Diamonds are Forever: MSC Receives Sparkling Honor

By Mario Sarto (Self-photographed) via Wikimedia Commons

By Mario Sarto (Self-photographed) via Wikimedia Commons

Michael Saunders & Company was recently bestowed with a gleaming honor. Our affiliate, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® ranked MSC as 7th among 500 real estate firms internationally for their coveted Diamond Award. This is the most prestigious honor a firm can achieve based on a wide variety of criteria from marketing excellence to internet performance.

So, to celebrate this significant recognition, we thought it would be fun to share some classic facts and figures about diamonds throughout history and pop culture.  And we also wanted to share some sparkly objects…because, well, they sparkle.

  • Most diamonds were formed over millions of years ago 100 miles below the Earth’s surface.
  • The most concentrated element in a diamond is carbon, which is the same element that makes up 18% of the weight of a human body.
  • A transparent diamond (which is the most expensive kind) is made from 100% carbon.

    Photo courtesy extravaganzi.com

    Photo courtesy extravaganzi.com

  • The largest diamond ever discovered was near Pretoria, South Africa in 1905 called the Cullinan. It weighed 3,106 carats and was later cut into nine sizeable stones.
  • Jill St. John, who played Tiffany Case in the Bond movie “Diamonds Are Forever”, was the first American Bond Girl.
  • Marilyn Monroe is perhaps most iconic in her rendition of “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”. The rights to the movie were originally purchased by Fox as a vehicle for Betty Grable but Monroe’s “it” status was on the rise (plus, at the time Monroe only commanded $18,000 per picture while Betty Grable was earning $150,000).

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  • One of the first recorded diamond engagement rings was given to Mary of Burgundy by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria in the fifteenth century.
  • It has been speculated that humans are attracted to sparkly objects, like diamonds, because that’s probably how our ancestors viewed sunlit water from a distance.

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  • Currently sold through Harrods, thousands of Swarovski ® Elements adorn this exquisite Crystal Bateau created by Catchpole and Rye. Talk about a baubled bubble bath!

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  • This breathtaking interior element of a home on Casey Key which has sold, view other Casey Key homes for sale, this home reminds us of the many facets of a diamond. Perhaps that’s what New York architect Toshiko Mori had in mind when she designed it.
  • 71XtaN63TUL__SL1280_No one knew diamonds like Queen Elizabeth II. This book sold on Amazon.com follows her splendid collection since the 1830s all the way through to the tiara worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in her 2011 wedding to Prince William.

 

Photo courtesy Christies.com

Photo courtesy Christies.com

  • A 101-ct. flawless diamond was auctioned by our affiliate, Christies, for a record setting $26.7 million to Harry Winston in May this year. The D color diamond was billed as “the perfect diamond” and the purchase price set a world record for a colorless diamond.

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