Most Popular Diamonds Around The World
Coveted all over the globe for their incandescent allure, diamonds were once believed to be the tears of gods or even fragments of falling stars. It is no wonder then, that these gems have an extensive history of legends laced with intrigue.
Thus, to celebrate the worlds long standing love affair with diamonds, we bring to you some of the finest that are in existence:
One of the most famous jewels in the world, it is widely admired for its deep blue colour. This 45.52 carat gem is up to four centuries old and has aided in the research about the formation of gemstones. It is believed to have been originated in India and boasts of a long and mysterious past.
What makes it the stuff of legends is the rumoured curse that supposedly ruins the lives of its owners. For now though, it rests peacefully at the Smithsonian Institute of Natural History in Washington with an estimated value of a whopping 250 million dollars.
Touted as the oldest and most valuable diamond in the world, the name Koh-I-Noor is an introduction in itself. It is a large colourless diamond and was found in India around the 13th century. With a name that means A Mountain of Light, it is regarded as being full of life.
The Koh-I-Noors history is ridden with conflict, which is why it is said to bring bad luck to any man who wears it. Currently a part of the British Crown Jewels that are displayed in the Tower of London, its priceless beauty attracts lakhs of visitors every year.
The Cullinan I
The Cullinan I or Star Africa diamond is the largest rough gem quality diamond ever found in the world. After polishing, it came to an exceptional 530.20 carats with 74 facets and a pear shape. It was cut from the 3,106 carat Cullinan diamond, the largest diamond crystal to be ever found.
Discovered in Transvaal, South Africa in 1095, it passed through a number of hands before finding a place in the Royal British Sceptre. It is now kept with other crown jewels in the Tower of London.
The Sancy Diamond is a pale, natural yellow diamond that weighs 55.23 carats. It is rumoured to be of Indian origin and is arguably one of the most famous historical diamonds. After a long history of possessions, it is now kept in the French Crown Jewel collection housed at the Louvre.
It gets its reputation due to the unusual nature of its cut and symmetrical facets.
Weighing 59.60 carat, the Pink Star gets its name because of its Fancy Vivid Pink Colour (as rated by the Gemmological Institute
of America). It is the largest known diamond of this shade.
Due to its rare nature, it took two years to cut and polish this gem, which was 132.5 carats in its rough and un-cut state. It is currently in the possession of Sothebys, a multinational art business.