The Top 10 Largest Diamonds.. Is bigger always better?…

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The Red Cross Diamond.. Price Unknown…

What are the biggest diamonds in the world and what are the stories behind them? Our feature piece this week will answer those questions for you! This editorial will feature some of the most sought after pieces of jewellery that have ever existed!

10. The Red Cross Diamond (205.07 Carats)

Found at the turn of the 20th century, the Red Cross Diamond was discovered in South Africa, weighing 375 Carats. Over 170 carats have been shaved away to craft the jewel into its current design. Unlike many of the items in this list, the current pricing and whereabouts of this jewel are not known.

9. The Jubilee Diamond (245.3 Carats)

Also found in the mines of South Africa, the Jubilee Diamond was given its current name following the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1897. Owned for a large period by Dorabji Tata, an influential Indian businessman working in and around British India, the Jubilee Diamond was shaved down from 650 Carats. The diamond was sold in 1932, and its whereabouts is also unknown.

8. Centenary Diamond (273.85 Carats)

Compared to most of the other diamonds in this list, the Centenary Diamond was not found until very recently. Discovered in 1986, and released in 1991 to the public, this diamond is the biggest of its kind. Many months were spent discussing how to shape the diamond, with nearly 5 months alone spent removing some of its rough surface. With an estimated value of $90 million, this diamond, originally 600 carats, is one of the most expensive in the world.

7. Great Mogul Diamond (280 Carats)

Certainly one of the older diamonds in this collection, discovered in 1650, the Great Mogul Diamond was the largest diamond of its time. This diamond was initially gifted by one Indian family to another as a sign of peace, but was believed lost when Persians invaded and pillaged India. There are rumours that the diamond was reshaped into the Orlov Diamond, but either way, the mystery behind this diamond demands further research!

6. Spirit of de Grisogono Diamond (312 Carats)

This rare black diamond is the largest of its kind to come from the Central African Republic. This diamond has been set onto a ring with 702 White Diamonds surrounding it. There isn’t a lot known about the de Grisogono diamond, apart from who its original owner was. De Grisogono is now a jewellery line coming out of Switzerland, and has some really interesting pieces for you to look at.

5. Cullinan II (317.4 Carats)

For the first time in our list we have a diamond that appears as part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. There are 9 Cullinan diamonds altogether, and two will feature on this list. They all share the same name because they originally came from the same gem stone, which is the largest ‘gem-quality’ diamond ever found (3100 Carats approx.). Cullinan II is set in the Imperial State Crown, and can also be used as a brooch to accompany Cullinan I. Featured above is Cullinan II sitting on the Imperial State Crown, worn by Queen Elizabeth II.

4. Nizam Diamond (340 Carats)

The next diamond on our list has has been lost to the analects of history. The Nizam diamond rose to fame during the 1800s and shares its name with the Nizam line of rulers from Hyderabad. The family tree of the Nizam family is quite extraordinary considering how accurately it has been documented. The Nizam diamond is the biggest diamond to come from India and is undoubtedly hiding in the world somewhere.

3. Incomparable Diamond (407.48 Carats)

Is there such a thing as a diamond in the rough? Definitely. In 1984, a young girl was scrounging around through a pile of rubble discarded by the MIBA Diamond Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo because the pile was considered by the mining company to be too bulky to contain any diamonds. Discovering this diamond set in motion one of the more remarkable diamond stories in the world.   This internally flawless diamond was attached to a necklace with 62 other diamonds and sold in early 2013 for $55 million dollars. Despite the quality of this diamond, it is not at a parallel level as the next two diamonds (or even some that have already gone before.) There is a link below showing the Incomparable Diamond in its current state.

2. Cullinan I (530.4 Carats)

Cullinan II’s big brother, Cullinan I is one of the show piece items in the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. The Cullinan collection in its entirety has an estimated value of $2 billion dollars. It may be hard to process, but this means that the Queen gets to wear diamonds that are not only more expensive than the average person’s house, but probably worth more than the average person’s suburb. And that’s just her diamond collection! Cullinan I appears on the sceptre of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, but can also be detached to be worn in other ways. This pear shaped diamond. also known as the great star of Africa, is an extravagant piece, as are all of these diamonds, but the beauty of the sceptre in its entirety is hard to comprehend.

1. Golden Jubilee Diamond (545.67 Carats)

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The Golden Jubilee Diamond. The largest diamond in the world..

Number 1, discovered in 1985, the Golden Jubilee Diamond was from a smaller stone than the original Cullinan collection, but was nonetheless cut to the current size (the largest size) that it is today. But to show you that bigger isn’t always better, the Golden Jubilee Diamond only has an estimated market value of $4 -$12 million dollars. The Golden Jubilee is owned by King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Known as Rama IX, he is the longest serving monarch and head of state in the world, so far outlasting Queen Elizabeth of England. Despite this ring not amounting to a terribly high price, the total value of Adulyadej’s fortune is estimated to be $30 billion dollars. Bhumibol’s history itself is quite interesting as he is also quite an accomplished jazz musician.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading through our 10-to-1 countdown of the 10 largest diamonds in the world.

The Incomparable Diamond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQKr7HPB45A

Sean Hyatt

Accessories Contributor

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