The Things You Do Not Know About Blue Diamonds
The Hope Diamond (pictured above)
The mystical blue diamond has been making luxury news across the world, and for good reason. These rare gemstones are often prized for their extreme rareness, in addition to their beauty, quality and ability to fetch millions of dollars, sometimes breaking auction house records.
But there is more than meets the eye when it comes to blue diamonds.
Below are some things you probably do not know about them, as follows:
THE BLUE HUE INDICATES AN IMPURITY: Diamonds exhibit color thanks to the presence of an impurity. According to “The Fancy Color Diamond Book”, boron particles, which are trapped within the crystal lattice as the diamond begins to form, absorbs yellow light which in turn produces a diamond’s blue hue.
The most expensive 1 to date sold for $57.5-M
The 14.62 carat “Oppenheimer Blue” named after its previous owner recently broke auction records with a $57.5-M bid by an anonymous private buyer.
THERE’S ONLY 1 RARER THAN THE BLUE DIAMOND: As you may have guessed by now, blue diamonds are extraordinary. One of the reasons for their famous mystical quality comes from the fact that blue diamonds, apart from the more mysterious Red Diamond, with only 100 recorded discoveries, are the rarest diamonds in the world.
THEY ARE MOSTLY FOUND IN THE CULLINAN MINE: While blue diamonds are not an exclusive discovery at the Cullinan Mine of South Africa, it is arguable the primary producer of these amazing gemstones. Among the mine’s more interesting recent discoveries reportedly include a 122.52 stone and the 12 carat Blue Moon.
THE DARK SIDE OF THE BLUE DIAMOND: One of the most famous blue diamonds in the world is reportedly cursed. The Hope Diamond’s history dates back to at least 400 years, and is often said to have claimed the lives of its famous owners including King Louis XIV, Jean Baptiste-Tavernier and Marie Antoinette. A New York Times article from Y 1911 listed a few of the coincidentally tragic deaths of those who have owned the Hope Diamond, including suicides, murders and unfortunate ends. No one knows whether the deaths are just mere coincidences, but 1 thing we know for certain, the Hope Diamond has been displayed at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC since Y 1958.