Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Colored diamonds? Diamonds are not forever anymore!

Ever since I was a kid I remember the first time I saw a diamond, it was a jewelry store in Guadalajara, Mexico. Lived there until I started college in Mexico city in the mid 70's. My Mom explained to me that day that diamonds were very shiny, durable, that one can cut glass of a window with this the hardest natural substance and those features made it very expensive; and because of the clarity, and purity, this was a typical stone for women when they got engaged, and so forth. I think this was a good Geology class that started to give me my professional direction. So, the picture I had in my life for years about diamonds, was that the diamond was color-less, with a mega high refraction index, mounted on rings, earrings, or pendants, and that they were forever, very famous even in 007 movies. Once on college, I had the chance to see the first specimen, an hexoctahedron in my Mineralogy class brought to the classroom by my professor, famous Mexican Petrologist Raul Ortiz Asiain. A few days ago (40 years later), I was walking down one of the floors of the worldwide famous The Galleria Mall when I stopped by The Debeers, and I realized that the color-less are almost a thing of the past, nowadays the trend is to look for colored diamonds! I was flabbergasted! some look like topaz, or citrine, but not like diamonds. The blue ones look like a shiny topaz, or even an aquamarine, if it wasn't for its refraction, they would've fooled me. I was very disappointed, and I firmly believe that diamonds are not forever anymore! I am not even sure the colored specimens have some fake color lab-made. Didn't mean to get off on a rant, but I said it. Diamonds are diamonds, fantastic and almost perfect even in its crystallography, pursuing a sphere. Happy day my dear readers.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Minas Gerais Brazil's specimens display in the Intercontinental Hotel in Mexico city!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Color of amethyst geodes is very similar to the color of a Malbec wine

 Amazing surprise checking in at the Intercontinental hotel in Mexico City by Reforma (Campos Eliseos). My breath was taken away when I saw this beautiful 1.5 m specimen, a gorgeous amethyst geode from Minas Geraes, Brazil in the lobby. It seems to me that they were waiting for my arrival. I immediately took my camera and captured several pictures, which I believe some came up good, I hope you enjoy my selections. To celebrate, nothing better than an amethyst colored Malbec wine from Mendoza, Argentina 2010 crop.