Category Archives: Gems, Trends and More

Welcome to ‘Engagement Season’ When Nearly 40% of All Marriage Proposals Take Place

Welcome to “engagement season,” the magical time between Thanksgiving Day and Valentine’s Day when nearly 40% of all marriage proposals take place. According to WeddingWire’s 2018 Newlywed Report, Christmas Day is the most popular day of the year to pop the question, followed by Valentine’s Day, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Interestingly, the WeddingWire survey of 18,000 U.S. newlyweds married in 2017 reveals a dramatic spike in proposals during the .

Graff Unveils First 67 Diamonds Cut From the 1,109-Carat Lesedi La Rona

e evolution of the incredible 1,109-carat diamond “rock”, Lesedi La Rona, continues. We first blogged about it shortly after its discovery, three years ago in November 2015.  Since that time, it has made our blog again and again as its story was written:  February, May, and June 2016. Then on June 29, 2016, the totally unexpected happened: Lesedi La Rona failed to meet its reserve price and went unsold at auction.  Our last blog about this .

2,500-Year-Old Gilded Mask With Gemstone-Inlaid Eyes Discovered at Egyptian Burial Ground

An Egyptian funeral mask crafted of gilded silver and dating back to 664-404 BCE is being called a “sensation” by archaeologists at Germany’s University of Tübingen. Discovered deep within a necropolis in Saqqara, Egypt, the mask of an ancient priest has eyes inlaid with calcite, obsidian and a black gemstone, which is believed to be onyx. The thin layer of gold leaf that once adorned the entire mask has mostly worn away. “The finding .

Unmanned Sub Positively IDs 300-Year-Old Spanish Wreck Laden With $17B in Gold and Emeralds

Utilizing an unmanned submersible vehicle at a depth of 600 meters, researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) positively ID’d the San José — a 62-gun, three-masted Spanish galleon that has been called the “Holy Grail of Shipwrecks.” The ill-fated ship had been en route to Spain in 1708 laden with a cargo of emeralds, precious-metal coins and jewelry estimated to be worth $17 billion. A quartet of British warships sank the galleon .

Blue Diamond Owned 300 Years Ago by the Queen of Spain Fetches $6.7MM at Sotheby’s Geneva

A 6.16-carat blue diamond owned more than 300 years ago by Elisabeth Farnese, Queen of Spain, fetched $6.7 million at Sotheby’s Geneva yesterday. The winning bid crushed the auction house’s pre-sale high estimate by more than $1.7 million. The historic “Farnese Blue” was originally presented in 1715 as a wedding gift to the Spanish Queen by the governor of the Philippine Islands. Secreted away in a royal jewelry box, the pear-shaped, fancy dark grey-blue .

Yale’s Peabody Museum Showcases Stunning, Rarely Seen Formations of California Gold

One of the world’s finest collections of California gold made its debut last Saturday at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, Conn. The exhibition features 23 natural formations of gold, some of which resemble leaves, coral and skeletons. “The Mockingbird” measures 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.0 inches and features skeletal octahedral gold crystals stacked on minor quartz crystals. It was discovered at the Mockingbird Mine, Mariposa County, Calif.    Most .

30.62-Carat ‘Blue Heart Diamond’: One of the Most Popular and Prettiest Gems of the Smithsonian

In honor of April’s official birthstone, we turn our attention today to one of the most popular — and prettiest — gems of the Smithsonian. Dubbed the “Blue Heart Diamond,” the 30.62-carat fancy deep-blue sparkler was last owned by socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post and now resides near the Hope Diamond in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals in Washington, D.C. It is believed to be the world’s largest heart-shaped blue .

Gold, Platinum and Diamonds Pelt Siberia’s Coldest City After Plane Spills Its Cargo

Gold, platinum, and diamonds literally rained from the sky over the frigid city of Yakutsk in eastern Siberia last Thursday. The wild display of flying treasure — worth 21 billion rubles or $368 million — was attributed to the failed cargo hatch of a Cold War-era transport plane called the Antonov An-12. The aircraft was carrying gold bars, platinum bars and loose diamonds on behalf of Chukota Mining and Geological Company. About 99% of .

Olympic Athletes are Linked to Diamonds in a Series of Ads Airing during the Winter Games

Olympic athletes are visually and emotionally linked to diamonds in a trio of compelling ads now airing during the coverage of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Conceived by the Diamond Producer’s Association’s ‘Real is a Diamond’ platform in partnership with The NBCU Content Studio, “The Making of a Gem” commercials tell the story of young athletes on the rise. In their own words, athletes representing the sports of snowboarding, women’s ice .