While working the search field at Crater of Diamonds State Park, Beatrice Watkins joked to her two young granddaughters that their future husbands would need to revisit the site to find diamonds for their wedding rings. What the 56-year-old Mena, Ark., resident didn't realize at the time is that she had already scored the park's biggest diamond of 2020, a 2.23-carat oblong stone, the size of an English pea and color of iced tea. Watkins had found the unusual diamond within 30 minutes of arriving at the park. So far in 2020, 139 diamonds weighing a total of 22 carats had been registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. Four of those diamonds weighed at least one carat each.
The drone was originally intended to look for fossil bones, hence its name "Laser Raptor," but the scientists quickly realized that the drone's capability was far more reaching. Other florescent targets could include rare minerals, such as ruby, kunzite, opal and diamond, to name a few. Of the diamonds submitted to the Gemological Institute of America for grading over the past decade, approximately 25% to 35% exhibit some degree of fluorescence, a factor that — for the overwhelming majority of diamonds— has no widely noticeable effect on appearance.
The world's most expensive ruby! A little over five years ago, the 25.59 carat pigeon-blood-red “Sunrise Ruby” rocked the auction world when it obliterated two auction records at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale in Geneva. The hammer price of $30.4 million exceeded Sotheby’s high estimate by more than $12 million and set a new auction mark for the largest sum ever paid for a ruby. The stone, which was set between two shield shaped white diamonds in ring designed by Cartier, also established a new high water mark for the highest price per carat ever paid for a ruby ($1.19 million). Today, the cushion cut Sunrise Ruby has its own Wiki page and is celebrated as one of the world's finest examples of July's birthstone.
Usually on Monday we bring you great songs with diamonds, jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we do a special Musical Tuesday on the first Tuesday of July, we present The Rolling Stones’ kaleidoscopic lyric video of their 1967 smash hit, “Ruby Tuesday.” The video premiered on a Tuesday over two years ago to promote the group’s 2018 European tour, which kicked off in London.