LONDON, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Diamonds were the talk of the Tower of
London on Tuesday 8 November at a private dinner held - with Her
Majesty's permission - to mark the start of a three-day summit where,
for the very first time, global authorities including Rio Tinto's Tom
Albanese, Cartier's Arnaud Bamberger, Christies' Jewellery specialists
David Warren and Raymond Sancroft-Baker and senior figures from the
Gemmological Institute of America, De Beers, the major auction houses,
other leading experts and other major collectors have been brought
together as a specialist council to spearhead the search to discover
as-yet undocumented rare diamonds and ensure they are showcased to an
The talks are being hosted by Robert Procop, a former Crown Jeweller and
leading international authority on diamonds and gemstones, to mark his
recent succession from Lord Balfour as Editor-in-Chief of Famous
Diamonds, the definitive guide to the world's most important diamonds
and chronicle of the stories behind them.
Robert Procop commented: "For the first time, we have a team of the world's leading diamond
experts - people who have mined, cut, classified, bought and sold these gemstones - joining me to embark on a quest to identify Famous Diamonds. I am
delighted to say that we already have several exciting new additions
which will be published in the next edition in 2012."
With over 100 diamonds in the world at 100 carats or more, the criteria
for Famous Diamonds must necessarily extend beyond size to focus on the
rare qualities and historical provenance of these extraordinary
For the first time, Procop has called on these experts to unite in the
international "treasure hunt" for these rare and important diamonds
which are housed, often hidden, all over the world - and,
interestingly, not necessarily where there is the greatest
concentration of wealth.
"The Golden Jubilee" (the world's largest faceted diamond) is in the
King's Royal Palace in Thailand, whilst "The Centenary" has recently
returned to the Sultan of Brunei's possession after spending years in a
London safety deposit box, the Incomparable is hidden in the US and
"The Light of Peace" in the Middle East.
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SOURCE Robert Procop Famous Diamonds
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