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Birthstones and Notable Diamonds

Birthstones and Notable Diamonds

Birthstones and Notable Diamonds

Birthstones and Notable Diamonds. Do you know your birthstone? Mine is Opal or tourmaline, though I love emeralds most of all. Diamonds, famous diamonds have long and mysterious history as a rule…

Birthstones
January—Garnet
February—Amethyst
March—Aquamarine or bloodstone
April—Diamond
May—Emerald
June—Moonstone, pearl, or alexandrite (the latter of which changes colors depending on the type of light hitting the stone and in gem quality is considered more valuable than diamond)
July—Ruby
August—Peridot or sardonyx
September—Sapphire
October—Opal or tourmaline
November—Topaz or citrine
December—Turquoise or zircon

The Orlov Birthstones and Notable Diamonds

Mounted in the Imperial Scepter, The Orlov diamond made during the reign of Catherine the Great (1762-96)

Nowadays the Orlov is one of the most important items in one of the greatest collections of gems and jewelry, the Treasures of the Diamond Fund, Gokhran, Moscow. Comprises of many historical jewels amassed by the rulers of Russia before the 1917 Revolution. As well as some of the exceptional diamonds unearthed during the past three decades that testify to Russia’s current position as a leading world diamond producer.

Birthstones and Notable Diamonds: The Heart of Eternity, the Hope, and the Blue Heart Diamond; 27, 45 and 30 carats, respectively

Three of the world’s most famous blue diamonds. Left to right: The Heart of Eternity, the Hope, and the Blue Heart Diamond; 27, 45 and 30 carats, respectively

The Hope looks larger than 45 carats because it is a rather flat stone. The Heart of Eternity is Fancy Vivid Blue, the Hope is Fancy Deep Grayish-Blue and the Blue Heart’s color grade is still unknown. (Probably Fancy Vivid or Fancy Deep.)

In fact, The Hope Diamond has a long recorded history with few gaps in which it changed hands numerous times on its way from India to France to Britain and to the United States. Described as the “most famous diamond in the world” it is the second most-visited artwork in the world, after the Mona Lisa.

Birthstones and Notable Diamonds

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