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When diamonds turn fancy

When diamonds turn fancy

The white diamonds are you too classic? Nature has done it right by creating varieties of colors called Fancy. These "fantasies" of nature are even rarer than white diamonds and 58 Facettes invites you to discover them through the great history.

The blue diamond of the crown of France

Famously fictionalized in the movie Titanic, the Hope Diamond is the most famous blue diamond. This diamond has crossed history between many countries and many hands, often with a tragic end for its owners. Brought back from India in 1668 by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier for King Louis XIV, it takes the name of the Blue Crown diamond of France weighing 67,50 carats. Stolen during the French Revolution in 1792, the diamond reappears in England at Baron Hope, who gives it its name, but experiences terrible family and financial tragedies. In 1911, the Hope was acquired by the wealthy American socialite Evelyn Walsh McLean and in 1949, the American jeweler Harry Winston bought it to offer it in 1958, at the Smithsonian Institute of Washington museum. Today, this diamond is the dream of the entire planet. With its mysterious blue, it capsizes hearts like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the famous movie Titanic.
Blue Diamond of France

The pink diamond: the Grand Condé

Pink Diamond Le Grand Condé
Today, nestled in the chests of the Château de Chantilly, the 9,01-carat pink diamond had been offered by Louis XIV to his cousin Louis II of Bourbon, Prince of Condé. This magnificent diamond with delicate hues will be preciously transmitted within the family of Condé and travel after the Revolution throughout Europe under the protection against the Republican. In 1897, the last Condé, Duke of Aumale, bequeathed to the Institut de France the castle with the famous pink diamond and a prodigious collection of paintings. With a delicate color, pink diamonds are particularly sought after by newlyweds for their engagement rings and can be combined in You and Me with in particular a yellow or blue diamond.

Tiffany's yellow diamond

The most famous intense yellow diamond in the world belongs to the Tiffany & Co house which acquired it in Paris, in 1837. This 128,54 carat cushion-cut diamond with 90 facets has been staged by the American jeweler through various creations : from the Rosette ribbon necklace worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1961, to the Bird on the rock brooch in 1995, to the current necklace, worn by Lady Gaga, during the Oscars ceremony in 2019. Diamonds are particularly popular with an international clientele. yellow offer 6 shades of colors ranging from Fancy Light to Fancy Dark via Fancy Vivid. The yellow diamonds make it possible to illuminate the ornaments playing with the different shades ranging from the soft morning light to the blazing sunset.
Tiffany Yellow Diamond

The mysterious black diamond Korloff

Korloff Black Diamond
The French brand Korloff built its name in the 80s by buying an 88-carat black diamond. This diamond belonged to a Russian noble family Korloff-Sapojnikoff and was sold after the revolution of 1917. The black diamond reappeared for the general public in November 2019, during the inauguration of the new store concept, rue de la Paix and a gave birth to new iconic collections. Even if black diamonds are not very valuable, they bring a chic touch to jewelry and above all a mysterious note.

The rarest diamonds: green and red

Green diamonds are the 3rd most sought after diamonds for their rarity (after blue ones). The most famous is found in northern Germany: the Dresden green diamond (40,70 carats). It is one of the splendours of the Dresden Castle and its famous “green vault” which contains the most important collection of silverware and exceptional diamonds of Prince Augustus the Strong since 1723.
Dresden Green Diamond
Red diamond
Red diamonds are the most sought after on the planet. According to the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), there are only 20 red diamonds in the world, notably from the famous Argyle mine in Australia, which has just closed its doors. For example, in 2013, a red diamond from this mine weighing only 1,56 carats was sold for $ 2 million.

The polychromatic power of diamonds fascinates us and reminds us of the preciousness of our planet with its incomparable stones.


File produced by Kyra Brenzinger - Editor-in-chief.

Cover photo: Blue cubic zirconia replica of the so-called French Blue diamond © MNHN
Photo 1: Bleu de France © MNHN - Bernard Faye
Photo 2: The pink diamond. Chantilly, Musée Condé © RMN-Grand Palais (Chantilly estate) © Michel Urtado
Photo 3: Necklace in platinum, white diamonds and a 128 carat yellow diamond, Tiffany & Co. Tiffany / Photo press
Photo 4: Korloff Black Diamond. Quentin Dupont, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Photo 5: Dresden Green Diamond. The Encyclopedia of Gems. Gemfrance.
Photo 6: Red Diamond "The Hancock Red". An extremely rare diamond: the red diamond. Diamant-Gems The Blog.

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