Thursday, 12 February 2015

Famous Diamonds Redux

The Victoria-Transvaal is a 67.89-carat, champagne-colored, pear shaped stone. It was cut from a 240-carat crystal that was found in the Transvaal, South Africa.

The necklace consists of a yellow gold chain with 66 round brilliant-cut diamonds, fringed with ten drop motifs, each set with two marquise-cut diamonds, a pear-shaped diamond, and a small round brilliant-cut diamond The total weight of the 106 diamonds is about 45 carats. The necklace was donated by Leonard and Victoria Wilkinson in 1977 to the Smithsonian Institute
The Conde Pink Diamond obtains its name from Louis II de Bourbon, the Prince of Conde and the leader of the French Army, who was offered the diamond as a token by King Louis XIII of France in 1643.

Today the stone is on display in the Museé de Condé in Chantilly, France. On October 11th, 1926 the diamond was stolen from the museum but later found and returned. It is also known variously as the Condé Pink, the Condé Diamond, or Le Grand Condé.
The Pink Sunrise is a 29.79-carat, fancy pink, internally flawless (IF), diamond, with a modified heart shape.

The diamond was cut by the world renowned master cutter Gabi Tolkowsky and the finished stone was unveiled to the world at the beginning of the 21st century.
The Allnatt diamond is a cushion-cut, 101.29-carat, fancy bright yellow diamond with a VS-2 clarity. The diamond was obtained by Major Alfred Earnest Allnatt in the early 1950s in South Africa.

The Deepdene is a 104.52 carat vivid yellow diamond widely considered to be the largest irradiated diamond in the world. On 27 May 1971, Christie's auction house in Geneva offered the cushion-cut, fancy golden-yellow diamond which would only later come to be known as the "Deepdene."

After being sold to Van Cleef & Arpels for a reported £190,000 the Deepdene was sent to the Gem Testing Laboratory in London, England. Van Cleef & Arpels promptly returned the stone for a refund, leaving it somewhat of an unwanted orphan. Its current whereabouts is unknown.
The Blue Empress is a spectacular 14 carat, symmetrical pear-shaped, fancy vivid blue diamond.

The stone was mined at the Premier Diamond Mine in South Africa and was purchased from DeBeers by the Steinmetz Group. It was first offered for sale by London’s Harrods in 2003 for £10 million.