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A Miniature: The Story of 'The Jonker Diamond' (1936)

Approved  |   |  Documentary, Short  |  28 March 1936 (USA)
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Re-enactment of how the 726-carat Jonker diamond was discovered in South Africa in 1905 by the family of Jacobus Jonker; how it was sold to Harry Winston; and how it was cut by Lazarre Kaplan.


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Pete Smith ...
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In 1905, the cullinan diamond, the largest diamond in the world, was found near Pretoria, South Africa. General speculation was that it was once part of a larger diamond, that remaining portion still undiscovered. This led to a stampede of prospectors to the area, including a young man named Jacobus Jonker. As other prospectors gave up the search over the years, Jonker continued on this single minded search to the detriment of his family's welfare. But as close to two decades went past, his son, now a young man himself, joined his father's search. But as the elder Jonker gave up because of what he saw as the hardship he had caused his family, his son stumbled across a heavier than normal clay stone, which encased that long missing diamond, and what today is known as the 726 carat jonker diamond. As news of the find spread across the world, many interested buyers submitted bids, the winning bid eventually being that of famed New York jeweler Harry Winston, who received his new buy ... Written by Huggo

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Documentary | Short






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28 March 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Jonker Diamond  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A raw diamond
4 May 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The Jonker family, who barely made a living trying to find diamonds in Africa, suddenly is rewarded when after many years of hard times, they discover the largest stone known to man. The raw diamond is sold on auction. Harry Winston, a New York jeweler was the successful bidder when he pledged a million dollars for the diamond. Imagine his surprise when he received the valuable stone in a parcel post!

The Jonker was divided into twenty perfect stones rather than keep it as a single diamond. We are taken to see the process which the raw diamond goes through and we are treated to the display of the twenty smaller diamonds at the end.

Jacques Tourneau directed this one reeler as a documentary. Mr. Tourneau's film is informative as one gets to know how these expensive gems are cut and polished.

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