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Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • The Crown Jewels of Great Britain and the Commonwealth

    Every year millions of visitors visit the Tower of London in the United Kingdom, guarded by Yeoman Warders ('Beefeaters') to see the spectacular display of The Crown Jewels, which are part of the Royal Collection.

    Since the early 14th Century,The Jewel House at the Tower has been used for the secure storage of the precious ceremonial objects, the Crown Jewels.  Previously,Westminster Abbey was the chosen place of storage of these priceless and historic pieces, but the Abbey was found to be unsafe. In 1671, a Colonel Blood attempted to steal the Crown Jewels, as did others over the centuries, yet none succeeded.  The current display of the Crown Jewels was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1994.

    The very essence of the Crown Jewels display are symbolic and ceremonial objects, very much at the heart of the coronations of English Kings and Queens. They include the crowns of Sovereigns, Consorts and Princes of Wales, both past and present, sceptres, orbs, rings, swords, spurs, bracelets and robes, all of which have a specific part to play in the ritual of the English coronation service and are know as the Regalia. The modern day British monarchy still use much of the Regalia in ceremonies, something which many of their European counterparts do not continue.

     

    Princess of Wales' engagement ring, now worn by Kate Middleton and known globally.

    The tiara worn by Kate Middleton on the occasion of her marriage to Prince William.  More about the Queens personal diamond jewellery collection in our next post.

  • MY Diamonds presents favourite jewellery from Royal Families Around the World

    Bearing in mind we have a new Prince of Cambridge we thought it would be a good idea to begin this segment of posts with The Cambridge Emeralds.

    Surprisingly, the tiara was won in a charity lottery in 1818 by Queen Mary's grandmother, Augusta, the then Duchess of Cambridge.

     

    The Vladimir Circle Tiara was adapted with fifteen emerald drops.Other pieces in the collection included two emerald drop brooches.

     

    The "Cambridge and Delhi Dunbar Parure"  refers to a complete suite of emerald jewelry, which also included an emerald and diamond tiara. The suite now belongs to the personal jewelry collection of Queen Elizabeth II, which she inherited from her grandmother Queen Mary, the Queen consort of King George V. The "Cambridge and Delhi Dunbar Parure" was designed and crafted by the crown jewellers, in anticipation of the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary on June 22, 1911, and their subsequent proclamation as the Emperor and Empress of India, at a special Durbar organized for this purpose in Delhi, on December 12, 1911.

    The name Cambridge was derived from the Duke of Cambridge, Adolphus, the seventh son of King George III, who together with his wife Princess Augusta of Hesse, were the original owners of the magnificent emeralds that were incorporated in different pieces of the "parure". At least two of the pieces in the "parure", an emerald necklace and an emerald brooch were presented by the wives of the Maharajah's of India, the Maharanis, including the Maharani of Patiala. Thus the name "Delhi Dunbar Parure" seem to have been inspired for two reasons, one, the parure being specially designed and executed  in anticipation of the Delhi Durbar and two, some of the pieces in the parure were received as gifts by Queen Mary during the durbar.

  • THE HISTORY OF DIAMONDS

    Diamonds are much treasured and have a very important place in the gemological history of the world.  Battles have been fought over them, human beings have killed and died for them.  They have been used as love tokens for centuries, and as a method of exquisite adornment.

    The word 'diamond' is derived from the Ancient Greek word 'adamas' meaning unalterable and unbreakable.  The very first diamonds were discovered as alluvial deposits in India, along the Godovari, Penner and Kirisha ivers.  It is possible that diamonds have been accessible in India for up to 6000 years.  The formation of a diamond deep within the earth requires very specific conditions - exposure of materials containing carbon to extremely high pressure and at considerable depth.

    Diamonds as Adornment                                                                                    The use of diamonds as gems for adornment dates back to antiquity.  The 20th Century has seen a raised interest in this fabulous mineral, primarily because of it's expensive appearance when set in precious metals.  The diamonds characteristics mean that the dispersal of white light throughout the stone results in scintillation and spectacular colours.  No other gem can display these characteristics in this way.

    Experts in gemology have now devised a method of grading diamonds using certain comparable characteristics.  The four most important ones are knows as the 4Cs, which stands for cut, colour, clarity and carat.

    These grading methods are carried out by globally recognised laboratories such as GIA and HRD.  It is recognised that the diamond is the hardest substance known to man.  Because of this characteristic,it is particularly suited to use as gemstones.  Many engagement rings or wedding rings must stand up to daily use and all the wear and tear that brings.

    Coloured Diamonds                                                                                           Although our first thought of colour when considering a diamond will probably be white or clear, there are beautiful ranges of fancy coloured diamonds.  These begin at the yellow, pink and red spectrum, through blue and green, purple, brown and the very popular and fashionable black.  These colours are caused by impurities within the stone - nitrogen for yellow and brown, boron for blue, and for black, carbon inclusions.

    Blood Diamonds                                                                                               Over time, these precious gems have unfortunately been bought and sold to raise funds to finance wars.  In areas of Africa it has been documented that some military factions have taken over complete mines and forced the workers there to continue supplying them with diamonds, so that they can be sold on the black market.  The money raised is then used to purchase weapons and fund military coups.

    A Rising Star in the Diamond Firmament                                                       When choosing your diamond for your engagement ring, you should ensure that you purchase it from a reputable diamond retailer/wholesaler such as MY Diamonds.  Call them now on 1300 66 55 20 and speak with a professional diamond specialist for the diamond of your dreams.

  • Carole and Michael Middleton visit their new grandson

    Carole and Michael Middleton visited their daughter, the Duchess of Cambridge today, their first visit to see their new grandson.

    The Middletons arrived in a black cab and were greeted by St. Mary's Hospital's lead clinician, Jonathan Ramsey, before being led inside to the Lindo Wing.

    The Duke and Duchess had earlier thanked hospital staff for the 'tremendous' care they received during Kate's labour.  It is not known when the couple will leave the hospital with their new son, although memories of Princess Diana holding Prince William as she came down the steps of the hospital where she too gave birth, come flooding back.

    The Prince of Wales said he is 'delighted and thrilled' at being a grandparent at last.

    The Duke and Duchess have yet to announce the name of the new Prince, but popular thoughts are on James, George or Henry.

  • The Commonwealth has a new Prince!

    Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a son.  She and her husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge are said to be thrilled.

    The very modern couple used the internet and a string of tweets to announce the birth of their son in a last minute change of plan.  Traditionally, the news of a royal birth has been announced by a declaration on a notice board fixed the railings of Buckingham Palace, but just before the news was due to be posted, the couple released the news via the internet.

    An easel was used to post the news in the grounds of the palace as opposed to the notice board for fear of the notice going missing (a sign of the times, no doubt).  By the time the declaration was posted, the whole world knew about the event.

    The news was announced at 8.29 pm, although the birth actually took place at 4.24 pm.  This was to give the couple private time to be with their son.

    My Diamonds would like to add their congratulations to the couple and welcome the new Prince into the Commonwealth.

    'A new diamond in the Royal firmament!'

  • The Royal Baby and the Most Expensive Nappy Rash Cream Holder in the World

    Now here's some news.  What kind of gifts did you think William and Kate might receive for their newborn from well-wishers?  You could be forgiven for thinking that maybe the couple would take delivery of diamond jewellery, perhaps a diamond encrusted teething ring (not to be used of course) or a white gold and diamond first cup and plate, or even a platinum bracelet with a diamond encrusted teddy hanging from one of the links.  Well no, not quite.

    Fine jewellery maker, Theo Fennell has been asked to design a supremely lavish gift by one company eager to impress the Royal couple. And the company involved have spent a princely or princessly £10,000 on the item.  Sounds gorgeous, right? Well up to a point.  This unique piece doubles as a nappy rash cream holder!

    Renowned jewellery designer Theo Fennell, who counts the Beckhams, Elton John and Madonna as his clients, was commissioned by Sudocrem to produce a bespoke bracelet that reflected the Sudocrem pot.  The item will be auctioned for charity which is a wonderful thing...for the charity and...I would imagine the Duchess of Cambridge will be breathing a huge sigh of relief.  Can't imagine her wearing it to Mahiki, one of Wills and Kate's favourite nightclubs.  And from how I remember it, William and Kate are going to need a lot more nappy-rash cream than that!

  • The Whole World Waits for the New Prince or Princess

     

    Kate Middleton is due to give birth at any moment.  The world waits with bated breath to see whether the new heir to the throne will be male or female.  The world's press are camped outside St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London where Kate will give birth in the famous and celebrated Lindo Wing.

    Camilla Parker-Bowles hinted that the baby should be born 'by the end of the week'.  Perhaps she was teasing us.

    The Duchess of Cambridge has simply 'glowed' throughout her pregnancy.  Apart from severe sickness at the beginning when she was admitted to hospital, Kate has enjoyed a very healthy pregnancy, often spotted shopping with her mother, Carole Middleton and attending functions.

    Betting on the sex and name of the royal infant has reached over £1000,000, unprecedented for a non-sports event.

    Perhaps William will treat Kate to something gorgeous when she has given birth ~ something like this perhaps from My Diamonds, Australia, the home of exquisite, quality diamonds.

    Chloe 160 Yellow Gold - GIA Three Diamond Ring 1.60ct

    $13,395.00

    Timeless elegance this three stone engagement ring is designed to last the test of time. Centre premium quality GIA certified 1.00ct round/brilliant cut diamond. 0.30ct x 2 round diamonds on either side of the centre. Diamonds G colour and VS2 clarity.  Total diamond weight 1.60ct.  18k yellow gold band and white gold setting (also available in all white gold or platinum)

     

  • 100th Jewellery store to open in India for Gitanjali Jewels

    Bollywood actress, Ameesah Patel inaugurated a new jewellery showroom for Gitanjali jewels in India alongside Santosh Srivastava, the managing director of the company, and its franchise owners.

    The 5,500 square feet new showroom, showcases collections from Asmi, Nakshrati, D'damas, Gili, Diya, Parineeta, Sangini, Nitzam, Ananya and Gitanjali gold jewellery.  This ever-growing company expects to open another 60 stores within the next eighteen months, a mammoth expectation.

    Srivastava said,“The implementation of a vision is what makes a success story happen.  Having started out with a meager five to six stores at the beginning, it’s a moment of sheer pride for us to be inaugurating our 100th store today.  But we have a long way to go, and in the coming years we anticipate around 300 stores that would mark new phenomena in national and international markets combined. Our dream was to reach out to the masses, helping them wear their aspirations in the form of affordable luxurious jewelry. Today Gitanjali Jewels caters to the aspirations of millions of people across the Indian subcontinent.”

    For Australian's however, the leading online diamond retailer, My Diamonds, The House of Monroe York offer contemporary and vintage designs sure to set the heart racing.  See below for temptation!

    Skye - Cushion Cut Diamond Halo Ring - White Gold

    The fabulous Skye Dazzle ~ $4,395.00 

    Brilliance of a stunning cushion cut diamond framed by an elegant halo of perfect diamonds. This design concentrates all light into the centre cushion cut diamond with claw set diamonds downt the band. Centre premium GIA certified cushion cut diamond available from 0.50, 1.00, 1.25, 1.50 and 2.00 caratsDiamond weight of setting 0.29-32 carats18k white gold setting and band (or yellow gold).

    Princess Cut Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

    Ecco White Gold - GIA Princess Diamond Ring

    $3,995.00

    A radiant princess cut  halo design to enhance the centre premium GIA certified princess cut diamond (G colour VS2 clarity). Pave set diamonds set around the centre diamond.  18k white gold setting and band (or yellow gold)

     

  • Diamond Mining Halted at Ellendale by Kimberley Diamonds

     

    Work has been suspended due to safety concerns at Ellendale's E9 pit in Western Australia by Kimberley Diamonds, formerly known as Goodrich Resources. The Ellendale mine is known for its production of rare fancy yellow diamonds.  Gem Diamonds sold the mine to Kimberley in April this year for $14.9 million and it was expected that the Ellendale mine would be in production for at least another eighteen months.
    There appears to have been some slippage of the pit wall underneath the main access ramp after a routine blast in the mine, making the ramp temporarily unsafe for use, the company explained. Fortunately there was no danger to life as there were no personnel were in the mine.  No equipment was damaged during the blast.

    Due to the fact that it has sufficient surface ore stockpiles to continue treatment plant operations for at least two months on high-grade ore, and also that the mine has stockpiles of lower-grade ore, shareholders have been reassured by Kimberley Diamonds the reserve will last for up to 12 months.

    Kimberley has stated that the impact that the interruption will have on estimated production is minimal and will not have a negative impact on the company’s financial results.

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