Willie Nagel, a gentleman, who would have the strength and stamina to deal with business leaders and politicians, passes away

By Alex Popov

Willie Nagel passed away on July 14th. Friday he was buried in Israel. I was flying from New York with a stopover in London when it happened. Being unable to be there and express my feelings to Adam and Toni, I would like to...

20 july 2021

Diamond industry's reaction to KP impasse

The Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (CSC) recently said that it is planning to approach the United Nations (UN) over the impasse on the redefinition of conflict diamonds and the principles of responsible sourcing. The CSC representative...

19 july 2021

Natural and LGDs are two segments of the industry that will have to learn to coexist together

Having now completed half a decade in the diamond jewelry exporting and wholesaling industry, Anmol Bhansali received formal training on Diamonds from GIA in addition to a lengthy training in jewelry wholesaling from the factories at Goldiam. He has...

12 july 2021

L'ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels: our mission is to share the jewelry culture with as many people as possible

France has gradually begun to lift quarantine restrictions on places of cultural recreation, including museums starting from May 19, 2021. The world-renowned L'ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts (L'ECOLE des Arts Joailliers) Van Cleef & Arpels...

05 july 2021

“I think LGDs will never be a threat to natural diamonds,” asserts Suresh Hathiramani, Managing Director, Facets Singapore

A diamantaire and industry expert with a deep knowledge of the gem & jewellery industry, Suresh Hathiramani is also a GIA trained diamond grader, researcher and writer about all things related to diamonds. His work experience stretches over 45 years...

28 june 2021

Sotheby’s diamond auction marks another bitcoin milestone

23 june 2021
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Image credit: Sotheby's

The 101.38-carat pear-shaped flawless diamond - The Key 10138, which carries a pre-sale estimate of $10 million - $15 million, will be sold by Sotheby's on July 9 in Hong Kong. Sotheby's said it would be the first time a diamond of such size has been offered for public purchase with cryptocurrency.
The Key 10138 was given its name to symbolize the unlocking of a new era in commerce and technology, and thus is a key to history. The diamond is accompanied by a GIA report stating that it is D Colour, Flawless and by a diamond type classification letter stating that it is determined to be a Type IIa diamond. The Key 10138 will undoubtedly become a diamond that history remembers as it takes the culmination of humanity’s work and knowledge on diamonds thus far, and turns the key to unlock a still more brilliant future, Sotheby's said.

Alex Shishlo for Rough&Polished