Queen of Color Diamonds

Where fascination and education about Natural Fancy Colored Diamonds meet

Month: March, 2013

World Record Set for Most Valuable Necklace Featuring a 407.48-IF Deep Yellow Diamond

The Guiness Book of World Records has just declared the Mouawad L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace as the mot valuable necklace in the world – coming in at $55 million USD.

mouawad full necklace

The necklace in all it’s glory features a total carat weight of 637 carats.  It includes a 407.48-carat modified, shield step-cut, IF natural fancy deep yellow diamond, 35 round diamonds, 27 pear-shaped diamonds, 9 heart-shaped diamonds, 5 emerald-cut diamonds, 5 cushion-shaped diamonds, 4 oval diamonds, 3 Asscher-cut diamonds and 2 radiant diamonds.



In its rough state weighing 890 carats, the Incomparable Diamond made a long serendipitous journey before reaching Mouawad. It was in 1980 in the Democratic Republic of Congo that a little girl found the diamond in a rubble pile of kimberlite that was sorted out because it was considered to be too bulky to possess any diamonds. The diamond eventually made its way into the hands of renowned diamond expert Marvin Samuels who spent four years supervising the cutting the stone into its present flawless form. It was then put on display at several museums with the first one being the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

mouawad design

The Mouawad L’ Incomparable Diamond Necklace Guinness World Record follows the records achieved by the US$3.8 million Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse – the most valuable handbag in the world – in 2010; the US$11 million Very Sexy Fantasy Bra – the world’s most expensive bra – in 2003; and by the Mouawad Splendor a 11 sided pear-shaped mixed cut D flawless diamond weighing 101.84 carats – at the time, the most expensive diamond sold at auction for US $12.76 million – in 1990.

This magnificent necklace stole the show in February 2013 at the Doha Jewellery & Watch Exhibition where it made its global debut.

L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace, will be on show at the Mouawad boutique, at The  Dubai Mall, until April 6.

The Sarah Diamond

It has been far too long since I last posted anything. So I decided to draw some inspiration from my young daughter Sarah and post a little something about “The Sarah” diamond, cut and polished by Graff Diamonds.


Many incredibly historical and valuable diamonds were discovered in South Africa, and The Sarah is no exception.  A magnificent yellow rough diamond weighing 218 carats was acquired through local South African diggings where Graff has the largest facilities for polishing gem quality diamonds.

From the moment Laurence Graff saw the enormous rough crystal in Kimberley, South Africa, he had this to say… “It was an intense golden yellow and one of the rarest yellow diamonds I had ever seen. I knew the polished stone within would be more than exceptional”.

It was estimated that the rough stone would take approximately 16 weeks to polish.  Jean Chandesais (A Graff Master Cutter) was appointed in order to create such a masterpiece and yield 70% of the weight with the remaining weight being fashioned into another extraordinary finished yellow.    It was determined that a cushion shape would be created from the rough stone to retain as much carat weight as possible. The pavilion of the stone would be a radiant cut, giving it explosive brilliance.

sarah diamondOnce polished and perfected, it was sent to GIA to grade.  It came back as a 132.43 carats Natural Vivid Yellow, VS1, Very Good polish, Very Good symmetry, together with a report stating that it is the largest Natural color Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond ever graded by them.  The GIA identification number and the name GRAFF was engraved onto the girdle and then it was ready to be showcased in one of Graff’s new stores in December 2000 where Graff estimated the diamond to be worth $15 million.

I haven’t been able to find out why the diamond was named “The Sarah” except where it has been noted that the private buyer gave it the name.

Nonetheless the diamond reminds me of my little Sarah –  vivid, very beautiful, rare and exceptional!