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Monthly Archives: November 2012

  • Most Expensive Diamonds ~ No.4 ~ The Hope Diamond

    Now we're getting really serious.  Above is a photograph of the     Hope Diamond, also known as The Bleu de France. (The Blue of France) or the Bijou de Roi (The Jewel of the King).  This stunning gem is valued at 300 million dollars and is a large deep blue diamond kept at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington D C.

    The exquisite blue colour is caused by boron captured within the crystal.  When placed under an ultra violet light, the gem will shine red with phosphoresence.

    As lovely as this diamond is, it apparently comes with a curse, so think twice before raiding your bank account!

    The stone has 42.52 carats and weighs 9.10 grams.  Having travelled the world from India to France, then to Great Britain and the USA it is often called the most famous diamond in the world.

    At My Diamonds we hold in our stunning diamond collection this superb sapphire and diamond ring which would be timeless as an engagement ring, or perfection as a Christmas gift.

    Diana 100 - Beautiful Ceylon Blue Sapphire and Diamond Ring

    It is the stuff of dreams. A beautiful young girl, a handsome prince and that stunning engagement ring. Beautiful 1.0 carat Ceylon Blue Sapphire surrounded by 12 white diamonds. Total diamond weight 0.60 carats.
    Centre diamond: 1.00ct (Ceylon Blue Sapphire)
    Number of Diamonds: 12
    Side Diamonds: 0.60 carats (G colour, VS clarity)
    Total diamond weight: 0.60 carats
    Delivery: 6 weeks

  • Most Expensive Diamonds ~ No. 5 ~ De Beers Centenary Diamond

    The De Beers Centenary Diamond has a colour grade D, making it a diamond with the highest level of colour grading - colourless and flawless on the interior and exterior.    The De Beers Centenary Diamond is No. 5 on our list of most expensive diamonds, and worth a staggering $100 million dollars.

    The diamond has 273.85 carat and weighs 54.77 grams making it the third largest diamond ever discovered at the Premier Diamond mine.  It was introduced in May 1991 and was cut with an amazing 247 facets, giving it the scintillating look you see above.

    Colourless diamonds are rare - coveted because they reflect light from around them.

    It is named the Centenary Diamond as it was presented in the rough for the Centennial Celebration of De Beers Consolidated Mines on May 11, 1988.

    My Diamonds are currently showcasing their Christmas Collection.   Don't miss it!

  • Most Expensive Diamonds ~ No. 6 ~ The Steinmetz Pink

    Who wouldn't covet a beauty such as this; the Steinmetz Pink is as romantic as it is exquisite.  At No. 6 in our countdown of most expensive diamonds, it is worth a staggering 25 million dollars.  Yes, that's $25 million.

    It is believed that the Steinmetz Pink Diamond was found in a South African Diamond mine, and considered to be one of the rarest diamonds in the world because of its flawless clarity and vivid characteristics.

    The Steinmetz Pink weighs a hefty 11.92 grams at 59.60 carats.

    Considered as the finest Fancy colour pink diamond  in the world, it was first revealed to the world in Monaco in 2003.  This fabulous gem was unveiled at the Smithsonians, 'The Splendour of Diamonds' Exhibit, modelled by Jenna Elfman.

    At My Diamonds we source many fancy pink and coloured diamonds, and in our exquisite diamond engagement ring and diamond ring gift collection we also have a stunning, artisan crafted ring that includes a superb pink diamond.  See below to be dazzled:~

    ANAIS - ARGYLE PINK DIAMOND RING TOTAL 3.78 CARATS ~ $59,990

    Original beauty, forever rare.  A beautifully proportioned centre GIA certified 2.00 carat round brilliant cut diamond, perfectly highlighted by a pair of pear shaped side diamonds.  The highlight of this diamond ring is the rare argyle pink diamonds set to the side of the setting.  All diamonds are painstakingly matched for cut type, proportions and colour. Platinum setting and band.

     

    Centre diamond: 2.00ct Round (GIA Certified)
    Argyle Pink Diamond:
     0.10ct Round
    Number of Diamonds
    : 13
    Side White Diamonds:
     1.68 carats (G colour, VS clarity)
    Total diamond weight: 3.78 carats
    Delivery: 4 weeks

    Make her Christmas one to remember with a diamond ring from

    MY DIAMONDS


  • Most Expensive Diamonds ~ No. 7 ~ The Wittelsbach - Graff Diamond

    Seventh on this list of most expensive diamonds is The Wittelsbach - Graff Diamond, worth $23.4 million.

    Again, this is a fancy deep blue diamond with an internally flawless grading.  Well, you'd expect at least that for over $23 million.

    This stunning diamond is thought to originate from the mines of the former Indian kingdom of Golkonda - exotic indeed.

    The diamond is also know as Der Blaue Wittelsbacher and weighs 7.11 grams and 35.56 carats.

    The diamond was purchased by Laurence Graff, a London based jeweller, from a diamond sale at Christies in London, United Kingdom.

  • Most Expensive Diamonds ~ The Heart of Eternity ~ No.8

    Worth $16,000,000, THE HEART OF ETERNITY is No. 8 on the list of most expensive diamonds.  This superb diamond is just as its name denotes - a heart shaped Fancy Vivid Blue diamond which weighs 5.528 grams and 27.64 carats as graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

    A fabulous and romantic diamond as one would expect, the Heart of Eternity was cut by the Steinmetz Group who owned the diamond before selling to the De Beers Group.

    Some diamonds are just meant to be more exquisite than others and the Heart of Eternity is just that.  It is reported to have been found in the Premier Diamond Mine of South Africa.

    This particular type of Blue diamond (known as Type11b) account for less than 0.1% of Fancy coloured diamonds sourced from the Premier Mine, the only mine in the world known for producing a noteable source of blue diamonds.

    The Heart of Eternity is part of De Beers Millennium Jewels collection.  This collection also includes the Millennium Star.  This spectacular collection of blue diamonds totals 118 carats (23.6g) and was displayed at The Millenium Dome in London in the UK.

    On the 7th November 2000, an attempt was made to steal the collection.  Happily this was foiled.  Rumour has it that the Heart of Eternity was sold to a private collector after being exhibited at the Millenium Dome.

     

     

  • THE MOUSSAIEF RED DIAMOND No.9 of the Top Ten

    The Moussaief Red Diamond was discovered in 1990 by a Brazilian farmer.  It was found in the Abaetezinho River which runs through a region known as Alto Paranaiba.  This region is well known as a source of large fancy coloured diamonds.  When found the rough stone weighed 13.9 carats.

    The William Goldberg Diamond Corporation purchased and cut the diamond which was then known as The Red Shield.  The cut diamond now measures 5.11 carats and is a triangular brilliant cut diamond, sometimes referred to as a trilliant cut.  It is rated in colour as a Fancy Red by GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and is the world's largest known red diamond.

    Between 2001 and 2002, the diamond was purchased by Shlomo Moussaief, and Israeli born jewellery dealer in London and currently owned by Moussaief Jewellers Limited.

  • Top Ten Most Expensive Diamonds - No. 10 'The Allnatt Diamond'

    Today, we start our count down of the world's top ten most expensive diamonds.  Women love diamonds - fact.  And diamonds are ageless.  It doesn't matter whether you're a young woman just about to choose your precious diamond engagement ring, or a mature lady who has collected diamond jewellery - engagement ring, diamond wedding band, diamond earrings and diamond pendents over the years.  Diamonds are still the gem of choice for most of us - and why wouldn't they be?

    Diamonds have been chosen to represent love for centuries, but we mustn't forget that they're also a top investment.  Only recently, the news is that the value of diamonds will increase rapidly over the next few years, so diamonds are truly a 'beautiful investment.'

    Here is Number 10 in our top ten most expensive diamonds in the world - the Allnatt Diamond worth $3 million.

    This superb cushion cut diamond is known as the Allnatt Diamond.  a vivid yellow fancy coloured diamond, it weighs 20.258 grams with 101.29 carats.

    Some believe this stunning diamond was discovered in the De Beers Premier Diamond Mine and purchased by a Major Alfred Ernest Allnatt - a sportsman, art patron and benefactor.  The diamond was resold in 1996 by Christie's in Geneva for $3,043,496.

    After being sold to the SIBA Corporation, the diamond was cut to its current weight, intensifying its vivid colour.

    The Allnatt was displayed as part of the Smithsonian's                     "The Splendour of Diamonds" exhibit.

    Next time:~ The Moussaieff Red Diamond

  • Alleged Diamond Theft at Zimbabwe's Marange Diamond Fields

    The BBC News Africa has reported that £1.25 billion of diamonds has been stolen from Zimbabwe.  This has been alleged by Partnership Africa Canada, known as PACS.

    The PAC report states that it was the largest diamond theft ever documented, benefiting criminals and international gem dealers.        A Zimbabwean mining official has stated that the allegations is 'totally false'.

    The industry's global watchdog body, the Kimberley Process, lifted a ban on Zimbabwean diamond sales in 2011, with the backing of the US and European Union.

    The Zimbabwean finance minister, Tendai Biti, said that $600 million dollars in revenue from diamond mining had been expected this year, but only 46 million dollars had materialized.

    The head of of the state-run Zimbabwe Mining Development Company, Goodwills Masimirembwa claims that the PAC's allegations were "totally false".  He is quoted as saying, "No diamonds have ever gone missing."

    At My Diamonds we are staunchly behind the Kimberley Process, which oversees the mining and selling the world's diamonds, encouraging transparency in all transactions.  We source high quality diamonds from legitimate providers, meaning that we know exactly where our diamonds come from.  Please read our article on blood diamonds on www.mydiamonds.com.au.

  • Diamond Portfolio Sale in Singapore ~ Diamonds A Solid Investment

    Marilyn Monroe sang, 'Diamonds are a girls best friend' and it would seem that she was absolutely right all those years ago.  The value of diamonds is set to rocket if you believe Shlomo Tidhar, the CEO of SDX, the Singapore Diamond Exchange. It has been reported on the BBC'S Asia Business Report that diamonds are a solid investment. They say:~

    "Throughout the world, diamonds are widely recognised as symbols of distinguished status. As global economies evolve and portfolios diversify, these precious gems have come to be considered as an alternative investment asset class.

    In the past decade, polished diamonds have witnessed growing consumer demand, predominantly from China, India and Russia. At the same time, global rough diamond supplies are contracting. These two opposing forces are leading to continued long-term price increases of diamonds of all sizes.

    At Singapore Diamond Exchange, we have developed a uniquely different approach to helping you source and manage these precious assets. Drawing on our collective expertise and strategic alliances, we offer a unique opportunity to invest in diamonds at wholesale prices as an alternative investment asset class for medium to long-term periods."

    All of this will be fantastic news for those of us who have always considered diamonds to be a real investment.  Many diamond portfolios are being sold due to the downturn and although recently the price of a diamond has decreased, there is a sign that diamond prices will hold their own and indeed, increase in price.

    At My Diamonds we have always held the view that the diamond is the most beautiful and unique investment you can buy.  But a diamond should not just be seen as an investment.  We carry a scintillating, breath taking collection of diamonds, either loose diamonds to be made in to stunning engagement rings, or in pre-designed jewellery, crafted by our in-house artisan jeweller.  By all means purchase diamonds as an investment, but for wedding rings, wedding bands, diamond engagement rings and diamond gifts, they are very difficult to beat.  Their sparkle and flash of brilliance will remind you just how beautiful they really are.  A diamond says 'forever'.

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