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The Hope Blue Diamond: Origin, Legacy, and Curse

When someone says, “the most famous diamond in the world,” what is the first diamond that you think of?  Odds are it is the truly breathtaking Hope Blue Diamond; possibly the most well-documented blue diamond in the world.    Source   The ...

The Heart of Eternity Blue Diamond: Origin & History

It is a known fact that natural fancy blue diamonds are among the rarest, most beautiful, and sought after stones worldwide. Additionally, blue stones with favorable overtones, deep saturation, crystal clarity, and exquisite craftsmanship are on a ...

The Dresden Green: The Most Historic Green Diamond

Every holiday has a unique theme and coloring surrounding their festivities. Apart from their spiritual value, these celebratory events that come around once every year help us leave the routine of our everyday lives behind, and “feel the moment” ...

Famous Diamonds: The Darya-ye Noor

There’s nothing that the diamond world loves more than a good mystery or a good curse. The Darya-ye Noor (River or Sea of Light) has a story after the diamond lover’s heart. Like other famous diamonds such as the 186 carat Koh-I Noor, the Hope ...

Three Famous Black Diamonds

by Tony Cathaway | January 10, 2019 | History, black diamonds
In the diamond industry, there are two types of black diamonds. The first is called a natural fancy black diamond and the second is just referred to as a black diamond. Although they are both real diamonds, natural fancy black diamonds are found in ...

Red Diamonds – Everything You Wanted To Know (Part 2)

Red diamonds are among the most beautiful and rare diamonds ever to be discovered. They are so scarce that only about 30 such stones have been documented to exist and only a handful have ever made an appearance in auctions. If you have not yet read ...

Arpege Diamonds Presents "Famous Diamonds, The Black Orlov"

by Tony Cathaway | September 18, 2018 | History, black diamonds
Arpege Diamonds is proud to present the tale of the Black Orlov diamond. Would you hold in your hands a cursed diamond which boasts an ominous warning of death? Is this story too strange to be true? Or do you believe this diamond is really cursed?  ...

Famous Blue Diamonds: The Wittelsbach-Graff

In its pursuit to find the most historic diamonds of all time, Arpege Diamonds found the legendary Wittelsbach-Graff. This 31.06- carat blue diamond has become famous not just because of its size, color, or clarity, but rather for its history within ...

Black Diamond Spotlight: The Amsterdam Diamond

by Tony Cathaway | August 2, 2018 | History, black diamonds
For many years colored diamond heavyweights such as reds, blues, pinks and greens have often overshadowed black diamonds. In recent years however, more and more diamond enthusiasts and investors have been turning their attention towards these ...

The Most Famous Pink Diamonds in the World

It is well known that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but when it comes to the rarest stones in the world, women aren’t the only ones fascinated by these precious gems. Apart from their captivating beauty, and truly stunning hue; it has been ...

Famous Pink Diamonds: The Argyle Pink Jubilee

by Tony Cathaway | June 12, 2018 | History, pink diamonds
Not all of the great and famous diamonds of the world are accounted for in auction houses or reside in the collections of crown jewels that reflect the grandeur of empires gone by.    One such gem is the Argyle Pink Jubilee; one the most spectacular ...

Arpege Diamonds Presents "Famous Diamonds, Moussaieff Red"

Arpege Diamonds celebrates the next installment of our Famous Diamond Series with a very rare and beautiful gem, the Moussaief Red Diamond.  Image Source Let's find out what is so special about this stone, and why it has earned its place on the list ...

The High Cost of Mining Colored Diamonds Impacts Availability

by Tony Cathaway | November 14, 2017 | Alternative Investments, History
Diamonds not only symbolize wealth and power, but are also the common symbol of love and devotion. In five thousand years of recorded history, many diamonds have been discovered. However, there may be no greater period for diamond mining than the ...

Where Do Colored Diamonds Come From? - The Largest Contributors & Their Top Mines

by Tony Cathaway | October 12, 2017 | History
There are not that many colored diamond mines in the world. In fact, it’s estimated that there are around 50 viable mines in operation and around 30 that are inactive. However, with increasing demand for diamonds not only as jewelry, but for ...

Colored Diamond Auctions: The Best of Sotheby’s

by Tony Cathaway | September 26, 2017 | History
Sotheby’s is one of the most recognizable names in auction houses. Each year, Sotheby’s hosts a number of scintillating colored diamond auctions. Throughout the years, Sotheby’s has broken record after record when it comes to these colored diamond ...

The Arpège Tribute to the Brilliant Yellow Diamonds (Pt.1)

by Tony Cathaway | June 1, 2017 | History
The next installment of Arpège’s Tribute to Colored Diamonds is here, and this time it is dedicated to the brilliant yellow diamonds. In this first part of our tribute we will be exploring the reasons behind their brilliant color, the meaning of a ...

The Arpege Tribute to the Brilliant Blue Diamonds (Part 2)

by Tony Cathaway | March 7, 2017 | History, blue diamonds
Blue diamonds are one of the most beautiful colored diamonds in the world. They yield some of the highest prices ever paid for a colored diamond and are constantly in high demand. If you haven’t read the first part of our tribute to blue diamonds; ...

Arpège Diamonds Presents:  2016's Best of Colored Diamonds – Part 1

by Tony Cathaway | January 4, 2017 | History
2016 was an incredible year for the world of naturally colored diamonds and Arpège Diamonds has been there all year to share it with you.  Now as we reflect back on 2016, we share our Top 10 posts of the year.  We will present this retrospective to ...

Three Record Breaking Yellow Diamonds

by Tony Cathaway | December 20, 2016 | History, Yellow Diamonds
Yellow diamonds are among the more frequently discovered hues of colored diamonds. Don’t mistake this to mean that their discovery is a common occurrence, as even the most common colored diamonds are still a rarity. In this article, we will discuss ...

The Rich History of Colored Diamonds

by Tony Cathaway | December 13, 2016 | History
Diamonds have been recognized for their beauty and value for thousands of years. The history of how and where diamonds first developed reveals a story as intricate as the diamonds themselves. In this piece, we will uncover some of the lesser known ...