Some Of The Most Famous Diamonds In The World

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blue-diamondDiamonds come in all different shapes, sizes and also colours making each one a very unique piece. There are many famous diamonds which we have heard about, and they range in size from over 500 carats to a mere 69 carats.

The value of these diamonds varies as well and is determined by their clarity, their colour, the cut and shape of the diamond as well as the size.

Some famous people in history have given these diamonds as gifts to their loved ones to show their eternal affection, and there are some truly wonderful stories behind some of these diamonds.

The Great Star of Africa

The Great Star of Africa is the largest cut diamond in the world and is over 530 Carats. It is has a pear shape cut with 74 facets. The diamond is set in the Royal Scepter and is housed in the Tower of London and on display with the other crown jewels.

The diamond was originally part of the largest diamond found, the Cullan Diamond, and this was over 3100 Carats when it was first found. Eventually, the Cullan diamond was shaped into 9 major and 96 smaller brilliant cut diamonds.

The diamond was cut by Joseph Asscher and Company in Amsterdam and took them 6 months to evaluate the diamond to find the best way to cut it. When the Cullan diamond was first discovered it was suggested that there was another half to the diamond, although this was never found.

The Regent

The Regent is a 140.50 Carat which for a long time was held as one of the most beautiful diamonds in the world. The diamond was found in 1698 in India and was bought by Thomas Pitt and sent to England.

Thomas was the Governor of Madras, and he went on to sell the diamond to the French crown where it went on to adorn the band of Louis XV’s silver crown which can be seen in the Louvre today in Paris. Although other diamonds may surpass the regent in weight, this is still one of the most exquisite and beautiful cut diamonds in the world.

The Taylor-Burton

This 69.42 Carat diamond was found in South Africa in 1966 and originally was 240.80 Carats before it was cut. This was then cut in a Pear shape with 74 facets and was bought and named by Richard Burton, who bought this diamond for Elizabeth Taylor.

It was reported that Richard Burton bought the diamond for $1,100,000. When Richard died Elizabeth donated the diamond to charity where it is reported that she got $2.8 million which was then donated to charity. The last known whereabouts of this diamond was in Saudi Arabia.

The Orloff

This diamond was named after the Russian Count Grigori Orloff who took the diamond to Russia to curry Catherine the greats favour. It is thought that the stone may have originally come from a temple in Sriangam and that the diamond was one of the eyes of the Hindu gods, Vishnu.

It is reported that a French deserter took one of the eyes, being too scared of curses and retribution to take both of them. He took this to Madras where it was sold to an English sea captain for £2000.00. The diamond then made its way to Amsterdam where the Count heard of its existence and bought the diamond for £90,000.00 and took it back to Russia where it has been ever since.

The Blue Hope

This diamond was named after Henry Thomas Hope who purchased this diamond in 1830. It was originally part of a 112 Carat diamond which was cut down to 67.50 Carats when King Louis XIV of France purchased the diamond and had it cut to bring out its brilliance.

The weight of the diamond today is 45.52 Carats and this diamond has a long history and supposedly brings misfortune to those that own it. The diamond disappeared during the French revolution, it is thought the diamond was cut from 67.50 Carats down to the 45.52 of today and then sold to Hope as the colours of the two diamonds were extremely similar.

The diamond found its way to the USA where it was owned by Mrs. Edward McLean. Mrs. McLean lost her child, her family split up, and she lost her fortune. She then ended up committing suicide, so this is where the stories began of a curse and bad luck. It was bought by Harry Winston in 1949, and currently this diamond is on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.

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Misty Angel wrote this article for Misty is a jewellery collector who loves to share her knowledge and experiences with others. She is a mother of two and loves shopping online too.


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