|Eugenie Blue Diamond|
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|Wednesday, 19 September 2007|
Eugenie Blue diamond. Believed to have been owned by Empress Euge'nie, this 31-carat heart-shaped diamond now resides at the Smithsonian Institution. It was purchased from Harry Winston by Mrs. Mer-riweather Post of New York, who subsequently donated it to the Smithsonian.
Eugenie Diamond. See empress euge'nie diamond.
Eureka Diamond. The Eureka has the distinction of being the first major diamond found in South africa; its
name, therefore, is most appropriate. A small boy, Erasmus Jacobs, the son of a Boer widow, picked up some pretty stones in 1867 on the banks of the Orange River and carried them home to his sister, Louisa. She used them to play a game called "five stones." A neighboring farmer, Schalk van Niekerk, was attracted by one of the "pebbles" and asked the widow if she would sell it. He eventually entrusted the 21.25-carat stone to a traveling trader, John O'Reilly, who showed it to Lorenzo Boyes, Civil Commissioner of the town of Colesburg. Later, he took it to Grahamstown, where Dr. W. G. Atherstone, a geologist, identified it as a diamond worth £500. Sir Philip Wodehouse, Governor of Cape Province, purchased the gem at this price. It was shown at the Paris Exposition of 1867-68 and attracted attention to South Africa in general and to the Cape in particular. In its cut form (a 10.73-carat brilliant), the Eureka was owned for many years by an Englishman, Peter Locan. It is known as the O'Reilly Diamond in South Africa. This historically important stone was exhibited in 1959 at the Ageless Diamond Exhibition in London. De Beers Consolidated Mines purchased the stone and presented it to the Parliament of South Africa in Capetown in 1966. See
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