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BLACK ORLOV DIMOND – PART 1

Origin of Name

BLACK ORLOV DIMOND

Cartier Black Orlov diamond pendant/brooch setting

The name Black Orlov for the diamond seems to have been inspired by the color of the stone, as well as the name of the onetime purported owner of the diamond, the non-existent, fictitious Princess, Nadia Vyegin Orlov of Russia. The other Orlov diamond, a historic diamond of Indian origin, with well authenticated credentials, is a 189.62-carat, colorless,  Indian rose-cut diamond, presented by Count Grigory Grigoryevich Orlov  to Empress Catherine the Great (1762-96), and later mounted on the royal scepter, on the orders of the great Empress, which subsequently became one of the most important components of the Romanov crown jewels, and is currently preserved among the treasures of the Kremlin Diamond Fund.

Characteristics of the diamond

BLACK ORLOV DIMOND

Replica of the cushion-cut Black Orlov diamod created by Scott Sucher

The Black Orlov Diamond is the 7th largest black diamond and perhaps the largest cushion-cut black diamond in the world

The Black Orlov diamond is a 67.50-carat, cushion-cut, black diamond, which is the 7th largest black diamond among the known black diamonds in the world. If the 202-carat, Black Star of Africa whose whereabouts are not known, and whose cut is also unknown, is not a cushion-cut diamond, the Black Orlov qualifies as the largest cushion-cut black diamond in the world. See table below.

Cartier’s setting of the Black Orlov Diamond

BLACK ORLOV DIMOND

The Black Orlov diamond was set by Cartier in a modern diamond-and-platinum necklace. The 67.5-carat, cushion-cut black diamond was incorporated as the centerpiece of a brooch/pendant surrounded by 108 smaller white diamonds. The pendant is suspended from a platinum necklace mounted with 124 small white diamonds. The color contrast between the black and white diamonds is very striking and enhances the beauty of the stone. It is the beauty of this setting that inspired the “King of Black Diamonds” Fawaz Gruosi in 1996, to experiment with black diamonds as an ornamental stone, that became an instant success, and have made black diamond jewelry, the most sought after by women around the world.

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ORLOVE’S WONDERFUL ENDING
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