The Maximilian Diamond

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While many diamonds are supposedly cursed, very few have as unfortunate a history as the Maximilian Diamond. The story takes us from the jungles of Brazil to a New York City Dump. It first comes onto the scene in the 1860s, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria travelled to Brazil. He was the younger brother of

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Cantillework Necklace

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The Georgians were a very fickle society, with the fashion for jewellery constantly changing; in 1774, drop earrings were a must have, but scarcely three months later no earrings were to be worn. By the start of the 19th century, earrings had grown to three inches long! In 1790 gold wirework, or “Cantillework” came into

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Koh-i-Noor

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One of the most famous diamonds in the world, it was believed that whoever owned the Koh-i-Noor rules the world. It is currently set into the crown worn by the female consort to the Monarch of the UK, and is currently on display in the Tower of London. The known facts of the stone date

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Cartier Royal Pearl

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Pearls have had a long history within Royal families, and were once believed to be drops of moonlight that fell into the sea and were eaten by oysters, or to be tears of angels fallen to earth. They have been collected by man for as long as people have gathered oysters. Large pearls of good

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Fabergé

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Fabergé is one of the most iconic names in 20th century jewellery, his eponymous enamelled eggs are among the rarest items in the world, with most in museums or private collections. Gustav Fabergé founded the business in 1844, setting up in a basement shop in St. Petersburg’s fashionable Bolshaia Morskaiait. However it was his son, Karl,

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The Queen of Holland Diamond

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One of the largest flawless D colour diamonds known, the Queen of Holland diamond is a stunning 135 carat cushion cut diamond, cut into its present shape in 1904. The stone is named after Queen Wilhemina of Holland, who reigned from 1890 until 1948. Nothing is known of its history prior to its arrival in

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The Wittlesbach Diamond

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The Wittlesbach diamond is a 36 carat modified cushion cut blue stone, first recorded in 1664 in the dowry of the Spanish Infanta, who married Emperor Leopold in 1667. This timescale leads us to believe that the stone is Indian in origin. The diamond’s cut has been described as a stellar brilliant, due to the

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The Tiffany Diamond

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The 128 carat Tiffany diamond is one of the most famous large gemstones in the world, and has its regular home in a display case inside Tiffany and Co’s 5th Avenue store in New York. Discovered in 1877/8, in South Africa, the rough weighed 287 carats. At the time it was the largest yellow diamond

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Coral Jewellery

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Coral was a highly prized item two thousand years ago, and there was a significant trade of it between Europe and India. It was highly prized, and was believed to has special properties; the Gauls used it for ornamentation on helmets and weapons, and the Romans believed to protected children from danger. The skeleton of

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The Blue Moon Diamond

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A wonderful new addition to the great gemstones of the world is the Blue Moon diamond, a 12.03 carat Fancy Vivid Blue, Internally Flawless diamond. The rough diamond was discovered in January 2014, at the Cullinan mine in South Africa, the same mine where the Star of Africa was discovered one hundred years earlier. The

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