Diamonds will always be the most attractive theme in the world. They magnetize people by their mysterious history and timelessness. Years have passed but the stories about some precious stones are still told from generation to generation. In this article, we want to present the rating of the most popular diamonds. Some of them are lost, some are kept in the castles in hidden collections, some decorate the windows of world-known brands.
1. The Golden Jubilee
It is the world's largest polished diamond weighing 545.67 carats. It was found in South Africa as well and had a very rare yellow color. The very famous jeweler G. Tolkowski invented the special unusual shape for this diamond and has been crafting it for two years. For a long time, the stone had no name so it was called Unnamed Brown. In 1997 this diamond was purchased as a gift to Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the 50th, "golden" anniversary of the monarch's reign after what it finally got its name. The price for the diamond stays unknown.
It is the biggest diamond that was ever found. It was discovered in South Africa in 1905 and named after the founder of a diamond mining company. Its weight was 3106 carats. The government of the Boer Republic of Transvaal purchased the jewel for 1 million dollars and presented it to British Monarch Edward VII as gratefulness for granting the colony self-government after the end of the Boer War. This diamond was so big that the jewelers of the Dutch company "Asher" split the stone into several parts: 7 bigger stones and 96 smaller. The biggest split stone was called the “Big Star of Africa” (530,2 carat). Nowadays it belongs to the royal treasures of Great Britain and is kept in the Tower of London as an adornment of the scepter of King Edward VII of England. The approximate price of the "Big Star of Africa" is $ 400 million. The original Cullinan is valued at $ 2 billion, making it the most expensive diamond in the world.
3. Incomparable Diamond
Imagine the situation: you are a small girl who is playing with the sand and suddenly finds a beautiful big stone. It is the story of how the Incomparable Diamond was discovered in 1984 in the town of Mbuji Mayi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its weight is 407,48 carats. Now you can enjoy this diamond in the museum in Ontario. Here it was given for storage by the unknown owner. There were several attempts to sell the stone, but the price was too high.
4. The Spirit of Grisogono
This unusual black diamond is an impressive creation of the founder of the jewelry house - F. Gruozi. The stone has 312,24 carats and is stun with an unusual matte sheen. It is set in a ring of white gold studded with small diamonds. Its original weight was 587 ct. and it was found in West Central Africa before being imported to Switzerland. Today, the diamond is owned by the De Grisogono Jewelry House, founded in 1993 by F. Gruozi, the jeweler who cut the diamond.
5. Centenary Diamond
It was found on July 17, 1986 in the Premier mine, South Africa, during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the world's most famous diamond mining company De Beers. The famous jeweler G.Tolkowsky has been creating an ideal shape for this stone for the whole three years. The result of his work was incredible: the diamond was water clean and flawless. It weighs 273.85 carats. It was insured for more than $ 100 million. Now The Centenary is kept in the Tower of London and adorns the British crown.
6. The Jubilee Diamond
First, it was named the Reitz Diamond. It presents a colorless, cushion-shaped diamond weighing 245.35 carats. It was found in Orange Free State, South Africa, and named The Jubilee Diamond to honor the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1897. Jubilee is now owned by Robert Mouawad. It was cut and polished in Amsterdam and is classified as a colorless diamond of color E. The exact price is still unknown.
7. The De Beers
The De Beers is a large diamond with a yellowish tinge. Its weight was 428.5 carats before cutting. After processing, the weight of the diamond was 234.65 carats. It was discovered in 1888 at the De Beers mine in South Africa. Initially, the diamond was bought by Bhupinder Singh Patialski, Maharaja Patiala - Indian Prince. It adorned his ceremonial necklace, but after the prince's death, the stone disappeared, and currently, its location is a mystery.
8. The Millennium Star
Can you imagine a diamond that nobody can appraise because of its unnatural beauty and size? It is owned by De Beers and is known as the world's second-largest top color (grade D, i.e. colorless), internally and externally flawless, pear-shaped diamond. Its weight is 203.04 carats. The diamond was found in the early 1980s in Congo. " millennium star was first shown to the world in October hence name. stone processing took jewelers more than years. is insured for millions.
9. The Red Cross
The original rough stone was found in 1901 and is said to weigh about 375 carats. After cutting its weight was 205,07 carats. The stone has a canary yellow color which is an extremely rare one among diamonds. An octagonal Maltese cross is clearly visible through the upper facet of the stone. In addition, the diamond can glow in the dark, giving the light accumulated during the day. The current owner of the diamond is unknown.
10. The Koh-i-Noor
The last in our rating but not the least in the world. The Koh-i-Noor or Kohinoor is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world, weighing 105.6 carats (21.12 g). It has a very interesting history: it is believed that "Koh-i-Nur'' was found about 5,000 years ago in southern India, in the famous Golconda mines. During the Mongol invasions, the wife of the Indian ruler exchanged a stone for the life of her beloved husband. The beautiful diamond traveled for many years in the East, until fate threw it back to India. In the middle of the 19th century, this country became an English colony and the beautiful stone "Koh-i-Nur" became the property of Queen Victoria. One more interesting fact about this stone: before cutting it had light yellowish color, but after the work of a jewelry master, it turned white.
There are many more beautiful and unique precious stones that were found in the mines of the world. Each of them has its own history. The most impressive fact that we need to remember is that diamonds are so inimitable as people’s fingerprints. So once you see one of them - you’ll never see the same one.