Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The Diamond Studio Daily 05/11/2013

Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Who where led by Robert Catesby, who planned to assassinate the Protestant King James and replace him with his daughter, third in the line of succession, Princess Elizabeth. Fawkes was described as "pleasant of approach and cheerful of manner, opposed to quarrels and strife,loyal to his friends". It was this mixture of piety and professionalism which endeared him to his fellow conspirators. Fawkes's final role in the plot was settled during a series of meetings in October. He was to light the fuse and then escape across the Thames. Simultaneously, a revolt in the Midlands would help to ensure the capture of Princess Elizabeth. Acts of regicide were frowned upon, and Fawkes would therefore head to the continent, where he would explain to the Catholic powers his holy duty to kill the King and his retinue. The King however ordered Sir Thomas Knyvet to conduct a search of the cellars underneath Parliament, which he did in the early hours of 5 November. Fawkes had taken up his station late on the previous night, armed with a slow match and a watch. He was found leaving the cellar, shortly after midnight, and arrested. Inside, the barrels of gunpowder were discovered hidden under piles of firewood and coalFawkes admitted his intention to blow up the House of Lords, and expressed regret at his failure to do so. His steadfast manner earned him the admiration of King James. This admiration however was not to save Guy Fawkes and the conspirators who where put to death by hanging.

Today's Diamond of the Day is the Ashberg Diamond The diamond is one of the first diamonds discovered in South Africa in the mid 1860s and used to be part of the Russian Crown Jewels, a collection that started in 1719. After the 1920s, the Crown Jewels were transferred to the Kremlin Diamond Fund. In 1934 a Russian trade delegation made a visit to Sweden and sold the Ashberg diamond to Mr. Ashberg. The gem was mounted to a diamond necklace and displayed at the Amsterdam Exhibition a few years later. In 1959 it was put up for sale, however, the buyer remains unknown. In the 80s the stone was failed again to reach its reserve at an auction. Maybe you are interested?

In at number 47 in our Celebrity Engagement Ring countdown is Cathrine Zeta Jones. This 10 carat monster diamond studded creation that shines on the ringer finger of Catherine, Is enigmatic. It features 28 miniature shimmers encircling the giant marquise cut at the center. Reports are that Michael Douglas spent a slice of his fortune for this $1,million engagement ring.

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