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The Tiffany Yellow Diamond


The Tiffany Yellow Diamond

The Tiffany Yellow Diamond is one of the largest yellow diamonds ever discovered  It weighed 287.42 carats  in the rough when discovered in 1878 in the Kimberley mine in South Africa and was cut into a cushion shape of 128.54 carats with 90 facets—32 more than a traditional round brilliant—to maximize its brilliance.

Discovered in South Africa 1877, the stone was purchased by New York jeweler Charles Tiffany.  His gemologist, George Frederick Kunz, studied the gem for a year before beginning to cut it; reducing it from 287 carats (57.5g) to its current size. The cutting was carried out in Paris.  Kunz was a mere 23 years old at the time.

The diamond is known to have been worn by only two women during its lifetime. It was worn by Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse at the 1957 Tiffany Ball held in Newport, Rhode Island, mounted for the occasion in a necklace of white diamonds. It was subsequently worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1961 publicity photographs for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.

Audrey Hepburn In "Breakfast At Tiffany's"

A publicity photo of Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 filmBreakfast At Tiffany’s” did a lot for the Tiffany image.  Tiffany’s Stores and the film are now forever associated with each other. The photo above shows the stone set in the “Bird on the Rock” brooch, which was designed by the famous Tiffany jeweler Jean Schlumberger. The piece is the Tiffany Yellow’s most well-known setting, and is the setting it remains in to this day.

Photo courtesy: famousdiamonds.tripod.com/tiffanyyellowdiamond.html

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I am a Graduate Gemologist trained at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in New York City, USA. I hold an MBA degree from Cranfield University, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics. My earlier profession was a banker until I found jade in Myanmar (Burma) in the early 90s. I have traveled to the fabled Hpakan Jade mines, and Mogok, the world’s famous rubies and sapphires mines in upper Burma, with my second son. Three of my children are also Graduate Gemologist, GIA, NYC and they deal in diamonds, gemstones and jade. 我是在美国纽约市的美国宝石学院(GIA)接受过培训的宝石研究学家。 我拥有英国克兰菲尔德大学的工商管理硕士学位和数学学士学位。我以前的职业是银行家,直到90年代初我在缅甸接触到玉石。我曾经和我的次子一起去过缅甸上流传说中的哈帕翡翠矿山和莫谷矿山, 莫谷矿山是世界上著名的红宝石和蓝宝石矿山。我的三个孩子都是纽约市GIA毕业的宝石研究学家, 他们专门处理钻石,宝石和玉石.


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