Lucapa Recovers 204-ct Diamond at Mothae

(IDEX Online) – Lucapa has announced the recovery of a 204-carat diamond at its Mothae mine, in Lesotho. It’s the eighth +100 carat diamond, and third +200 carat, to be recovered since commercial mining started there in January 2019. The Australian miner owns 70 per cent of the kimberlite mine, the remainder belongs to the […]

Molly Sims Dazzles with $1m of Diamonds in her Hair

(IDEX Online) – Fashion model Molly Sims dazzled at the Met Gala, wearing 120 carats of diamonds. She wore a $1m necklace in her hair, courtesy of Ring Concierge, the New York jeweler that specializes in designs “for women, by women”. Click here to read full article.

Beyonce Drips with 400 carats of Diamonds at Oscars

(IDEX Online) – Beyonce served up a fashion grand slam with a pair of tennis ball-colored dresses (one citron, one lime) and almost 400 carats of diamonds at the Oscars. She wore shoulder-length earrings by Lorraine Schwartz, her jeweler of choice, featuring seven rows of diamonds, weighing in at 150 carats. The 40-year-old singer also […]

The Rock: At 228-ct it’s the Biggest White Diamond ever to be Auctioned

(IDEX Online) – A white diamond described as the largest ever to appear at auction could sell for $30m. The 228.31-ct pear-shaped gem will lead Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva. The G/VS1 stone, named The Rock (pictured), was mined and polished in South Africa over 20 years ago. It has an estimate of $20m […]

Legal Tender: Gold Coins set with Argyle Pinks

(IDEX Online) – Gold coins minted in Australia have been set with 78 pink diamonds from the iconic Argyle mine. The limited edition of just eight are legal tender, with a nominal value of AUD 2,500, but are being sold to collectors for AUD 262,800 (US$190,000). Click here to read full article.

Alexandrite-the birthstone for month of June

This rare gemstone is named after the Russian Tsar Alexander 2nd (1818 – 1881). The most sensational feature of alexandrite is its ability to change colour – green or bluish green in daylight, turning to a soft shade of red, purplish-red or raspberry red in artificial light. Click here to read full article, Alexandrite – […]

5 Surprising Things I Learned at the Lightbox Lab-Grown Diamond Factory

(JCKonline) –  In November, I joined a small group of journalists on a tour of the Lightbox lab-grown diamonds facility in Gresham, Ore., a suburb of Portland. JCK news director Rob Bates made the same trip in the fall of 2018, but the factory, which is owned by De Beers subsidiary Element Six, was still a construction site when he visited. When […]

Debmarine to Launch World’s Most Advanced Diamond Vessel

(IDEX Online) – The world’s most advanced diamond recovery vessel, the $420m Benguela Gem, is to set sail off the coast of Namibia next week. The 177-meter ship (pictured) will join Debmarine’s existing five-strong fleet, which dredge thousands of tonnes of sediment fat 90 to 150 meters below the seabed, 12 miles off the south-western […]

Dior Unveils its Lucky 88.88-ct Yellow Diamond

(IDEX Online) – Christian Dior yesterday unveiled an 88.88-carat cushion-cut yellow diamond – worth an estimated $50m – at the re-opening of its flagship store in Paris. The fancy intense VVS2 stone was recovered as a 150-carat rough gem at the Kimberley mine, South Africa, owned by Ekapa. Dior acquired it for an undisclosed sum […]

An Industry Veteran on How Lab-Grown Diamonds Are Pushing the Trade To Experiment

(JCKonline) Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Avi Levy was born with a diamond. The son of a diamantaire who had an office on New York’s 47th Street, Levy, now the North America president for the International Gemological Institute (IGI), began his career in the diamond trade the old-fashioned way: […]