Rob Bates is a highly regarded diamond and jewelry industry journalist. Now, drawing on his wealth of knowledge and experience involving the worldwide trade of gemstones and jewelry, Rob has created a fun, fictional work... A mystery novel entitled "A Murder Is Forever."
A private, anonymous collector bidding by phone from Japan is the new owner of the first high-value item of its kind ever offered "without reserve" by Sotheby's. Originally a 271 carat rough diamond unearthed in 2018 at the Victor Mine in Ontario, Canada, it was cut into this 102.39 carat D Flawless oval shape by Diacore.
Kevin Kinard visited Crater of Diamonds State Park regularly for more than 25 years, but never found a diamond until Labor Day 2020. Now he has the distinction of discovering the second largest diamond to ever come from the popular Arkansas tourist site, at just over nine carats.
Can we call them the Blues Brothers? Individually weighing 25.75 carats, 21.25 carats, 17.57 carats, 11.42 carats and 9.61 carats, Petra Diamonds reports that these spectacular siblings were assessed to be individual stones, not originally part of a larger diamond.
An exceptionally rare, clear diamond "the size of a lollipop" is being offered without reserve at auction by Sotheby's. According to the auction house, an item of this historic importance and value has never been offered with no-reserve before.
The last two 100+ carat diamonds, unearthed over a span of 48 hours, are the 10th and 11th gem-quality stones weighing more than 100 carats found at Letšeng this year. At an elevation of more than 10,000 feet, the world's highest diamond mine also boasts the world's highest value-per-carat.
The Argyle Diamond Mine in the remote east Kimberley region of Western Australia is scheduled to close by the end of 2020 following nearly forty years of production. "One Lifetime, One Encounter" is an auction event, offering a collection of the rarest diamonds extracted there over a year's production.
"IGI Is Holding a Jewelry Design Contest And It’s Free to Enter," declares the headline of National Jeweler's coverage of IGI's "Collision and Fusion" Jewelry Design Contest. Fashion Editor Ashley Davis provides a concise overview in her article and, importantly, reiterates the event's fundamental premise.
RESOLVE, an early pioneer in the area of environmental conflict resolution, and the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), responsible for facilitating more efficient, formal and environmentally responsible approaches in the African diamond mining sector, will integrate their programs to strengthen their efforts going forward.
Maynard Ferguson had a different blues in mind when composing his jazz masterpiece for the 1993 album "It's My Time," but blue diamonds have a special appeal and character all their own. Like the call and response motifs which characterize blues jazz, blue diamonds seem to call out to each other in their individual but harmonious combinations of hue, tone and saturation.
The stories of beautiful, creative 2020 wedding proposals are ongoing. This is something to celebrate. Something to share and spread. Every time I hear of a new adaptive, creative spirited marriage proposals during these past months are uplifting. I thought it would be nice to "share and spread" some of that joy here.
Right now there are delicious hot-dog, hamburger, steak and brisket barbecues occurring across the USA. There are potato salads, crisps and coleslaw. There's corn on the cob and baked beans. I am inspired to mark America's birthday with the sparkle of three American gemstones, all local to the USA, in her three patriotic colors.
Whether it's imagination, disagreement or politics over rare and expensive objects, or planets aligning poorly - there are a number of gemstones rumored to curse those who own them. Of course, in at least one famous case below, the rumors may have been exaggerated to appeal to a buyer. But whatever the case there's entertainment value in what I'm bringing below.
Four of the most magnificent diamonds in recent years have come from the same Lucara-owned Karowe Diamond Mine in Botswana in recent years. I thought to assemble a visual feast of delicious rough and how they polished. My sparkling smorgasbord even includes both light and dark meat.