The 26ct. Fortuna Diamond Was Once Bought for £13 as Costume or Faux Jewelry

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Some of you may remember the curious story of a woman who bought a 26ct. diamond many decades ago, thinking that it was just costume jewelry (faux gemstone). The amount of £10 was paid for this pretty rock, back when she saw it at a local market in Europe.



It eventually turned out that the odd-looking stone was actually a natural type IIa diamond. Today, people call it the 'Fortuna Diamond', and see it as a symbol of once-in-a-lifetime miracles that can happen to just about anyone. The gem was later worked on by Olivar Musson of Musson Jewellers- to create a brilliant necklace that paired it with pink diamonds from the famous Argyle mine in Australia. It's believed that the Fortuna once belonged to Indian royalty, and was also originally cut about 100 years ago.


The Fortuna diamond isn't cut into a modern shape, its vintage / old cut was a topic of concern for some, as this style usually entails more light leakage, and less brilliance compared to newer styles.

People were wondering if its appeal would be greater if the stone were re-cut to match today's more popular diamond proportions (although obviously carat weight would consequentially decrease).



Despite this, due to its large size and notable carat weight of 26ct., many also believe that it should just be kept the way it is, preserving the "story" of the gem, and the journey that it has gone through.

In life, we may find many surprises. Who would have thought that you could find such a rare treasure in a marketplace of all venues. Sometimes the greatest gifts can come at the most unexpected moments.

Gemcamp Laboratories

A Discovery Institute for Gemstones and Gemology

Our resident gemologists believe in encouraging public trust within the jewellery industry through shared education, value transparency and professionalism.

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