We all know the tragic story of Grace Kelly, the actress turned royalty, trading in the glamour of Hollywood for the posh allure of Monaco in pursuit of the love of her life, Prince Rainier. She passed away much too soon in a tragic car accident.

 

 

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The Story of Grace Kelly’s Engagement Ring

Prince Rainier asked for Grace’s hand with an eternity ring set with diamonds and rubies, designed by Cartier. When he noticed that other leading ladies in Hollywood walked around with bigger engagement rings, he quickly bought her another one. This ring is one to be reckoned with ––  dazzling 12-carat rectangular-cut diamond flanked by two baguettes. The breathtaking ring, with an estimated cost of 4.3 million dollars, later became Grace’s character Tracy Lord’s engagement ring in the film  ‘High Society’. The ring became an instant hit and many women received proposals with a similar design. The emerald-cut also spiked in popularity. High Society was Grace’s last movie. She was secretly hoping to continue her acting career, but Prince Rainier and her new royal responsibilities prevented her from doing so.

But what happened to Grace Kelly’s wedding ring? As she chose a Cartier ring, after Hitchcock introduced her to the brand, her ring was initially loaned to their New York boutique. Her real wedding room is now in the House of Grimaldi.

Royal engagement rings are often a source of inspiration for men that want to surprise their girlfriend with a breathtaking engagement ring. We can help you find the right engagement ring.

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What are the most famous diamonds in the world?

Akbar Shah

an Indian diamond with a roughly pear-shaped outline and random faceting, including two Arabic inscriptions, the first reading "Shah Akbar, the Grand King, 1028 A.H." (The letters mean Anno Hegirae). The second inscription read "To the Lord of Two Worlds, 1039 A.H. Shah Jehan". The diamond was reportedly part of the original Peacock Throne. Purchased in 1886 in Istanbul by London merchant George Blogg, who re-cut it from 116 carats (23 g) to a pear-shape of 71.70 carats (14.34 g), thus destroying the historic inscriptions. Blogg was the last known owner and the stone's whereabouts are presently unknown.

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Allnatt Diamond

a 101.29-carat (20.26 g) antique cushion-shaped brilliant fancy vivid yellow diamond.

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Agra Diamond

antique cushion-shaped stellar brilliant, 28 carats (5.6 g).

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Amsterdam Diamond

a 33.74 carat (6.748 g) pear-shaped black diamond which sold for $352,000 in 2001.

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Archduke Joseph Diamond

antique cushion-shaped brilliant, originally weighing 78.54 carats (15.71 g), purchased by Molina Jewelers of Arizona sometime in the late-1990s and slightly re-cut to 76.45 carats (15.29 g) to improve clarity and symmetry. D color, Internally Flawless.

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Ashberg Diamond

102.48 carats (20.50 g).

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Aurora Butterfly of Peace

a display of 240 fancy-colored diamonds.

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Aurora Pyramid of Hope

a display of 296 diamonds of natural colors.

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Beau Sancy

a 34-carat (6.8 g) diamond not to be confused with the Sancy.

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Black Orlov

a 67.50-carat (13.50 g) cushion-cut black diamond, also called the Eye of Brahma Diamond.

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Blue Heart Diamond

30.82-carat (6.16 g) heart brilliant. Part of the Smithsonian collection.

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Briolette of India Diamond

90.38 carats (18.08 g) - possibly the oldest diamond on record.

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Centenary Diamond

273.85 carats (54.77 g), modified heart-shaped brilliant, the world's largest colorless (grade D), flawless diamond.

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Chloe Diamond

largest round brilliant-cut diamond ever put on auction. Sold on November 14, 2007 at Sotheby's in Geneva to Georges Marciano of the Guess clothing line for $16.2 million, the second-highest price ever paid for a diamond on auction. Took 2 years to cut.

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Cross of Asia

discovered in 1902 in South Africa as a 280-carat (56 g) crystal. At first diamond was cut to 142 carats (28 g), and next the cut was three times changed to 112 carats (22 g), a cushion-cut of 109.28 carats (the weight Lawrence Copeland's "Diamonds - Famous, Notable and Unique" lists it at) measuring 1? × ? × ? inches, and finally into a radiant-cut gem of 79.12 carats (15.82 g) to eliminate all flaws. It is Fancy Yellow and Internally Flawless.[1]

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Cullinan Diamond

the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found at 3106.75 carats (621.35 g). It was cut into 105 diamonds including the Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa, 530.2 carats (106.04 g), and the Cullinan II or the Lesser Star of Africa, 317.4 carats (63.48 g), both of which are now part of the British Crown Jewels.

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Cullinan Heritage diamond

set the record for the highest price ever paid for a rough diamond in February 2010 when it was sold for $35.3m (£23m) to a Hong Kong jeweller. Petra Diamonds mined the stone in 2009 at their Cullinan Diamond Mine (formerly the Premier Mine) in South Africa.[2]

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Darya-ye Noor Diamond

the largest pink diamond in the world, about 182 carats (36 g), part of Iranian Crown Jewels. Its exact weight isn't known and 186 carats (37 g) is an estimate.

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Deepdene

widely considered to be the largest artificially irradiated diamond in the world, at 104.52 carats (20.90 g).

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De Young Red Diamond

weighing 5.03 carats (1.01 g), the third-largest known red diamond, was bought in a flea market on a hatpin by Sidney deYoung a prominent Boston estate jewelry merchant. It was donated by him to the Smithsonian InstitutionNational Museum of Natural History.

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Dresden Green Diamond

41-carat (8.2 g) antique pear-shaped brilliant - its color is the result of natural irradiation

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Dresden White Diamond

47-carat (9.4 g) antique oval brilliant, near-colorless

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Dresden Yellow Diamond

38-carat (7.6 g) antique round cut

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Earth Star Diamond

a 111.59-carat (22.32 g) pear-shaped diamond with a strong coffee-like brown color.

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Eureka Diamond

the first diamond found in South Africa, a yellow-brown 21.25-carat (4.25 g) stone (before cutting) resulting in a finished diamond 10.73 carats (2.15 g)

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Empress Eugenie Diamond

52-carat (10 g) antique pear-shaped brilliant with an odd, random facet pattern

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Excelsior Diamond

the largest known diamond in the world prior to the Cullinan at 970 carats (190 g), it was later cut into 10 pieces of various sizes (13–68 carats)

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Florentine Diamond

a lost diamond, light yellow with a weight of 137.27 carats (27.45 g).

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Golden Eye Diamond

a world's largest, flawless, 'perfect-cut' Canary Yellow diamond (43.5 carats).

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Golden Jubilee Diamond

the largest faceted diamond ever cut at 545.67 carats (109.13 g)

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Graff Blue Diamond

 

Great Chrysanthemum Diamond

104.15 carats (20.83 g)

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Great Mogul Diamond

fabled 280-carat (56 g) mogul-cut diamond, now lost, although presumed by historians to have been re-cut as the Orlov.

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Gruosi Diamond

a heart-shaped black diamond, weighing 115.34 carats (23.07 g).

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Heart of Eternity Diamond

perhaps the largest fancy vivid blue, weighing 27.64 carats (5.53 g).

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The world’s most famous diamonds are the 45-carat Hope Diamond (and its famous Curse), the mystical Koh-I-Noor Diamond and the 546 carat Golden Jubilee.

The Bokassa Diamond is surrounded by a truly fascinating story. In 1977, a Central African dictator named Jean-Bédel Bokassa declared himself emperor and asked Albert Jolis, the president of a diamond mining operation, for a diamond ring.

Jolis did not have the money to buy such a large stone, however, if he did not deliver one, his company would lose the mining concession in Central Africa. And so he devised a clever solution: Jolis found a large piece of black diamond bolt (a poorly crystalized diamond usually fit only to be crushed into abrasive powder) that curiously resembled Africa in shape. He ordered for the diamond to be polished and mounted on a large ring. A one-quarter carat white diamond was then set roughly where the country is located on the continent.

Jolis presented this "unique" diamond to the clueless Bokassa, who loved it. He thought that the $500 ring was worth over $500,000.

Are diamonds rare?

Diamonds are actually quite rare. Also it is true that the process of extracting diamond is quite laborious (mines move many tons of dirt per carat of diamond found) and that gem-quality diamonds are relatively few (only about 1 in 1 million diamonds are quality one carat stones, only 1 in 5 million are 2-carat; and 1 in 15 million are 3-carat).

The prices of diamonds increase along with the inflation rate. In some periods, the demand is higher than the supply whilst in other periods this is reversed. In the end, there is always a balance.

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