World’s Largest Blue Diamond

The world’s largest blue diamond will be put up for auction at Christie’s in Geneva in Geneva next month. Expected price in the $25 million range. “The Blue”, is a pear-shape weighing 13.22 carats. It is described by Christie’s as “the largest fancy vivid blue diamond in the...

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City of Antwerp and AWDC Launch ‘Antwerp’s Most Brilliant’ Quality Label

(IDEX Online News) – The City of Antwerp and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) have come together to launch the ‘Antwerp’s most brilliant’ quality label for jewelers. Jewelers in the city will only be awarded the label if they meet 32 strict quality requirements, indicating they live up to Antwerp’s reputation as a diamond center of excellence. The requirements relate to the jewelers’ compliance with standards of sustainability, safety, ethics, transparency, service and company stability. They must also comply with Belgian economic, social and tax legislation. An Antwerp jeweler can only obtain certification after an independent audit by Kiwa, an accredited audit and inspection organization, which will visit every jeweler annually to check...

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Panama Prepares to Celebrate Opening Its Gem, Jewelry Center in March

Jan 28, 2014 4:27 PM By Panama Diamond Exchange Press Release: Panama’s President Ricardo Martinelli will be the guest of honor at the launch of the Panama Gem & Jewelry Center in Panama in March. He will join leaders of the international and Latin American diamond, jewelry and precious stones industries, who will gather in Panama City on March 17 and 18. It will be the first dedicated facility for the diamond, jewelry and colored stones trades in the region that includes South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Anchoring the new center will be the Panama Diamond Exchange (PDE), which was established as the first and only diamond bourse in all of...

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Rare 29.6 carat blue diamond found in South African mine

LONDON – A 29.6 carat blue diamond, one of the rarest and most coveted in the world with a possible price tag of tens of millions of dollars, has been discovered at a South African mine by Petra Diamonds. The miner said the “exceptional” acorn-sized diamond, small enough to fit into the palm of a hand, was unearthed at the Cullinan mine near Pretoria. The mine, owned by the firm since 2008, was also where the Cullinan Diamond was found in 1905 – described as the largest rough gem diamond ever recovered and weighing 3,106 carats. Other notable diamonds found in the mine include a 25.5 carat Cullinan blue diamond, found in 2013 and...

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The Hope Diamond Was Once a Symbol for Louis XIV, the Sun King

New research indicates that the stone was once specially cut to produce an image of a sun when mounted on a gold background Every day, thousands of visitors to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum crowd around a glass case on the second floor to gaze at the Hope Diamond, one of the world’s most famous jewels. It’s been the subject of dozens of books, documentaries and scientific inquiries, partly due to persisting legends that it’s cursed. Despite all this attention, though, it seems that the inch-wide, 45.52-carat diamond still conceals secrets waiting to be uncovered. One of these secrets was recently discovered by François Farges, a professor of mineralogy at the National d’Histoire Naturelle...

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Purple Reign: the return of amethyst

Sidelined for centuries, amethyst is making a rightful return to the forefront of fine jewellery, says Maria Doulton. There is something deeply alluring about the glossy purple depths of amethyst. And it’s not just me being whimsical. In ancient times amethyst was so rare that it was right up there with diamond, emerald and ruby. The Ancient Greeks optimistically believed amethyst could protect from drunkenness, hence its name derived from amethusos, which roughly means sober. Unfortunately, these qualities have neither stood the test of time nor science, but it does explain why the Greeks carved drinking cups out of amethyst. Imagine a wine glass that prevented you from getting tipsy. If only. The fate...

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