Friday, 18 September 2015

Crater of Diamonds State Park "Esperanza Diamond"

Mike Botha, a master diamond cutter with Embee Diamonds, is headed to Little Rock, Arkansas to work with the Esperanza diamond.

The Esperanza is an 8.52 carat diamond that was found in the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.
He got a chance to peer into the heart of the uncut diamond last week, using special equipment. He said it appears to be completely colourless. "This could be potentially, a flawless diamond."

It is icicle-shaped, so he had to come up with a unique design to maximize the beauty of this particular diamond. He said the baseline value for the Esperanza is $200,000, but it could go much higher.
The Crater of Diamonds is a 911 acre state park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas that contains a 37.5 acre plowed field in which visitors can literally dig for diamonds.

It's the world's only diamond-bearing site that's accessible to the public.
The largest diamond ever discovered in the US, the 40.23-carat Uncle Sam, was found there in 1924. It was cut twice, resulting in a final 12.42-carat (2.484 g) M-color, VVS1 clarity emerald-cut diamond. In 1971, the Uncle Sam was sold for $150,000.

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Famous Diamonds VI

The Blue Empress is a spectacular 14 carat, symmetrical pear-shaped, fancy vivid blue diamond.

The stone was mined at the Premier Diamond Mine in South Africa and was purchased from De Beers by the Steinmetz Group. It was first offered for sale by London’s Harrods in 2003 for £10 million.
The 67.50-carat, cushion-cut Black Orlov is named black but is the colour of gun metal. Like the story behind the famous Hope diamond, legend has it that the Black Orlov was an uncut black stone of 195 carats, pried out of the eye (forehead) of the statute of the sacred Hindu God Brahma from a temple in Southern India.

The diamond turned up in Russia, where it was bought by Princess Nadia Vyegin Orlov. It was purchased in 1947 by Charles F Winson who sold it to an unknown buyer in 1969 for $300,000.
The Paragon Diamond is one of the more unusually shaped diamonds. It is a 7 sided diamond that measures 137.82 carts and is rated a flawless D in color. The necklace currently belongs to the Graff Company and is set in combination necklace - bracelet setting.

The gem was mined in Brazil.
The Donnersmarck Diamonds are two yellow diamonds, named after their one time owner Henckel von Donnersmarc. One, a baguette-shaped diamond weighing 102.54 carats, was sold for $3.246 million.

The second, tear drop in shape and weighing 82.48 carats, was sold for $4.666 million.
The Sun-Drop Diamond at 110 carats is the world’s largest yellow diamond. It sold at auction for $10.91m in 2011.

It was found in South Africa in 2010. The stone was cut as a Pear Brilliant, also called Drop Cut.
The Kazanjian Red Diamond is an extraordinary 5.05-carat red gem on temporary display in the Museum's Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems. Red diamonds are the rarest among colored diamonds. Only three 5-carat red diamonds are known to exist: the Kazanjian Red diamond, the trilliant-cut 5.11-carat Moussaieff Red, and the 5.03-carat De Young Red.

The original 35-carat piece of rough was discovered in Lichtenburg, South Africa
The Spoonmaker's Diamond is a 86 carat pear-shaped diamond, pride of the Imperial Treasury exhibitions at the Topkapi Palace Museum, Tehran.

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Hollywood Props and Costumes at Auction II

Screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz's "Rosebud" sled, gifted to him at the conclusion of principal photography for Citizen Kane

US$ 100,000 - 200,000

Laurel and Hardy suits from "Air Raid Wardens"

A fertility idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Sold for US$ 16,250
1979 Triumph Bonneville from "An Officer and a Gentleman"

US$ 13,000 - 15,000

Johnny Depp hat from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Sold for US$ 15,000

Original T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Estimated auction value: $US100,000 – $US200,000

Leonard Nimoy’s “Spock” Tunic from Star Trek: The Original Series
Estimated auction value: $US80,000 – $US120,000.

Johnny 5 from Short Circuit 2
Estimated auction value: $US100,000 – $US200,000.

“Facehugger” from Aliens
Estimated auction value: $US20,000 – $US30,000.

10 Commandments tablets from The 10 Commandments
Estimated auction value: $US60,000 – $US80,000.

Chewbacca headpiece. $172,000

C-3PO droid helmet from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi $70,000.

The Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz". $2 million.

Batman cowl from Batman Begins. $20,000

Jor-El costume from Superman: The Movie, $40,000; a Martian from Mars Attacks! and a Jaffa costume from Stargate SG-1. $11,000.

Wolverine’s black leather battle suit from X-Men. $70,000

Lightsaber in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back $175,000.

United Planets Cruiser C-57D flying saucer miniature pictured in 1956 classic Forbidden Planet. $100,000

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