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  • 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


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    There is excitement in Botswana as the government owned Okovango Diamond Company begin to auction diamonds in their home country instead of Europe as in previous auctions.  De Beers, which is part owner of the mine will also be moving sales operations to Gaborone.

    Botswana has long held the view that diamonds mined from the country should be processed and sold from where the diamonds were sourced.  In a move to facilitate the smooth running of operations, De Beers moved from London, where its rough stone sorting operation has traditionally been carried out, to Botswana.

    The auction will last for about two weeks, and currently there are a dozen diamond buyers from around the world perusing the diamonds on offer.  This is a very big move for the country and will provide many jobs for locals, as well as experienced personnel from De Beers relocating to Botswana - great for the local economy.

    The long term plan is for Botswana to become a hub of the diamond industry, such as Tel Aviv and Antwerp, continuing even if and when the diamond mines eventually close. After De Beers' relocation they expect to sell within the region of $6million worth of diamonds of Gaborone.

    Philippe Mellier, chief executive of De Beers, who own Debswana, the country's main diamond company with Botswana said, "moving diamond sales was part of a deal agreed with the government of Botswana.  It's a global movement of big scale for the diamond business.  If you migrate $500m-$600m per month of sales of diamonds - that's a big move and at the scale of Botswana that's a very big move and certainly a move of significant scale for southern Africa."

    Rob Young from the BBC World Service, Gaborone, says, "The auction is going to be small, but its symbolism is huge. It should earn more money for Botswana than the previous system. The diamonds which are being sold were mined in Botswana and are being sold by Botswana. For decades, the auctions have taken place in Europe. Staff from diamond giant DeBeers in London are also relocating to Gaborone, and locals are being trained and employed. Soon, DeBeers will sell about $6bn worth of the precious stones annually in Gaborone; that is the equivalent of a third of the size of the economy.It has seen by those in power as the beginning of "bringing the diamonds home. There is excitement among many here, especially the business community which hopes to benefit from a related economic boom." 

  • 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.


    A Guide to Buying the Perfect Engagement Ring

    The first step of course is deciding how much you are prepared to spend. It has been reliably documented that a couple will be willing to spend at least one months salary to buy the perfect love token and many couples spend a lot more. The rule of thumb is the same as when you rent or purchase your first home. Spend as much as you can afford. As with real estate, there are essential checks that have to made when buying your diamond. The engagement ring you choose will not just say how much you love each other. It is also an investment and you have to be sure that it is of the very best quality.

    At'My Diamonds', each diamond they offer you has a unique GIA Diamond Grading Report or Dossier attributed to it. This will tell the diamond merchant and of course the buyer, the quality and cut of the diamond. This is determined by the essential 4C's. It is essential to educate yourselves as much as possible about diamonds and the way they are graded before buying your diamond.

    The Exquisite MYD Collection

    The collection at is extensive.  Every style and taste is catered for, from the traditional and whimsical to the totally contemporary. Take a look at these fabulous beauties:~




    As you can see from the above examples 'My Diamonds' has an eclectic showroom of fabulous diamond rings on offer. Buying on line is simple. Just register on the site and begin shopping. There are many articles with regard to Diamond Eduction on the site for you to read before you make your choice and then you can navigate around this extensive diamond showroom from the comfort of your arm chair. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call them on 1300 66 55 20 where they will be happy to reassure you and give you the information you require. They also have diamond showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, London and New York. If you would like to visit them for a consultation please call 1300 66 55 20.

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