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    Sale 1363

    Jewels : The Geneva Sale (Evening Glamour)

    14 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 384


    Price Realised  

    Set with a octagonal-shaped diamond weighing 10.02 carats, to the trapeze-shaped diamond shoulders, ring size 8¼, with French assay mark for platinum
    Accompanied by report no. 16948555 dated 04 April 2008 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is D colour, VS2 clarity

    Accompanied by diamond type classification note stating that the diamond is Type IIa

    Accompanied by a Gübelin Gem Lab note dated 28 June 1990 (addition to the lost report no. 9006054) stating that: 'Diamonds of the Type IIa (highly transparent to ultraviolet light and entirely without body colour) have been mentioned in the literature as Golconda type diamonds, a term wich is used to describe the colour. The name goes back to the City of Golconda in India, where such diamonds have been found in alluvial deposits during ancient times

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    Golconda diamonds reign supreme among gem connnoisseurs around the world in terms of quality, mystery and romance.

    It is believed that diamond mining began in India during the 4th century BC. Diamonds were found in the Eastern part of the country which was the only source of diamonds for about 2000 years, until new mines were discovered in Brazil in 1725 and then in South Africa in 1866.

    However, the famous Golconda mines located within the realm of the Qutb Shahi Sultanate in the southern Deccan of India were renowned to have produced the best quality diamonds. Most historic diamonds such as the Koh-i-Noor, now part of the crown jewels of England were probably discovered in this area in the 15th Century.

    Universally esteemed as the finest diamonds, 'Golconda' diamonds appears to have a light softness making them gentle and stricking. Their superb luminousness and transparency sets them apart from all other diamonds.

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