Inside Russia’s Diamond Mines

 

Mirny diamond mineIn the far north-east of Russia, a whole town of people dedicates their working lives to finding diamonds. Russia is the world's largest producer of diamonds by volume and Mirny is its ‘diamond capital'. 

Mirny is so remote that the people here refer to the rest of Russia as ‘the mainland.'

Located in Russia's far northeast, 4,000 km from Moscow, the main route in and out is via aircraft. In winter, when temperatures can drop to below -50 degrees centigrade, ice roads appear allowing supplies to be brought in overland. 

The town itself is built around a giant hole in the ground. It is probably Mirny's most distinguishing feature. Diamonds were discovered here in the 1950s and as the diamond mine grew, so did the town around it. The city has primarily been financed from the proceeds of the quarry - which grew to be 1.2km wide and 525m deep.

It is a remote, inhospitable place. Until June this year there was still snow on the ground. "In Mirny, for ten months of the year, it is winter."

The attraction here is definitely not the climate or the location, but the higher wages which attract people from other Russian regions and former Soviet states.

Click here to read the entire article with photos and video of life at Russia's diamond mines.


The Most Expensive Hole in the World

Mir mine photoWith an expected value of £13billion (over $17 billion), this could be the most expensive hole in the world.

Dubbed 'Diamond City', Mir mine in eastern Siberia is so huge it creates a vortex potentially strong enough to suck helicopters into its depths.

At 1,722-feet-deep and with a diameter of nearly one mile, the crater makes it look like the nearby town of Mirny has been struck by a meteorite.

Check out the full article with other great photos and videos showing this exceptional diamond mine.

 




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Emerald Cut 1.32 ct 1.42 ratio 0.46 TRIL AD-1smWe just added a beautiful three-stone diamond ring to our Special Offers section of our website. This ring has a 1.32 carat emerald cut center diamond with 0.46 total carat weight side trillion cut diamonds set in a custom 14-karat gold three-stone mounting with white gold modified baskets and yellow gold shank. The modified baskets allow a wedding band to fit flush with the engagement ring.

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Colored Gemstone Jewelry

While we specialize in GIA graded diamonds, we also can supply some of the most beautiful colored gemstones in the country.  If you are looking for that special anniversary or birthday gift, think breathtaking color and beauty for your gift.
 
Like flowers, colored gemstones come in every color.  Both are produced in nature and evolve into something exquisite.  But, unlike flowers whose beauty fades with time, the beauty of colored gemstones is everlasting.
 
While ruby, sapphire and emerald are the best known colored gemstones, other gemstones like Tanzanite, spinel, garnet, tourmaline, and peridot can also provide exceptional beauty.
 
Here are some examples of beautiful colored gemstone rings we have provided clients and our designers can provide just about any style you want.
 
Colored Gemstones
 
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Ready for a change for your engagement ring?

We have many clients who purchased their engagement rings from us years ago who come back to us wanting an upgrade for their ring.  Often getting a larger diamond is just not economical in terms of making a noticeable change.  Changing the mounting style can provide a new look for those ready for a change.

RA 1.13 w .60 tcw Traps white 1.33 ratio - 1smFor example, in 2005 one of our clients purchased the three-stone diamond engagement ring pictured below.  The ring had a beautiful 1.13 carat radiant cut center diamond and brilliant-cut trapezoid side diamonds.

 

See more “before” pictures and description.

This year they came back to looking for suggestions on how to update the look of the ring.  We suggested a new mounting with Blaze Cut diamonds on the shank and a modified basket style that accommodates a flush fitting wedding band.  They added a matching Blaze Cut diamond band for a great new look using their original radiant and trapezoid diamonds.

RA 1.13 Trap 0.60 tcw Blaze 0.56 tcw-1smSee more “after” pictures and description.

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De Beers' Gahcho Kue mine comes online, producing its first diamonds - North - CBC News

$1B mine on track to begin commercial production in 1st quarter of 2017

By Guy Quenneville, CBC News Posted: Aug 03, 2016 1:28 PM CTLast Updated: Aug 03, 2016 1:28 PM CT

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De Beers and Mountain Province Diamonds have started producing diamonds at their Gahcho Kue mine in the Northwest Territories.

While the mine isn't expected to reach a commercial level of production until the first quarter of 2017, Gahcho Kue has made the significant move from construction and commissioning to, as De Beers spokesperson Tom Ormsby put it, "actually putting some ore in the plant."

"Everything is now working," said Ormsby, adding that the $1-billion project remains on budget and slightly ahead of its timeline.

Production had long been expected to begin in late 2016.

2nd N.W.T. project for De Beers

Gahcho Kue, located 280 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife, is De Beers' second diamond mine in the N.W.T. after Snap Lake, and its third project in Canada. (The company also operates the Victor mine in Northern Ontario.)

The company shut down production at Snap Lake in December, laying off 434 workers. De Beers is now preparing to flood the mine's underground workings, unless it can find a buyer for that mine.

More than 100 former Snap Lake workers are now working at Gahcho Kue. At Snap Lake, around 75 workers continue to prepare the mine for flooding.

Ormsby was unsure whether more former Snap Lake workers could transition to the new mine.

He said that while Snap Lake was an underground mine, Gahcho Kue's three deposits will be mined in the more traditional (and technically less complicated) open-pit style, which requires a different (and not always transferable) set of skills.

Grand opening coming soon

Gahcho Kue is expected to have a steady workforce of around 500 people, said Ormsby.  

De Beers and Mountain Province — which owns a 49-per-cent stake in Gahcho Kue — plan to hold an official grand opening "in the next couple months," said Ormsby.

via www.cbc.ca


Five Row Diamond Bracelet is Light and Flexible

 

Bracelet RB  3.90 tcw BA-3smThis unique 5-row diamond bracelet is just one of the items we have for sale on our website at Diamond Special Offers

The bracelet has 253 round brilliant-cut diamonds having 3.90 total carat weight set in a variety of different shaped bezel-set and pave-set mountings on a chain-mesh five-row 18-karat white-gold bracelet that is 18 centimeters (approximately 7 1/8 inches) long and 16 millimeters (approximately 5/8 inch) wide with diamond covered box-style clasp (stamped “750” and “69319”).

Bracelet RB  3.90 tcw BA-5smThe unique setting style makes the bracelet appear to have much larger diamonds with difference shapes while allowing the brilliance and sparkle of the round diamonds and the lower price provided by using smaller diamonds.

Bracelet RB  3.90 tcw BA-7The bracelet is soft and flexible so fits comfortably around the wrist.  The diamond covered clasp is almost impossible to see when closed.

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Behold the World’s Largest Blue Star Sapphire | JCK

Behold the World’s Largest Blue Star Sapphire

A Sri Lankan gem trader is selling the world’s largest blue star sapphire.

Worlds Largest Blue Star SapphireThe egg-shape stone weighs 1,404.49 cts. and has been authenticated as the largest of its kind by the Gemological Institute of Colombo (GIC).

“We can’t put a price on something like this,” Ashan Amarasinghe, a gemologist at the GIC told Agence France-Presse. “It is so rare, and unlike other, smaller sapphires, this is not a stone that can be replaced. This is something only collectors or museums can afford.”

The BBC reports that the seller expects the stone to sell for $175 million at auction; Agence France-Presse puts the price at $300 million. 

The stone was found in Sri Lanka’s central region of Ratnapura, according to reports.

“I have lived in affluence, but now I feel even more blessed,” said the owner, who asked to remain anonymous due to the value of the stone. “This [find] has not changed my lifestyle. But, I feel thrilled to be the man owning this gem. It is good for the ego.” He purchased the stone in September 2015 for an undisclosed sum.

The BBC reports that the owner has named the stone the Star of Adam, after the Muslim belief that Adam arrived in Sri Lanka after being sent away from the Garden of Eden.

Details of the auction have not yet been announced.

via www.jckonline.com


Fancy Vivid Oppenheimer Blue Could Fetch $45 Million | JCK

Fancy Vivid Oppenheimer Blue Could Fetch $45 Million

Christie’s calls the 14.62 ct. diamond the “gem of gems”

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The 2016 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards: The Winners | JCK

The 2016 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards: The Winners