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Victoria-Transvaal Diamond Necklace

The Victoria-Transvaal Diamond was cut from a 240-carat rough stone found at the Premier Mine in Transvaal, South Africa, in 1951. The fancy "champagne-colored" diamond was originally cut to 75 carats but then later recut to 67.89 carats for better proportions. The diamond was graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and given a color grade of natural fancy brown-yellow with a clarity grade of VS-2. The Victoria-Transvaal Diamond is a pear-shaped brilliant cut and has 116 facets. The yellow gold necklace was designed by Baumgold Brothers, Inc., and consists of 66 round brilliant cut diamonds, fringed with 10 drop motifs, each set with 2 marquise-cut diamonds, a pear-shaped diamond, and a small round brilliant cut diamond. Total weight of the 106 diamonds in the necklace is approximately 45 carats. The Victoria-Transvaal diamond was worn in the 1952 movie "Tarzan's Savage Fury."

Image Number: 97-35715
Catalog Number: G7101
Weight: 67.89 carats
Gift of Leonard and Victoria Wilkinson , 1977
Locality: Premier Mine, Transvaal , South Africa


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