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The Graff Venus: a high-stakes heartbreaker

By   /  November 9, 2016  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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Today Graff unveiled the record-breaking Venus, the largest flawless heart-shape diamond ever certified by the GIA. Just as you thought another diamond record couldn’t be broken, Graff Diamonds in London has pulled out a trump card. And what a weighty one it is: the Graff Venus weighs an impressive 118.78 carats, making it the largest flawless heart-shape diamond ever to be certified [...]

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The world’s most sought-after pear-shaped diamonds

By   /  October 24, 2016  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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To mark the upcoming sale of the world’s largest pair of pear-shaped, D Flawless diamonds — and an exceedingly rare Fancy Vivid pink pear-shaped diamond ring — we look at some of the record-breaking pear-shaped diamonds offered at Christie’s 1. Miroir de l’Amour by Boehmer et Bassenge Working exclusively with a handful of large, D-colour [...]

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From Rough Diamond to Finished Jewelry: How Graff Cut the 299-Carat Rough Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond into the 132-Carat Golden Empress Diamond

By   /  October 17, 2016  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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We do a lot of writing about diamonds and gemstones in our Haute Jewels columns, but now we take a different turn. With the help of famed diamond house, Graff Diamonds, we bring you on a journey that tracks a famed diamond from its rough form, through cutting and polishing, to its final place as [...]

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Brilliance in Round

By   /  October 10, 2016  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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While many people may just see simple shapes when looking at diamonds (i.e. round, square, heart), those in the diamond industry see cut, pattern, and detail when looking into a diamond. The loan officers at New York Loan for example, are trained to not only see the details in the cut, but to look at [...]

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Gold Not All That Glitters – Diamonds Act as Hedge for Rich

By   /  September 6, 2016  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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GENEVA/LONDON — In a packed Christie’s auction room in Geneva, one could hear a pin drop as two anonymous bidders slugged it out in their quest to own the world’s most exquisite blue diamond. The room in the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues was filled with multi-millionaire collectors and diamond dealers, listening intently as the [...]

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Collecting Guide: Coloured stones

By   /  July 5, 2016  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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From rubies and emeralds to rare coloured diamonds – specialist David Warren provides an in-depth expert guide for buyers seeking a bright addition to their collection Fancy or Vivid? Get to know your terminology A highlight in the coloured stones category — often setting world-record prices — coloured diamonds come with their own specific colour [...]

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The iconic Tiffany engagement-ring setting turns 130

By   /  April 27, 2016  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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In 1904, Eleanor Roosevelt received a Tiffany ring with the signature Tiffany setting from future American president Franklin D Roosevelt. “You could not have found a ring I would have liked better,” she wrote to her then-fiancé, likely experiencing the elation that any woman feels when presented with a box in trademark Tiffany blue. It [...]

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“Fancy” Blue Diamond Sells for Record Price

By   /  April 25, 2013  /  Jewelry  /  No Comments

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A Bulgari ring with a rare deep-blue 5.30 carat diamond attracted bidders from around the world, with more than 20 phone lines in use during the intense 10-minute auction. Selling for $1.8m per carat, the “fancy” diamond beat the previous world record of $1.69m per carat for a blue diamond.  The term “fancy” is used [...]

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“Flawless” Diamond could Sell for $20 million

By   /  March 16, 2013  /  Jewelry  /  No Comments

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This spring one of the world’s most perfect diamonds will go on sale at Christie’s and is expected to go for around $20 million.  It’s the first time the diamond is being offered for sale which means the buyer will be able to name the “flawless” gem.  The pear-shaped, colorless gem weighs 101.73 carats.  The [...]

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Largest, Cleanest Synthetic Diamond Hits the Market

By   /  March 14, 2013  /  Jewelry  /  No Comments

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Despite problems, inevitable the lab-grown diamond technology will continue to improve.  There may not be an official record of how big and pure these stones have gotten there have been recent milestones.  “We recently received back a diamond from AGS that finished as a 1.07 ct. G color, IF clarity.  This is the largest whitest, [...]

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