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Royal Purple Heart

The Royal Purple Heart Diamond is the largest fancy vivid purple diamond known to exist, weighing 7.34 carat and estimated to be an I1 clarity. The rough stone was cut into its perfect heart shape by Julius Klein, allowing the striking natural purple color to dazzle to maximum effect. Natural purple diamonds are among the […]

Porges

The Porges Diamond is a fancy yellow, SI1 diamond weighing 78.53 carat and was bought by Harry Winston in 1962 who named it, as a tribute to the French diamond mining pioneer, Jules Porges. The diamond is most probably of South African origin, but any other details are lacking. By the time diamonds were discovered […]

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 […]

‘Allo ‘allo Alrosa….

Russian mining behemoth Alrosa has recovered a 145.44 carat diamond from the Yubileynaya Diamond Pipe. The octahedron-shaped diamond is transparent with a yellow hue. According to Alrosa’s diamond sorting center, the stone could be valued at up to $1 million at auction. The diamond’s dimensions are 35mm x 20mm x 26 mm. There are small […]

La Favorite

The La Favorite, was a 50.15 carat D VVS2, with the potential for being flawless if it were to be slightly re-cut. It is set in a ring by Bulgari. The origin of the name La Favorite is shrouded in mystery just as much as the early history of the diamond itself. The name perhaps […]

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 Queen of Holland

There are various different opinions concerning the history of this 135.92 carat cushion shape diamond. It owes its impressive size to an owner whose blessed foresight – or perhaps stubbornness – to ignore professional advice allowed the stone to fulfill its destiny as one large diamond instead of being cut into two smaller ones. The […]

Critical Cuts

  Great article by Diana Jarrett in this month’s issue of Jewellery Business Magazine. Read the article here -> Jewellery Business February 2013

The Indore Pears

The Indore Pears were two almost identical, E VVS2 pear-shaped diamonds, originally weighing 46.95 carat and 46.70 carat respectively (Harry Winston re-cut them to 46.39 and 44.14 carat- more about that later). They were set as a pair of earrings, belonging to the Maharajah of Indore and worn by his Queen consort the Maharani. The early history […]

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