Mouawad Magic Diamond

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Origin of name

The diamond gets its name from Robert Mouawad, the famous Lebanese gem and jewelry dealer and diamond connoisseur and collector, who is the head of the international jewelry empire, Mouawad Jewelers, with a history of 117 years.

Mouawad Magic Diamond

Mouawad Magic Diamond

Characteristics of the diamond

The diamond is a magnificent emerald-cut, D-color stone, weighing 108.81 carats, and having an internally flawless clarity grade, which is the highest clarity grade for diamonds. The dimensions of the stone are 32.91 x 20.73 x 16.83 mm. The combined characteristics of it's cut, color and clarity, has made this diamond an exceptional beauty and collectors item.

The Mouawad Magic is the third largest emerald-cut and perhaps the 21st largest D-color diamond in the list of D-color diamonds about which information is available. See table below.

Being a D-color diamond, the Mouawad Magic belongs to the rare class of diamonds known as Type IIa diamonds, whose occurrence in nature is about 1-2 % of all naturally occurring diamonds. These diamonds are absolutely colorless, being nitrogen-free and having perfectly formed crystals, without any distortions. They are said to be the "purest of the pure"of all diamonds. The presence of nitrogen impurities, and plastic deformation of crystals are two important factors that affect the color of diamonds.

History

The rough diamond was discovered in the Aredor mine in Guinea, West Africa, in the year 1991, and weighed 244.6 carats. Guinea produces a substantial quantity of diamonds, but not as high as it's neighbors Liberia and Sierra Leone. The diamonds produced in Guinea are mostly gem quality diamonds, and there has been a boost in production since 1984.

The diamond found it's way to Antwerp, Belgium, the international power house of the diamond industry, where Robert Mouawad purchased it in March 1991.

Mouawad entrusted the cutting and polishing of the diamond to his own company based in Antwerp. After an extensive study of the rough diamond, followed by a careful and meticulous planning, the expert craftsmen of the company, transformed the stone into a magnificent emerald-cut of exceptional clarity, weighing 108.81 carats, making it the fourth largest and the largest of all his eponymous diamonds, in his rare and magnificent collection of diamonds.

Robert Mouawad is a Lebanese by nationality, and the grandson of Daoud Mouawad, who in 1890, founded the Mouawad family business. Daoud, who had learnt the art of crafting jewelry in New York and Mexico, established a small jewelry workshop in 1890, in Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, and a leading commercial city in the Middle East. Daoud's son, Fayes, who inherited the father's business, expanded his business activities, by moving to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1950. The shift to Saudi Arabia was a timely move and helped to enhance the family's business opportunities and capitalize on the growing affluence of Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries of the Persian Gulf. Fayez Mouawad was succeeded by his son Robert Mouawad, under whose stewardship, the family business expanded into Europe, and also established connections in North America and the Far East, eventually transforming into a global empire in the world jewelry trade.

Mouawad Jewelers has 16 offices across the globe, 8 factories, and a chain of showrooms consisting of 16 in the Middle East and 37 in Asia, employing over 1400 workers. The name of Mouawad backed by 107 years of history, is synonymous with quality, beauty, and excellent craftsmanship, that had given soul to a range of products which transcend all boundaries.

The Mouawad family donated 6.8 million dollars to the Gemological Institute of America, the premier institute for Gemological Studies in the World, and the international benchmark in the world of precious stones, with it's enormous contribution in upholding and maintaining the image of the industry. In recognition of this generous donation, the main campus of the G.I.A's new world headquarters, Carlsbad, California, has been named the Robert Mouawad Campus.

The generous donation was not only a tribute by the three Mouawad brothers, Fred, Allen, and Pascal, to their father, in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the industry and the sacrifices he made to build the company, but also a recognition of the institute's contribution to the world of Gemology. Two of the brothers studied in this prestigious institute and are fully aware of the contribution made by the institute in maintaining the highest standards professionalism in the gem industry. Part of the funds were used by the G.I.A. in starting a scholarship program for young gemologists from around the world, to study at the main campus of the G.I.A.

Robert Mouawad is not only a world renowned diamond and jewelry dealer, but also a connoisseur and collector of diamonds. His unique collection of diamonds include some renowned historic diamonds such as the Indore Pears, the Ahmedabad, the Queen of Holland, the Tereschenko, the Excelsior, the Vargas, the Jubilee Diamond and also diamonds of recent origin such as the Premier Rose, the Taylor-Burton, and several other eponymous diamonds, bearing his name, such as the Mouawad Magic, the Mouawad Mondera, the Mouawad Lilac etc. A list of diamonds of the Mouawad's magnificent collection is given in the table below, together with characteristics such as, weight, cut and color.

Collection of Mouawad's Diamonds arranged in descending order of carat weights

S/N

Name

carat weight color

Shape/Cut

1 Jubilee 245.35 D-color cushion
2 Premier rose 137.02 D-color pear
3 Queen of Holland 135.92 D-color cushion
4 Mouawad Magic 108.81 D-color emerald
5 Unnamed 106.00  modified pear
6 Mouawad Monolith 104.02  emerald
7 Mouawad Splendor 101.84 D-color pear
8 Ahmedabad 78.86 D-color pear
9 Excelsior I 69.68 D-color pear
10 Taylor-Burton 68.07 D-color pear
11 Mouawad Mondera 60.19 D-color pear
12 Star of Abdul Aziz 59.00 D-color pear
13 Mouawad White 48.28 D-color marquise
14 Indore Pears I 46.95 D-color pear
15 Indore Pears II 46.70 D-color pear
16 President Vargas 44.17  emerald
17 Mouawad Blue 42.92 fancy blue pear
18 Mouawad Lilac 24.44 fancy pink emerald
19 Mouawad Pink 21.06 fancy pink radiant

According to the above list the Mouawad Magic is the 4th largest and the largest eponymous diamond in the collection.

List of famous white diamonds greater than 100 carats in weight

S/N

Name Carat Weight

Shape/Cut

1 Cullinan I 530.20 pear
2 CullinanII 317.40 cushion
3 Centenary 273.85 modified heart
4 Jubilee 245.35 cushion
5 Millennium Star 203.04 pear
6 La Luna 200.07 heart
7 Orlov 189.62 rose
8 Jacob-Victoria 184.50 oval
9 Regent 140.64 cushion
10 Paragon 137.82 7-sided
11 Premier Rose 137.02 pear
12 Queen of Holland 135.92 cushion
13 Zale Light of Peace 130.27 Pear
14 Niarchos 128.25 Pear
15 Portuguese 127.02 asscher
16 Jonker 125.35 emerald
17 Al-Nader 115.83 pear
18 Taj-i-Mah 115.06 moghul
19 Edna Star 115.00 emerald
20 Koh-i-Nur 108.93 oval
21 Mouawad Magic 108.81 emerald
22 Cartier 107.07 pear
23 Star of Egypt 105.51 emerald
24 Mouawad Splendor 101.84 pear
25 Star of America 100.57 asscher
26 Star of Happiness 100.36 radiant
27 Star of the Season 100.10 pear

The Mouawad Magic diamond is the 21st largest and the 3rd largest emerald-cut, D-color diamond in the world.

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