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The Dazzeling 5 Carat Kazanjian Red Diamond

Diamonds come in an array of lovely colors, the most popular colors at the time of this writing (Jan 2011) happen to be yellow and pink, both are rare but they rarity is nothing compared to the rarity of the red diamond. In fact, in the entire world there are only 20 red diamonds known to exist. Can you just imagine having one of them? The Kazanjian Red Diamond is probably the best example of the red diamond that there is. It's a beautiful 5.05 carat diamond that was found in the 1920s in the town of Litchenburg, South fabulous stone tours, naturally, for us all to see and the 5.05-carat stone was just on exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. We saw them in the Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems.

In point of fact, there are only two other natural red diamonds anywhere close in size to the Kazanjian, They are: the trilliant-cut 5.11-Carat Moussaieff and the 5.03 CAarat De Young Red.

One of the things that makes the Kazanjian rise above it's competition is its history. At the time that the Kazanjian was discovered it was about 35 carats... of course, uncut. Transported to the Goudiv brothers company for cutting & polishing, it was at first believed to be worthless... not even worth the time to work on it. For 7 long months a master cutter examined and reexamined the rock and then began to delicately turn a 35 carat rock into a a 5.05 blood red gem.

The Kazanjian was thrusted in to the center of War World II, and the Nazi's discovered the gem in its hiding place in the Netherlands, it was rapidly confiscated and transported to Germany. The Germans thought that the diamond was a ruby, and hid it with a bunch of other gems in a salt mine of Bavaria. When the war ended the gems were abandoned and forgotten, later to be rediscovered. When that happened the red diamond was competently identified by Louis Asscher, a diamond merchant. The Royal Asscher Diamond Company bought it and then sold it. It was purchased by a private collector in the year 1970. For the next 37 years its location would be a mystery. Until 2007 when it came into the hands of Douglas Kazanjian.