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The Oscars I

Jewellery Design Sydney

Well, host or no host, and despite the difference of opinion about how long speeches should be and whether Green Book or BlacKkKlansman should have won the Oscar, the dresses were beautiful and most of the jewellery was spectacular.

Jewellery Design Sydney: Lady Gaga’s Yellow Diamond in the Oscars 2019

And the winner is… Shallow

Easily the most outstanding piece was the famous Tiffany 128.54 carat yellow diamond — one of the largest, finest yellow diamonds in the world — and Lady Gaga, whom we all associate with a dress of raw meat, was only the third woman ever to wear it. Which she did with a gorgeous black Alexander McQueen gown with matching leather opera gloves, but without the pink diamond engagement ring her ex-fiancé Christian Carino had given her.

The Tiffany diamond was cut from a 287.42 carat piece of rough mined in the Kimberly diamond mines in South Africa in 1877 and sold to Charles Lewis Tiffany for US$18,000. He sent it to Paris to be cut into the iconic cushion shape under the supervision of Tiffany’s head gemologist, Dr. George Frederick Kunz, intending to enhance its colour rather than maximize its size. The 82-faceted stone captured the imagination of the world when Tiffany & Co showed it at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

The first person to wear it was the socialite Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse at the 1957 Tiffany Ball in Newport, Rhode Island. And the second was Audrey Hepburn, reset in a ribbon-style necklace by Jean Schlumberger, four years later in the publicity photographs for the unforgettable film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, although she did not wear it in the film. In 1995 the diamond was mounted in Schlumberger’s ‘Bird on a Rock’ setting for the designer’s retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

It has been exhibited, but never worn since. However, in 2012 this fourth design, a necklace with over 120 carats of white Lucida and brilliant-cut diamonds, was created for it to celebrate Tiffany’s 175th anniversary.

Although Tiffany calls the diamond priceless, they offered it for sale for US$5 million for 24 hours in 1972 and did not receive an offer. Nowadays its worth is estimated to be approximately US$30 million.

When you want a yellow diamond necklace — or any other piece of fine jewellery — call Diamonds by Design, experts in Jewellery design Sydney, and let us bring out the best for you.

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