Millennium Star diamond
The Millennium Star diamond is 40.608 grams, or 203.04 carats in weight and belongs to De Beers group. It is the world’s second largest diamond of high purity (D). In addition to its impeccable cleanliness, diamond is recognized for its pear shape.
Millennium Star – Famous De Beers diamond
The diamond was discovered in the Mbuji-Mayi area in Democratic Republic of Congo in 1990th in alluvial deposits. Uncut had a weight of 777 carats (155.4 g).
De Beers Group purchased it during the civil war in the early 1990′s. Workers of Steinmetz Group took more than three years to make a classic pear shape. They cut it using lasers. It was originally shown in 1999th in the De Beers Millennium jewelry collection as a major piece of entire collection.
The collection included along with Millennium Star diamond and ten other blue diamonds with total weight of 118 carats (23.6 g) and also the Heart of Eternity diamond.
The entire collection is displayed to the public on November 7th in 2000th at the London Millennium Hall. On that day was attempted robbery of the entire collection but Metropolitan police discovered the plot and arrested the perpetrators before they escape.
Crime journalist Kris Hollington wrote a book called Diamond Geezers which details the history of the Millennium Star diamond and attempted robbery of the entire De Beers Millennium jewelry collection.
And just to add that the largest cut white (D) diamond by weight is heart-shaped Centenary diamond of 273.85 carats (54.77g).