Category Archives: Gems, Trends and More

Canada’s Diavik Mine Yields 552-Carat Yellow Diamond, the Largest Ever Found in North America

Last October, in Canada’s frozen Northwest Territories, just 135 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the Diavik mine unexpectedly yielded a 552-carat fancy yellow diamond. It is the largest of its kind ever discovered in North America. Canadian mines are known to produce high-quality diamonds but not particularly large ones, making this finding quite remarkable. The quarter-pound gem-quality stone, which is the size of a chicken egg, is nearly three times heavier than the .

Emerald Ring That Survived the Sinking of the Titanic Is Featured on BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’

An emerald engagement ring that survived the fateful final voyage of the Titanic in 1912 made a surprise appearance on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow this past Sunday. The ring, which features an emerald center stone flanked by smaller emeralds and diamonds in a platinum setting, was owned by the guest’s grandmother, who was newly married and only 18 years old at the time. Her grandmother managed to board a lifeboat and escape the sinking ship, .

Pinkish-Orange ‘Living Coral’ — Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019

“Living Coral,” a pinkish-orange hue that embraces us with warmth and embodies our desire for playful expression, has been named Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year. Among the gemstones exhibiting Pantone’s vibrant, yet mellow, seaborne color are spinel, morganite, padparadscha sapphire and precious coral. Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director, said the Color Institute selected Living Coral to counter the effects of digital technology and social media that are “increasingly embedding into daily life.” “We .

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 .