At our Jewelry store in Denver, CO, we have always been aware and in awe of these rare, exquisite diamonds that have been found. Each one has had an interesting story behind their journey and eventual ownership.
The Cullinan Diamond was the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found, weighing 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g), discovered at the Premier No. 2 mine in Cullinan, South Africa, on 26 January 1905. It was named after Thomas Cullinan, the mine’s chairman. In April 1905, it was put on sale in London, but despite considerable interest, it was still unsold after two years. In 1907, the Transvaal Colony government bought the Cullinan and presented it to Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom, who had it cut by Asscher Brothersin Amsterdam.
Cullinan produced stones of various cuts and sizes, the largest of which is named Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa, and at 530.4 carats (106.08 g) it is the largest clear cut diamond in the world. The stone is mounted in the head of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross. The second-largest is Cullinan II or the Second Star of Africa, weighing 317.4 carats (63.48 g), mounted in the Imperial State Crown. Both are part of the Crown Jewels. Seven other major diamonds, weighing a total of 208.29 carats (41.66 g), are privately owned by Elizabeth II, who inherited them from her grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1953. The Queen also owns minor brilliants and a set of unpolished fragments.
Lesedi La Rona, formerly known in media as Karowe AK6 or as Quad 1 is the third-largest diamond ever found, and the second-largest of gem quality. Only the non-gem black Sergio and the gem-quality Cullinan were larger. It was found in the Karowe mine, (formerly called AK6) in Botswana on 16 November 2015.
British jeweller Graff bought the rough diamond for $53 million in 2017. By April 2019, Graff had cut it into one large emerald cut diamond, the Graff Lesedi La Rona, weighing 302.37 carats (60.47 g; 2.13 oz) and 66 smaller stones
THREE HELPFUL STEPS TO BUYING AN ENGAGEMENT RING
There are many avenues to inspire the design of your engagement ring, from bridal magazines, websites or online searches, pinterest or friends recommendations. It always helps to speak to your future bride and just get some ideas of her tastes in jewelry and this will give you a general idea of whether to look at white gold, yellow gold, diamonds or colored gemstones. She may even prefer to look at our stunning collection of vintage engagement rings,, mine cut, or European cut diamond engagement rings and wedding bands.
Take the time to read about the 4 C’s that make up the quality of a diamond. Once you have a better idea of how diamonds are graded and appraised, you can decide what’s more important to you both. It may be the size, the clarity, the color or the shape. Round diamonds are one of the most popular diamond shapes. While the round brilliant diamond shape is popular for its brilliance, there are many options that might work better for you. If you are open to a colored diamond, round shapes are usually more expensive since it is more difficult for the diamond polisher to maximize the color. Another great design element is to design a colored halo of yellow or pink diamonds or gemstones around the center diamond. Diamond cuts such as radiant and cushion cuts are ideal for natural color enhancement.. Less common shapes include emerald, oval, heart, pear, asscher, marquise, princess cuts, all of which are exquisite and have a unique personality of their own. Always remember to factor in the woman’s build, her personality, whether she’s very active or has a profession that needs constant hand work or has to wear gloves such as the health profession.
Now that you have an idea of the style of the engagement ring you are looking for and you’ve read up about the 4 C’s, it’s time to visit Andrews Jewelry Store and sit with our Gemologist Bill Garlutzo who is always interested to show you his vast collection of diamonds and colored gemstones. He will be able to help you pick out the perfect diamond or gemstone to match your budget and style. Bill loves diamonds and has been designing engagement rings for the past 30 years. His knowledge and reputation in the jewelry business precedes him.
If you’re looking for a nearby jewelry store with friendly service, we at Andrews Jewelry Store in Centennial, CO are always excited to help you. Come bye and visit us and see our latest selection. We are one of the largest gold buyers, jewelry appraisers and jewelry buyers in Denver CO.
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