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

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+00:00

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+00:00

Pink and blue diamonds set to fire up auctions

Over 2 consecutive nights in May, two exceptional diamonds are set to be auctioned, and both are likely to break auction industry records. First up, on the 17th May, is Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Nobel Jewels Geneva auction. Amongst the line-up of outstanding jewels and gems is one particular beauty, a 15.38ct pear-shaped pink diamond. [...]

Pink and blue diamonds set to fire up auctions2017-11-28T14:38:33+00:00