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Monday, April 4, 2011

Treasures from the Past: Diamonds from Golconda Mines at the Christie's Sale

Legendary Golconda mines of south India were known for their diamonds of unique Type II clarity, that make only a tiny part of all mined diamonds, approximately 2%. Golconda diamonds differ from diamonds found elsewhere, either in Russia, Australia, or Brazil and Africa. They possess unique degree of transparency seen in such world-known diamonds found there as Wittelsbach diamond, Regent diamond, Hope diamond, Koh-i-Noor and Darya-e-nur.

The Golconda city was found in 13th century, it developed and flourished for over two centuries and was known for its diamond mines. It was a real diamond trade center that couldn't help but draw attention of the British dealers. Even nowadays Golconda diamonds are highly prized and referred to imperial diamonds.

So, this is a pair of ear pendants that are announced to be sold at the Christie's Hong Kong Magnificent Jewel Sale on May 31. These are so called the Imperial Cushions, a pair of 23.49ct and 23.11ct potentially flawless D color diamonds, that are estimated between HK$55 million and $78 million, that is between US $7 million and $10 million. The Imperial Cushions are of exceptional calible each, they match in size, shape and cut even though they are of different weight. Though all the parameters like quality, rarity and workmanship apart from aforementioned characteristics speak for the royal origin, the jewel comes without imperial certification. Well, it's a real marvel and rarity such a jewelry is seen at auction.

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