Saturday, 20 September 2014

Famous Diamonds IV

The 67.50-carat, cushion-cut Black Orlov is named black but is the color of gun metal. Like the story behind the famous Hope diamond, legend has it that the Black Orlov was an uncut black stone of 195 carats, pried out of the eye (forehead) of the statute of the sacred Hindu God Brahma from a temple in Southern India.

The diamond turned up in Russia, where it was bought by Princess Nadia Vyegin Orlov. It was purchased in 1947 by Charles F Winson who sold it to an unknown buyer in 1969 for $300,000.
The Paragon Diamond is one of the more unusually shaped diamonds. It is a 7 sided diamond that measures 137.82 carts and is rated a flawless D in color. The necklace currently belongs to the Graff Company and is set in combination necklace - bracelet setting.

The gem was mined in Brazil.
The Donnersmarck Diamonds are two yellow diamonds, named after their one time owner Henckel von Donnersmarc. One, a baguette-shaped diamond weighing 102.54 carats, was sold for $3.246 million.

The second, tear drop in shape and weighing 82.48 carats, was sold for $4.666 million.
The Peacock Diamond is a 20.65-carat, Fancy Intense Yellow stone. The diamond was purchased by C.D. Peacock, a Chicago jewelry store.
The heart-shaped, 7.34-carat Royal Purple Heart diamond is a fancy vivid purple, I-1 clarity , heart-shaped stone weighing 7.34 carats, and it is the largest fancy vivid purple diamond known to exist. Discovered in Russia, the diamond is named for its color and shape, both of which are unique for this stone. Its owner is unknown.
The Gruosi Diamond is a heart-shaped black diamond, weighing 115.34 carats. The Gruosi diamond gets its name from Fawaz Gruosi, the renowned Swiss jewelry and watch designer, and is the 5th biggest faceted black diamond in the world.

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