QUIZ: Guess My Weight

The Taylor-Burton diamond: How much does it weigh now?

Originally 69.42 cts. t.w., the colorless pear-shape Elizabeth Taylor–Richard Burton diamond was put up for auction in 1979. But before it could be sold, it needed to be recut—the gem had sustained a few bangs and bruises that only a cutter could cure. After some minor surgery, the slightly slimmer stone went on the block and fetched a healthy $3 million.

Question for readers: How much does the dieted-down version of the Taylor-Burton diamond weigh?

Congratulations to Rusty Roth, Roth Bros. Jewelers, Monticello, Ind., winner of the contest in the January issue of JCK. He was the first person to correctly guess “ammolite” as the gemstone pictured on page 28. Thanks to everyone who submitted responses!