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ONLY THE RAREST OF THE RARE

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Exceptional


ONLY THE RAREST OF THE RARE

 

 

For decades the West family have traveled across the world to source some of the most rare and exceptional fancy color diamonds to have ever been known to exist.

 
 
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DIAMONDS: RARE BRILLIANCE


NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES

DIAMONDS: RARE BRILLIANCE


NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES

EXPLORE THE EXHIBITION - DIAMONDS: RARE BRILLIANCE

Diamonds Rare Brilliance - The Juliet Pink Diamond, Argyle Violet, Victorian Orchid Vivid Purple and Multi-Color Diamonds on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Diamonds Rare Brilliance - The Juliet Pink Diamond, Argyle Violet, Victorian Orchid Vivid Purple and Multi-Color Diamonds on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

 
 

Romantic and beautiful, scientists believe these exquisite gems are formed as the product of high stress – intense heat and pressure over billions of years until they are pushed up out of the Earth from under continents.

This winter at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Gem and Mineral Vault will be home to four of nature’s rarest colorful diamond masterpieces.  Discover the amazing properties of colored gemstones, the science behind natural colored diamonds, and how the interplay of light and chemistry gives diamonds color.

The science behind the diamonds is as mesmerizing as they are!

EXPLORE

NOW - MARCH 19TH.

 
 
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The Juliet Pink


SYNONYMOUS WITH LOVE AND ROMANCE

The Juliet Pink


SYNONYMOUS WITH LOVE AND ROMANCE

 

THE JULIET PINK DIAMOND

Synonymous with love and romance, the Juliet Pink Diamond is extremely rare. The exceptional gem is a Fancy Intense Pink diamond, the rare gem is fashioned in an oval-cut shape at a noteworthy 30.03 carats.

The Juliet Pink Diamond is filled with passion, romance and ultimate beauty.

Stone's this rare are often whispered about but never seen.
The Juliet Pink Diamond Necklace - The rare gem is fashioned in an oval-cut shape at a noteworthy 30.03 carats and is set in a magnificent necklace with marquise, pear and round-cut shape white diamonds, VVS E-F totaling 98.70 carats. The incomparable design is fit for a queen, as it encompasses timeless love and beauty.  

The Juliet Pink Diamond Necklace - The rare gem is fashioned in an oval-cut shape at a noteworthy 30.03 carats and is set in a magnificent necklace with marquise, pear and round-cut shape white diamonds, VVS E-F totaling 98.70 carats. The incomparable design is fit for a queen, as it encompasses timeless love and beauty.

 

Throughout history diamonds have been synonymous with love and romance. The Juliet Pink captures this connection with its vibrant, strong pink color that is both alluring and seductive.
— Scott West - Executive VP of L.J. West Diamonds
 
 
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Extremely Rare...

The Juliet Pink Diamond is an extremely significant find – and one of the rarest stones currently worldwide – due because of its unique color, clarity, and size. The exceptional gem is a Fancy Intense Pink diamond, VVS2.

The diamond is the highlight of the Diamonds: Rare Brilliance exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

 

We are thrilled to share these gems, which are incredibly rare in color, intensity, quality and size — and so brilliantly fashioned from the original roughs — with museum visitors, providing opportunities to learn about the geology, physics and chemistry behind each diamond’s sparkle and hue
— Dr. Aaron Celestian Natural History Museum of LA

Polishing...

Cut from an estimated 90-carat rough from South Africa, the rare gem is fashioned in an oval-cut shape at a noteworthy 30.03 carats.

Planning can take up to several years, as each carat removed from the stone is affecting the stone’s overall polished color, shape and carat weight. The planning for its shape and for its cutting angles is a masterful art – bringing the diamond to life with maximum brilliance takes patience and exquisite skill. After the diamond is cut, the stone is polished using mechanisms permeated with diamond dust – the only known material efficient in polishing a diamond to its full brilliance.

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Sourcing...

Historically, pink diamonds have been found in India, Brazil and Africa. In more recent years, the 1980s opening of the Argyle mine in Western Australia brought pinks to the attention of a much wider
audience. Argyle has become known for producing a consistent yet limited quantity of pinks. Argyle pinks rarely occur in sizes over a few carats. The Juliet Pink rough was discovered in South Africa
at an impressive size of 90-carats.


Journey of Design...

Designed with true elegance and masterful skill, the unimaginably rare 30.03-carat, oval-shaped Juliet Pink Diamond is handset in a truly one-of-a-kind enchanting necklace with marquise, pear and round-cut white diamonds totaling 98.70 carats.

 


Our master craftsman carefully esemble the beautiful setting for the Juliet Pink Diamond.

Our master craftsman carefully esemble the beautiful setting for the Juliet Pink Diamond.

 

Journey of Design...

“Throughout history diamonds have been synonymous with love and romance. The Juliet Pink captures this connection with its vibrant, strong pink color that is both alluring and seductive. ”. Says Scott West – Vice President of L.J. West Diamonds. After understanding the stone’s importance and color we decided to name the stone the ‘“Juliet Pink Diamond,’” as the stone captivates passion and ultimate beauty.”

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THE ARGYLE VIOLET


IMPOSSIBLY RARE

THE ARGYLE VIOLET


IMPOSSIBLY RARE

The Argyle Violet

The pinnacle of rarity among its peers for its extraordinary combination of size, color and clarity, The Argyle Violet is both a mystical beauty and a diamond of historic significance.

2.83 carat /Oval/ Fancy Deep Greyish Bluish Violet.(GIA)

 
2.83-carat Argyle Violet, the largest and most valuable violet diamond recovered to date from the Argyle mine.

2.83-carat Argyle Violet, the largest and most valuable violet diamond recovered to date from the Argyle mine.

This stunning violet diamond will capture the imagination of the world’s leading collectors and connoisseurs.
— Argyle Pink Diamonds manager Josephine Johnson.

Argyle Pink Diamonds - Western Australia...

Formed more than one and half billion years ago, and hidden in the deep reserve of the Argyle Diamond Mine lay the promise of a diamond that was impossibly rare. The 2015 discovery of the 9.17 carat rough diamond exhibiting bluish hues was an astonishing yet thrilling moment in Argyle's history; as never before had a diamond of this color and significant size been discovered in Australia.

Rough Diamond Weigh: 9.17 carat

Rough Diamond Weigh: 9.17 carat

Impossibly rare. - 9.17 carat rough violet...

The 2015 discovery of the 9.17 carat rough diamond, reminiscent of a meteor, the unusual rough diamond shape was characterized by deep grooves and an a uneven surface, bringing an other worldliness to this extraordinary miracle of nature. Recognizing the significance of the diamond, a polishing plane employing a blend of science and technology was completed over many months - however the ultimate and final challenge rested in the careful and expert hands of a single master craftsman.

Potential final polishing stage

Potential final polishing stage

Art meets science...

For more than 80 hours, the expert handcrafting of the history-making diamond took place with focused determination to unlock the single band of saturated violet color running through the heart of the stone.

The resulting 2.83 carat oval shape, with color grading of Fancy Deep Grayish Bluish Violet from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), is the only violet diamond of this color seen in the history of the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, making it unrivaled in its rarity.

The Argyle Violet - 2.83 carat oval shape, with color grading of Fancy Deep Grayish Bluish Violet.

The Argyle Violet - 2.83 carat oval shape, with color grading of Fancy Deep Grayish Bluish Violet.

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The Victorian Orchid - Vivid Purple


ONE OF THE RAREST COLORS ACROSS THE COLOR SPECTRUM

The Victorian Orchid - Vivid Purple


ONE OF THE RAREST COLORS ACROSS THE COLOR SPECTRUM

The Victorian orchid

The Victorian Orchid is an extremely rare gem; the diamond is one of the rarest stones worldwide because of its unique color. The Victorian Orchid is a Fancy Vivid Purple diamond, SI2 (GIA).

This rare gem is fashioned in a cushion-cut shape at a noteworthy 1.64 carats.

The Victorian Orchid is an extremely rare gem; the diamond is one of the rarest stones worldwide because of its unique color. The Victorian Orchid is a Fancy Vivid Purple diamond, SI2. This rare gem is fashioned in a cushion-cut shape at a noteworthy 1.64 carats.  

The Victorian Orchid is an extremely rare gem; the diamond is one of the rarest stones worldwide because of its unique color. The Victorian Orchid is a Fancy Vivid Purple diamond, SI2. This rare gem is fashioned in a cushion-cut shape at a noteworthy 1.64 carats.

 

Gems are the flowers of the mineral kingdom and the fancy colored diamond is the orchid.
— R.J. Hauy 1817

Understanding the stone’s importance and color, we decided to name the stone the “Victorian Orchid,” as the stone’s bright rich purple color is synonymous with the beautiful orchid flower. In many cultures the purple orchid is a symbol of good fortune, royalty, bravery and romance. From Ancient Greek poets to Confucius, Victorian hunters and modern growers, the orchid has always been strongly desired and irresistible.

In early Victorian England, there was no orchid to be found among the estates of the rich and famous. Most members of the general public were largely unaware the species even existed. By the early 1800s a naturalist sent the first orchid to the foggy climate of London. The specimen wasn’t greeted with modest intrigue; following English tradition in going crazy for a novel commodity from a foreign locale, absolute orchid madness swept the nation with the attraction of collectors, merchant traders and royalty. Much like the Vivid Purple diamond, often sought after but rarely found.


Mir Kimberlite Field

Mir Kimberlite Field

Sourcing...

In a few published GIA gemological reports on purple diamonds, their geographic origin is not mentioned. One recurring source, however, is Russia’s Siberia region. Purple diamonds have been found on occasion in all the Siberian deposits explored to date, but they are most often recovered from the pipes of the Mir Kimberlite Field (comprising the Dachnaya, Internatsional’naya (also spelled Internationalaya), Mir, and Sputnik mines). They typically account for 1% of all diamonds from the deposits in those mines, though as much as 6% of some parcels have been described as purple (Gnevushev etal., 1961; Orlov, 1977; Zintchouk and Koptil, 2003).

The Victorian Orchid Vivid Purple Diamond

The Victorian Orchid Vivid Purple Diamond

History...

The Fancy Purple is one of the rarest colors on the natural color diamond spectrum; only a handful have been discovered and documented. Its origin is thought to be connected to plastic deformation, though the exact nature of the defects responsible for purple coloration is not yet fully understood.

The majority of purple diamonds from the Siberian deposits are pale, but crystals with more highly saturated purple colors are sometimes found. Purple diamonds are very rare. It is believed that they have a similar cause of color as pink diamonds; crystal distortion. They are most often found in Siberia and are generally small in size. their color rarely reaches the intense and vivid color grades.

The Victorian Orchid on the cutting wheel

The Victorian Orchid on the cutting wheel

Cutting...

Planning can take up to several years, as each carat removed from the stone is affecting the stone’s overall polished color, shape and carat weight. The Victorian Orchid was carefully studied for up to a year as the planning for its shape and for its cutting angles is a masterful art – bringing the diamond to life with maximum brilliance takes patience and exquisite skill.
After the diamond is cut, the stone is polished using mechanisms permeated with diamond dust – the only known material efficient in polishing a diamond to its full brilliance.

The Victorian Orchid gem is fashioned in a cushion-cut shape at a noteworthy 1.64 carats and is set in a flower designer platinum ring setting by Scott West Jewelry by L.J. West Diamonds.

 

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The Rainbow


The Rainbow


The Rainbow Necklace

The Rainbow Necklace is a glorious and brilliant design that features more than 100 rare natural color diamonds from the vast color spectrum. The necklace features radiant-cut shape multi-color diamonds at a noteworthy 35.93-carat weight and is set in a custom, one-of-a-kind 18-karat white gold arch necklace.

The Rainbow Necklace is a glorious and brilliant design that features more than 100 rare natural color diamonds from the vast color spectrum.

The Rainbow Necklace is a glorious and brilliant design that features more than 100 rare natural color diamonds from the vast color spectrum.

Only 1 in 10,000 diamonds has a fancy color
— Gemological Institute of America (GIA)

The Rainbow Necklace...

The Rainbow Necklace is a glorious and brilliant design that features more than 100 rare natural color diamonds from the vast color spectrum. The necklace features radiant-cut shape multi-color diamonds at a noteworthy 35.93-carat weight and is set in a custom, one-of-a-kind 18-karat white gold arch necklace.

 
 
 

Rarity...

These rare multi-color diamonds originate from many regions, including Western Australia, South Africa, Russia, South America, and India. The inspiration of the design was to highlight many years of collecting and sourcing rare natural color diamonds in a beautiful array of color combinations. The rainbow design was chosen to display the beauty and vast spectrum of color diamonds in singular work of art.


Design...

The necklace is named after the beautiful arch of colors that forms in the sky. Rainbows are renowned for their brilliant colors, which vary in intensity and number. Rainbows are beautiful and a unique natural phenomenon. In some cultures the experience of seeing a rainbow is thought to hold magical value and spiritual meaning. The creation of the Rainbow Necklace took over 5 years to ensemble as diamonds of this quantity, color and similar shape is extremely rare to collect. 

Every piece of jewelry in the Scott West Jewelry® collection is designed and handcrafted to illuminate the unique qualities of a particular diamond or diamonds – ensuring that each piece is a singular work of art.”