Mouawad Mondera Diamond

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Origin of name

The name Mouawad Mondera is a combined name representing both Mouawad Jewelers, a leader in the traditional world of family jewelers and, a pioneer among the jewelry e-tailers, founded by Robert Mouawad's sons, Fred, Allan, and Pascal. Mouawad Jewelers is one of the largest suppliers of jewelry to the world's leading e-tailers.

The Mouawad Mondera Diamond

The Mouawad Mondera Diamond

Characteristics of the stone

The Mouawad Mondera is an exceptional quality D-color, internally flawless (IF), pear shaped diamond weighing 60.19 carats. The Mouawad website characterized the Mondera diamond as a breathtaking diamond, both unique in color and clarity, with excellent finish and proportions, ranking it a world class gem.

Replica of the fantasy bra with the Mouawad Mondera Diamond, owned by GIA- Made with cubic zirconia and synthetic gemstones.

Replica of the fantasy bra with the Mouawad Mondera Diamond, owned by GIA- Made with cubic zirconia and synthetic gemstones.

The Mouawad Mondera is the 11th largest diamond in the rare and impressive collection of diamonds belonging to Robert Mouawad. It is also the 4th largest eponymous diamond bearing the name Mouawad. See tables below.

Robert Mouawad's collection of diamonds



carat weight color


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

Karolina Kurkova wearing the fantasy bra with the Mouawad Mondera Diamond

Karolina Kurkova wearing the fantasy bra with the Mouawad Mondera Diamond

List of Mouawad's eponymous diamonds


Name Carat Weight Shape/Cut


1 Mouawad Magic 108.81 emerald D-color
2 Mouawad Monolith 104.02 emerald 
3 Mouawad Splendor 101.84 pear D-color
4 Mouawad Mondera 60.19 pear D-color
5 Mouawad white 48.28 marquise D-color
6 Mouawad blue 42.92 pear fancy blue
7 Mouawad Lilac 24.44 emarald fancy pink
8 Mouawad Pink 21.06 radiant fancy pink

The Mouawad Mondera is a Type IIa diamond, as it is a D-color diamond. Such diamonds are absolutely colorless as they do not possess any of the factors that can induce color to diamonds, such as (1) presence of impurities like nitrogen and boron, (2) plastic deformation of the crystal, (3) exposure to long periods of natural irradiation. Thus Type IIa diamonds can be characterized as absolutely pure diamonds with perfectly formed crystals. However they form only 1-2 % of all naturally occurring diamonds. 


Nothing is known about the early history of the diamond, but the finished stone made it's first appearance on the 16th of November, 2000, at a Christie's auction in Geneva, and after successful bidding was purchased by Robert Mouawad for 7,160,000 Swiss francs equivalent to about US $ 5,360,000. Thus Robert Mouawad enriched his impressive collection, with another top class gem.

The Mondera diamond was set at the center of a unique bra, an innovative creation, comprising emeralds and rubies, forming green and pink floral patterns with a total carat weight of 320 carats. This unique bra was worn by the beautiful model Karolina Kurkova, and represented a unique and dramatic way of presenting an exceptional diamond to the world audience.

The interests of Robert Mouawad, who is a world class jeweler and entrepreneur, goes beyond the creation of fine jewelry and collection of world famous historical and modern diamonds. The Mouawad family's contribution of 6.8 million dollars to the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.), helped to bolster the funds of the institute, and provided a much needed boost to it's activities, including the providing of scholarship to gemologists from around the world, to study at the G.I.A. campus, in Carlsbad, California. The campus was named the Robert Mouawad Campus in recognition of the family's generous donation to the Institute.

In addition to this Robert Mouawad founded a private museum , in the heart of downtown Beirut, the capital city of his motherland. This museum has a unique collection of both ancient and modern jewelry, items of metal work, Chinese porcelain and carpets. Besides this, it also houses a large collection of antiquities and Islamic pottery, and books and icons.

The Multifarious interests of Robert Mouawad, besides being a world class jeweler and entrepreneur, portrays him as an individual endowed with great human qualities and aesthetic values.

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