The top 10 diamonds of 2016

2016 was a record-breaking year for diamond sales, with coloured diamonds dominating the auction block. The most expensive diamond of the year however, was a colourless rough diamond, the 813ct “Constellation” diamond, discovered in Botswana in November 2015. Here’s what the Top 10 list for 2016 looks like: 1. 813-carat “The Constellation” rough diamond, sold [...]

The top 10 diamonds of 20162017-11-28T15:02:22+02:00

The world’s Top 10 diamond mines: Part 2

Our first blog post saw us listing the bottom 5 of the World's Top 10 diamond mines. We continue where we left off with our countdown, moving from position 5 to the top mine. Can you guess where it's located? 5. Udachny (Udachnaya), Russia (estimated reserves 108 million carats) Discovered a mere two days after Mir, [...]

The world’s Top 10 diamond mines: Part 22017-11-28T15:01:32+02:00

The world’s top 10 diamond mines – Part 1

There are is no shortage of diamond mines in the world at the moment, but the 50 largest mines around the globe account for approximately 90% of all diamonds mined. Diamond mines can be “sized” according to a number of factors – surface diameter, amount of diamonds produced or estimated reserves. In the first part [...]

The world’s top 10 diamond mines – Part 12017-11-28T15:00:31+02:00

Natural coloured diamonds vs laboratory enhanced diamonds

Natural coloured diamonds are some of the rarest and most beautiful diamonds that you can imagine. Mined at a number of varieties across the world, including South Africa and Australia, coloured diamonds are prized by collectors and are sold for 10's of thousands of dollars per carat. Coloured diamonds are increasing in popularity and as [...]

Natural coloured diamonds vs laboratory enhanced diamonds2017-11-28T14:59:16+02:00

Why are coloured diamonds coloured?

For many engagement ring buyers, the preferred diamond colour is white - indeed, the whiter, the better (and the pricier!). A pure white diamond, often known as blue-white and graded colour 'D' is exceptionally hard to come by and these stones demand premium prices. As you move down the diamond colour scale (and down the [...]

Why are coloured diamonds coloured?2017-11-28T14:58:06+02:00

Are green diamonds radioactive or dangerous?

Earlier this year, at Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels auction, a remarkable natural green diamond, the Aurora Green, sold for $16.8million. This 5.03ct fancy vivid green of VS clarity set two new diamond records when it was purchased by Chinese retailer Chow Tai Fook. Given that natural green diamonds are exceptionally rare, very little is [...]

Are green diamonds radioactive or dangerous?2017-11-28T14:48:19+02:00

Lesedi la Rona fails to sell

In a result that shocked the diamond industry, the world’s second biggest diamond, the 1,109ct Lesedi la Rona, failed to sell at Sotheby’s 29th June London auction. As the largest diamond found in over 100 years and the largest rough diamond ever to be auctioned, pre-auction whispers around the 2.5 billion year old diamond spoke [...]

Lesedi la Rona fails to sell2017-11-28T14:46:55+02:00

A diamond-studded dining experience

Foodies the world over are known to travel far and wide and pay extortionate sums of money in the quest for the perfect meal. But, who will be the lucky buyer of the world’s Most Expensive Dining Experience? Priced at US$2 million, it’s not for everybody – but it’s the only culinary experience world-wide to [...]

A diamond-studded dining experience2017-11-28T14:41:40+02:00

The world’s most expensive diamond

It’s been a big week for diamond auctions. With industry leaders Sotheby’s and Christie’s holding back-to-back auctions in Geneva on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th May, respectively, we knew there were going to be diamond fireworks – and both auctions delivered. The “Unique Pink”, a remarkable 15.38ct pear shaped diamond was part of Sotheby’s “Magnificent [...]

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A purple diamond to reign over all

Natural coloured diamonds are rare, and finding vivid and intense blue, pink and yellow diamonds is always a cause for mining companies to celebrate. Finding a violet diamond though? It’s almost unheard of in the diamond industry. Yet, that’s what Rio Tinto found last year in their Argyle mine, located in Western Australia. Described as [...]

A purple diamond to reign over all2017-11-28T14:39:27+02:00