Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • The Most Expensive Diamond Ever Sold Smashes World Records at $83 Million

    With a hefty price tag of USD $83 million, the Pink Star Diamond is the most expensive diamond ever sold.

    The Pink Star Diamond is undoubtedly every woman’s dream come true. In fact, it is probably safe to say that even men will be more than happy to own this majestic gem. A recent auction held by the prestigious auction house Sotheby’s on the 13th of November 2013, released the diamond for a record $83 million. This is the highest recorded price ever forked out for a diamond.

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    One of the many reasons why the Pink Star Diamond fetched so much money is due to the fact that it is deemed flawless by the esteemed Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Its hefty weight of 59.60 carats also contributes to its record price. Internally flawless, the Pink Star Diamond boasts a perfect shade of pink known as Fancy Vivid, the highest color grade for a pink diamond. Its rich color and exceptional oval cut have enabled it to surpass all other diamonds in terms of rank and price in both public and private collections. Additionally, the Pink Star Diamond falls into the exclusive Type II subgroup of diamonds that make up only 2% of all the world’s diamonds. Diamonds within this subgroup are made up of rare diamonds that boast flawless purity and brilliant transparency. This one-of-a-kind pink diamond is well on its way to becoming the most valuable and prestigious diamond in the world.

    Measuring 2.69 by 2.06 centimeters and weighing approximately 11.92 grams, the Pink Star Diamond is set on a beautiful ring and was recently sold to the highest bidder at the Sotheby’s auction that took place in Geneva. Initially estimated to sell for $20 million less than the price it actually fetched, the Pink Star Diamond drew applause and gasps of awe from those in attendance when the hammer dropped on the closing bid.

    Mined by the powerhouse diamond corporation De Beers, the Pink Star Diamond was unearthed in Africa in 1999 and in its uncut state, weighed almost double. It took the prestigious Steinmetz Group an incredible 20 months to cautiously and perfectly cut the flawless diamond. Unveiled to the public in 2003, the rare diamond drew massive interest from gem collectors all around the globe. The recent auction conducted by Sotheby’s drew the undeterred attention and attendance of some of the world’s premium diamond aficionados.

    The previous record set for the most expensive diamond ever sold was recorded three years ago. Known as the Graff Pink Diamond, the runner up sold for nearly half the price of the Pink Star Diamond.

    Purchased by esteemed diamond cutter Isaac Wolf, one can only imagine where the Pink Star Diamond is headed to next. We can only fantasize of one day owning a piece of history as beautiful as the Pink Star Diamond. There is no doubt that the wonder and speculation surrounding this flawless gem will continue to live on in infamy until another flawless diamond rivaling it is unearthed. Till then, there is no doubt that the Pink Star Diamond will continue to be hailed as the greatest diamond ever known to man.

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  • Jumping On the Eyeball Jewelry Bandwagon

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    Get with the times and find out what the craze is all about.

     We have all heard of belly button piercings, nipple rings, tongue studs, and even fine jewelry made especially for the clitoris. Some of us are even guilty of indulging in one or more of these unconventional jewelry fads. However, the latest craze to hit the streets is truly unheard of. You may be wondering what may be even more mind blowing than studs made for one’s private parts, but the latest fashion trend to take the world by storm is located much higher north on one’s anatomy.

    Extraocular implants, or simply known as eyeball jewelry, is a form of cosmetic implant that involves a piece of jewelry being implanted into the human eye. It should be clarified that this implant is not placed directly into the iris, rather, it is placed into the superficial part of the human eye. In other words, when safely and professionally done, the implant will not affect one’s eyesight.

    In simple terms, the doctor will first inject an anesthetic into the eyeball to numb the area. A small incision will then be made to make room for the piece of jewelry that is usually no more than a few millimeters in size. The entire procedure takes no more than a few minutes. It is normal for patients to expect a little bit of local bleeding and redness that will go away within a couple of weeks. Antibiotics are usually prescribed to combat an infection that may arise from the procedure.

    Initially introduced in the Netherlands, eyeball jewelry was the answer to a radical form of bodily modification. The procedure is conducted relatively quickly and does not interfere with the eye’s performance and mobility. Although relatively new, patient satisfaction levels have been recorded as being very high with no side effects. This trend has quickly caught on in other parts of the world and eyeball jewelry is now in high demand.

    Although the procedure is very expensive to undergo, this has not stopped some diehard fans from going through with the implants. The cost of eyeball jewelry can run up to $3,000 or more depending on the type of jewelry used. However many claim that the uniqueness and rarity of having a piece of jewelry in one’s eyeball is worth the high price and risk. Additionally, just like swapping out one’s earrings for another pair when one gets bored, the same can be done with eyeball jewelry. All one has to do is to head back to the doctor and request for a swap. Although the procedure takes mere minutes, the cost can go up to $1,000 per swap so it is advisable that the patient pick a jewelry design that they can see themselves displaying in their eyeball for a long time.

    As interesting as getting eyeball jewelry is, those interested in undergoing the procedure should take note that it is unavailable in most parts of the world, including most parts of the United States of America. One can either patiently wait until the trend hits one’s shores, or make the trip to the Netherlands for this life changing experience. The only thing to keep in mind is to choose a licensed practitioner skilled at performing the implants and all will be well.

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