Published By: Nirtika Pandita

All you need to know about the most expensive diamonds in the world

The bling and shine of one can never go away

Diamonds are not only a woman’s best friend or lover but every human being who has even the slightest inclination towards bling. And diamonds make the top cut when it comes to jewellery. It is the bling of a diamond, the cut, the sparkle, and the shine that elevates the entire personality of a person that makes it irresistible. The tradition of uncut and designed diamonds has been a long story in the world. There have been some of the most expensive diamonds such as the Kohinoor that have long been an attraction. And just like this, there are various other diamonds that make for the world’s most expensive diamonds.

The Cullinan Diamond

Costing over $400 million it is the largest rough diamond weighing around 3,106.75 carats. The diamond is named after the chairman of the mine, Thomas Cullinan. The rough diamond was discovered in Cullinan, South Africa in 1905. It is also known as the Star of Africa and was cut into nine main stones, the largest of which is the 530.2 carat Cullinan I. This beauty was gifted to King Edward VII. The diamond was later owned by Queen Elizabeth II and is mounted on the sovereign’s sceptre, while the Cullinan II is part of the Imperial State Crown. At present, the diamond is actually a collection of 105 stones of different cuts.

The Hope Diamond

Worth $250 million is a gem in blue colour and weighs around 45.52 carats. The discovery date of this diamond is said to be around the 1600s and took place in the Kollur Mine in India some over 400 years ago. And in 1668 the Hope Diamond was bought by King Louis XIV. However, later in 1791, this 45.52-carat Grey-Blue antique cushion cut diamond was stolen during a crown jewel looting. It then resurfaced in London in 1839. Later in 1949, Harry Winston, an American gem dealer bought the diamond and gave it to the National Museum of Natural History of the United States in 1958. It has been on display since.

CTF Pink Star Diamond

Worth $71.2 million, this Pink Star diamond was discovered in 1999 in one of the De Beers South African diamond mines. The rough stone weighed 59.6 carats and was then cut by eight polishers over 20 months. This naturally pink coloured diamond is internally flawless.

A few other diamonds are Regent Diamond, Oppenheimer Blue Diamond, Blue Moon of Josephine, Graff Pink Diamond, The Princie, Orange Diamond, and De Beers Centenary Diamond among others.