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Tag Archives: Diamonds

Famous Black Diamonds

The Spirit of de Grisogono

At any size or shape, black diamonds are found once in a blue moon, and The Spirit of de Grisogono is the world’s largest cut black diamond. The diamond was originally found in West Central Africa at an astonishing weight of 587 carats before being exported to Switzerland and taken to the Swiss jeweller de Grisogono, owned by the renowned ‘Father of the Black Diamond’, Fawaz Gruoni. It took Gruoni 3 years to cut the diamond down to a weight of 312.24 carats. The black diamond is now set into a ring containing 702 smaller white diamonds on a large mount of white gold which has inspired many black diamond engagement ring designs today.

The Amsterdam Black Diamond

Some coloured diamonds are known for their carats, others for their iconic shaped cut, but the Amsterdam Diamond is known for its intrinsic high quality. The Amsterdam Black Diamond was found in 1972 by D. Drukker and Sons Jeweller Company, based in Amsterdam, at a mine in Africa. The stone’s unusually pure black colour is caused by the presence of small graphite particles within the lattice. The diffusions within the feathers are similar to the mechanisms observed in storm clouds. The gem is officially classified as fancy black, natural by the Gemmological Institute of America, and is regarded as one of the highest quality diamonds in history.

The Black Orlov

The Black Orlov is believed by many to have been discovered in the early 19th century in a mine in India. It was then cut down to a more circular shape and to a weight of 67.50 carats. The diamond’s mythological origins state that it was one of the eyes of the Hindu god Brahma in ancient Pondicherry, the ‘French Riviera of the East,’ until it was stolen by a monk. According to the story, this act of thievery caused the diamond to be cursed forever.

Even stranger than the spiritual beliefs connected to the Black Orlov are the stories and legends surrounding it that can be found in recorded history. In 1932, a diamond dealer named J.W. Paris took the diamond from India to the United States, and was soon after reported to have leapt to his death from a skyscraper in New York City. In 1947, two Russian princesses fell victim to the same fate, Leonila Galatsine Bariatinsky and Nadia Vygin Orlov (who gave the Orlov its name), allegedly committed suicide, in the same way, within a month of each other.

The Korloff Noir Diamond

The Korloff Noir diamond is at the other end of the superstition scale. It is also a stone of impressive size at 421 carats, but its true claim to fame is the luck and good fortune it seems to bring to all who touch it. Notables such as Pete Sampras, Gary Kasparov and Alexei Yagudin have all given a little bit of credit to this gem for their personal successes after touching it.

Colored Diamonds

Diamonds are one of the purest forms of carbon, crystallized more than a 100 km beneath the earth’s surface for centuries. They grow under tremendous heat and must be transported to the earth’s surface in less than an hour or two by volcanic activity. In a way, diamonds are snap-frozen. If the journey is too long, the stone may return to its graphite form or carbonaceous gas.

Other atoms, sometimes, get trapped in a diamond during its violent journey to the surface. Nitrogen is the most common and even the tiniest amount causes absorption of blue light that lends the diamond its yellow color. The Argyle diamond, mined in Australia, is an exception because it is actually very pure. The cause of the signature pink color is a work of nature which means more inclusions from other sources than other types of diamonds.

Champagne

These are brownish or champagne colored stones that adore a variety of diamond changeable pendants set. They are also one of the most affordable varieties, costing a third of the price of a white diamond. The lighter champagne diamonds are more popular as they sparkle more. The intense colored ones are also popular because they are unusual. So demand and supply of such diamonds are balanced.

Blue

The naturally occurring blue diamond has a light bluish-grey tint. It is more “steely” colored than sapphire. The Hope Diamond, of course, is the most famous among its peers. It’s steeped in legends of ghastly deaths that befell its owners from guillotining in the French Revolution to the suicide of a Wall Street broker in 1930.

Green

These stones get their shade when they come in contact with radioactive materials like uranium. The radiation stains the diamond’s exterior. The cutter has to be careful not to shave off too much of the surface. A laboratory analysis is required to confirm that the radiation was natural. Buyers beware of your diamond changeable pendants set.

Orange and yellow

Fancy colored diamond changeable pendants set should have more color than Z according to the GIA D-Z grading scale. Yellow diamonds come in a range of shades ranging from amber to greenish yellow. The price is similar to white diamonds and the price increases with the color intensity.

Mouawad Diamonds

The Mouawad family has been in the jewellery business since the 1890s and Robert was the catalyst behind its successful expansion from Saudi Arabia to Europe, Asia and North America. Currently the existing company is based in Geneva and has been responsible for the purchase of many notable diamonds since its establishment in the 1970s.

In 1990 Mouawad purchased a 101.84 carat diamond at Sotheby’s for $12.76 million. ‘The Mouawad Splendour’, as it has come to be known, made it to the Guinness World Book of Records at the time for being the most expensive single pear-shaped diamond. This stunning diamond was also featured on Victoria’s Secret Fantasy bra in 2005. The Mouawad jewellery company has personally designed a number of these multi-million dollar Fantasy bras for the fashion company and many have showcased magnificent diamonds from the Mouawad collection.

Other purchases have included the 135.92 carat Queen of Holland diamond originally owned by Elizabeth Taylor. Mr Mouawad once commented that, “Each diamond is unique and has personality traits, some more appealing than others. The whiteness or fancy colour, the size, the clarity, the cut, and the immortal character, are all factors that contribute to the overall beauty of a stone. But it is the human touch that unveils its beauty. In its rough state it hides its true potential value. Also, the true historical value of a gem, from its formation to its birth on the earth’s surface, and the many lives it has affected, are all intangibles that add to its mystique”.

Mouawad has featured frequently in the Guinness Book of World Records and most recently with the award for the world’s most valuable necklace. The ‘Mouawad L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace’ is valued at $55 million and features the world’s largest internally flawless diamond. This stunning diamond, known as the Incomparable diamond, is an amazing 407.48 carats.

The Mouawad family’s stunning diamond collection is simply one-of-a-kind. Although their primary interest is their jewellery business they also recognize the value and need for sharing these gems with the world. In 2001 the family was instrumental in assembling the largest diamond exhibition in the world, held in Paris and simply titled ‘Diamonds’. The unprecedented exhibition showcased period jewellery, world famous stones and centuries of history, and was launched with a star-studded party attended by celebrities, dignitaries and Jacques Chirac, the President of France at the time.

It could be claimed that the Mouawad family are the ambassadors of diamonds for the world. Their successful business model has been fuelled by their love and passion for the stunning diamond and the artistic excellence and craftsmanship behind the designs. They have strived to bring the beauty of diamonds to the world at large and have certainly made quite a profit along the way.

Unique Birthday Gift Ideas

Diamonds

Every woman expects her spouse or partner to gift her diamond at least once in lifetime. So if you have not gifted a diamond accessory to your ladylove yet, her birthday would be the ideal day to do that. However, if you think a colorless diamond would be an expensive deal, you can always pick cognac diamonds. They are fancy and very much in trend. Cognac diamonds are also known as chocolate diamonds and are well-admired for making beautiful setting in a variety of metals.

Foot massager

A foot massager makes quite a lot of sense for a woman who is on her feet all day. It is an awesome way to show that you care for her a lot. Some foot massagers give a spa-like treatment whereas some of them allow you to slip your feet inside like comfy slippers.

DIY gift basket

Now this is going to be a task. You know women and their undying penchant for chocolates and candies. So collect all her favorite chocolates, cakes, and candies from a candy shop where she frequents and put them in a very cute gift basket. If she has a sweet tooth, she is going to love this awesome present. Do not forget to include a chit having a special message inside it to the gift basket.

A gift certificate

Not sure what gift to give? Well, a gift certificate is something that can help you in this tricky situation. It is not only a unique gift idea, but also the best way to let your partner buy anything of her choice from one of her favorite stores. Gift certificates are issued by many retailers these days and are also well-admired by most of the women in the world.