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Pumpkin Gems

Posted on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 at 5:34 pm by Chelsea

Happy Halloween!  When we think of this time of year we think of pumpkins and the color orange.  There are some fall colored gems including the pumpkin colored jade: a yellow to orange colored jade which is commonly carved into decorative objects including vegetables.  It is sometimes referred to as "amber jade."  Though emerald green is the most valuable color for jade, it occurs in practically every color of the rainbow, from white to black.  Jade is particularly important in China and pumpkins are a symbol of good health, prosperity and abundance in Chinese Culture, perhaps this is because of their golden color and rotund shape.  Pumpkins are traditionally eaten along with moon cakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival in China.

The Pumpkin diamond is the most valuable pumpkin themed piece of Jewelry.  One of the largest natural orange diamonds in the world.   This 5.54-carat fancy vivid orange diamond achieved a price -per-carat record at a Sotheby's New York auction in 1997.  The Pumpkin Diamond sold for $1.3 million or $ 238,718 per carat.  This record was surpassed by another fancy vivid orange diamond weighing 4.19 carats, which was auctioned for $2.9 million or $705,587 per carat.  This means that the current value for the Pumpkin Diamond has increased.

The Pumpkin Diamond was unearthed in  the Central African Republic.  It was purchased in 1997 by diamond dealer, William Goldberg, and cut into a cushion shape before being sold to HarryWinston and flanked by two white diamonds in a Platinum Ring.   Halle Berry wore this ring to the 2002 Oscars, where she won an Oscar for her role in "Monster Ball".  

The Ring went on to become part of an exhibit of Rare diamonds at the Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History in Washington DC. 

Whatever you do this Halloween,  we at Swede's wish you a very stylish, fun and scary one.