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black cufflinks, the color black appears quite frequently in the mineral kingdom
: coral, hematite, jet, obsidian, onyx, pearl, sapphire, spinel, tourmaline, and still other times stones take on this fascinating tint.
The blacks diamonds, whose color can seem intimidating as evocative of the night and all its mysteries, have many difficulties to cut because of their extreme hardness or, at times, the structural fragility.
Therefore, for decades we have only been used for industrial purposes and to obtain abrasive powder required to cut the same of diamond.
According to the latest theory, they would have an extraterrestrial origin, and would have fallen to Earth billions of years ago, encased in meteorites: for this reason, perhaps, they have always been considered loads of myths objects – even more than the white ones – so when we speak of their history, the conditional is a must. (for this reason black cufflinks sound a mistery)
The Black Diamond “oldest” of which we know could be the “Black Orlov”, a 67.50 carat cushion cut so named by its owner, the Russian Princess Nadia Vyegin-Orlov, lived around 1750
Legend, which seems to deliberately invented to create the suspense around this stone also very seductive, said that would be removed from a temple near Pondicherry, southern India, in its semi-raw form of 195 carats when it was still known as the “Eye of Brahma”.
The “Black Orlov” would be one of the three gems resulting from clipping of the original stone, which occurred near the beginning of the twentieth century.
It was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington in 1951, in Dallas in 1964, in Johannesburg in 1967 and the Natural History Museum in London in September 2005.
Rated $ 150,000, was sold in 1969 to double this figure and a second time in 1999 at a Sotheby’s auction. (there are famous black cufflinks in the past)
Another important black diamond is the ” Amsterdam ‘, a nice drop of 33.74 carats cut precisely in Amsterdam in 1973 with 145 facets from a rough of nearly 56 carats that had been assessed a little more than three hundred dollars.
This stone was auctioned at Christie’s in November 2001 to record price of $ 352,000.
The first significant use of blacks diamonds in jewelery came only toward the beginning of the nineties 1900:
among the first to mount them on an experimental basis and in very limited quantities, was Pam Grantham, a designer English wife of a senior executive of De Beers. In 1996, however, Fawaz Gruosi, a Lebanese jeweler Florentine mother, founder of the fashion house de Grisogono which now has branches in various parts of the world, made the first collection blacks diamonds destined to succeed.
Gruosi states that: “Much has been written on the white diamonds, now it’s up to those blacks.
The mysteries of this unusual gem, long underestimated and not always appropriately presented, they deserve some explanation.”
In fact, the blacks diamonds have always posed several problems: in addition to those related to the cut, there are also those concerning the color.
The official gemology, in fact, does not consider them fancy-colored, on par with the sought-after and expensive blue diamond, pink or yellow. (black cufflinks are magic)
Because of their very nature you can not classify the purity and then have to give up one of the “four C” (Clarity, Color, Cut, Carat or purity, color, cut, weight) that have always been considered the pillars of the classification of diamonds.
Above all, they have never returned to their multimillion-dollar global projects and marketing of De Beers, so the blacks diamonds are the real gems among the outsiders and we may venture to call them the fruit of sustainable recycling of a mineral …
Fawaz Gruosi has been responsible for the cutting and marketing of two of the most important blacks diamonds known today, the “Gruosi” and the “Spirit of de Grisogono” With the 115.34 carat “Gruosi” is cutting a bigger heart in the black world, it comes from a rough three hundred carats found in India and it took three years to cut, from 1998 to 2001.
The “Spirit of de Grisogono “weighs 312.24 carats, making it the largest existing black Diamond and the fifth in order of weight.
The crude 587 carats, was found a few decades ago in the Central African Mining Western, was cut recently following the ancient techniques used by the Indians for the superb faceting stones of Mogul emperors, like the legendary “Orlov” that Catherine the Great had done embed in the Russian imperial scepter.
(L ‘ “Orlov” could be the “Great Mogul”, that the Venetian Hortensius Borgis was called to cut in India around 1660, at the risk of losing their lives, but that’s another story …)
Around the world there would, presumably, other important blacks diamonds of which only speaks occasional.