Diamonds are found in alluvial deposits in diamond mines in places such as Botswana, Namibia, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Russia and Australia.
Diamonds were first discovered in alluvial deposits in southern India about the 9th century BCE, and for centuries India remained the world’s primary source of diamonds. This changed in the Read more
History of Conflict Diamonds
Conflict diamonds, or blood diamonds, gained attention because of warlords who obtained diamonds found in Sierra Leone, Angola, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia and sold them to fund violent acts.
Conflict diamonds, also known as “blood diamonds,” are diamonds that originated in areas of violent Read more
India has always been famous in the ancient world for its precious stones. Since early times, the rulers of India vied with one another in collecting jewels of great luster and brilliance. In fact, the number of jewels in a king’s possession measured the greatness of a monarch. These Read more
Once the largest diamond in the world, the Koh-i-noor is said to carry a curse lethal to any man who owns it. A Sanskrit text from the time of its first known appearance around 1306 says:
He who owns this diamond will own the world, but will also know all its Read more
Tourmaline’s name comes from the Sinhalese word “turmali,” which means “mixed.” Tourmaline, occurring in more colors and combinations of colors than any other gemstone variety, lives up to its name. The many different colors or Tourmaline mean that this stone can easily be mistaken for just about any other Read more
Maw-sit-sit is one of the more unusual gemstones in the world, from its curious name to its variable chemical composition. It is a recent find, first identified in 1963 by the late Swiss gemologist Dr. Edward Gubelin. It was named after the village in northwestern Burma which is close Read more
Some minerals are so rare that only a handful of specimens are known to exist. A few of these very rare minerals, such as painite, have even been found in gem quality. But in the international gem trade, the rarest gemstones are considered to be those that draw the Read more
What is the world’s largest faceted diamond? If you ask most knowledgeable people, including those in the jewelry trade, the answer would be one of the diamonds cut from the enormous Cullinan diamond, the largest rough diamond ever discovered, at more than 3,100 carats.
The largest polished gem from the Read more
According to the legend, the Black Orlov is said to have taken its name from the Russian Princess Nadia Vyegin-Orlov who owned it for time during the mid-eighteenth century. It is a 67.50-carat cushion-cut stone, a so-called black diamond (actually, a very dark gun-metal color). It is reported to Read more
In Roman times diamonds were worn only by men. Soldiers believed they were the hardened tears of the gods and wore them around their necks in battle to bring courage
The diamonds in the Queen’s engagement ring came from a tiara that belonged to Prince Philip’s mother
Princess Diana’s distinctive sapphire Read more