104 carat. Minas Gerais was formed mainly by colonists who searched for veins of gold (discovered 1693) and gems, and later diamonds which come from the naturally occurring itacolumite rock that can be found in great […]

Gem among gems…

  It remains the largest diamond cut in Canada- this “gem among gems” as claimed by the Vancouver Sun at the time, was cut by my father, Mike Botha in 1998- the year Master Diamond Cutters was first established in Canada. Those of you who have had the privilege of hearing the story about the […]

Supreme Purple Star

Not much is know about this diamond that surfaced in London around 2002.It is believed to weigh somewhere between 2-5 carat and according to reports it was graded by the BGI (British Gemological Institute) with a color ranging from deep purple to a deep to vivid purplish red (cranberry), and according to the only picture available, it […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aurora Butterfly of Peace

The Aurora Butterfly of Peace diamond collection is an artwork consisting of 240 natural, fancy colored diamonds weighing a combined total of 167 carat. This butterfly-shaped diamond mosaic was created over a period of twelve years by Alan Bronstein and Harry Rodman. The diamonds were collected and assembled one stone at a time. The Aurora […]

Empress Eugénie

The Empress Eugénie Diamond is 52 carat antique pear-shaped brilliant with an odd, random facet pattern. Believed to be of Brazilian origin, this much traveled diamond has not only changed hands many times, it’s also one of the few diamonds to successfully change its name. Its history is that familiar tale of royal ownership highlighted […]

Mined in Brazil: The Portuguese Diamond

The Portuguese Diamond is an unusual octagonal-cut diamond known for its flawless clarity. It weighs 127.01 carat and is regarded as one of the world’s most magnificent diamond gems. The Portuguese Diamond gives out a strong fluorescence under ultraviolet light. Under daylight or artificial light, the diamond gives out a soft fluorescence and a beautiful […]

Olá lá! Estrela do Sul…

The Star of the South, also known as Estrela do Sul, is a diamond found in Brazil in 1853. The diamond was cut into a cushion shape and weighs 128.48 carat. The Star of the South is graded as a type IIa diamond, with a colour grading of fancy light pinkish-brown and a clarity of […]

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