Two giant South African diamonds sold - 2008

TWO GIANT diamonds were sold for more than 6million (R60m) to a Middle Eastern buyer at an auction last week, bucking a wave of gloom that has taken the shine off luxury sales. The Ponahalo diamonds, mined in South Africa and named after a tribal word meaning “vision”, sold at Christie&...

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Diamonds: Losing Luster or Still Sparkling? - 2008

Financial world chaos and extreme market volatility have pretty much sidelined the vast majority of the juniors in the diamond mining sector, according to RBC Capital Markets’ highly regarded diamond analyst Des Kilalea. The senior players remain solidly in the game—albeit in a rather de...

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Worlds biggest diamond discovered - 2008

A gem stone which could become the largest polished round diamond in history has been discovered in southern Africa. The massive stone weighs 478 carats and was found in gem mines in Lesotho, which have already produced three of the worlds biggest diamonds over the years. Another similar sized rou...

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Rockwell Finds 189.6 Carat Diamond - 2008

Rockwell Diamonds mined a 189.6 carat diamond at its Klipdam mining operation north of Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Initial indications suggest that the diamond is D Color, the miner said on Thursday. The unusual find has an oval, somewhat flattened and strongly resorbed...

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Diamonds are an investors best friend - 2008

Diamonds, like art, are a commodity that is gaining attention as an alternative investment. Increases in the price of the rarest colorless and colored diamonds are attracting wealthy investors and structured funds as stock markets and real-estate values decline. An employee at a diamond merchants ...

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HRD Antwerp launches refined cut grade - 2008

Instead of reporting about two criteria - proportions and finish - the HRD Antwerp - Diamond Lab will now assess the diamond cut according to three criteria, being proportions, symmetry and polish. In addition, HRD Antwerp now introduces an ‘excellent’ cut grade on top of its very good q...

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Blue Hope Diamond glows red in ultraviolet light - 2008

WASHINGTON D.C., USA 15 January 2008 – The famous 45.52 carat blue stone known as the Hope Diamond glows red when viewed under ultraviolet light, Jeffrey Port, curator of the National Gem Collection at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C, s...

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Diamonds are forever a reliable investment - 2007

IF you think the idea of investing in diamonds is a bit cliched, think again. The sparkling stones still attract bigger investment interest than arguably any other collectable. Since they are sold primarily by weight and quality with internationally accepted grading, the value of diamonds is consi...

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Eddy Elzas: King of coloured diamonds - 2007

They don’t call him the ‘King of Coloured Diamonds’ for nothing. Eddy Elzas is not only one of the world’s most authoritative figures on the subject, he’s also the man who sparked the revival of natural fancy-coloured diamonds in the 20th century by daring to ask: "...

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Aurora Collection on Display at London Museum - 2007

The Aurora Collection is coming to London. The London Natural History Museum has announced that a set of 296 naturally colored diamonds has been lent for display by diamond collectors Alan Bronstein and Harry Rodman. Composed of a total of 267.45 carats of exceptionally rare stones, including the 1...

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"Cognac" "Chocolate" "Champagne" Diamonds. What Are They? - 2007

Its funny how until very recently, diamonds of considerably lower colors with brownish hues and yellowish overtones, were simply known as "low color diamonds". Lower colored diamonds, are not as scarce or valuable as diamonds of icy white colors and therefore command less of a premium tha...

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Christies Magnificent Jewels sale raises more than $39 million - 2007

NEW YORK, USA 02 May 2007 – Christie’s auction house raised some $39.1 million at its Magnificent Jewels auction in New York City April 25, almost double presale estimates of $20 million. A total of 264 lots were sold, 90 percent of the lots on offer, and 94 percent of the available good...

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AGS Labs Launches High-Performance Diamonds 101 for Consumers - 2007

RAPAPORT... AGS Laboratories released a new brochure for consumers calling it: High-Performance Diamonds 101, Your Guide to the AGS Cut Grade. The guide educates consumers on all factors that go into the AGS Cut Grade and explains the benefits of the Diamond Quality Document the laboratory concluded...

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Smithsonian borrows giant Tiffany Diamond - 2007

The 128.54-carat gem will be at the National Museum of Natural History through Sept. 23. WASHINGTON -- Light flashes across the 82 facets of the Tiffany Diamond, highlighting the brilliance of the giant gem at the Smithsonians National Museum of Natural History. One of the worlds largest yellow di...

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Harrods offers £1 million Easter Egg - 2007

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM 10-04-2007 – Harrods, London’s legendary department store in Knightsbridge, has been highlighting its 2007 Easter season with a £1 million Easter Egg. Made of the famous Belgian “fondant-chocolate” the lucky buyer of the egg will also receive a di...

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Pretty in Pink Diamonds - 2007

A fancy vivid pink diamond ring by prestigious jeweller Harry Winston. Pink is definitely a popular colour among women. Besides the usual assortment of clothes, Life and Style reporter Michelle Carlson explores another side of fashion where pink is an asset. When actress Jennifer Lopez was engaged ...

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Diamonds are a girls best friend - 2007

(New York - WABC, February 11, 2007) - About half of a million people will get engaged this Valentines Day, and as Cupid gets ready to shoot his arrow many suitors will embark on the search for the perfect diamond. But how do you know what stone is the right choice for your sweetheart? Bridal Guide...

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Red diamond on sale for over $2.6m - 2006

A BRISBANE jeweller has bought a red diamond which he says is only one of only seven ever found in the world. At 0.54 carats with a diameter of 5.13mm, the brilliant-cut diamond named "The Lady in Red" is not going to set any records for its carat weight. Its not going to set any records...

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Pink diamonds sell out at Rio Tintos annual tender - 2006

New York -- The 2006 Rio Tinto Diamonds Argyle Pink Tender came to a successful close on Oct. 4, when all 65 pink diamonds from the annual production of the companys Argyle mine were sold to an exclusive group of bidders. The diamond collection included a wide variety of polished stones in a broad r...

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100+ carat Dream Yellow Cushion from Graff - 2006

At the Orangery in London’s Kensington Palace, jeweller Laurence Graff revealed the 100.09ct fancy, vivid-yellow, cushion-shaped Dream Diamond, asking price $20 million. It took nearly a year to cut in New York from a 190.72ct rough crystal over which those who first saw it enthused profusely ...

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