Wednesday, December 15, 2010

On the Second Day of Christmas

My true love went NUTS with the extravagance...

You probably won't believe me, given my earlier post, however I'm actually not a huge fan of Tiffany. I am a huge fan of yellow, however.

Last week I was casually browsing through a magazine and seriously almost fell off my chair at the beauty of Tiffany yellow diamonds. Are they not stunning? Leaving aside any Tiffany-diamonds-are-sooo-overpriced reservations? The best bit is, that the diamonds are from Western Australia - way up north just beyond Broome at the Ellendale mine. The second beauty of the diamonds, is that it directly feeds into Tiffany's history, with Tiffany founder Charles Tiffany purchasing what was then the largest yellow diamond from the De Beers mine in South Africa in 1877 for $18,000. It is now rumoured to be worth $250 million. Nice investment.

The Tiffany yellow diamond (from South Africa) has been worn only twice: the first was in in 1957 at the Tiffany Ball in Newport, Rhode Island when the chairwomen of the ball, Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse, got to wear it. Next was the unofficial Tiffany pin-up girl, Audrey Hepburn, who wore it set in a necklace for a Breakfast At Tiffany's public promotion. The current setting for the stone is 'Bird On the Rock'.

So it is no surprise that these puppies come at a premium: about double to three times the price of a normal diamond. Yikes!

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