|Posted by gemhunter on January 1, 2015 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
Glenn Worthington from Arkansas recently brought to my attention an article about the recent discovery of 13 diamonds in North Carolina.
|Posted by gemhunter on December 29, 2014 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
Well it happened. One prospector contacted me who recently read my book on finding gemstones. He reported that a university in North Carolina confirmed he had found several diamonds including one, flawless, 5-carat diamond in a placer at one of the many sites mentioned in my book released in late 2014.
This followed discoveries of sapphires at another location by a different prospector and also discoveries of lamprophyres (one of a few rock types known to contain diamonds). We expect that following winter, several more discoveries will be made based on this unique book.
|Posted by gemhunter on October 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by gemhunter on October 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
Diamond cutter Isaac Wolf outbid three rivals for the 59.6-carat “Pink Star” diamond, offering about $83.2 million, a world record for any gem sold at auction. He renamed it the “Pink Dream.” Unlike many who would make a purchase like this, he revealed his identity and explained why he bought the gem. In fact, he did everything in a proper manner except for one thing: He never paid for it.
The diamond is graded as Type IIa, which is rare for any pink diamond, much less one of this size and color. It is twice the size of any vivid pink diamond ever brought to auction and the largest known diamond rated vivid pink. David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s Jewellery Division in Europe and the Middle East and chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland, said the diamond is one of the most important gems he has seen in his 35-year career.
“It is difficult to exaggerate the rarity of vivid pink diamonds weighing only five carats,” he said prior to the auction. “So this 59.60 carat stone is simply off any scale, and passes, I believe, into the ranks of the earth’s greatest natural treasures.”
The oval-cut gem was the highlight of the November auction in Geneva. It was estimated to fetch more than $60 million. The bidding opened at $48 million.
The diamond was originally mined in South Africa in 1999 as a 132.5-carat rough by De Beers. It was cut by the Steinmetz Diamond Company over a two-year period and was formerly known as the “Steinmetz Pink.” In 2003, it was shown publicly in Monaco and was displayed at the Smithsonian Institute as part of its “Splendor of Diamonds” exhibit. The Pink Star was sold privately in 2007, according to Wikipedia.
It certainly livened up a routine post-earnings report. As one investor representative said, “Just to get to ask questions about a pink diamond on a conference call is really pretty cool.”
|Posted by gemhunter on October 14, 2014 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
A fancy 8.41 carat, pear-shaped, flawless pink diamond sold for a record $17.8 million in Hong Kong this week, over $3m more than what Sotheby's was expecting to fetch, setting a world auction record on a per-carat basis for this kind of gems.
The auction house did not reveal the buyer's identity, but said than 200 people attended the bidding at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Wan Chai.
This pink diamond sold for a historic record of $18 million
The most expensive pink diamond ever sold.
Internally flawless clarity is extremely rare in pink diamonds, and the auction house said this, in combination with its "fancy vivid" colour grading, made the stone "amongst the rarest and most desirable of coloured diamonds ever seen at auction".
Pink diamonds are rare, and only one in 10,000 of mined diamonds qualifies as the sought-after “fancy” or “intense” grade, according to GIA, the jewels institute.
Coloured diamonds shortage has helped push diamond prices up, to the point that these rocks are now the world’s most expensive stones. A 14.82-carat orange diamond sold for $36 million at Christie’s International in Geneva in November, setting a record $2.4 million a carat. The same month, Sotheby’s sold the Pink Dream, a 59.6-carat pink stone, for $83 million.
|Posted by gemhunter on October 14, 2014 at 1:50 PM||comments (1)|
Just a month after setting a world record for the most valuable White diamond sold at auction, a 118.28-carat D-flawless that sold for $30.6-M on 7 October in Hong Kong, Sotheby’s Geneva expects to set another record on 13 November, when the Pink Star crosses its block.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Star_(diamond)" target="_blank">Pink Star, a 59.6-carat internally flawless vivid-Pink diamond is expected to fetch more than $60-M. It is the largest stone of this color and clarity ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), according to Tom Moses, the institute’s senior vice president. “The occurrence of pink diamonds in nature is extremely rare in any size,” he says. “It’s our experience that large polished Pink diamonds over 10 carats very rarely occur with an intense color.”
The Pink Star is part of a rare subgroup of diamonds known as Type IIa that are considered the most chemically pure diamond crystal, with extraordinary optical transparency.
The 132.5-carat rough diamond was mined by De Beers in Africa in Y 1999 and cut and polished by Steinmetz Diamonds over a 2-yr period. Christened the Steinmetz Pink when it was unveiled for an exhibition in Y 2003, the stone was 1st sold in Y 2007 and was later renamed the Pink Star.
It was displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, in the 2003 Splendor of Diamonds exhibition, along with 7 of the world’s rarest diamonds, including the De Beers Millennium Star, the Allnatt diamond, and the Moussaieff Red.
The Pink Star is more than twice the size of the Graff Pink, the 24.78-carat fancy intense-Pink diamond that established a world auction record for a diamond and any gemstone or jewel at $46.2-M from Sotheby’s Geneva in Y 2010. The current record price per carat for a Pink diamond at US $2,155,332, was set by a 5-carat fancy vivid-Pink diamond. (www.sothebys.com)
|Posted by gemhunter on October 14, 2014 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
Mining group Rio Tinto has unearthed an extremely rare pink diamond.
It discovered Australia's biggest rough pink diamond, named the Jubilee Pink, at its Argyle mine.
The diamond is similar to the Williamson Pink, given to Queen Elizabeth II as a wedding gift in the 1950s.
It is thought to be worth millions of dollars but no-one will know its price until it goes on sale later this year, with selected potential purchasers being invited to bid for the huge gem.
The BBC's Duncan Kennedy in Sydney has more details.
|Posted by gemhunter on March 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
When most of us think of corundum, we visualize the intense pigeon’s blood purplish-red color of Burmese ruby, the satiated blue of Kashmir sapphire or the subtlety of pink and orange Padparadscha sapphire. Sapphire and ruby are two of the better known gemstones in the world and two of the more valuable gems.
Rare pink Padparadscha sapphires of Sri Lanka are extraordinary, but, it is the blue sapphire that brings the highest prices for sapphire. One 62-carat royal-blue rectangular cut sapphire sold for $2.8 million. In 2007, another Kashmir blue sapphire of 22.66 carats sold for US$3,064,000 or $135,216 per carat and in 2012, another Kashmir blue 8.91 carat cushin cut sapphire sold at auction for $1.37 million, or $154,000 per carat.
|Posted by gemhunter on August 20, 2013 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
PRESS RELEASE August 15th, 2013
Marquis Who’s Who in the World selected Dan Hausel for their biographical compendium over the past 10 years. Professor Hausel was the senior economic geologist and deputy director at the Wyoming Geological Survey at the University of Wyoming during the period of 1977 to 2007. Over this period, he found more gold and gemstone deposits than most people in history and mapped more than 1,000 square kilometers of complex geological terrain that included South Pass, Rattlesnake Hills, Copper Mountain, Seminoe Mountains, State Line district, Iron Mountain district and Leucite Hills.
While at the Survey, he was a prominent public speaker, not only in Wyoming, but also all around North America. He presented more than 400 public and professional lectures and was presented more than 50 awards for public speaking. He was a Distinguished Lecturer for the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics and was inducted into the National Rock Hound and Lapidary Hall-of-Fame for public speaking and education of rock hounds.
He published more books, papers, articles, maps and abstracts than any other geologist in the history of the Wyoming Geological Survey: more than 1,000 publications that included contributions to nearly 100 books.
He was induced into more than a dozen halls-of-fame around the world as a martial arts instructor. He taught karate, kobudo, iaido, jujutsu and self-defense at the University of Wyoming and was recently awarded two of the top honors in martial arts.
In 2013, He was notified by Marquis Who’s Who in the World that this is the 10th anniversary since his initial induction into the prestigious compendium.
He left the Wyoming Geological Survey following more than 40% of the staff who resigned, retired or died over a period of 4 years.
|Posted by gemhunter on May 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM||comments (8)|
Arizona geologist and martial arts instructor, Dan Hausel, was notified by Fred Marks, Editor-in-Chief of Marquis Who’s Who of his inclusion in the forthcoming 68th Edition of Who’s Who in America 2014. Hausel was first selected as a Who’s Who honoree more than 25 years ago and has since appeared in many biographical compendiums celebrating his accomplishments and achievements as a martial arts instructor, scientist, writer, artist, public speaker, astronomer and musician.
The laureate martial arts instructor has also been inducted into 16 Halls of Fame since 1998. These include the World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall-of-Fame, Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Honors, World Head of Society Hall of Fame, American Karate Association Hall of Fame, Latin America Martial Arts Society Worldwide Hall of Fame, North American Black Belt Hall of Fame, World Karate Union Hall of Fame, National Rock Hound & Lapidary Hall of Fame, Millennium Hall of Fame and others.
He began training in martial arts in the early 1960s. In 1999, he reached the highest level in martial arts when awarded certification as sokeshodai (grandmaster) and kudan (9th degree black belt) at the Juko Kai International hombu (world administrative headquarters). At that time, he was teaching karate, kobudo, jujutsu, samurai arts and self-defense the University of Wyoming while working as a research geologist.
Over three decades he discovered many mineral deposits (precious and base metals, colored gemstones and diamonds) and was awarded economic geology’s highest honor with six other geologists in 2009 – the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Thayer Lindsley Award for a major international mineral discovery. He authored nearly 1,000 books, papers, maps and abstracts on prospecting, geology and martial arts, mapped more than 1,000 square kilometers of complex geology and traveled around North America presenting more than 400 lectures on geology as a distinguished lecturer. But because of his research contract, he was unable to financially benefit from any of his mineral discoveries or books including one of the largest gold deposits ever to be found in North America (Donlin Creek, Alaska), a previously unrecognized gold district (Rattlesnake Hills district, Wyoming) and significant gemstone deposits. He found dozens of diamond deposits..
In 2004, he received an unprecedented promotion to judan (10th degree black belt) making him one of a very few martial artists in the world to achieve that rank. In 2012, he received a one of a kind award: he was promoted to junidan (12th dan) and is only one of a handful of martial artists in history to be awarded that rank.
Grandmaster Hausel in currently head instructor of the Arizona School of Traditional Karate located on Baseline at the border of Mesa and Gilbert, and the world head of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai. He is a former instructor of martial arts at Arizona State University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Utah and the University of Wyoming and has taught martial arts to many teachers, professors, librarians, scientists, PhDs, engineers and social scientists.