The first real documented information on natural color diamonds came from Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689), a French precious stones merchant who traveled several times to India in search of special stones. During his travels, Tavernier visited only three of the numerous Indian mines: Raolconda, Gani Colour and Soulempou, and he documented his adventures in "The Six Voyages of John Baptiste Tavernier." The Koh-i-Noor (Mountain of Light) and the infamous Hope Diamond are two of the gems Taverier returned with from India.
In 1725, diamonds were found in what is now the Minas Gerais province of Brazil. Several notable diamonds have come from this region, most notably the Moussaeff red, a 5.11ct triangular shaped red diamond.
The Premier Mine based in South Africa was originally named the Cullinan Mine and began operating in 1902. This mine has has produced some of the most notable blue diamonds in the world. (insert a few examples here)
In the 1980s, the Argyle Mine in western Australia was and quickly became the world’s only consistent supply of pink diamonds. The pink diamonds originating from this mine were darker than most other pink diamonds found previously.
History of diamonds on people...
- In 1947, Queen Elizabeth II received a 54-carat intense pink diamond for her wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh. This stone was later mounted onto a brooch by Cartier. The Queen remains one of the biggest collectors of natural color diamonds.
- In 1958, Farah, the former Empress of Iran, wore the world's most famous tiara for her wedding: 324 brilliants pink, clear and yellow diamonds set around the Noor-al-Ain (Light of the Eye), one of the largest pink diamonds in the world (60 carats).
- World attention was finally brought to the rarity and value of colored diamonds in 1987 when Christie's sold a very flawed, reddish, 0.95-carat stone for the astronomical sum of $880,000 (plus the 10% commission).
- Ben Affleck bought Jennifer Lopez a 6.1-carat pink diamond - estimated value $2.5m;
- Maria Menounos wore a $2.5m champagne/brown-diamond dress and shoes to the 2004 Oscars;
- $46.3 million paid at Sotheby's Geneva in November 2010 by jeweler Laurence Graff for a 24.78-carat fancy vivid pink.
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