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I want to buy a diamond – what should I pay attention to?

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which makes it the perfect time to buy your loved one a unique piece of diamond jewellery. But before you rush to the first jeweller, it’s wise to do some homework. Of course, you don’t buy just any diamond without first

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The Spirit of de Grisogono | Largest black diamond ring

Black diamonds are very rare. Natural black diamonds have a unique composition that makes them stand out from other colored diamonds. That’s why black diamonds often go under a different name: carbonado. Of all black diamonds, the Spirit of de Grisogono was the largest rough

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The Taylor-Burton diamond

Elizabeth Taylor was a remarkable woman both on the big screen and in her personal life. While we won’t venture too deep in the latter, we can’t ignore her impressive jewellery collection. The two most impressive pieces of this collection are the Krupp diamond and

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Princie Diamond sold for record value of $39,3 million

Famous diamonds will always attract both collectors and investors. The Christie’s auction of the 300 year old Princie Diamond was no exception. This fancy intense pink diamond weighs 34.65 carats and has a clarity grade of VS2. Characteristics of the Princie Diamond What is most

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Unusual diamond colours for unique diamond jewelry

Only absolutely perfect diamonds are flawless, but that doesn’t mean they’re the most valuable. Some diamonds have a very intense colouring that makes them far more unique than an ‘ordinary’ diamond. Diamond colours have a wide range from light blue to dark red. Of all

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The Biggest Cut emerald in the world

Some people have almost everything, but only one person in the world has the world’s largest cut emerald. This enormous gemstone named Theodora – God’s gift – weighs 57,500 carats, which is equivalent to 25 pounds or 11.5 kilograms. The origin of the emerald is

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Diamond fluorescence

Diamond fluorescence refers to the diamond tendency to disperse a soft bluish glow when exposed to ultraviolet light.  “A diamond should not have strong fluorescence.” That’s what is often claimed by many diamond experts. However, we have got to be careful with this statement: faint or moderate fluorescence does

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A rare blue diamond: The Heart of Eternity

Perfect blue diamonds are very rare. Most of the time they have some sort of imperfection like a white side or gray and/or black undertones. One of the most well known perfect blue diamonds is the Heart of Eternity. Its perfection granted it a place in the De Beers Millennium

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Cora Sun-Drop Diamond | A truly unique yellow diamond

The Cora Sun-Drop weighs 110 carats and is a ‘vivid fancy yellow’ diamond. These two aspects alone make it extremely rare. Natural diamonds over 100 carats are far from common as are diamonds with a deeply saturated colour. It’s no wonder then that this diamond

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The Briolette of India | myths and reality

Sometimes we think diamonds were around since the dawn of time. And in a way they were. But when it comes to actually mine diamonds we don’t have to look too far in the past. The first diamonds are thought to have been discovered around 800 BC. They

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Famous diamonds: The Star of the South

The Star of the South was discovered in 1853 in Brazil and is a type IIa diamond. With clarity of VS-2, a light pinkish brown color and 128,48 carats. It was displayed in several exhibitions all over the world, mainly in London and Paris, which improved its status greatly. History of The

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Green diamonds | Diamond color influenced by radiation

When you hear that green diamonds get their color from the radiation you might worry. There is, of course, no need. Green diamonds are nothing like kryptonite from the Superman universe; it has no adverse effects on the mind or body. The green color of

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Yellow diamonds: from pale yellow to canary diamonds

Not all yellow diamonds are rare, but some tints are. As with all diamond colours you can grade yellow diamonds from a pale hue to a very deep coloring. The more colorful the diamond, the less common it is and its value will rise accordingly.

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The famous Archduke Joseph Diamond

Famous diamonds are extremely popular among collectors but are rarely seen at auction. When an amazing diamond does go under the hammer, it is sure to attract a lot of attention. A great example is an auction of the Archduke Joseph Diamond in November 2012.

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Historic Diamond Prices

Since the 19th century, the popularity of diamonds has increased. With this growing popularity, the prices also rose. Diamonds are forever and really valuable. Though it’s hard to determine a standard price for diamonds; there is no price per carat or gram. The prices vary

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Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom

In this blog we’ll be admiring the jewellery that is typical for British monarchs, we’re talking about the crown jewels of course. The term ‘Crown jewels’ refers to more than just plain jewelry. There are many crowns, but the Crown Jewels where used during coronations. Such as jeweled

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4 facts about diamonds you might not know

If you think diamonds are only of interest to women you’re quite wrong. Diamonds are a mysterious mineral that capture the imagination of many women as well as men. Diamonds can prove an amazing material to improve the look of an outfit or as a

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Same diamond, different meaning

We treasure diamonds for their beauty. No matter how big or how small. Diamonds will always have a majestic ambience. We give diamonds at special occasions, preferably to our loved ones. However, there is way more to a diamond than meets the eye. That is

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