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Why 2016 was the year of the colored diamond

By Nick Glass, CNN

Updated 5:27 AM ET, Tue December 20, 2016

(CNN) Relatively small, but slowly and perfectly formed over billions of years, the Argyle Violet diamond is so rare in color that it has its own unique diamond classification: "Fancy Deep Grayish Blueish Violet."

It was "a once in a lifetime discovery. I fell in love with it. We had to have it," says Scott West of L.J. West Diamonds Inc. of New York.

Like his father, Larry, and his grandfather Max before him, West is a diamond hunter, searching for the rarest and most unusually colored stones.

His most recent acquisition, the 2.83-carat oval Argyle Violet is being displayed as part of "Diamonds: Rare Brilliance" at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

An exclusive offer

Scott West spends three months every year traveling the world looking for special stones.

The Argyle Violet came from the remote Argyle Mine in North West Australia. Every year for the last 30 years, the mine's owner, Rio Tinto, has invited a select group of buyers to tender for newly discovered stones by sealed bid. It's said to be the most exclusive diamond sale in the world.

This year, there were 63 diamonds on offer, all pink, red or violet.

West says he and his father, Larry, first saw the Argyle Violet in a secure room in Hong Kong in September, and made "multi visits in differing light" before placing their bid in November.

He declined to comment on a Financial Times report that L.J.West's winning bid was more than $10 million for the Argyle Violet and 15 other colored stones, although he did agree that it was "tough" having to make a sealed bid.

The allure of the sparkle

L.J. West claims to have the largest inventory of large colored diamonds in the world with some 2000 stones of all colors, many of them pink.

But, naturally, West remains discreet about money and collectors. Though the company did admit that Halle Berry wore one of their diamond rings (the Pumpkin Diamond, Fancy Vivid Orange, 5.54 carats) when she won her Oscar in 2002.

"The Middle East is a strong market. China continues to grow. The United States is still the strongest market of all," he says.

Article courtesy of CNN

Chong Hing jewelry display 14 million yuan pink diamond

From the New York Choi Wan West family to provide the balance of more than 40 diamond jewelry at the weekend in San Gabriel Changxing jewelry watches and clocks gold line display. From left to right: jewelry family Gino Di Geso, Scott West, Changxing Jewelry Executive Director Valerie Lee, founder Lee Yu Miao Ling, Paul Sterman, diamond expert Aaron Celestian. (Reporter Yang Qing / photography)

From the New York Choi Wan West family to provide the balance of more than 40 diamond jewelry at the weekend in San Gabriel Changxing jewelry watches and clocks gold line display. From left to right: jewelry family Gino Di Geso, Scott West, Changxing Jewelry Executive Director Valerie Lee, founder Lee Yu Miao Ling, Paul Sterman, diamond expert Aaron Celestian. (Reporter Yang Qing / photography)

Reporter Yang Qing / San Gabriel City reported

December 17, 2016, 8:32 pm

More than 40 pieces of priceless diamond jewelry in the weekend in San Gabriel Changxing jewelry watches and clocks gold line display, so that the Southern California Chinese community Christmas and New Year shine. One of the top Zhenhan pink diamond ring up to 14 million yuan, a rare.

"The reason why the Southern California Chinese community chose to display these top treasures, because the Chinese people know a lot of goods," from New York's third generation descendant of the jewelry family Scott West, 50 years ago, we know the diamond is usually pink And blue, and now hope to all the world's top diamond, are introduced to the Chinese community.

The 3000 family of diamond jewelry offered by the West family will be on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History from this weekend until March 2017. Aaron Celestian, deputy curator of the museum, said the Natural History Museum held very few diamond exhibition, this is the largest diamond exhibition in recent years. The last diamond exhibition in 2014, "was only a diamond jewelry display."

Celestian, who works on diamonds and jewels, says that 99% of the museum's diamonds are white, because white is the most traditional and likable. "But it's not the color diamonds that are not popular, It is too rare and rare, very difficult to find.

Yellow, pink, blue, green, red, purple, orange and other colors, including yellow diamonds are often experts called "very rare"; powder , Blue and green diamond as "extremely rare"; red, purple and orange drill for the "top Jane Han."

Celestian said that the color of diamonds is usually divided into light color, color, rich color and brilliant color four levels, the heavier the color, the more valuable. "Celestian said," color diamond jewelry color, two look at the size of three to see cut. He explained that the natural color diamond is precious, because very rare, the production environment at least a few miles below the surface, but also requires very special temperature and light conditions.

Changxing Jewelry gold line, said that although this rare diamond display only two days, but Changxing CEO Valerie Lee as a license gem identification division, ready to provide gemstone identification for the public. At the same time, Changxing also have these top diamonds of the drawings and description, ready to help interested people back to the real parts, so that buyers see.

Article courtesy of World Journal

Spectacular Colored Diamonds On Exhibit At Los Angeles County Natural History Museum

Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:37 PM

By Anthony Demarco - Forbes

The Juliet Pink on display at Diamonds: Rare Brilliance at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

The Juliet Pink on display at Diamonds: Rare Brilliance at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is bringing together rare colored gems never before seen in the United States inside the museum’s Gem and Mineral Hall in an exhibition titled “Diamonds: Rare Brilliance.”

At the exhibition’s center is the “Juliet Pink Diamond,” an extremely rare pink diamond of more than 30 carats, and a Fancy Deep Grayish Bluish Violet named the “Argyle Violet Diamond,” after the Argyle mine in Western Australia where it was discovered in 2015. Through examples, such as the fluorescent lighting of a “Rainbow” diamond necklace and a very rare Victorian Orchid Diamond, the exhibition will attempt to bring to light the rare properties of colored gemstones, the science behind natural colored diamonds, and how the interplay of light and chemistry gives diamonds color.

The Argyle Violet Diamond set in a beautiful platinum diamond setting surrounded by 12 rare vivid pink diamonds. On display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

The Argyle Violet Diamond set in a beautiful platinum diamond setting surrounded by 12 rare vivid pink diamonds. On display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

The Diamonds: Rare Brilliance exhibition will open Friday and run through March 19, 2017. The colored gems and jewels in the exhibition are owned by L.J. West Diamonds, which specializes in the sourcing, manufacturing and distribution of colored diamonds. 

The exhibition coincides with the reopening of NHMLA’s Gem and Mineral Store.

Article courtesy of Forbes

30+ CARAT “JULIET PINK” AND RARE “ARGYLE VIOLET” DIAMONDS MAKE U.S. DEBUT

IN DIAMONDS: RARE BRILLIANCE AT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY

New York, November 28, 2016 — The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) today announced details for its coming exhibition Diamonds: Rare Brilliance, which will bring together rare colored gems never before seen in the United States inside the museum’s renowned Gem and Mineral Hall. At the center of Rare Brilliance will be the “Juliet Pink Diamond,” which is an extremely rare pink diamond of over 30 carats, and a Fancy Deep Grayish Bluish Violet named the “Argyle Violet” after the eponymous Argyle mine in Western Australia, where it was discovered in 2015. Through stunning examples, such as the fluorescent lighting of a “rainbow” diamond necklace and a very rare Victorian Orchid Vivid Purple diamond, the exhibition will bring to light the rare properties of colored gemstones, the science behind natural colored diamonds, and how the interplay of light and chemistry gives diamonds color. Organized in partnership with L.J. West Diamonds, Rare Brilliance will be on view from December 16, 2016, through March 19, 2017.  

The Juliet Pink Diamond - set in a magnificent necklace with marquise, pear and round-cut shape white diamonds

The Juliet Pink Diamond - set in a magnificent necklace with marquise, pear and round-cut shape white diamonds

“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,” said Dr. Aaron Celestian, NHM’s Associate Mineralogy Curator. “These jewels, on loan from L.J. West, capture the imagination and will shine amongst the museum’s world-renowned collection of gems and minerals.”

“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. 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.” – Scott West, the vice president of L.J. West Diamonds.

The Juliet Pink Diamond, which will be set in a necklace with marquise, pear and round-cut white diamonds totaling 98.70 carats for the exhibition, has been designated a type IIa diamond by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) for its remarkable chemical purity and clarity. Natural colored diamonds are a strikingly rare phenomenon, occurring in an estimated one out of every 10,000 gems, and the precise science behind individual colors remains a mystery.

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

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

In addition to the Juliet Pink Diamond, Diamonds: Rare Brilliance will introduce U.S. audiences to one of the world’s rarest diamonds — a Fancy Deep Grayish Bluish Violet named the “Argyle Violet” after the Argyle mine in Western Australia. There are no other known diamonds of this combination of colors or with the same clarity and size, and it is the largest Violet to be discovered in the Argyle Diamond Mine. The 9.17 original rough stone was an unusual shape characterized by deep grooves and an uneven surface. After more than 80 hours of carving and polishing, the diamond on view in NHM’s Gem Vault is a 2.83-carat oval that is set in a designer ring surrounded by Argyle Vivid Pink Diamonds.

The Argyle Violet – an historic diamond, the its 2.83-carat oval shape is making it the largest violet diamond unearthed from the Argyle diamond mine

The Argyle Violet – an historic diamond, the its 2.83-carat oval shape is making it the largest violet diamond unearthed from the Argyle diamond mine

 

“We are so pleased to be able to share these exceptional stones with the public through the Rare Brilliance exhibition at the Natural History Museum of LA,” Scott West from L.J. West Diamonds said. “Just as the ring and necklace settings provide a backdrop to highlight the brilliance of the cut stones, the excellent company of NHM’s Gem and Mineral Hall collection will provide the perfect context for these rare and important diamonds.”
The Victorian Orchid Vivid Purple Diamond - Fancy Vivid Purple fashioned in a cushion-cut shaped at a noteworthy 1.64 carats

The Victorian Orchid Vivid Purple Diamond - Fancy Vivid Purple fashioned in a cushion-cut shaped at a noteworthy 1.64 carats

The NHM Gem and Mineral Hall
The world-renowned, 6,000-square-foot Gem and Mineral Hall at NHM opened in 1978 and is one of the finest permanent exhibit halls of gems and minerals in the world. The Hall houses a selection of the Museum’s extensive collection — displaying more than 2,000 spectacular specimens within two large galleries — which as a whole includes more than 150,000 specimens and is the largest in the western United States. The NHM Mineral Sciences Department curates the museum’s world-class collection of minerals, rocks, gems, ores, and meteorites, and it conducts research focusing on furthering scientific understanding of these materials. The department actively maintains the Gem and Mineral Hall and provides general and scientific programming through the Museum’s Gem & Mineral Council.

Details -

The Juliet Pink Diamond – The exceptional gem is a Fancy Intense Pink diamond, VVS2. 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 and is set in a magnificent necklace with marquise, pear and round-cut shape white diamonds, VVS E-F totaling 98.70 carats.

The Argyle Violet – an historic diamond, the its 2.83-carat oval shape is making it the largest violet diamond unearthed from the Argyle diamond mine, polished from an extraordinary 9.17-carat rough diamond. An impossible rarity, the Argyle Violet possesses the unique color grading of Fancy Deep Grayish Bluish Violet, and it headlines the 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Signature Tender.

The Rainbow Necklace – a glorious and brilliant design that features over 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-karatK white gold arch necklace. The necklace took over 5 years to assemble as collecting the diamonds of similar shape and size was extremely miraculous occurrence.

The Victorian Orchid Vivid Purple Diamond – The Victorian Orchid is an extremely rare gem; the diamond is one of the rarest stones currently worldwide because of– due to its unique color. The Victorian Orchid is a Fancy Vivid Purple diamond, SI2. This rare gem is fashioned in a cushion-cut shaped at a noteworthy 1.64 carats and is set in a flower designer ring with a match pair of kite- shape diamonds ofs 0.42 carats.platinum ring setting.

Visitor Information
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007
www.nhm.org
 
Group Visits  

Groups of 10 or more people receive discounted rates on Museum admission. Group tickets available now by calling (213) 763-3218 or by emailing groupsalesNH@nhm.org for reservations and more information.

Membership

Tickets to the exhibition are free for NHM members. To become a member, visit nhm.org/membership.

About the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. It is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913. It has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history — with more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. The Natural History Family of Museums includes the NHM, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (Hancock Park/Mid-Wilshire), and the William S. Hart Park and Museum (Newhall, California). The Family of Museums serves more than 1 million families and visitors annually and is a national leader in research, exhibitions and education.

About L.J. West Diamonds
The journey for L.J. West Diamonds spans over five decades and three generations, and it continues to this day. L.J. West has established itself as one of the world’s most distinguished houses for some of the most rare and important exotic Natural Fancy Color Diamonds to have ever been unearthed.

Advocates for the collectors whose treasures we provide. L.J. West is an expert in every phase of the jewelry process – from sourcing to the cutting, polishing and final design. Each exceptional jewel is carefully set to become a unique work of art.

L.J. West Diamonds purchases the argyle violet diamond

Rio Tinto’s Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender delivers record result 7 November 2016

Rio Tinto’s spectacular 2016 Pink Diamonds Tender collection of 63 rare pink, red and violet diamonds from its Argyle mine has delivered a record result, reflecting strong global demand for these increasingly rare diamonds. Known as The Chroma Collection, the 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender comprised the highest quality, size and colour composition in the Tender’s 32 year history and was highly sought after, with winners from 10 countries including a strong representation from the sophisticated US collector market.
The 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender achieved the highest average price per carat since the Tender began in 1984.

Rio Tinto Diamonds general manager of sales Patrick Coppens said “We are delighted with the results of this year’s historic collection. Argyle’s pink, red and violet Tender diamonds are in a class of their own in terms of rarity, beauty and provenance. These natural coloured diamonds are truly beyond rare.”

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

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

The dazzling centrepiece of the collection, the 2.83-carat Argyle Violet, is the largest and most valuable violet diamond recovered to date from the Argyle mine in the remote east Kimberley region of Western Australia. The Argyle Violet was secured by US based coloured diamond specialist, L.J. West Diamonds Inc, which plans to showcase the historic diamond at the Diamonds: Rare Brilliance exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in December 2016. President of L.J. West Diamonds Inc Larry West said “The Argyle Violet is an incomparable diamond that forms an important addition to our Art of Nature collection of rare gems. It is a truly unique treasure that we are proud to be exhibiting as one of the finest examples of a historic fancy colour diamond.”

Over the past 15 years the value of Argyle pink diamonds sold at Tender have appreciated over 300 percent. Argyle Pink Diamonds manager Josephine Johnson said “The market fundamentals for pink diamonds -strong demand as a result of extremely limited supply - continue to support their significant value appreciation.“

Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine produces virtually the entire world’s supply of rare pink diamonds, with the finest from a full year’s production showcased in the annual Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender.

The 2016 Tender was the first to comprise diamonds solely from Argyle’s underground mine.