The World's Most Expensive Diamonds
Owning a Big chunk of Rock gives a certain sense of pride to some. The higher the price, the more precious and valuable it becomes.
Women strive to own at least one of the most precious and highly valued gems in the world, Diamond. These are those pieces that really stand out from the rest because of its rarity and Unique April Birthstone Diamond Features.
Here is a list of the 5 most expensive Diamond in the world.
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4. The Hope Diamond : $350 Millions
With a name like that, you would be surprised to know that there is a legend of it carrying a curse.
Nothing surprising, as it has wrecked most of its previous owners. This 45.52 carats Diamond was discovered in the Kollur mines of Andhra Pradesh in India in the 1600s, and got its name from the Hope banking family in London who acquired it sometime in 1839.
The hope diamond is 45.52 carats (9.10 grams) large Diamond that now located in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.
The diamond looks blue in color to the naked eye because the number of traces of boron in the crystal structure but It shine a red phosphor under ultraviolet light.
3. The Cullinan : $ 400 Millions
The Cullinan Diamond is 3,106,75 carats (621.35 grams) diamond and is the largest rough gem quality diamond ever found in the world.
After polished it become Cullinan I or Star Africa first and at 530.2 carats (106.0 grams) is the largest diamond in the world until 1985 with the Golden Jubilee of 545.67 carats (109.13 grams) from the same premier Mine.
When it was discovered in the Premier No. 2 mine in Cullinan in South Africa, it was the largest gem-quality rough Diamond to have been found. Then weighing 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g), it has since gone on to form 9 diamonds, all now a part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. Cullinan I or Great Star of Africa, at 530.2 carats, continued being the largest diamond till 1985 when the Golden Jubilee of 545.67 carats from the same mine dethroned it.
However, it is still the largest clear cut diamond. Now it rests on top of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross. Cullinan II or the Second Star of Africa has 66 facets and is set in the front of the Imperial State Crown, below the Black Prince’s Ruby and the Kohinoor. Cullinans III and IV, both known as the Lesser Star of Africa, and Cullinans V, VI and VIII are all parts of brooches. Cullinan VII is a pendant in the Delhi Durbar necklace, while Cullinan IX is set in the platinum Cullinan IX Ring. Phew!
2. The Sancy Diamond : (Unestimated, Priceless)
The Sancy is a pale-yellow diamond in the shape of a shield. It is one of the first large diamonds to be cut to symmetrical facets. It is unusual in shape due to the absence of a pavilion, with just a pair of crowns. While according to legend it belonged to the Mughals, the shape suggests that it is of Indian origin, which is logical since till the discovery of the Kimberley and the American mines, most of the diamonds were from Golconda.
The Sancy diamond is 55.23 carat (11.05 grams) of pale yellow diamond that once was famous as the belonging of the Great Moguls.
It’s believed that the diamond is Indian origin. This is the first large diamonds to be cut with symmetrical facets. The stone is also unusual because it has no pavilion – just a pair of crowns, one on the other. This historical diamond is now kept in the French Crown Jewel collection housed at the Louvre.
After changing many owners and appearing and disappearing frequently, it was finally sold to the Louvre for $1 million by the 4th Viscount Astor in 1978. Today it resides in the Apollo gallery, having the Regent and the Hortensia among its neighbors.
1. Koh-I-Noor : (Unestimated, Priceless)
Koh-I-Noor means as “Mountain of Light” from Persian. It’s a 105 carat (21.6 grams) diamond that was once the largest known diamond in the world.
The Koh-I-Noor was originated at Golconda in the Andhra Pradesh state of India. It was owned by various Sikh, Mughal and Persian rulers that fought each other from time to time. The stone was found to measure 36.00 × 31.90 × 13.04 mm. The gem remains the property of the British crown and is kept in HM Tower of London and it’s a popular tourist attraction.
The name itself is enough to get people hooked. Koh-i-Noor means ‘Mountain of Light’ in Persian, and suggests the position this particular stone has occupied since its alleged discovery in the 1300s in the Golconda diamond mines in India. It was the largest Diamond in circulation till 1852, when Prince Albert decided to reduce it from 105.6 carats to 86 carats in order to increase its brilliance and sparkle.