Miners in Lesotho, a kingdom in southern Africa, found one of the world’s largest diamonds, a near-perfect gem weighing nearly 500 carats, said mining group Gem Diamonds on Sunday. The diamond, which has not been named yet, was discovered on September 8 and was then analyzed by experts in Antwerp, who found it to weigh 478 carats, with very few inclusions and of outstanding color and clarity.”It has the potential to yield one of the largest flawless D color round polished diamonds in history,” the company said in a statement. The Letseng Mine, where this stone was extracted from the earth, has also yielded four of the world’s 20 largest rough diamonds, including three that have been found in this century. The value of this diamond is hard to estimate because it hasn’t been cut into smaller gems. But a similar weight stone with lesser-quality color and clarity had recently sold for $12 million, said a Gem Diamonds spokesperson. I wonder how much of those millions will actually benefit the economy and people of Lesotho.
As stated above, this diamond, weighing in at nearly 500 carats, is not the most impressive diamond to be mined. After the jump check out ten of the world’s most famous diamonds. [AOL News] Keep reading »
Diamonds can be made out of many materials, even your dead dog’s ashes, and now booze-hounds may be able to get bling made from their alcohol of choice: tequila. Now, technically the diamonds a team of researchers in Mexico have made from 80-proof tequila blanco are diamond films, used in machinery that operates at high temperatures or in harsh conditions, but maybe someday, someone will put a ring on my finger made from Patron. [New Scientist] Keep reading »
So, Nick Cannon’s wedding ring. From the looks of this photo, it is large and covered in diamonds. Eek. Men shouldn’t be allowed to have gems on their wedding bands. I realize this is discrimination, but men who wear diamond rings are just trying to be Tony Soprano or P.Diddy. Like, because they’re hyper-masculine, they’re allowed to wear diamonds. If a guy wants people to know he has money, he should buy a vintage Cartier watch. Or a private island. [PopSugar] Keep reading »
Last week, we discussed who gets the ring if an engagement is broken off. But what do you do with the ring if you get to keep it? It’s not like you can wear it on another finger — engagement rings are just a little too distinctive-looking. Well, Dita Von Teese took her diamond from former husband Marilyn Manson and had Christian Dior make it into an even more gorgeous ring. “It’s nice; it’s big. I feel like I suffered greatly for that diamond, and it needed to be reborn into something better.” [NY Times] Keep reading »
My dog, Lucca, had to go to the vet today which has got me thinking about what I would do if she didn’t come home — pets are like family and the only thing I love more than her is my fiancÃ©. My mom and brother are third and fourth (sorry, guys!). So aside from contemplating taking a long walk off a short pier, I think I might follow Kimora Lee Simmons lead. Her beloved dog Zoe just died and she’s thinking about having the 18-year old pup’s remains turned into a diamond. Say what? “There is a company that makes diamonds out of your loved ones,” the fabulous Kimora told People. “They make diamonds from a little of the carbon from the ash, so I might do that.” It seems like a better way of keeping your dog with you at all times — after all, my childhood cat, Ribbon, is sitting in a tin in a storage facility somewhere in Southern California. [StarPulse] Keep reading »