Sunday, 24 September 2017
Saturday, 23 September 2017
|Russia’s Alrosa (MCX:ALRS), the world’s top diamond producer by carats, has unearthed a 27.85-carat pink stone the company believes could be the most expensive it has ever found. The miner said the gem-quality stone was found at its alluvial mines in Russia’s Far East, adding that the largest pink diamond it had previously discovered was less than 4 carats.|
24.78 carat Pink Graff Diamond made $46.2 million in 2010.
|The world's largest pink diamond, the 59.6-carat Pink Star was sold at auction April 4 in Hong Kong and fetched $71.2 million or $ 1.2m per carat. The Pink Star, IF, Fancy Vivid Pink was mined by De Beers in 1999 in Botswana as a 132.5-carat rough diamond before being cut and polished.|
Friday, 22 September 2017
|Only a few hours' drive from the Afghan capital Kabul is an area renowned for some of the world's most valuable rubies.
The last mining boom in Afghanistan was over 2,000 years ago in the era of Alexander the Great, when gold, silver and precious stones were routinely mined. Geologists have known of the extent of the mineral wealth for over a century, as a result of surveys done by the British and Russians.
|Jegdalek mines have been worked for more than 700 years and are known for their high-grade blood-red rubies. The corundum deposit is hosted in calcite-dolomite marble and is up to 2,000m thick. The deposit is worked by about 20 mines and more than 2,000 open pits and trenches. The ore field also includes skarns and muscovite-bearing pegmatites. It is located in the western part of the Surkh-Rod pegmatite field.|
|The mines rarely produce the red rubies they were once famous for - more often than not semi-transparent pink sapphires are the only gems found, even at depths of 150m.|
Every Friday the Taliban organizes a ruby bazaar near Jegdalek in the small village of Soar Naw - a remote and mountainous area covered with deeply forested valleys. Here they sell rubies which are then smuggled to Dubai, Pakistan and Thailand.
|About 75% of the production at the Jegdalek mines is in the form of pink to violet-pink sapphire, with rubies accounting for 15%, and the balance being blue sapphire.|
|The Taliban reportedly smuggled a ruby out of the area which sold for $600,000 in Dubai. The government admits that it is only in control of a few of the mines. "The income from rubies is used to buy weapons and pay fighters. If we can somehow plug this source, it will be a big blow to Taliban finances," an intelligence officer said. Mining officials admit that the government is losing millions of dollars every year as powerful warlords, tribal chieftains and corrupt officials collude to rob the nation of its natural resources.|
Thursday, 21 September 2017
|At 88 years old, Mrs. Moussaieff isn't slowing down. The company debuted it's latest collection at the La Biennale Paris, September 11th.|
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
|Laurence Graff has earned the nickname the ‘King of Diamonds’. He is one of the most successful jewellers and gem dealers of our age. Graff has bought and sold some of the most iconic stones in the world over his long and glittering career. In 1960 he founded the Graff Diamonds Company Limited in Hatton Garden, London. The venture was an instant success.|
Laurence Graff and François Graff
24.78 carat Pink Emerald-Cut Graff Diamond
Graff Rhythm platinum necklace featuring rubies and diamonds
Monday, 18 September 2017
|Marie-Étienne Nitot (1750-1809) settled in Paris in 1780 after having served his apprenticeship at Auber, then jeweller to Queen Marie-Antoinette. His aristocratic clientele remained loyal to him until the French Revolution in 1789.|
He later became the official jeweller of Napoleon in 1802. Nitot created the jewellery that would offer the French Empire it's splendour and power.
Crown of Empress Eugenie
Coronation crown of Napoleon
Napoleon's Iron Crown of Lombardy Ring