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Now Sparkling | The Kazanjian Red Diamond (Among Rarest Diamonds at Natural History Museum)
New York Times ^ | SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 | LORI ETTLINGER GROSS

Posted on 09/26/2010 5:50:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The Kazanjian Red Diamond, one of the most spectacular gemstones ever discovered, goes on display today at the American Museum of Natural History. Red is the rarest color in diamonds — less than 20 are known to exist in the world today. What’s more, the Kazanjian Red Diamond has an amazing back story.

The gem was discovered in the 1920s in Litchenburg, South Africa. When found, it was a hefty 35 carats uncut. A diamond broker paid a modest eight pounds per carat for it. It was later sent to Amsterdam to be cut and polished by the Goudiv brothers. At first, the youngest son balked, stating that that the stone was not worth the effort. However, the eldest and more experienced son, who had studied the stone carefully, quietly disagreed. He called in the firm’s master cutter, who studied the diamond for seven months. After cautious cleaving and polishing, the gem emerged a 5.05-carat emerald cut. In candlelight, the Kazanjian Red Diamond appears as vivid as a drop of blood splashed on a white diamond.

While the gem had been sent twice to Tiffany & Company in New York, by 1944, during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, it was discovered in Arnhem and swiftly sent to Germany, where it was hidden among other confiscated gems. After the war, the diamond merchant Louis Asscher was assigned a cache of gemstones found hidden in a salt mine near Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s retreat in Bavaria. The listing found with the stones stated diamonds “and one ruby.” Asscher immediately recognized it as the Red Diamond. It was eventually sold to Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, who sold it to the Royal Asscher Diamond Company.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Local News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: antiquesroadshow; diamond; diamondsareforever; hopediamond; kazanjianreddiamond; naturalhistorymuseum; nazigermany; netherlands; red; smithsonian; southafrica; tiffanyandco

1 posted on 09/26/2010 5:51:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Wow, that’s really red, which I didn’t know was even possible.


2 posted on 09/26/2010 5:58:49 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: nickcarraway

3 posted on 09/26/2010 6:03:58 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 614 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: nickcarraway

One time in an upscale jewelry store I saw a set of 4 matching men’s gold rings with colored diamonds in them - white, blue, green, and yellow. That set was the only jewelry item I’ve ever wanted in my whole life.


4 posted on 09/26/2010 6:07:37 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: All

I wonder if they got that gem from the D & D player’s handbook (from the head of the demonic idol).

Inside joke alert...


5 posted on 09/26/2010 6:09:48 PM PDT by ak267
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To: nickcarraway
Recession is over, all go look at the diamond!
6 posted on 09/26/2010 6:11:28 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: null and void

It is a gorgeous stone, but emerald cut is just about my least favorite. I realize that the master cutter has to study the stone and do what will come out best though.


7 posted on 09/26/2010 6:16:29 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Dumpster Baby

Have you seen champagne diamonds? They are the color of creme soda. My friend has them in her wedding ring, the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. I’m content with a soda can ring, but her’s I could covet! Really, really beautiful!


8 posted on 09/26/2010 6:32:17 PM PDT by WestwardHo (Whom the god would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: null and void
Cool a ring pop!

Nom nom nom.

9 posted on 09/26/2010 6:50:41 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (Pablo is very whiney)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
I have a thing for the princess cut.


10 posted on 09/26/2010 6:51:44 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: WestwardHo
I gave up trying to find an example picture of the kind of rings I saw - 99.99% of what I found via Google looks like it was designed for the pimp/gangsta crowd.

The salesman at the store called these colored diamonds "fancies", and were not man-made.


11 posted on 09/26/2010 7:34:28 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: nickcarraway; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; ...

Nice. My favorite is still the Hope Diamond, but I’ve got a thing for ancient curses. ;’)


12 posted on 09/26/2010 8:10:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: null and void

Nice!


13 posted on 09/26/2010 8:16:42 PM PDT by jocon307 (Loser Merjerksi broke my tagline.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I don’t like diamonds. They’re too much money in too tiny a place and coveted by too many people.


14 posted on 09/26/2010 8:17:30 PM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

“emerald cut is just about my least favorite”

I love them, I’m just into squares!

But, sadly I don’t have one, even my emerald ring (which beloved daughty got me) is oval.


15 posted on 09/26/2010 8:19:28 PM PDT by jocon307 (Loser Merjerksi broke my tagline.)
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To: null and void

I’m not greedy, I’ll be happy with just one of them, please.


16 posted on 09/27/2010 12:44:34 AM PDT by ValerieTexas
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To: jocon307

See my post 10. The emerald cut is really a rectangle, but I just love the princess - it’s close to a square, but inside it just sparkles.


17 posted on 09/27/2010 12:44:56 AM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: SunkenCiv

...and you pinged me because....?
I give you hope?
You have a diamond to give me?
I am considered an ancient curse? In which case you have a pingthing for me?


18 posted on 09/27/2010 12:52:20 AM PDT by ValerieTexas
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To: Dumpster Baby

Your screen name is hilarious considering your interest in diamonds!
I had no idea they came in so many colors, and because these things are out of my league, the cuttings are very interesting.
Thank you for the post!


19 posted on 09/27/2010 6:41:58 AM PDT by WestwardHo (Whom the god would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: SunkenCiv
I’ve got a thing for ancient curses

I don't know about ancient. But for a small phenomenal fee...

20 posted on 09/27/2010 4:34:39 PM PDT by bigheadfred (We built a tower of stone. With our flesh and bone. Just to see him fly .)
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To: ValerieTexas

It’s the hair of course.

Also, you are a jewel of many facets.


21 posted on 09/27/2010 7:22:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: TheOldLady

Lump of coal?


22 posted on 09/27/2010 7:24:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: bigheadfred

Hey, where I work I can get those for free. ;’)


23 posted on 09/27/2010 7:26:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: SunkenCiv

Indeed. I get tired of it, so I wear good costume jewelry and don’t mind donating it when I’m sick of it.

I didn’t get an “engagement” ring until our 15th wedding anniversary,** and it’s CZ. I kept it, one of the few items I still have.

**long story


24 posted on 09/28/2010 7:16:02 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: TheOldLady

25 posted on 09/28/2010 7:34:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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