Saturday, May 16, 2015

Famous Diamonds V

The Golden Maharajah diamond was shown at the Paris World Fair of 1937 and was later loaned to the American Museum of Natural History for 15 years by its owner, Ella Friedus. The Gemological Institute of America reported the 65.57-carat gem as being Fancy Dark Orange-Brown, having VS2 clarity, and a slightly modified cutting style: Its crown and pavilion main facets are horizontally divided, an extra facet pattern sometimes applied when cutting larger diamonds.

While its early history isn't known, its almost certainly a South African diamond.

The tiara was fashioned by Harry Winston for Empress Farah for her wedding to the last Shah of Iran in 1957.
Noor-ol-Ein Diamond: also known by the alternate spelling Nur-Ul-Ain Diamond. It's one of the largest pink diamonds in the world said to have originated from India. It's an oval diamond brilliant cut diamond that measures 60 carats. It is currently set in a platinum tiara with other pink, yellow, and colourless diamonds.
Pumpkin Diamond: is 5.54 carats in size and is rated fancy vivid orange by the GIA. The diamond went up for auction at Sotheby's in 2001 where it was purchased by Harry Winston for $1.3m. The auction occurred the day before Halloween and stone was renamed the Pumpkin Diamond.

The diamond was set in a ring with two smaller diamonds on both sides and was worn by Halley Berry at the 2002 Oscars when she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monsters Ball.
The pride of the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, Turkey and its most valuable single exhibit is the 86-carat pear-shaped Spoonmaker Diamond, also known as the Kasikci.

It is an 86 carats pear-shaped diamond, surrounded by a double-row of 49 old mine cut diamonds.
The Star of the South was the first Brazilian Diamond to achieve world recognition. It was found by a slave worker in 1853. After passing through several buyers and sellers, the stone made its way to Amsterdam for cutting.

The result is a stone that measures 128.42 carats and is a light pinkish brown color. The stone was displayed in the London Exhibit in 1862 and the Paris Exhibit in 1867, after which it was purchased for $400,000 as a gift for Sita Devi, the Maharani of Baroda. The stone was then purchased by Cartier in 2002.
The Tereschenko Diamond is 42.92-carat,fancy blue, pear-shaped stone. It was part of the Tereschenko family as a loose stone until it was set in a diamond necklace by Cartier in 1915.

Just after its completion and right before the Russian Revolution in 1916 the stone was removed from the country for safekeeping and eventually sold to a private collector. In 1984 the diamond was sold for $4.5m
The Great Chrysanthemum Diamond is a fancy brown pear shaped modified brilliant cut that measures 104.15 carats. The diamond originated in South Africa, was cut in New York by S&M Kaufman, and was named after it's similarity to the brown chrysanthemum flower.

The current owner of the diamond is unknown.