Massive Cullinan Dream blue diamond fetches over $25m at auction

Price fetched makes it the most expensive fancy intense blue diamond ever sold at auction.

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The Cullinan Dream in the rough.

A 24.18-carat intense blue diamond known as The Cullinan Dream has just sold for $25.4 million at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in New York, breaking all records and becoming the most expensive gem of its kind ever sold at auction.

The diamond, cut from a 122.52-carat rock found at Petra Diamond’s (LON:PDL) Cullinan mine in South Africa in 2014, is the largest of four blue diamonds made from the original.

The Cullinan Dream, a cut-cornered rectangular mixed-cut diamond, has been classified by the Gemological Institute of America as Type IIb. Those kinds of gems are very rare and account for less than one-half of 1% of all diamonds found in nature.

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The Cullinan Dream is now a cut-cornered rectangular mixed-cut fancy intense blue diamond, weighing approximately 24.18 carats.

Type IIb gems contain a small amount of the element boron trapped in the crystal carbon structure during their formation that can give rise to a blue or grey coloration, Petra Diamonds said in a statement.

The mine is best known for the discovery of the Cullinan diamond, at 3,106 carats the largest rough diamond ever found. The gem was cut into two highly significant diamonds, which can be found in the British Crown Jewels.

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It is flanked on either side by a tapered baguette-cut diamond and set in a platinum ring, inscribed “Cullinan Dream”.

Since acquiring a majority stake in the mine in 2008, Petra Diamonds has found some high-profile blue diamonds, including “The Blue Moon of Josephine,” which sold in November for $48.5 million and “The Star of Josephine” — a 7.03 carat polished stone that sold in 2009 for $9.49 million, representing what at the time was a world record price per carat of $1.35 million.

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Alrosa unearths 241.21-carat diamond, one of largest ever found in Russia

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The diamond was found the Nyurbinsky open-pit mine, in Nakyn. (Image courtesy of ALROSA)

Russia’s Alrosa (MCX:ALRS), the world’s top diamond producer by output in carats, has unveiled the discovery of a 241.21-carat rough diamond at its Nyurbinsky open-pit mine.

The diamond is one of the largest ever recovered in Russia.

The precious rock, said the company, is one of the largest rough diamonds ever recovered in Russia and the third largest among those found by the company’s Nyurba Mining and Processing Division.

The massive diamond measures 38.64 mm by 27.34 mm by 25.46 mm, and is translucent with a grey hue. Traces of dissolution–etching channels and caverns–are observed on the surface.

The intermediate and peripheral zones have large cracks and the crystal contains graphite and sulphide inclusions, Alrosa said.

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The massive diamond measures 38.64 mm by 27.34 mm by 25.46 mm, and is translucent with a grey hue. (Image courtesy of ALROSA)

The Nyurbinsky has been in operations since 2001. Identified reserves January last year amounted to 36.9 million carats.

The Nyurba Mining and Processing Division is one of Alrosa’s youngest divisions, in charge of the Nakyn ore field as well as the Nyurbinsky and Botuobinsky open-pit mines.

The state-owned diamond miner may be privatized as soon as this summer, Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum on Thursday, according to Reuters.

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Second largest diamond in the world does not reach reserve at auction

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The world’s second largest diamond – the size of a tennis ball –  has failed to sell at Sotheby’s auction in London on Wednesday.

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Initially valued at more than CAD$90million, the highest bid for the 1109-carat diamond reached only $61 million.

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The diamond, dubbed ‘Lesedi La Rona’, was discovered at Lucara Diamond Corp’s Karowe mine in Botswana last year and translates to ‘our light’ in the local language.

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Its size is second only to the Cullinan diamond which was cut into nine pieces to form part of the UK crown jewels.

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Petra finds yet another huge diamond at its very productive Cullinan mine

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London-listed Petra Diamonds (LON:PDL), already known for its major findings of recent months, has just unearthed a 121.26-carat white rock from its Cullinan mine in South Africa.

The gem is a Type II diamond “of exceptional colour and clarity”, the company said, and is “an outstanding example of the large, high quality diamonds for which the mine is known.”

The 121.26-carat white diamond, along with a number of other high quality stones, will be sold in the last tender of Petra’ 2016 financial year.While Petra did not provide a value estimation, it did say the freshly found rock, along with a number of other high quality stones, will be sold in the last tender of its 2016 financial year.

Last week, a 24.18-carat intense blue diamond known as The Cullinan Dream, which Petra found in 2014, sold for $25.4 million in New York, breaking all records and becoming the most expensive gem of its kind ever sold at auction.

The Cullinan mine, located north-east of Pretoria, has yielded several massive gems, including the largest rough gem diamond ever discovered — the Cullinan. The 3,106-carat stone was cut into two highly significant diamonds, which can be found in the Crown Jewels of the Queen of England.

Petra, which operates four diamond mines in South Africa and one in Tanzania, posted a loss for the first half of its financial year in February, due to fewer sales demand and a glut of supply that pushed rough diamond prices down by 9%.

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‘Aurora Green’ diamond smashes records after fetching $16.8 million.Pics & story here.

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A 5.03-carat fancy vivid green diamond known as “Aurora Green” has set two world auction records for a stone of that colour Tuesday at Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale, fetching over $16.8 million.

The rectangular-cut fancy rock had been valued at $16 million to $20 million and although it sold at the lower end of that range, it set a “world auction record for a green diamond and world record price per carat for a green diamond,” Christie’s said

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The rectangular-cut fancy diamond had been valued at $16 million to $20 million. (Image courtesy of Christie’s)

The buyer was Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook Jewellery, one of the world’s largest jewellery retailers.

The Aurora Green was the top lot of the sale and one of four lots that set world auction records. The sale totalled more than $85 million with 10 lots exceeding more than $1 million. Coloured diamonds, coloured gems and jadeite were among the top lots. A total of 72% of items were sold by lot and 73% by value.

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Who stole this $5 million diamond-encrusted gold eagle statue? Video,Pics & Story

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Canadian Police are looking into the robbery of an 18-pound, solid-gold, diamond-encrusted eagle statue in British Columbia, worth about $5 million according to the statue’s owner.

The golden statue was supposed to be the centrepiece of a campaign launched in conjunction with a series of books and events to raise money for cancer research.The statue, called The Maltese Eagle, was supposed to be the centrepiece for “The World’s Greatest Treasure Hunt: Quest for the Golden Eagle,” a campaign launched in conjunction with a series of books and events to raise money for cancer research, owner Ron Shore, who operates a telecommunications company, told CNN.

The eagle had been on display for four days at the Art! Vancouver exhibit and was in transit to a secret vault when the theft occurred on Sunday night.

Shore said he mortgaged his house and used inheritance money and credit cards to finance the making of the eagle.

“Unfortunately what will probably happen is that all of the jewels will be pulled out of the head because it had basically a cape of diamonds,” sculptor Kevin Peters, who spent nearly four years creating the statue, told NewsTalk 770. “And it has three types of gold and will be probably melted down.”

But taking the jewells off would be difficult, and a novice would likely end up breaking some of the gems, David Ritter, president of the Canadian Jewellers Association, told News 1130.

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One of the largest gems present in the statue was the Atocha Star, a 12-carat emerald that was recovered in 1985 from the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, a Spanish treasure galleon that sank in 1622. The Atocha Star is itself estimated to be worth at least $3 million.

This is not the first time the eagle has been targeted. In a 2010 interview, Shore told The Vancouver Sun that RCMP accompanied him and the eagle to an event because of concerns organized crime elements might be looking to steal it.

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Pear-shaped 15.38ct pink diamond sells for $42.8 million at Sotheby’s Auction house

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“The Unique Pink”, the largest Fancy Vivid Pink pear shaped diamond ever offered at an auction.

Geneva:  A rare pear-shaped vivid pink diamond fetched 30.8 million Swiss francs ($42.8 million) at auction on Tuesday, Sotheby’s said, but several other large stones failed to reach the reserve prices set by the sellers.

The “Unique Pink”, weighing 15.38 carats and mounted on a ring, sold to an Asian private collector bidding by telephone, the auction house said.

It was the star lot at the saleroom’s semi-annual auction in Geneva, with a pre-sale estimate of $38 million to $51 million.

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The diamond weighed in at 15.38 carats.

“The Unique Pink set a new world record for a fancy vivid pink diamond … It’s the highest price ever paid for a fancy vivid pink diamond,” David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s international jewellery division, told reporters.
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The “Sweet Josephine”, a fancy vivid pink diamond weighing 16.08 carats, held the previous record since selling for $38.9 million at rival Christie’s in November, and still retains the price per carat record in the category.

Overall, the Sotheby’s sale netted $238 million, “setting a new world record for any jewellery auction”, Sotheby’s said in a statement. It eclipsed $218 million set a year ago.

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The rare diamond set a new world record. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth

In all, 83.2 per cent of the 488 lots on offer found new owners, but “The Emperor Ruby” was among those stranded, with a bid of 3.6 million francs ($5 million).

“There were a few stones that were disappointing but overall the sale was a huge success,” Bennett said.

A British collection of 29 jewels by French jeweller Cartier sold for $4.6 million, doubling its low estimate, he said.

A “new world record” was set for a jewel by the late Paris-based jeweller Alexandre Reza – a fancy intense blue diamond brooch surrounded with diamonds sold for $18.3 million, he said.

“We’ve made a great effort to put together a sale that we thought was suitable for this particular market which is strong for the right things,” Bennett said. “It seems to have paid off.”

Ehud Arye Laniado, chairman of New York-based Cora International LLC, which cut, polished and sold the pink diamond, told Reuters in the showroom: “It was the time to sell. It is quite a strong price.

“We think slowly the market is grouping together with people who do believe in strong prices for fancy coloured diamonds. It is a good sign because we see people who do believe in the resale value of those stones, like art,” he added. “The trend will move to white diamonds.”

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India says the famous blue Kohinoor diamond belongs to England

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India’s government has told the country’s top court it won’t try to reclaim the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, which is now part of the British crown jewels.

Kohinoor, one of the world’s largest diamonds, has been at the centre of a diplomatic row between New Delhi and London, with India arguing for decades that it should get it back.

Kohinoor has been part of the British crown jewels for more than 150 years.But the government headed by Narendra Modi told the Supreme Court on Monday that Kohinoor was neither “forcibly taken nor stolen” by the British during colonial times, BBC reports.

The court said it’d take its time to make a decision as the verdict could “stand in the way” of future attempts to bring back items that once belonged to India.

Kohinoor has been part of the British crown jewels for more than 150 years and today forms part of a crown that was worn by the late mother of Queen Elizabeth, currently on display in the Tower of London,.

For many Indians, returning the diamond would be symbolic of India’s subjugation and a compensation for the excesses of the British during their colonial rule.

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Shirley Temple’s fancy vivid blue 9.54 ct diamond ring fails to sell at auction

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A rare 9.54-carat blue diamond ring that belonged to former child star Shirley Temple has failed to buy a buyer at a touted Sotheby’s auction in New York.

The ring, flush in its original Art Deco setting, was originally expected to bring between $25 million and $35 million.

In the last two months, Sotheby’s heavily promoted the ring, exhibiting it at its bureaus in Hong Kong and Los Angeles and taking it on a major media tour.

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The Fancy Deep Blue diamond ring was expected to fetch up to $35 million. (Image courtesy of Sotheby’s)

The Hollywood actress’ father gave her the jewel in 1940, around the time of her 12th birthday and when the girl’s film “The Blue Bird” premiered. Temple’s father paid $7,210 for the ring, the auction house said last month.

Despite its history and rarity — the rock is, after all, fancy deep blue — the ring remains in Sotheby’s hands.

Depending on the lot’s consigner’s preferences, the ring could be recalled, considered for a private sale orchestrated by the auction house, or saved for a future public sale.

Last year, Sotheby’s set a fresh world auction record for any diamond or gemstone ― as well as a record price-per-carat for any diamond or gemstone ― when a 12.03-carat Fancy Vivid Blue diamond sold for $48.5 million.

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This is the 68-carat diamond Lucapa just found at its Lulo mine in Angola Africa

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Australia-based Lucapa Diamond (ASX:LOM) has recovered another major rock from trial mining at E46 alluvial terraces — a new area at its Lulo mine, in Angola.

The 68.1-carat gem-quality diamond is one of eight “significant” rocks found at the site, located about 10 km upstream from the alluvial Mining Block 8 and 6, from which Lucapa has been mining diamonds since the firm began commercial operations in January last year.

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According to the miner, the finding highlights the potential for widespread recovery of large gems from its Lulo mine, considering the largest individual diamond recovered from the initial exploration bulk sampling phase conducted in the area weighed just 6.9 carat.

Lulo, about 700 kilometers (435 miles) east of Angola’s capital Luanda, is a joint venture between the company and the Angolan government. Lulo is located 150km from Alrosa’s Catoca mine, the world’s fourth largest diamond mine.

The mine hosts type-2a diamonds which account for less than 1% of global supply and, according to Lucapa, the world’s most famous large, white, flawless diamonds belong to this category.

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Angola is the world’s No.4 diamond producer by value and No.6 by volume. Its industry, which began a century ago under Portuguese colonial rule, is successfully emerging from a long period of difficulty as a result of a civil war that ended in 2002.

The government has recently reduced taxes and cut state ownership requirements as it seeks to rekindle the industry after the global financial crisis forced mines to close.

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