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African Queen

  • African Queen
  • African Queen
  • African Queen
  • African Queen
  • African Queen

The Diamond's Story

"The African Queen was acquired by Premier Gem Corporation, in Gabaronne, Botswana in 2015. It began its journey as a 22.38 carat piece of rough. Typically a diamond will lose half its carat weight in the cutting and polishing, but this was an unusual stone with an unusual shape.

“It almost cried out to be made into a cushion-cut diamond,” said a representative of Premier. “The rough was perfect for that style of cut. Because we ‘heard the cry and heeded it,’ if you will, we lost only about 25% of the carat weight, finishing at slightly over fifteen carats. You might say the African Queen was formed by the Earth specifically to be a cushion, and now it’s reached its natural evolution.”

It was also chosen by De Beers to be one of its elite Forevermark diamonds meaning it carries the Forevermark promise of being beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced.

At 15.05 carats, the African Queen is significantly larger than a typical engagement ring, so is likely to find a home on the finger of a royal princess or perhaps a movie star. If Humphrey Bogart had given it to Katharine Hepburn, we know she’d have worn it proudly."