Large pink diamond sells for $8.8million

Gem Diamonds, owner of the world’s highest diamond mine, Letseng, has announced the sale of their most recently discovered pink diamond. Unearthed only a few weeks ago, in February, the 13.33ct pink diamond was the largest pink diamond discovered at Letseng since 2011. Photo: Gem Diamonds The diamond was sold via tender in [...]

Large pink diamond sells for $8.8million2019-03-15T15:37:43+00:00

Amethyst, the regal birthstone for February

With Valentine’s Day falling in the middle of this month, February is traditionally celebrated as the month of love. And, with rich, velvety purple hues, amethyst is the perfect birthstone for February. Purple is considered the most regal of colours and so, over time, amethyst has appeared frequently in royal and religious jewellery. Indeed, the [...]

Amethyst, the regal birthstone for February2019-02-15T12:30:46+00:00

Garnet is January’s birthstone

“Garnets are such a boring birthstone”, lamented my January-born cousin, Amy, recently. Thinking I knew what she had in mind, I asked “What colour is garnet?”. “Dirty red-brown”, replied Amy, saying exactly what I’d expected her to say. Like most people, Amy had no idea that garnet was available in a wide range of colours, [...]

Garnet is January’s birthstone2019-01-08T16:09:17+00:00

10 things you didn’t know about September’s birthstone, Sapphire

September is officially considered the start of spring in South Africa. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming and love is certainly in the air as peak engagement and wedding season starts. September's birthstone, sapphire, is a well known gem, but here are 10 things you might not know about this gorgeous gemstone: What is sapphire? [...]

10 things you didn’t know about September’s birthstone, Sapphire2018-08-31T15:47:38+00:00

Ruby, a most royal July birthstone

Love, success, passion and energy – all are positive qualities associated with the colour red and the gemstone ruby, the most royal of all gems and July's birthstone. Ruby is the most prized gem of them all; after all, in ancient Sanskrit, ruby translated to “Ratnaraj”, which meant “king of precious stones" and, in addition [...]

Ruby, a most royal July birthstone2018-07-02T15:38:50+00:00

Sale of “Peace Diamond” to benefit local community

It is an oft-noted fact that some of the world’s most expensive diamonds have been mined in some of the world’s poorest countries. When these diamonds sell for millions of dollars on the international market a very valid question would be “Has the local community benefitted from the recovery of this diamond?” and if not, [...]

Sale of “Peace Diamond” to benefit local community2017-11-28T15:11:08+00:00

Is this diamond too big to sell?

When is a big diamond too big to sell? The diamond industry is a funny one. For the most part, bigger diamonds are always better (in consumers eyes at least) and the stock price of mining companies generally increases upon the discovery of a new, large diamond. It seems however, that there is an upper [...]

Is this diamond too big to sell?2017-11-28T15:07:42+00:00

Will the Pink Star diamond break records, again?

Back in November 2013, the auction world was abuzz when a 59.6ct pink diamond, The Pink Star, sold for a record $83 million. At the time, the Sotheby’s Geneva auction broke a number of records, but the buyer, New York diamond cutter Isaac Wolf, defaulted on the payment and the sale fell through. Now, 3 [...]

Will the Pink Star diamond break records, again?2017-11-28T15:04:03+00:00

709ct diamond found in Sierra Leone

It’s every informal diamond digger’s dream – to find a giant diamond; the rock that will banish their family’s poverty and set their family free. For Pastor Emmanuel Momoh, this dream has just come true. Last week, Momoh, an independent miner in Sierra Leone’s Kono district, uncovered a 709.48ct diamond, believed to be the 13th [...]

709ct diamond found in Sierra Leone2017-11-28T15:03:10+00:00

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+00:00