Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Fantastic World of Diamonds

There are many kinds of diamonds known to us today. Some are transparent, others translucent or opaque; ranging from colorless to sooty black, with many colors in between. Transparent or slightly tinted diamonds are most often used in jewelry. The … Continue reading

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Haiti Earthquake 7.2 – Live Account – 12 January 2010

This is being written exactly 48 hours after the earthquake struck – at 4.53 pm on Tuesday, 12 January 2010. At that moment, I truly believe I went through one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. I had … Continue reading

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Sotheby’s NY Sale Soars as QEIII Looms Large

Sotheby’s New York sale of Magnificent Jewels saw its highest total ever for an April sale bringing in $39,367,350. Seven of the top ten lots each soared past $1 million and bidding sometimes became so frenetic that even the auctioneer … Continue reading

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Tombale Rescues Botswana from DeBeers Unfair Trade

The founding coordinator of the Botswana Diamond Hub, Akolang Tombale disclosed that Botswana used to get only $3 billion from the world diamond industry. Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Affairs, Tombale admitted that because of … Continue reading

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Diamonds are Forever

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists recently found that a diamond becomes even stronger during rapid compression. Using the Janus and the Omega laser, scientists clearly showed that shock waves applied by lazar to diamonds, enable it to support almost … Continue reading

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“We must be ready to defend our country, sacrifice our lives”

President Mugabe stated that the control of Zimbabwe’s resources was important in maintaining the country’s sovereignty. “Who are they, we ask” Does Britain still regard us as a colony in spite of the fact that on April 17, 1980 they … Continue reading

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What is a Rough Diamond?

Volcanic eruptions usually originate from a depth of approximately 30 miles underground, while a diamond-spewing volcanic eruption sucks magma ore from more than 90 miles deep. Diamonds in the rough are mined in several forms before being examined and polished … Continue reading

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Unseen Heights of Sotheby’s Geneva

Sotheby’s Geneva jewelry auction boosted the total to unseen heights when a 24.78-carat pink diamond sold for $46 million. What does a $100 million dollar auction and $1,862,739 per carat for a diamond tell you about the economy? Estimated to … Continue reading

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Kimberly UnProcessed

I am continuously asked about the reality of conflict-free diamonds, the truth is, there is no such thing. Many poor countries have long regarded the Kimberly Process as a plot by Western countries to control the diamond trade — and … Continue reading

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Rose-cut Diamonds

Rose-cut belongs to the ‘antique’ family of diamond cuts introduced as early as the 1500’s. By the mid-16th century, various forms of the rose-cut diamonds were developed, derived from the preceding types of cuts. A flat base and a crown … Continue reading

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