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CELEBRITY ENGAGEMENT

These two. Teenage heart breaker and social media phenomenon, singer Justin Bieber just got engaged to his
girlfriend and model Hailey Baldwin, daughter of famous Hollywood actor.

The both of them announced this through their social media just today and all we wanted to see is a sneak pick of the rock! .. Yet to be unveiled..
What we can do though, is show you our Danelian Queen {D, FL} engagement ring that has similar lines to what Hailey is wearing :)

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MARIE ANTOINETTE’ S UNSEEN DIAMONDS

This is Marie Antoinette’s amazing ancient brooch. Part of a fascinating unseen collection to be displayed in Geneva at a Sotheby’s auction after Summer. We are so intrigued so we felt like sharing some picks of this incredible part of our Jewelry history.

Unseen in public for 200 years,
a breathtaking group of jewels belonging to Marie Antoinette
are among the many highlights of one of the most important royal jewellery collections ever to come to auction.

 

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PINK mystery!

The story of the Hortensia Diamond is a spectacular one.
King Louis XIV was respsonsible for the addition of this pale orangey-pink diamond to the Crown Jewels of France.
The Hortensia was the foremost diamond listed in the inventory of the Crown Jewels of France, made in 1691.

The diamond, which weighs 20 carats  is pale orangey-pink, rather flat and rectangular in shape and is cut on five sides. In the 1791 inventory of the Crown Jewels it was valued at no more than 48,000 livres.

It takes its name from Hortense de Beauharnais, Queen of Holland, undoubtedly because she wore it. Hortense was the daughter of the Empress Josephine, the step-daughter of Napoleon Bonaparte and the mother of Napoleon III.

The Hortensia was among the jewels stolen from the Garde Meuble in September of 1792.
During the First Empire the Hortensia was mounted on the fastening of Napoleon’s epaulette braid. Later it was set in
the center of the headband of the great diamond-encrusted comb made by the Court Jeweler, Bapst, for Empress Eugénie in 1856.


In between, in 1830, the diamond was stolen again, on this occasion from the Ministry of the Marine, but it was quickly recovered.

When the French Crown Jewels were sold in 1887, the Hortensia was one of the items excluded, along with the Regent, because of their historic and artistic interest. The Sancy Diamond wouldn’t join them in the Louvre until a little less than a century later.
You could describe it as peach-coloured, but definitely on the pink side of peach.
It has good clarity but there’s quite a large scratch/crack on the pavilion.

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diamond from cape town

And when we say diamond, we are refering to Kurt Pio’s talent!
This lovely artist is from Cape Town, South Afica.

..and not long ago he was inspired by the world of diamonds and decided to make an art series

inspired by their urban timelessness.

What we love in his images is the way he perceives the gem transforming it into something more than a luxurious ornament.

 

Kurt Pio was born in Cape Town in 1977. He completed his national diploma in Interior Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and had a brief stint in the industry. He pursued his painting career and currently works full time in his studio in Cape Town’s CBD.