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October 6, 2008

Picture time part 2!

I started off with rings….well, today I will move on Earrings. Found some pretty ones for your visual pleasure 🙂

 

 

Enjoy!

 

Earring #1

Earring #1

 

Earrings #2

Earrings #2

Earring #3

Earring #3

Hmmmm, a hard pick….I like all three as each one is different in their unique way….love the blue diamond earring (Earring #2). The heart shapped earring looks charmingly sweet and the first one is a little dangly (I like dangly earrings, lol)
What do you think? Any favorites?
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October 3, 2008

Picture time!!!

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I’ve been posting articles after articles and words seem to fill these pages. I guess it’s time for a little change. I decided to put up pictures of diamond jewelry. Let me know what you think of them! and oh yes, if you want to, who will you get it for.

I shall start with the rings first 🙂

Enjoy!

Diamond Ring 1

Diamond Ring 2

Diamond Ring 3

Diamond Ring 4

Diamond Ring 5

Diamond Ring 6

 

I personally like Ring #1, 3 and 5 due to its simplicity and uniqueness in design. Ring #2 isn;t too bad either 🙂

October 2, 2008

Glitter, Sparkle, Danger…..

Isn’t it a paradox that the birthplace of these precious gems comes from 3rd world countries? Well I am not entire sure about South Africa being labeled as one but it’s just a thought. I do wonder how much these places really profit from the gem trade.

I shall keep things light and easy for now! Hahahaha although I am tempted to go on and on about how 1st world countries profit from countries which struggle with poverty without giving much thought…..

Read on!

Glitter, Sparkle, Danger – International Gem Trade Has Many Facets

The global trade in precious stones is a multi-billion dollar business. It touches the lives of people in the mines of South Africa, stone cutters of India, and countless others around the world. These precious gems adorn, kings, queens, movie stars and millionaires, and serve as that special gift for a birthday or a young bride. The gem trade – a business that begins in the bowels of the earth and ends up in the glittering shops of Hollywood’s Rodeo Drive or New York’s Fifth Avenue – brings joy, wealth and glory to some, badly needed income to others and prolonged war and devastation to still more.

They glitter and sparkle. Precious stones have fascinated men and women through the ages and still do – whether at a fashion and jewelry show in London or on the red carpet in Hollywood.

They come in all sizes, colors and shapes. Some are fairly common and affordable. Others are rare, highly prized – such as the Crown Jewels – part of Britain’s royal heritage. Queen Elizabeth wears them on state occasions. Otherwise, they’re kept in the Tower of London, where they attract up to two and a half million visitors a year.

“What we’ve got here is very historical and worn by our sovereign, so that, of course, immediately takes it out of the public sector,” says Keith Hanson, Chief Exhibitor at the Tower. “And, the fact that some of our jewels date back over 800 years and that we have the largest top quality white diamond in the world on display.”

The use of precious stones goes back a long way. Rulers, nobles and warriors of many ancient civilizations favored them to show their status.

Turquoise and lapis lazuli were favored by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt and there is evidence that cross-border trade in gem stones was prevalent thousands of years ago.

“We were so surprised to have at the beginning of our history bracelets from the tombs in Abydos in Upper Egypt using some kind of semi-precious stones, especially lapis lazuli, which doesn’t exist in Egypt,” explained Wafaa al Saddiq, Director-General of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. “This means they must have imported that stone from Afghanistan.”

The Egyptian Queen Cleopatra was known to favor emeralds; the ancient Romans described diamonds as splinters from the stars; and in India, ancient manuscripts refer to gem stones as unique creations of Mother Earth.

Gem stones are a product formed by nature, mainly deep within the earth.  Over the centuries, man has used all sorts of ways to get them out, including dynamite.

It is often back breaking work. South African miner George Oloefse worked at it for nearly half a century. “I have five brothers, he said. “All of them worked in the mines, because my Dad worked in the mines.”

Oloefse worked at the Cullinan diamond mine north of Johannesburg. South Africa has been a major diamond producer since the stones were first discovered there in the 1860s, and diamond mining still provides an important source of income.

Diamond mining provides vital revenues in other African countries as well.

Half-way around the world in India, the gem stone industry – in particular cutting and polishing – is big business.

For Jayshri Bajaj, who works in a diamond factory in Mumbai, it’s her first job and her introduction to diamonds. “It’s great to see a diamond for the first time,” she said.

Bajaj is among one million Indians working in the gem trade, a vital source of income and an important segment of the country’s growing economy.

The gem trade also helps feed families in impoverished corners of Africa, but it has a darker side. When the riches derived from it fall into the hands of despots and warlords, they can kill, and they have done so.

But in the end, the gem stone’s journey takes it to the jewelry shops – be they the big names on New York City’s Fifth Avenue or the more affordable ones in cities and towns across the globe.

Della Tinsley of East London Design says jewelry is about the individual and marks important events in our lives. “People give you jewelry when you’re 21, when you get married, when you have children,” she notes, “and you inherit jewelry as well.”

Gem stones have been prized throughout man’s history and their appeal shows no sign of diminishing.

 

September 30, 2008

What??? A Man Ring????

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A MAN RING????  Oh gosh, time has really changed hasn’t it? I was reading this article below and I couldn’t help laughing with amusement….a commitment ring or also knows as “with-this-ring-will-you-hurry-up-and-make-a-proper-commitment-to-me-and-if-you-won’t-anytime-soon-at-least-you’ll-appear-to-be-off-the-market-to-any-other-women-on-the-prowl”.

Read on! 

 

 Man rings – the latest accessory for a possessive woman???

 
 

 

 

There was a trend sweeping Manhattan a few years ago dubbed the Right-Hand Ring phenomenon in which high-earning independent women with money to spend raced to the Diamond District to splurge on digit jewellery for themselves – specifically their right hands – in an effort to display an “I deserve it” mentality.

Cynics scoffed that the right-hand rock was nothing more than a lady-in-waiting purchase, because a man had yet to buy them one, which was, of course, their desired wish.

The fact this trend was fostered by diamond conglomerate DeBeers in a sensational marketing scheme to invent a reason to buy more rings, seemed to be lost on various fashion mags and social observers who heavily promoted this sociological trend of independent-women-happily-buying-diamond-rings-for-themselves-for-no-real-occasion.

Celebrities Minnie Driver and Eve were seen flashing right-hand diamond rings. So too were other single gals around America whose right-hand rocks were heralded as a win for womankind.

Though, as far as I could see, instead of fostering true independence, it just seemed to enhance the concept of the traditional marriage shackle, albeit on the wrong hand. These women didn’t appear to be adhering to new a role of freedom. The fact that a diamond ring was the object of affection meant they were merely altering the role until the role they were waiting for came along on bended knee and said “marry me.”

Now a new cultural trend has surfaced in society: non-married men wearing rings on their wedding finger given to them by their girlfriends. We’ve Spy-ed the odd bloke brandishing them in our social page piccies.

Never before has the ring signified so much.

For men it’s not an engagement ring; it’s not a wedding ring; it’s not a friendship ring. It is, let’s be honest, a commitment ring… a ring that says in girlfriend speak: with-this-ring-will-you-hurry-up-and-make-a-proper-commitment-to-me-and-if-you-won’t-anytime-soon-at-least-you’ll-appear-to-be-off-the-market-to-any-other-women-on-the-prowl.

In other words, it’s a man ring that marks a woman’s territory.

But will a ring on a bloke’s wedding finger – married or not – stop prowling women from flirting? Will it make the girlfriend giver feel like her boyfriend has proven his commitment to her? Is it a sign of true love or a symbol of obsession? Who knows? Each relationship can only be judged by the people in it, but it does seem to me that a ring can say less about the person wearing it and more about the person giving it. What do you think?

 

 

 

 

*I think it’s gonna be interesting to see how that goes! hahaha! 🙂

 

 

Source: New Zealand Herald

September 29, 2008

Cartier going to Korea

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Ahhhhhh Cartier…….even the sound it makes when you pronounce it’s name gives out an exquisite flair….it represents the epitome of wealth, luxury and class.

I came across this as I was hunting the web for news in the world of jewelry. Looks like Cartier finally decided to explore the untapped economy capability in the Asian region.

Have a good read! 🙂

 

Cartier Opens Flagship Store in Cheongdam

World-famous French jeweler Cartier finally opened its first flagship store in the fashionable Cheongdam-dong district in southern Seoul.

Designed by French architect David-Pierre Jalicon, the Cartier Maison building is already attracting attention for its elegant facade, inspired by the Korean wrapping cloth or bojagi.

“Cartier has been `jeweler to kings, king of jewelers’ for 160 years and as you know every king needs a castle … This is like a private mansion with unique style. The decor, the private lounges, bridal salon and watch salon ― all of this to make our guests very comfortable,” said Philippe Galtie, managing director of Cartier Korea, during the press preview last week.

While Cartier has opened flagship stores in Japan and China in the last few years, it took longer for the company to open one in Seoul.

“We feel it is the right time for the market to have a flagship store, in terms of level of sophistication of the market. The market is growing very rapidly. Despite the economic uncertainty affecting the world, the high-end products are not affected. We are selling products that you can keep forever,” Galtie said.

Cartier Maison certainly conveys the essence of the Cartier brand, which is known for luxury, craftsmanship and rich heritage. It features two floors of classic interiors, crystal chandeliers and display cases filled with diamond jewelry, tank watches, leather goods and handbags. It is also has several private lounges, where VIP customers are treated to champagne while picking through the Cartier collection.

Galtie said this boutique is the seventh biggest in the world, although he expects the ranking to drop as Cartier builds more stores around the world.

(I prefer the one on the left….The jewelry design on it looks classy)


Cartier Maison features the largest assortment of Cartier jewelry, watches and handbags in Korea.

“We have a long history of accessories. We are known for our jewelry and watches. In jewelry, our best selling items are the Love ring and the Trinity rings, which have become icons for many years. Love rings are 30 years. It is quite old for a fashion item that is still hot. The Trinity ring was introduced in 1924, but the old lady is still quite sexy. That’s the beauty of Cartier, the creativity, design and timeless style,” Galtie said.  (I like the Trinity Ring….it is pretty hot)

 

 

 

 
Cartier Maison has a wide array of diamond jewelry and bridal rings, but the most stunning and expensive piece is a necklace with a 13.6-carat yellow diamond pendant and 19 carats of diamonds.

On Thursday, a jewelry fashion show featured models wearing some of the most dazzling necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets from Cartier’s collection. There’s even a diamond tiara, which is now available exclusively at the boutique.

To celebrate the opening of the flagship store, six limited edition mini-Marcello handbags, which come in different colors and materials, are available at the Cartier Maison. Three of the mini-Marcello bags already been reserved as of Wednesday.

 

Cartier, Cartier, Cartier…..Creativity, Design and Timeless Style

September 26, 2008

New Diamond is a Record Breaker!

The new found diamond is definitely making waves in the Diamond World…..just take a look at how the experts are raving about its color and quality….

Hahaha, it really reminds me of a child who found Candyland….the excitement I mean 🙂

Huge Diamond Hailed as Record Breaker:

(I like the combo! lol)

A diamond unearthed in the southern African nation of Lesotho could yield one of the largest and highest quality round polished diamonds, according to a statement Monday from company that found it.

Experts in Antwerp, Belgium who analyzed the 478-carat stone determined it to be of the highest color grading available for a white diamond, said a statement from Gem Diamonds Ltd., the company that found the stone.

“What makes it more remarkable is the color and quality of this stone,” said diamond consultant Neil Buxton.

“It’s a D color, which is the highest possible graded color you can get, and we believe there is a chance — a very good chance — of getting a 100-carat plus” round stone with the highest color and clarity rankings.

The company said such a stone would “to the best of our knowledge” be “the first one in history.”

The diamond, which was found in September, ranks as the 20th largest rough diamond ever found, but is not the biggest ever taken from the Letseng Mine, which is co-owned by Gem Diamonds Ltd. and the Kingdom of Lesotho, a country of 2.1 million that is surrounded by South Africa.

Two bigger stones — 603 and 493 carats — were found in the mine in 2006 and 2007, respectively, the company said. A 601-carat diamond was mined there in 1960, it said.

Source: CNN

September 25, 2008

….and they found a Diamond

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Yes, if you haven;t heard the news, they found a Diamond in Lesotho….a BIG one that is, weighing in at a hefty 478 carats. Ahhhh but it only comes in 20th place as the largest diamond ever found.

Seriously, I would like to be in the shoes of a person who was digging dirt away and voila! come across a rock that seemed too pretty to be a rock, only to realize that I hit the jackpot!!! The excitement, the oh-my-gosh-I-found-a-diamond-I-can-hardly-breathe kind of feeling? That is what I am talking about.

Just to keep you updated in the latest buzz in the diamond world, take a look at what I found on BBC 🙂

Massive diamond found in Lesotho

Miners in Lesotho have discovered a huge gem stone which may become the largest ever polished round diamond.

The stone weighs 478 carats and is the 20th largest rough diamond ever found, said Gem Diamonds.

The company said the uncut rock was recovered recently from the Letseng mine, owned by the company in Lesotho.

The diamond, which is as yet unnamed, has the potential to yield a 150 carat cut stone, and could sell for tens of millions of dollars, the company said.

Clarity

“Preliminary examination of this remarkable diamond indicates it will yield a record-breaking polished stone of the very best colour and clarity,” said the company’s chief executive Clifford Elphick.

It would be bigger than the 105 carat round-cut Koh-i-Noor diamond, which is part of the British Crown Jewels.

It would still be dwarfed by the Cullinan diamond discovered in 1905, which was 3,106 carats uncut and yielded a teardrop shaped diamond of 530 carats called the Great Star of Africa.

The Letseng mine is owned by a mining company of which Gem Diamonds controls 70% and the Lesotho government 30%.

…..I wonder how it would look on a Diamond ring 😛

September 19, 2008

Famous Diamond #6: Millennium Star

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I did promise that the famous diamond streak will end soon….keeping to my word, this WILL be the last famous diamond (until I come across a new one that is, haha)

Saved the best for the last! Just look at the picture below…..Its a ‘Star’ alright!

For the 6th and final time….The aptly named Millennium Star! 🙂

Millennium Star

 

In 1999, De Beers unveiled the De Beers Millennium Jewels – the centrepiece being the De Beers Millennium Star, a ‘D’ colour, flawless pear-shaped stone weighing 203.04 carats.

The rest of the Millennium Jewels were made up of eleven rare blue diamonds with a total weight of 118 carats.  The largest was the Heart of Eternity weighing 27.64 carats.

The Millennium Star weighed 777 carats in the rough, and is the sixth largest diamond of gem quality ever discovered. (my eyes popped out momentarily when i read this part, 777 carats!)

It took the Steinmetz Group three years to cut the Millennium Star.  First of all it was split in Belgium, then polished in South Africa and subsequently finished in New York.

Over one hundred plastic models of the stone were made to design and plan for the optimum cut for beauty and weight.  A special room had to be constructed and special tools created for the operation.

In the end the diamond was shaped into a classic pear, with 54 facets.  Harry Oppenheimer remarked that it was the most beautiful diamond he had ever seen.

The De Beers Millennium Jewels were displayed in the Millennium Dome at Greenwich in London, in the year 2000, and later at exhibitions in Tokyo and Dubai.

No wonder they call it the Millennium Star….look at the details and work that went into it…..sigh, just for a rock! Seriously! a rock!

but……

judging from the final product, It’s worth the ‘blood and sweat’ no?

That’s it for Famous Diamonds folks!

I shall hunt for new topics to bombard you with soon 🙂

Souce: De Beers

 

September 17, 2008

Famous Diamond #5: Golden Jubilee

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Hahaha I am guess you must be getting a tad tired of reading about famous diamonds no?

I can assure you that it won’t go on forever. Just a couple more *grins*

Hey, I have to give ALL these world famous diamonds their ‘one-minute’ fame!

With that, I introduce you to the diamond version of a golden egg….the “Golden Jubilee”

Golden Jubilee

Discovered in the Premier mine in South Africa in 1986, the 755.50 carat rough diamond was a beautiful golden yellow colour with a bright reddish hue at the centre. (didn’t I say it is the diamond version of the ‘golden egg’?)

Gabi Tolkowsky commented that “within its heart lay a wonderfully mysterious shine that gave the diamond a character unlike any other”.

A large surface and deep cracks from the interior, as well as several inclusions, meant that cutting and polishing the big diamond presented challenges.

An underground room that was free from vibration had to be constructed before work could begin on the diamond.  In 1990, after two years of work, the stone was finished, reduced in total from 755.50 carats, to 545.65 carats.

Gabi Tolkowsky described the cut as a “Fire-Rose cushion shape.”

Thai businessmen arranged for the diamond to be given to King Bhumibol as a gift from the people to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the King’s ascent to the throne.

The diamond was named the Golden Jubilee, and was received by the King’s daughter, Princess Matia Chari Sirindhom, on his behalf in 2000.

The diamond is now on display in the Royal Museum at Pimammek Golden Temple Throne Hall in Bangkok.

Anyone up for Thailand? :p

September 16, 2008

Famous Diamonds #4: Eureka

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Continuing from where I left off, here is another “sparkling” story which places South Africa as “diamond haven”

Enjoy! 🙂

The Eureka Diamond is perhaps the single most important diamond in the history of South African mining.

Discovered in 1866 by children digging amongst the shrubbery of their father’s land, it remained for some time “undiscovered”  – a mere plaything for the children of Dutch farmer Daniel Johannes Jacobus Jacobs.

No one in the farmer’s home took it to be anything more than an attractive rock, and it was not until a neighbour farmer, Schalk van Niekerk, who possessed a smattering of geological knowledge noticed the stone whilst visiting the Jacobs’ farmhouse.

Whilst van Niekerk did not imagine it could be a diamond he thought it interesting enough to offer to buy the Eureka from the children.  However, Mrs Jacobs refused to accept any payment and simply gave the stone to her neighbour.  (how I wish I was the neighbor! hahaha)

The Eureka then passed to John Robert O’Reilly who van Niekerk took the stone to in order to confirm his suspicions that it might be a rare mineral.  O’Reilly determined that it had to be a diamond and it was sent to Dr. William Guybon Atherstone in Grahamstown for authentication.

In 1867 Atherstone confirmed the “first” diamond to be discovered in South Africa, stating it was a “veritable diamond weighing 24 carats worth £800”, he suggested that the Eureka be exhibited at the Cape Colony’s stand at the Paris exhibition.

However it was felt that Queen Victoria should be given the opportunity of inspecting the diamond firsthand so a replica was exhibited and the Eureka was sent on its long journey to Windsor.

The stone was then sold to Sir Philip Wodehouse, Governor of the Cape Colony for £500; O’Reilly and van Niekerk sharing the proceeds.  Whilst an agreement had been made that van Niekerk would give some of his share to the Jacobs family, it seems they never received a penny for their great discovery.

In 1870 Sir Philip returned to the UK, and there the Eureka was to remain for almost 100 years. It was cut and, over the course of almost a century, changed hands a number of times.

In 1946 the Times reported that £5,700 had been paid at a Christie’s public auction for a diamond bangle of 20 large stones with the Eureka as its centrepiece.

It remained in a private collection until, in 1967, exactly 100 years after its discovery, De Beers purchased the Eureka, gifting it to the people of South Africa.

The Eureka was placed on permanent loan by the South African government at the Mine Museum, Kimberley – a fitting venue to display the gemstone that established South Africa as one of the world’s richest resources of diamonds.

Don’t you wish you found a diamond in your backyard now?…..I DO! *grins*

Source: De Beers

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