Author: Ian Maher
famous diamonds in the world
carry with them rich histories of the fortune and calamity of the
lives which they have touched throughout time. Some world renowned
diamonds have made the journey through the hands of royalty over
centuries while others have only been unearthed in recent decades.
Here we examine a few of the most coveted diamonds that have ever
Diamond: Perhaps the most well-known diamond in the United States,
the Hope diamond endured
hundreds of years and passed through several owners before it was
donated by Harry Winston Inc. to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958.
This 45.52 carat dark grayish blue cushion antique cut diamond has
long been thought to bestow upon its owners a curse of tragedy and misfortune.
Diamond: The largest rough diamond ever unearthed, the original
Cullinan was discovered in South Africa in 1905 and weighed an
astonishing 3,106 carats. The Cullinan
diamond, named after the owner of the mining company where it
was discovered, was later cut into 105 diamonds, the most notable of
which is the pear shaped Cullinan I, also known as the Star of Africa
diamond, weighing 530.2 carats. For many years the Star of Africa was
known as the largest cut diamond in the world, though in recent years
this record has been surpassed by The Golden Jubilee, at 545.67
carats, and a nameless fancy black diamond weighing in at 555.55 carats.
Diamond: Thought by many to be the most stunning diamond worldwide,
the perfectly cut Regent Diamond
has a history of both prestige and voracity. The Regent was
originally called the Pitt after Sir Thomas Pitt, a governor who
purchased the diamond in the 1700s and had it cut and polished into
the cushion shaped, 140.5 carat diamond in the French Royal Treasury
today. Becoming known as the Regent in 1717 when it was purchased for
the French Crown, the Regent Diamond has adorned the Crown of Louis
XV and the sword of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Diamond: Esteemed by diamond connoisseurs for its purity and color,
the Centenary Diamond was
discovered at the Premier Mine in July of 1986. Weighing 599.10
carats in the rough, the Centenary Diamond was carefully cut by Gabi
Tolkowsky into the present day 273.85 carat modern cut flawless
diamond residing since 1991 at the Tower of London.
(sometimes called Orloff): This uniquely shaped diamond was set in
the Imperial Sceptre during the reign of Catherine the Great in the
late 1700s. The shape of this bluish green tinted diamond weighing in
at 189.62 carats has been widely likened to that of half of a
pigeons egg. The distinctive shape of the Orlov
leads many to believe that there exists a counterpart that has yet to