The colors of earliest creations of sea and sky are nature's rare reflection in natural blue diamonds. The embodiment of soothing gentleness and tranquility, they are natural cool excellence in wondrous expression.
The Cullinan mine near Pretoria is the world’s only notable bluediamond producing mine. The mine also produced the largest diamond of the De Beers Millennium Jewels collection - the brilliant vivid blue Heart of Eternity, 27 carats.
• Movie Moments
"Le Coeur de la Mer" - the Heart of the Ocean. The most unforgettable images of a deep blue diamond come from James Cameron’s blockbuster film, "Titanic." Rose's love and passion for Jack is amplified when he sketches her portrait, mesmerized by the brilliance of her blue heart shaped diamond necklace against her soft, creamy skin. Years later, an elderly Rose slowly removes the much sought-after diamond from her coat and throws it into the ocean; a tribute to her first love. An outrageous gesture indeed, for blue diamonds are extremely rare. However, the ’Titanic’ performed a valuable role in educating the public about the existence of blue diamonds!
• Epic Value
The Hope Diamond, arguably the most famous diamond in the world, is of an extraordinary deep blue color and weighs 45.52 carats. It was brought from India to Europe in the 17th century, when it was still known as the Tavernier Blue, and sold to King Louis XIV of France. It came to be considered bad luck for all its subsequent possessors, including Marie Antoinette, consort of King Louis XVI, Lord Francis Hope, and later American aristocrat Evelyn Walsh McLean. It is now displayed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
• Historical Trivia
The largest polished blue diamond known publicly is the 70 carat Idol's Eye. A Golconda stone, it possesses a distinct delicate blue color, known in older gem literature as "rosy blue." Mythological tales tell of the diamond once being set in the eye of a temple in Benghazi. After World War II, the diamond was sold to Mrs. May Stanton, an American aristocrat, who, it is believed, lived alone in a palatial mansion and wore the Idol’s Eye at her solitary breakfast every morning.