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Old 09-24-2009, 01:14 AM
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That was Winston's plan, he added, noting that the jeweler once commented that even though the United States doesn't have a king or queen, it should have crown jewels.

It doesn't look quite as pretty out of its setting.
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Old 09-24-2009, 03:42 AM
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[/INDENT]It doesn't look quite as pretty out of its setting.
My only comment is "put it back in its setting quickly".
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:29 PM
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I Hate that it is out of it's setting!! I agree Wisteria!!!!
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Golden Jubilee Diamond.

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Source: Golden Jubilee Diamond - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

World Largest Faceted Diamond: The Golden Jubilee, royal treasure of King Bhumibol of Thailand.



The Golden Jubilee is currently the largest faceted diamond in the world. Since 1908, Cullinan I, also known as the Great Star of Africa, had held the title, which changed following the 1985 discovery of a large brown diamond of 755.5 carats (151 g) in the prolific blue ground of the Premier mine in South Africa; the diamond would later be cut to a weight of 545.67 carats (109.13 g).

The Premier mine was also the origin of the Cullinan diamonds in 1905, as well as other notables such as the Taylor-Burton in 1966 and the Centenary in 1986.

The "Unnamed Brown", as the Golden Jubilee was first known, was considered something of an ugly duckling by most. It was given to Gabriel Tolkowsky by De Beers for the purpose of testing special tools and cutting methods which had been developed for intended use on the flawless D-colour ("colourless") Centenary. These tools and methods had never been tested before, and the "Unnamed Brown" seemed the perfect guinea pig; it would be of no great loss should something go amiss.

To the surprise of all concerned, what resulted was a yellow-brown diamond in a fire rose cushion cut, outweighing Cullinan I by 15.37 carats (3.07 g). The stone remained largely unknown to the outside world, as the Golden Jubilee's sister, the Centenary, had already been selected and promoted to herald De Beer's centennial celebrations in 1988.

The unnamed diamond had earlier been brought to Thailand by the Thai Diamond Manufacturers Association to be exhibited in the Thai Board of Investment Exhibition in Laem Chabang. There was a mile-long queue to see the diamond, which outshone all other exhibits.

While the current whereabouts of the Centenary are unknown, the Golden Jubilee is known to have been purchased from De Beers by a group led by Henry Ho of Thailand in 1995. The diamond was brought to Pope John Paul II in the Vatican to receive the papal blessing. It was also blessed by the Supreme Buddhist Patriarch and the Supreme Imam in Thailand. The Golden Jubilee Diamond was named by King Bhumibol Adulyadej and given to him in honor of his 50th coronation anniversary. It was initially planned to mount the Golden Jubilee in the royal scepter. A subsequent plan was to have it mounted in a royal seal.

The Golden Jubilee Diamond has been exhibited at Henry Ho's 59-story Jewelry Trade Center in Bangkok, the Central Department Store in Lad Prao (Bangkok) Thailand, and internationally in Basel (Switzerland), Borsheims in Omaha, USA (owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.), and Gleims Jewelers in Palo Alto, USA. It is now located in the Royal Thai Palace as part of the crown jewels.
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I believe the Queen has a 5 carat blue diamond set into a bracelet she received from the South African Government on her 18th birthday.

She actually received a long necklace for her birthday which she refers to her as her best diamonds, she had the necklace shortened and the leftover connections made into a bracelet. She was then given a blue diamond I believe on her visit to the Kimberley Mines, so she had that set in the bracelet.

Other than that I am aware she has a pink diamond somewhere!
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:38 AM
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QEII does have one of the finest pink diamonds in the world. It's the Williamson Pink Diamond, a 23 carat diamond given to then- Princess Elizabeth upon her marriage to Lt. Philip Mountbatten, by Dr. John Williamson, a geologist from Canada who found the diamond in Tanzania. The Queen had it mounted into a floral broach (imo, one of her prettiest broaches).

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Oh that is splendid.... its such a pale pink!
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I love the rubies, the sapphires, the emeralds, and amethysts.
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Very Very Unique Diamonds Broach , Love it
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