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Published on October 4th, 2009 | by Yellow Magpie


Diamonds: Romanance Of The Stone

Diamonds Photo By Jorfer

It’s believed the first diamonds were mined in India between 3,000 and 6,000 years ago, where significant deposits of alluvial could be found along the rivers Krishna, Penner and Godavari. The deposits were so rich that India became the main supplier of diamonds until into the eighteenth century when diamonds  were discovered in Brazil.

In 1867, massive sources of diamonds were discovered in Hopetown, South Africa, and a company called De Beers Consolidated Mines was set up, the name De Beers is still synonymous with diamonds

These days the top three diamonds producers are Botswana, Russia and Canada.

Up until the 15th Century only royalty wore diamonds and they were associated with strength endurance and courage. Diamonds became associated with love and romance when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave his betrothed Mary of Burgundy, a diamond set in a gold band. He is believed to have placed it on the third finger of her left hand, which is said to contain a vein which leads straight to the heart, thus was born the engagement ring.

Hope Diamond Photo By David Bjorgen Creative Commons ShareAlike Licence

Hope Diamond Photo By David Bjorgen Creative Commons ShareAlike Licence

Today diamonds are much sought after as a symbol of wealth, glamour  and status. Recently a diamond sold at Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong for $7.98 million. The diamond was described as a rare and flawless blue diamond and set a record as the most expensive diamond ever sold.

The Largest And Most Expensive Diamonds

The largest rough diamond of gem quality ever to have existed was the 3,206.75 carat, Cullinan diamond. The diamond was cut into 105 stones altogether. However, it is famous for nine large diamonds that were cut from the original.

Cullinan Diamond Copies Photo By Chris 73 Wikimedia Commons ShareAlike Licence

Cullinan Diamond Copies Photo By Chris 73 Wikimedia Commons ShareAlike Licence

The two largest stones, the 530.4 carat Great Star of Africa and the 317.4 carat Lesser Star of Africa are now found on the British Crown Jewels. The Cullinan diamonds are valued at over €250 million.

One of the most expensive cut diamonds in existence is the 273.15 carat Centenary Diamond,  followed by the  Millennium Star Diamond created by De Beers, weighing  203.04 carats. The Centenary Diamond is valued at a minimum of €80 million while the Millennium Star Diamond is insured for €120 million.

Diamonds Photo By Swamibu

Diamonds Photo By Swamibu

The largest cut diamond is actually not the Great Star of Africa but the Golden Jubilee Diamond. Brown in colour, it weighs 545.67 carats. Like the Centenary Diamond, it was cut by the famous sixth generation diamond cutter, Gabi Tolkowsky. Given the fact that the Golden Jubilee is far from flawless it is only thought to be worth up to €10 million. This is despite its great size.

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5 Responses to Diamonds: Romanance Of The Stone

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  3. ginofrater says:

    The largest and rarest diamond is said to be

    The Golden Jubilee 545.67 ct Cushion Shape/Yellow-brown Gabi Tolkowsky in 1985 Crown Jewels of Thailand

    The second is :

    The Cullinan I 530.20 ct Pear Shape/Colorless The Asscher Brothers in 1905 British Crown Jewels

    To the Author :
    Just some information to set the record straight.

  4. Yellow Magpie says:

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