Blog Posts tagged with gemstones

This amazing 8.03 Golconda Diamond is Internally Flawless and cut in a luxurious marquise shape.

A Jewel of Perfection: The Rare Golconda Diamond

Posted: February 11, 2013 10:24 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

There once was a time when India was the only place in the world where diamonds could be found. Beginning more than 2,000 years ago, in the current state of Hyderabad, diamonds were first excavated in the heavily fortified kingdom of Golconda. It is from these mines that the most famous diamonds, including the Hope and Koh-I-Noor, originated. Today, the exceptionally rare handful of jewels determined to be Golcondas are the most coveted diamonds in the world. But why? What makes Golconda diamonds so special that they command a premium of 50% or more than that of a D-color diamond from a...


The peerless, glowing luster of these white South Sea pearls makes them both rare and desirable

Treasures of the Sea: Amazing South Sea Pearls

Posted: December 19, 2012 13:39 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Deep in the warm waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, between the northern coast of Australia and the southern coast of China in an area commonly referred to as the "South Seas," one of nature's most outstanding treasures is being created. It takes a minimum of two years for the large Pinctada maxima oyster to create a single South Sea pearl. Each begins its life as a tiny bead of mother-of-pearl carefully implanted into the mollusk. It is these implants that serve as the pearl's nucleus, accepting layer upon layer of the oyster's unmistakably vibrant nacre (the shimmering mother-of-...


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