Dazzling Diamonds, To Leave You Speechless But Sparkling
The five most expensive diamonds of all time:
The Pink Star, formerly known as the Steinmetz Pink, was much like other diamond, mined by De Beers Group, the best known diamond company in the world. It originated from a mine in South Africa in 1999, originally weighing 132.5 carats in its rough state. Pink Star was cut down to 59.60 carats by the Geneva based Steinmetz Diamond Group, taking 20 months to complete. The Gemological Institute of America graded the colour as Fancy Vivid Pink, making it the largest diamond of this kind. Its current value is approximately $72 million.
THE HOPE DIAMOND
To this day, the Hope Diamond holds the title of one of the most famous diamonds in the world. It has records of ownership dating back over 400 years and has been referenced in popular culture for many years. Its unique and rare blue tone is the result of boron atoms, making it a highly desired and beloved diamond. Originating from India, the Hope Diamond weighs 45.52 carats and is worth an estimated $250 million.
THE CULLINAN DIAMOND
The Cullinan Diamond is the largest rough diamond ever to be discovered, originating from the Premier No.2 diamond mine in South Africa. Its original weight before cutting was an astonishing 3,106.75 carats. This diamond was so big that it was cut into several stones, the largest of which was aptly named the Cullinan 1, weighing a whopping 530.4 carats, ranking it the largest polished diamond in the world at that time. It now comes second to the Golden Jubilee Diamond. The Cullinan is worth approximately $400 million.
THE CENTENARY DIAMOND
The De Beers family is renowned for possessing a large share of the world’s diamonds; however, this diamond is one of the biggest of all. The De Beers Centenary Diamond is an incredible 273.85 carats, the third largest diamond to originate from the prestigious Premier Mine. This diamond has been graded D, the highest grade of colourless diamond. In addition, it has also been graded both internally and externally flawless, which adds tremendous value to its overall worth, now estimated at $100 million.
THE MILLENNIUM STAR
The Millennium Star is the second largest pear-shaped grade D colourless diamond, both internally and externally flawless. It was discovered in 1990 in Zaire, then purchased shortly after by none other than De Beers. It took nearly three years for the diamond to be cut from its original 77 carats, down to 203.4 carats. Still owned by De Beers, the diamond has not been listed as having had a single owner. However it is insured for Åí100 million.