Today, people become famous based on their beauty, their wealth, reality TV shows they’ve just appeared in, or because of their work, whether justified or not. In today’s interconnected world, a person’s level of fame is attributed to media exposure. Diamonds are also taking part in this era of celebrity and appear everywhere. Big and small, diamonds fascinate people around the world as much as the celebrities who wear them.
Diamonds have always intrigued the world, thanks to their beauty and unique stories. Throughout history, there have been a number of memorable diamonds made famous because of their appearance, value and rarity.
Here are some highlights:
The Golden Jubilee
The world's biggest diamond, weighing 547.67 carats. It is also a unique dark-brown color and was discovered in 1985. It was purchased by a wealthy Thai businessman and was a gift to the King of Thailand on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his coronation. Today, this diamond is in a diamond-studded royal crown located in the Royal Thai Palace as part of the Crown jewels.
The largest rough diamond ever discovered. When uncovered at the Cullinan mine in South Africa, the stone weighed 3,106.75 carats. The diamond was cut and polished into 11 different diamonds, the largest one being the 530.20-carat Cullinan 1, which is the world's second-largest diamond. The Cullinan Diamond 1 was set into the British royal scepter.
The diamond weighed 890 carats when it was discovered in the early 1980s in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly called Zaire. It is a unique shade of brown and yellow, with IF clarity. It took four years to polish the stone in laboratories in Antwerp, Belgium.
The KOH I NOOR
The oldest diamond ever discovered. Historians’ assessments estimate that the diamond was discovered in India about 5,000 years ago, weighing 1,000 carats. The diamond underwent refinements over the years and is currently embedded in the crown of Elizabeth II, Queen of England. It weighs 108.93 carats.
This diamond is famous mainly because it belonged to the actress, Elizabeth Taylor. The diamond shape is reminiscent of a pear and weighs 69.42 carats. It was given to the actress as an engagement gift by her husband, actor Richard Burton. The couple, considered for many years as Hollywood’s golden couple, separated in 1978. Elizabeth Taylor then sold the diamond at auction, with proceeds going to build a hospital in Africa.
The world's largest blue diamond. This diamond, weighing 112 carats, was discovered in India in the 17th century. Once polished, the diamond weighed 67.5 carats and was given to the Crown jewels of the French monarchy. The Hope Diamond was stolen during the French Revolution. Its weight decreased to 45.52 carats. Today, the diamond, whose value is estimated at $200 million, is on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.
This diamond, according to legend, was mounted as “God's eye” on the idol of Sri Rangn at a temple in India, where it was stolen by a French soldier. The soldier then sold the diamond to the Russian Count Grigory and Ladimirobitz “Orloff,” who bought it for his mistress, Catherine II, the Empress of the Russian Empire in the middle of the18th century. The 199.6-carat diamond now belongs to the Russian Treasury in Moscow.
This is a rare diamond, thanks to its perfect level of clarity, absence of any defects and fully transparent color. In its rough form, the diamond weighed 599 carats. After polishing, its weight is 273.85 carats.
The Millennium Star
Flawless and completely transparent in color, this diamond was discovered weighing 777 carats. Its processing and polishing process lasted three years. The end result is a rare-shaped diamond weighing 203.04 carats.
This yellow-brown diamond was discovered at the Kimberley mine in South Africa in 1877. The cushion-shaped diamond is considered a national treasure of the United States, Weighing 128.51 carats, it is exhibited at the Tiffany & Co. flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
The Darya Ya Noor
This is the world’s largest natural pink diamond, weighing 182 carats. It is now part of the Iranian Crown Jewels. Its name is Persian, which means "Sea of Light."
The Moussaieff Red Diamond
This is world’s largest natural red diamond. It is shaped like a triangle, and considered the most famous of its kind because of its natural red color. It weighs 5.11 carats.
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