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Newsletter No. 11 06/2012
The Year of the Dragon
Dear Customers, Readers and Friends,

In Chinese astrology, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon! For Asian cultures, the dragon is an important good-luck charm – there is optimism in the air as we roll up our sleeves and take on new projects.

This year, KULSEN & HENNIG will be moving into its new offices in Berlin.

In this edition of our newsletter, we will take an entertaining little excursion into Chinese astrology and discover jewellery inspired by powerful dragons. Find out about the discovery of a very rare diamond and learn how secondary colours can affect the price of diamonds.In addition, we’ll take a closer look at the travels of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, the famous diamond expert who travelled throughout India during the 17th century. Then, we’ll continue our series on diamond cuts and bring you, this time, an overview of the round brilliant cut’s historical development.

We hope that the articles in this new edition will be a source of inspiration for you!


P.S If you can spare 3 minutes and 34 seconds, take a look on the Internet at this film that we found most impressive:
From Our Collection:
A Pair of Pear Shaped 1.43 ct Fancy Light Yellow

This pair of pear shaped, pale yellow diamonds would be perfect for earrings. If these stones were to be combined with pearls, the result would definitely be an exceptional piece of jewellery. The pair could also enhance a solitaire stone beautifully.

Both stones have a VVS clarity grading; information concerning their weight is provided below:

0.71 ct.   7,02 x 4,83 x 3,36 mm    VVS   Fancy Light Yellow
0.72 ct.   6,89 x 4,76 x 3,35 mm    VVS   Fancy Light Yellow

If you are interested in these stones, please contact us at:

Telephone:  +49 (0)30 44 34 17 77

All about Natural Coloured Diamonds
Argyle Pink Jubilee
On February 21, 2012, Rio Tinto, owner and operator of the Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia, announced the discovery of the biggest rough pink diamond ever to have been mined in Australia. The rough stone, which weighs 12.76 ct, was found in the open pit mine of the Argyle Diamond Mine in the East Kimberly region of Western Australia. The stone was baptised Argyle Pink Jubilee in honour of Queen Elisabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

The stone’s exceptional colour has been described as Light Pink, similar to the colour of the Williamson Pink diamond that Queen Elisabeth II received as a wedding present and wore set in a brooch during her coronation ceremony.

According to Josephine Johnson, manager of 
Argyle Pink Diamonds, it took 26 years of mining to find such an exceptional stone and it is doubtful that another stone of the same size and quality will ever be found again.

After two months of careful evaluation and planning, the master stone cutter Richard How Kim Kam, a longtime Argyle employee, began to cut and polish the Argyle Pink Jubilee in Perth.
Once it has been graded, the Argyle Pink Jubilee will begin a journey around the world to be shown to select audiences. Then, this autumn, it will be sold at the legendary
Argyle Pink Diamond Tender. As for the stone’s value, we can only speculate. According to Rio Tinto, extremely high quality pink diamonds can attain 1 million USD per carat.

We are all very excited to know what shape has been chosen for this stone and will of course keep you posted!

J. B. Tavernier (1605-1689) - Traveller and Diamond Expert
The French traveller and diamond merchant Jean Baptiste Tavernier made six trips to Persia and India between 1630 and 1668. He brought large quantities of extremely valuable diamonds, precious stones and jewellery back with him.

Even at the court of Versailles, whose splendour and luxury were unparalleled in Europe, no one had ever seen anything like it. Tavernier sold some of the most valuable diamonds to King Louis XIV.

Between 1676 and 1679, Tavernier published his travel reports under the title of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier’s Six Voyages to Turkey, Persia and India.

The Year of the Dragon 2012 - Jewellery for the Year of the Dragon
In Chinese astrology, the Dragon represents good luck and was the symbol of the Chinese Imperial family; the emperor even sat on the Dragon throne. Through the emperor’s example, the entire world was thought to be positively influenced by the Confucian ideal.

This time, in our search for unusual creations, we were inspired by the Year of the Dragon. We have encountered fantastic “diamond dragons” with which certain jewellery designers pay tribute to this fabulous good-luck charm. Natural Fancy Coloured Diamonds add a special something to each piece.

The Impact of Secondary Colours on the Price of Diamonds
The overall appearance of most Fancy Natural Coloured Diamonds is determined by the combination of several colours.

Secondary colour modifiers or secondary colours can affect the price of a diamond significantly. Experienced buyers know how to use these colour modifiers.

Gemmology Corner
The Brilliant Cut: Chapter 1 – The Historical Development
The round brilliant cut is the most popular and best known diamond cut. Between Natural Coloured Diamonds and the round brilliant cut, however, there is a sort of "love-hate" relationship. The two contradict each other, with, on the one hand, the classic brilliant cut designed to show as little colour as possible, and, on the other hand, Natural Coloured Diamonds showing off as much of their colour as possible.

With our newsletters, you will have an opportunity to learn more about the development of this classic cut. In this new issue, we will take a look at the origins of diamond cutting that led to the round brilliant cut.
You will receive our next newsletter in autumn 2012.

Earlier editions of our newsletter may be found in our newsletter-archive
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