10.- The Millennium Star Diamond ( 203.04 carat )
This is the world’s second largest Grade D Colorless diamond. This is a pear-shaped diamond of 203.04 carat, cut out of a 777 carat original stone, found in Congo back in 1990. Purchased by De Beers in the 90′s and displayed for the first time on October 1999 as the most important piece of the De Beers Millennium diamond collection
9.- The Red Cross Diamond ( 205.07 carat )
Comes from the Kimberly mines of South Africa in 1901, this original 375 carat rough stone is one of the largest diamonds in the world. After passing a whole transformation process in Amsterdam, into a flawless 205.07 carat canary-yellow diamond, it is described as a self-luminous stone. It was presented as a gift to the art sale of London (Christies – 1918) on behalf of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St John; this 205.07 carat diamond has a visible Maltese Cross in its top facet, giving it a double-provenance name.
8. The De Beers Diamond ( 234.65 carat )
Also found in the kimberly Mines of South Africa, this original 428,5 carat De Beers Diamond was the largest diamond found back in 1888. Probably cut afterwards in Amsterdam, it was then displayed in Paris and bought by the Maharaja of Patiala. It then went on to the hands of Cartier of Paris in 1928. Since then it was known as the Patiala Necklace until the death of the Maharaja, and then in 1998 it appeared again in a second hand jewelry shop in London although it had lost its seven big stones. The whereabouts of the stone remain unknown.
7. The Jubilee Diamond ( 245.35 carat )
This cushion-shaped stone was found in the Jagersfontein Mine of South Africa, in 1895. Weighing in at 650.80 carats, it was transformed into a 245.35 carat from an irregular octahedron without definite faces or shapes; a superb diamond of exceptional purity and size. Francis William Reitz, the then president of the Orange Free State of Africa, gave it sname, before being renamed on the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1897. The polished in Amsterdam by M.B. Barends and its current value is unknown.
6. The Centenary Diamond ( 273.85 carats )
Discovered in 1986 in the Premier Mine of South Africa, the flawless 273,85 carat diamond emerged thanks to Gabi Tolkowsky and mates. Its grade D colour has 247 facets – 164 on the stone and 83 around its girdle-. Presented before the Centennial Celebration of De Beers Consolidated Mines on May 11, 1988, it was name the Centenary Diamond. People say that the De Beers don’t own it anymore leaving its ownership unknown.
5. The Spirit of de Grisogono Diamond ( 312.24 carats )
It is the world’s largest cut black diamond, excavated several decades ago in west Central Africa and before cutting, it weighed 587 carats. Then passed on to Switzerland, where it was cut by Fawaz Gruosi. The Mogul diamond cutting technique was applied by this man and the result is a 312.24 carat black diamond set in a white gold mouting, encrusted with 702 smaller white diamonds of a total of 36.69 carats. The stone was sold to an unknown person.
4. The Cullinan II Diamond – Lesser Star of Africa ( 317.4 carats )
Found on January 26, 1905, the Premier Mines of South Africa gave birht to it thanks to Sir Thomas Cullinan. Weighing in at 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g), it is the largest rough gem-quality diamond in the world. Split into nine pieces, out of which, two of the largest gems in the globe were designed. The Cullinan II or the Lesser Star of Africa, weights in at 317.4 carats and it is the fourth largest polished diamond in the world, with an estimated value of around $200 million.
3. The Incomparable Diamond ( 407.48 carats )
This brownish-yellow diamond has a different and funny story. It was found by a little girl while playing outside Uncle’s house in Congo back in 1984. Finally purchased by Zale Corporation, reduced to 407.5 carats, designed by a team led by Marvin Samuels and unveiled finally in New York, 1984. Why weren’t we playing there as well back in 1984 ? We should go out and play more…
2. The Cullinan I – Star of Africa Diamond ( 530.20 carats )
The largest piece out of nine that were split from the original 3,106.75 carat rough diamond found on January 26, 1905 in the Premier Mines of South Africa, The Cullinan, shaped in the form of a pear was split and Joseph Asscher, the greatest cleaver of the day, had a doctor and nurse standing by that saw how when he finally struck the diamond and broke it perfectly in two halfs, he fainted down to the floor. It has an estimated value of around $400 million.
1. The Golden Jubilee Diamond ( 545.67 carats )
Discovered back in 1985 in the prolific Premier mine of South Africa. The diamond was cut to 545.67 carats by Gabriel Tolkowsky in a free from vibrations room. Owned by King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Tahiland. Although you might not believe it, it’s value has been estimated to be around $12 million.