08 janvier 2010

The Wittelsbach diamond, now the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond @ the Smithsonian Institution in Washington

The Wittelsbach diamond (shown in 2008 before recutting) was part of the dowry for the Infanta Margarita Teresa. Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company The Infanta Margarita Teresa. Musée du Louvre, Paris For more than a half-century, one of the world's most celebrated diamonds, the fabled Wittelsbach blue, was not on view. It was once set in the Order of the Golden Fleece ornament, shown here. A grayish blue diamond taken to Europe in the 17th century from India, it was given in 1664 to the Infanta Margarita... [Lire la suite]

10 décembre 2008

World Record for The Wittelsbach diamond today @ Christie's London

The Wittelsbach diamond An historic cushion-shaped fancy deep grayish blue diamond weighing 35.56 carats to the plain mount Accompanied by report no 17794002 dated 24 September 2008 from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) stating that the diamond is Fancy Deep Grayish Blue colour, VS2 clarityTogether with a Diamond Type Classification Report stating that the diamond is Type IIb and a letter from the Gemological Institute of America confirming the rarity and importance of this exceptional stone Estimate on request (in... [Lire la suite]
04 novembre 2008

The Wittelsbach Diamond: Unique Royal History for Sale at Christie's London in December

The Wittelsbach Diamond. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2008 LONDON.- Christie’s are privileged to present the Wittelsbach diamond, an extremely rare 35.56 carat, historic 17th century fancy deep greyish-blue diamond, to the international market for the first time in almost 80 years, on Wednesday 10 December 2008. Known as ‘’Der Blaue Wittelsbacher’’ since 1722, it is one of very few diamonds which can claim 17th century heritage, incredible rarity and exceptional beauty. Upon the engagement of the Infanta Margarita Teresa... [Lire la suite]