We often get blinded by the sight of a shiny massive diamond solitaire engagement ring or diamond solitaire strings or diamond pendants when we spot someone wearing it. On that note, there are several other well-known and popular precious and priceless diamonds which are drop dead gorgeous.
- The Great Star of Africa: Carats – 530.20
The Great Star of Africa is also popularly known as the Cullinan I and Star Africa. This diamond happens to be the largest cut stone in the entire world. It is pear shaped, has 74 facets and is set into the Royal Scepter where it is positioned with the other crown jewels in the Tower of London. It was cut from the hugest diamond crystal ever found. The 31096 carat Cullian which was discovered in Transvaal, South Africa 1095 is marvelous. There were talks that this diamond might have been a little part of a much bigger stone but the other half hasn’t been authenticated.
- The Orloff: Carats – 300
The Orloff was found in India. The diamond had a slight bluish green appearance and was pure in terms of clarity. It was a Mogul-cut rose diamond and is currently in the Diamond Treasury of Russia in Moscow. The Orloff has a religious story behind it. But an unknown fact is that apparently, the Napolean found the Orloff and were about to claim it when the ghost of a priest appeared and cursed the Army. This was the reason why they went away without the Orloff.
- The Centenary Diamond: Carats – 273.85
This stunning and gorgeous piece of diamond was discovered at the Premier Mine in July 1986. The Centenary Diamond is said to have weighed around 599.10 carats approx. Chief and well-known cutter Gabi Tolkowsky and his select group took around three years to transform it in to the biggest, most modern, incredibly flawless and top colored diamond. The diamond is known to have 247 facets with 164 of them on the stone and the rest 83 over the girdle. The priceless diamond was unveiled in May 1991 at the Tower of London.
- The Regent: Carats – 140.50
The Regent might be surpassed in terms of its weight, but its perfect cut and limpidity make it one of a kind. This stone was initially found in India in 1698 where Thomas Pitt, the Governor of Madras had acquired it. It was sent to England for cutting purpose. Later, it was sold to the Regent in 1717 for the French Crown. It is currently at the Louvre in Paris.
- Kohinoor: Carats – 105.60
The Kohinoor is an oval cut diamond which is now a part of the British Crown Jewels. It is also called the Mountain of Light. This stone has a history which dates back to 1304. This happens to be the oldest diamond in the history of famous diamonds. It was the Rajahs of Malwa who found it in the sixteenth century. It later was a possession of Mogul emperors and is said to have been set in a famous Peacock Throne which was made for Shah Jahan. It is said that the stone weighed nearly 1986 carats upon coming to India. But it was then re-cut to around 108.93 carats and Queen Victoria first wore it as a brooch. It was later set in the State Crown and was worn by Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary and in 1973 it was worn by Queen Elizabeth. At the present moment, the Kohinoor can be found in the Tower of London with the rest of the other Crown Jewels.
These 5 diamond pieces will leave you stunned!