During pandemic, one of the ways I’ve been keeping myself busy is by making jewelry. I’ve done a handful of “kits” from a craft company I like that features glass tiles over various kinds of artwork. A few bracelets, some necklaces and a good number of earrings.
When I saw that the largest diamond ever discovered in the world was found on this day in 1905, I was intrigued. The Cullinan was mined in South Africa at 3,106.75 carats – about the size of a baseball. Nothing larger has ever been found. It was given to King Edward VII in 1907 and was eventually cleaved in 1908 into 9 large stones, 97 small “brilliants”. The worth of the Cullinan is listed as “about” 2 billion dollars and almost all the diamonds belong to the English royal family and are housed in the Tower of London along with the other Crown Jewels.
I assume it goes without saying that none of my jewelry kits includes any diamonds. I would be too nervous to own jewelry that had any significant value, not to mention that I don’t actually care much for precious stones. Of course it’s just ridiculous that I am making jewelry these days…I suppose I could wear earrings and rings every day but they would just clash with my sweat pants. Once a month I do wear earrings for my Zoom book club, but that’s it. Hopefully if pandemic ends, I’ll have some occasions for jewelry again.
How are you like to get decked out? Any diamonds in your safe-deposit box?