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The Real Oscar Night Winner 2019

February 25, 2019

The True Star Of The Night

Lady Gaga wore one of the biggest diamonds in the world when she won her Oscar for "best original song"

 

The rock, known as the "Tiffany Diamond", was last worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1961.

The Tiffany Diamond was extracted from the Kimberley mines of South Africa in 1877, the company says, and was the largest yellow diamond found until then.

 

 

Initially measuring 287.42 carats, it was sent to Paris by Charles Lewis Tiffany, where it was cut to 128.54 carats and fashioned into a cushion shape.

It is "deemed one of the world's largest and finest fancy yellow diamonds", Tiffany says.

 

 

 

 Tiffany & Co diamond, aptly named "the Tiffany diamond." For any movie buffs out there—and this is the Academy Awards, so there's more than a few tuning in last night—the diamond may have looked familiar, and for good reason: it was last worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1962 for publicity posters for Breakfast At Tiffany's.

 

 

 

In fact, last night marked only the third time in history that the Tiffany diamond was worn (not to mention it's first red carpet appearance); before Hepburn's spin, the diamond was first worn by Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse at the 1957 Tiffany Ball held in Newport, Rhode Island. 

 

 

 

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The Diamond was first discovered in South Africa in 1877, the stone was purchased by New York jeweler Charles Tiffany. His gemologist, George Frederick Kunz, studied the gem for a year before beginning to cut it; reducing it from 287 carats (57.5g) to its current size.

The cutting was carried out in Paris. Kunz was a mere 23 years old at the time.

 

In 1879, the Tiffany branch in Paris obtained the Tiffany Diamond, which weighed 287.42 carats in the rough. It was the largest yellow diamond found up to that time. The task of supervising the cutting of this stone was the responsibility of one George Frederick Kunz (1856–1932),  Kunz added an additional 32 facets to the accepted square antique brilliant cut, bringing the total to ninety.It was later mounted by Jean Schlumberger.

 

The result is an scintillating cut which returns a great deal of light to the eye. Large diamonds of comparable brilliance were not fashioned until well into the 20th century.

 

 

Still one of the most mesmerizing pieces if jewelry ever made and just think... Charles Lewis Tiffany originally paid $18,000 for the yellow diamond....Last estimated at 50 Million Dollars.

 

 

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