October 2006 – The World’s Largest Diamonds

“The power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round.” – Black Elk, Oglala Sioux Holy Man, 1863-1950


“Inspired by the purity of a circle, in this Disk Collection we contrast with the simple design element of a square sapphire.” – ce

(The Large Disk Necklace in sterling silver with sapphire on rubber cord is $350. Making a great ensemble are the matching ring and earrings shown below ($400 and $300 respectively).)


CED – News & Events
You can see Claudia Endler Designs on the Warner Brothers TV seriesCold Case Sunday nights on CBS. Actresses Kathryn Morris and Tracie Thoms are wearing our jewels this season. Small Center Point earrings and our Thor’s Hammer (featured in last month’s newsletter). More to be seen soon, so tune in!Events
October 28 (3-6pm)Art And Wine Tasting Event – You are invited to the private home of Elizabeth Sheets. All are welcome! Join us for an afternoon of wine, hors d’oeuvres, wonderful jewelry, hand blown glass beads and photography. 4707 Via Dolce, Marina Del Rey, CA. 90292 Phone: 310.822.7357. email: ejsheets@hotmail.com. View the Invitation.

November 3-5Contemporary Craft Market – See artists presenting their own work in glass, ceramics, textiles and of course jewelry! CED will be there. We are sending out postcards for 2 free entries. Also, a limited number of free passes are available from the show website,www.CraftSource.org. When you log in, you will see three event postcards. Click on one and print. Bring this to the VIP line at the entrance of the show. Santa Monica Civic Center at 1855 Main St.

November 11 (2-6pm)Baubles and Bubbles – This holiday-inspired trunk show will showcase May Yeung Designs and Claudia Endler Designs. Come enjoy complimentary munchies and bubbly and get your holiday shopping done in one afternoon! Trunk show discounts will be offered, so do not miss out! The Bridal Bar, 624 N. Doheny Drive, West Hollywood, CA 90069. For more info, visit: www.bridalbar.com/calendar.asp.

November 18The Orange Door – South Bay Holiday Boutique show. Details coming soon!

December 2Trunk Show with Ladies Who Launch – Details coming soon!

OCTOBER’S FEATURE: : The World’s Largest Diamonds
A South African company bought the world’s 15th-largest rough diamond last Monday, paying more than $12 million for the golf-ball sized gem found in the tiny southern African country of Lesotho. South African Diamond Corp., calls the 603-carat stone the “Lesotho Promise.” “We promise you more of the same and better in the future,” company officials told reporters.South African Diamond Corp. said it plans to turn the raw stone into one cut gem of over 60 carats, in addition to other smaller stones, with a final sale price of more than $20 million. Experts have graded the stone “class D,” saying it is of the clearest quality, with no color blemishes. The Lesotho Promise was found in August at the Letsing mine, where in 1967 a 601-carat stone was discovered and named the “Lesotho Brown”, because of its color.

The largest diamond ever found, the Cullinan, was the size of a bowling ball at 3,106 carats (621.35 g) in the rough. That finished stone is set in Britain’s Imperial Sceptre as part of the Crown Jewels. The stone was named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, the owner of the diamond mine. Although a carbonado found in Brazil weighed more than 3,600 carats (720 g), no gem-quality material could be extracted from it.

The stone was bought and presented to King Edward VII. It was cut into three large parts by Asscher Brothers of Amsterdam, and eventually into some 11 large gem-quality stones and a number of smaller fragments. At the time, technology had not yet evolved to guarantee quality of the modern standard, and cutting the diamond was considered difficult and risky. “The tale is told of Joseph Asscher, the greatest cleaver of the day,” wrote Michael Hart in his book Diamond: A Journey to the Heart of an Obsession, “that when he prepared to cleave the largest diamond ever known, the 3,160-carat Cullinan, he had a doctor and nurse standing by and when he finally struck the diamond and it broke perfectly in two, he fainted dead away.”

The largest polished gem from the stone is named Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa, at 530.2 carats (106.04 g) grade D colorless. It was the largest polished diamond in the world, until the 1985 discovery of the Golden Jubilee diamond (545.67 cts), also from the Premier mine. The second largest gem from the Cullinan stone, Cullinan II or the Lesser Star of Africa, at 317.4 carats (63.48 g), is the third largest polished diamond in the world and is also part of the British Crown Jewels, in the Imperial State Crown. Both gems are on display at the Tower of London.

Another notable is the Taylor-Burton. A diamond purchased by actor Richard Burton for his wife Elizabeth Taylor to celebrate her fortieth birthday in 1972. The diamond is 69.42 carats (13.88 g) and was cut into a pear shape by jeweler Harry Winston. It was cut from a rough stone weighing 240.80 carats (48.160 g). Found in the Premier mine in 1966, it was subsequently bought by Harry Winston.

The Centenary Diamond was discovered in the Premier Mine on July 17, 1986, using an x-ray imaging system. The original rough was 599 carats (119.8 g) and was presented on May 11, 1988, during the Centennial Celebration of the De Beers Consolidated Mines. As then-chairman Julian Ogilvie Thompson said, “We have recovered, at the Premier Mine, a diamond of 599 carats which is perfect in color – indeed it is one of the largest top-color diamonds ever found. Naturally it will be called the, ‘Centenary Diamond’.”

Resources: news.yahoo.com, en.wikipedia.org


“I have not seen a more beautiful set on any other woman. It’s modern, sculptural, neo-classic, feminine, yet edgy, dramatic, but not over the top. You should see me in the car… whenever I’m stuck in traffic, I just start looking at my rings!” – Joyce K., Accountant


To have grace under fire is chic.


We have a new found love in an old tradition. Drinking tea. One of our favorite places is Le Palais Des Thes on Canon in Beverly Hills. Owner David Barenholtz will give you an education of teas from around the world. Truly fascinating. He will even brew a cup for you. The walls are adorned with photographic art from his gallery, Apex. Visit in person or on-line atwww.palaisdesthes.com.Tucked away in a Zen-like garden atmosphere, who would have guessed it would be in the middle of Melrose, Elixir Tonics & Teas. Stop by for your favorite concoctions or stay and sip an exotic cup of their brew, while contemplating your next mantra. Location: 8612 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood. www.elixirtonics.com. Oh, how civilized!


Sculpture To Wear Gallery – One of a kind: jewelry, fashion & textiles
Gallery Asst. for Holidays – 4 days per week. Beginning immediately. Sales experience & professional customer service required. Sculpture To Wear, 808 11th St. (at Montana Avenue) Santa Monica, CA 90403. Contact: Lisa M. Berman (lisa@sculpturetowear.com) 310.260.1957
Is there someone we should contact who can help us to grant your jewelry wish? What – Who – Where – When? Contact us atinfo@claudiaendlerdesigns.com with details. There are always lots of weddings during the summer. That means wedding presents and anniversary presents. Don’t forget!


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