In 1991 Stanford Newman first discussed his idea about making a Super Premium cigar, the DIAMOND CROWN, with Carlos Fuente Sr. In celebration of his J.C. Newman Cigar Company's upcoming 100th Anniversary, Stanford wanted to develop a truly exceptional series of cigars - unlike any other on the market. He didn't care what it would cost,how much time it took, or even whether or not it would sell. Stanford Newman was in his mid 70's and his company was approaching it's 100th Anniversary. Creating the smoothest, most flavorful, full bodied cigar possible was just something Stanford Newman wanted to do as a culmination to his 50 plus years in the cigar business. Diamond Crown cigars were first released in the Western part of the United States while Opus X was released in the East. Diamond Crown are known for their 5 year old Connecticut Shade wrapper and their larger 54 ring gauges.