Thursday, November 17, 2011


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"Diamonds are a girl's best friend".  Where did that expression come from?  Was it Marilyn who coined it or was she the one who put it on the tips of our tongue?  Trends come and go, fashions have a tendency to recycle itself in interesting ways.  However diamonds seem to be as popular as ever.  Back in the 1960's, a one Carat, D Loupe Clean wholesale diamond was priced at about $2,700 U.S.  Today, that same diamond is worth more than $29,000 U.S.!  Its value has gone up more than 10 times in the last 50 years.

I understand that with the stigma of African conflict diamonds, the world's supply must be getting lower.  Canada is becoming a big resource for this precious gem.  One of Husband's cousins got one for her 10th wedding anniversary.  To my untrained eye, it looked massive and gorgeous!  What I find interesting is that some diamonds seem to be like new cars.  As soon as you drive that baby away from the store, its value plummets, while other antique or vintage ones become more valuable with age.

Elizabeth Taylor said it best "you can't cry on a diamond's shoulder and diamonds won't kieep you warm at night, but they're sure fun when the sun shines".  And who could argue with an icon who owned some of the most valuable examples in the world?!
It was in the early 1900's the development of diamond saws and lathes enabled the modern cuts we still see today such as the popular "round brilliant"  In 1905 the largest rough gem-qualty diamond in the world was found by Frederick Wells.  From that, came the famous "Great Star of Africa" (far right). 

I just love looking at beautiful diamonds.  I'm drawn to them like a moth to a flame.  Our enduring love of this precious stone has been the headache and hearache for many (men mostly)!  I think that it has more appeal than other precious gems because of the fact that most diamonds have no colour.  It has a sparkle like nothing else, especially under indoor electrical lighting.  It basically goes with any outfit casual to elegant.  I feel that a woman seems more feminine with a diamond on her finger or wrist or dangling from her lobes.

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