As a sister article to the blog post about the Maximilian Diamond, HERE, the Emperor Maximilian is a 41.94 carat cushion cut diamond, first known of in Brazil in the mid 19th century. As discussed in the other blog post, both stones first come onto the scene in the 1860s, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria travelled […]

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A short blog post today, about a wonderful piece of background to the origins of the word jewellery! Sometimes it is so easy to use a word and never stumble across its roots. Jewellery is one of the most personal things we possess, typically received as a gift, or perhaps to mark an important occasion […]

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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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Some new arrivals have been uploaded to the website in the last few days, including some really beautiful early 20th century engagement rings. The first is this wonderful vintage ring, set with a cushion cut diamond. The centre stone is one carat, and is a beautifully proportioned cushion, full of sparkle. The setting is typical of […]

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