Before you get any big ideas for your next jewelry heist, you might want to read on a little further. This is not so much a “How to” but more of a “How not to” carry out a successful diamond heist. There were no guns, men in masks, scuba diving gear, tunnels into hidden bank vaults or anything remotely resembling what might be considered an organized crime. This diamond theft was more of a disorganized crime.
The Asscher cut diamond was pioneered all the way back in 1902 in Holland by the Asscher brothers. It is often called the square emerald cut, due to it’s stepped square shape and cropped corners (similar to an emerald cut, though it has larger steps, and a smaller table). This particular shape of diamond became popular in the 1920s but faded into obscurity over the ensuing years. Just ten years ago, you’d be hard pressed to find an Asscher diamond cut in your local jewelry store but since 2005 it has grown to be one of the hottest new diamond shapes on the market today. The reason for this, I hear you ask? A little TV show by the name of Sex and The City. Sarah Jessica Parker’s character wore an Asscher cut diamond engagement ring and kaboom, the internet lit up with renewed excitement about this long forgotten diamond cut. And it’s been going strong ever since.
It’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. What on earth is a diamond anyway? What are they made of? and, How does diamond formation happen? These questions are often overlooked and replaced with one simple question, “How much does it cost?” But let’s set that one aside for now and get down to a little geological science 101. If you were too busy at school to pay attention in science class, now’s your time to catch up on all the knowledge lost.
The allure of expensive diamonds goes back centuries. They have long been hailed as the most valuable and sought after jewels alongside gold. The mythology and magic that surrounds diamonds can be attributed to their scarcity and their natural beauty. Nothing is quite so brilliant as a pristine diamond. As with any natural wonder, some are simply more perfect than others, and diamonds are no exception to this rule. Some diamonds have such a mystical air of perfection that their value soars and their legend grows with it. Here’s a little background on some of the world’s most expensive diamonds ever sold at auction.
Big news in the diamond mining world: Lucara Diamonds, one of the largest diamond mining companies in the world today, are on a fantastic run in 2015. Just last month they reported to have found five massive diamonds weighing in at more than 50 carats each in their Lulo Diamond Concession (or “mine” to the rest of us) in Angola. Now this month, they have just reported to the Australian Stock Exchange a new finding of additional large size, and what they’re calling “special” diamonds, from that very same mine. So far, there have been 10,000 diamonds found in Angola Mines this year.
September is officially upon us, and if you’re lucky enough to be born in this month, you should be rewarding yourself with a giant shimmering blue sapphire on your birthday. Or at least somebody should. The Sapphire is regarded as one of the most beautiful gemstones on the planet, and is a little less commonplace than some of the other gem choices around these days. The cool blue sapphire birthstone is a nice representation of summer’s gradual shift to winter, much like the month of September, therefore making it a perfect gift for any September birthday.