10 largest diamonds in the world
Lately, a lot of people are interested what are the largest diamonds in the world, so we decided to deal with this subject a little and write more about it. A lot of famous and large diamonds are unearthed through not so distant history, and it is a little debatable in which order by size could be classified all of these diamonds but one thing is sure, and it is that almost every diamond additionally go to process of cutting and therefore loses more or less on weight, and all with the aim that at the end have that stunning shimmering look that will adorn the showcases of passionate collectors and museums or the crowns of Royal families. So, here we are, and finally we bring you a list of 10 largest diamonds in the world. Enjoy. And just a little note – this is written according to my personal research! If you think I left out some, skipped or perhaps changed positions, feel free to correct me.
1. The Golden Jubilee diamond
When it was found, it was named "Unnamed Brown". It was consider to be one of the ugliest diamonds in the world, but with his staggering weight of 545.67 carats (109.13g), he holds the title of the largest diamond in our list and of course, in the world.
He had his original name untill 1997. Back then, it was presented to Thailand King during his golden anniversary, the 50-anniversary of his coronation. There, it was renamed to Golden Jubilee. Estimated value of the Golden Jubilee diamond is some between $4 – $12 million.
2. The Cullinan I diamond
Second on our list belongs to Cullinan I, originally the largest rough diamond in the world. After proccesing and cutting, Cullinan diamond was divided into 9 major and 96 smaller diamonds.
The largest stone was named Cullinan I or Great Star of Africa and with his weight of 530.4 carats (106.1g), he is in the second place on our list. He was donated to the King Edward VII on his birthday and now he is in the crown of British Royal family. Estimated value of this beauty is approximately $400 million.
3. Incomparable diamond
Third place on our list is reserved to the largest golden-yellow diamond in the world – the Incomparable diamond. When it was found, this diamond is divided into fourteen stones. The largest stone has a weight of 407.48 carats (81.5g) and the smallest tiny 1.33 carats.
But, this article is reserved for the largest diamonds in the world and so we will stick just to the largest obtained stone. Therefore, in November 2002, a diamond was found himself at online internet auction on Ebay. The owner has offered a diamond with a starting price of approximately $15 million. Officially, no one has bought a diamond for the duration of the auction.
4. The Cullinan II diamond
Fourth place on our list belongs to Cullinan II or Lesser Star of Africa, smaller brother of Cullinan I and the second largest stone obtained from Cullinan diamond.
He is a little smaller comparing to his brother, but with his weight of 317,4 carats (63.5g), he definitely found a place on our list. Like his brother, and Cullinan II is also in the crown of British Royal family.
5. Spirit of de Grisogono diamond
Fifth place on our list is reserved to the Spirit of de Grisogono diamond. It was taken from its origin in West Central Africa and cut by Swiss luxury jeweller De Grisogono by which it is named. With a weight of 312.24 carats (62.45g), it is the world's largest cut black diamond.
Also, this diamond is set in a white gold ring with 702 smaller white diamonds with total of 36.69 carats (7.34g). According to some information, it is belived that the ring have been sold.
6. Great Mogul diamond
Sixth place on our list belongs to Great Mogul diamond. Maybe words that best describe this diamond come from Jean-Baptiste Tavernier who said "This stone has the same shape as the egg cut in half". With his weight of 280 carats (56g) he is definetly one of the largest diamonds out there. But, also what is interesting is the stones history.
Many belived that from this stone is cut famous Koh-i-Noor diamond or maybe the Daria-i-Noor but most popular story says that from this stone is cut the Orlov diamond because of its similarity to the Great Mogul diamond. But all of this information should be taken with caution because there is no concrete evidence and all are just beliefs and assumptions.
7. Centenary diamond
Seventh place on our list is reserved to De Beers Centenary diamond. With his weught of 273.85 carats (54.77g), he is the third largest diamond which been produced in the Premier Mine in South African Republic, just behind the Cullinan diamond and Golden Jubilee diamond.
This diamond is also known as Diamond of the Century because he was presented in his rough form for the Centenary Celebration of De Beers Consolidated Mines on 11 May 1988 and therefore, according to the words of chairman from that period, it was logical to be named the Centenary diamond. His estimated value is $100 million.
8. Oppenheimer diamond
Eighth place on our list belongs to the Oppenheimer diamond. With his weight of 253.7 carats (50.74g) it is considered to be nearly perfect yellow crystal. He belongs to collection of the largest diamonds in the world.
It was discovered in 1964 in Dutoitspan Mine, in South African Republic. Harry Winston gave it to the Smithsonian Institution as the memory of Sir Ernest Oppenheimer by which the diamond got its name.
9. Jubliee diamond
Ninth place on our list belongs to the Jubilee diamond, originally known as the Reitz diamond. With his weight of 245.35 carats (49.07g) he found its place on our list.
First it was named after Francis William Reitz, the then president of Orange Free State, the place where the stone was discovered. After that, it was renamed to Jubilee diamond to honour of the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1897.
10. Millenium Star diamond
And last but not the least place on our list of the largest diamonds in the world is reserved to the Millenium Star diamond. This diamond belongs to De Beers Group. With a weight of 203.04 carats (40.608g) it is the world's second largest diamond of high purity (D).
It was originally shown in 1999 in De Beers Millennium jewelry collection as a major piece of entire collection. Shortly after, the entire collection was displayed to the public on November 7 in 2000 at the London Millennium Hall. And three years after, namely in 2003, from 27 June to 30 September, the diamond was in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History as a part of the exhibition The Splendor of Diamonds.