Monday, August 4, 2014

122.52cts Largest Blue Diamond Mined ~ EVER, $1million Dollar Theft

 Wallace Chan is an incredible Hong Kong based jewelry designer that creates beautiful works of art in jewelry.  His designs are inspired by nature. using the finest of materials, his impeccable sense of realism is remarkable.
The size of the emeralds are dizzying!

 His whimsical fantasy like jewels are drawing legions of new fans. Starting his own line in 2009, by 2010 he was already becoming a household name. Like most fine jewelers his pieces all have names, just like fine art.

  Wallace Chan had spent tens of millions of Hong Kong dollars to be able to showcase his jewelry at the Biennale des Antiquaires, which opened at the Grand Palais in Paris last Friday. He is the first Asian to have his jewelry represented at this exhibition. he had many high profile and influential people that had visited his booth. It might of cost alot financially,  ( the equivalent of 2 million US dollars) but it was worth it in the long run.

  The popularity and jewelry trends change quicker than the seasons. But classic styles will retreat from in demand and most times will reappear maybe a little renovated , back into the trend section of any magazine. One timeless style is the signet ring or also called the intaglio ring. the design has  been around since the beginning of the 3rd millennium B.C.The materials used were usually soft stones that were able to carved such as clays and ivory. The rings were originally used as a way to seal official documents. In more recent times they have been created out of gold. 

   In other gem news the largest blue diamond a staggering 122.52cts rough ever mined was found at the Cullinan mine in South Africa. The name of this mine should sound familiar, DeBeers had sold ownership of this mine Cullinan Mine to Petra Diamonds Cullinan Consortium (PDCC), a consortium led by Petra Diamonds. Five of the worlds largest diamonds were mined here. The Premier rose at 353cts rough, the Niarchos 426cts rough, the DeBeers Centenary 599cts rough, the Golden Jubilee 755cts rough, and the Taylor Burton 69cts polished. There must be more large unmined diamonds yet to be found at this mine. It has a beautiful history!
122.52cts rough blue diamond

From the same mine in 2010 another large diamond was mined, this time it was a 507cts rough diamond , called the Cullinan Heritage that had sold at auction for the unbelievable price of $35.3 million after cutting and polishing.  It can take up to 2 years or possible more to map and cut, polish a large stone.  One wrong hit with the jewelers hammer and a multi million dollar diamond can turn to dust and be virtually worthless.

The 507cts Cullinan Heritage uncut
   Just days after inviting the press into her 3 story closet former Miss Texas Theresa Roemer had $1 million dollars worth of jewels handbags stolen from her Houston home. Her closet is 3,000 square feet is 3 stories tall and resembles many of the upscale stores she frequents. With plenty of glass, back lighting and perfectly perched handbags and all of her jewels on display, it was remarkable. When Theresa and her husband Lamar had left to go to dinner at their clubhouse they locked the door but failed to turn on the security system. they were gone approximately 90 minutes and came back to an empty closet. They had broken in thru the glass in her bathroom. Her and her husband Rolex and Chanel watch collections along with priceless Hermes handbags were among the items that were stolen.
The aftermath
An impresive watch collection

An extensive Louboutin shoe collection
Before the robbery~

  She had built this closet to host benefits and events, noting that their is also a champagne bar on an upper level. One item that will never be able to be replaced is a locket that contained a lock of her deceased sons hair (he passed away tragically at the age of 16). How awful to loose the one item that has more emotional value than everything combined.  the police are taking DNA from the scene. I hope that the culprit is captured~

                                                         Til next time, keep sparkling!


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