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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A new arrival is this wonderful antique emerald and diamond pendant, from the late-19th century, which shows both the craft and ingenuity of Victorian era goldsmiths. The centre stone is a lovely Colombian emerald, cut into a pear shape. It is bezel set, to protect the emerald, and the bezel is millegrained all the way […]

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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┬áthis 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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The Polar Star diamond is a 41 carat cushion cut diamond, from the famous Golconda region in India. It was named after Polaris, the Northern Star. It has an eight pointed star arrangement on its lower pavilion, from which it derives its name. The symmetry of the cut is so precise that it can be […]

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The Nassak diamond is a 43 carat diamond, discovered in India in the 15th century. Originally it weighed over 90 carats, but was re-cut several times over the years, most recently in 1940. It is an elongated triangular shape, with rounded corners, and described at the 1933 World’s fair in Chicago as the finest diamond […]

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Following on from our recent post about the Three Brethren Jewel, another interesting diamond that is lost to history is the Florentine Diamond, a 137 carat yellow stone. It was first definitely documented in the collection of the Duke of Tuscany, the future Ferdinand II (a member of the Medici family), 1610-1670, though it was […]

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The Three Brethren Jewel was a cloak clasp, set with gemstones, known to have existed in the 15th and 16th centuries. Made during the first decade of the 15th century, the Three Brethren jewel is an extremely mysterious and intriguing piece, whose value today, if it was still intact, would be incalculable. It was comprised […]

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