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Flawless 100ct

Idex Online  is reporting that a pear-shaped, D color, flawless diamond weighing 101.73 carat is likely to be the highlight of Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva on May 15. We think it will be. The sale will feature more than 300 lots which are estimated to sell for a total of around $65 million. […]

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 […]

Flawless, absolutely flawless

On 15 May 2013 Christie’s will have the privilege of presenting at auction in Geneva an extraordinary pear-shaped perfect diamond weighing 101.73 carats. Offered for sale for the very first time, this sensational gemstone is not only one of the largest pear-shaped diamonds known to date, it is also one of the world’s most perfect […]

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 […]

Mouawad Mondera

The Mouawad Mondera is a 60.19 carat D Flawless pear shape The stone was set as the center of a bra, pictured below, modeled by Karolina Kurkova. The green and pink floral pattern is actually emeralds and rubies and the total caratweight of the piece is about 320 carat. Not much is known about the […]

Le Grand Condé

Sometimes called the Condé Pink or Le Grand Condé, this 9.01 carat light pink pear-shaped stone is one of the most unusual of the legendary diamonds in the world. History or legend claim that agents of Louis XIII are said to have bought the stone in 1643 after which the King presented it to Louis […]

It’s a kind of Blue Magic…

The Blue Magic is a pear-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond weighing 12.02 carat. It was graded by the GIA in 2004. The name “Blue Magic” for the diamond seems to emphasize the rare fancy vivid blue color of this unique diamond. The phenomenon of blue diamonds is an extremely rare occurrence in nature; on top […]

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, […]

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, […]

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