When it comes to natural material, diamond is the hardest. The Earth’s geological past is full of surprises. Diamonds, the oldest-preserved mineral on the planet, have captivated the imagination of humankind like no other. Diamonds are natural wonders that were created billions of years ago by the forces of nature. Until diamond mining became the predominant technique of obtaining diamonds, numerous alluvial diamond discoveries were made. This article is an brief introduction to the largest diamonds in the world.
Golden Jubilee Diamond (545.65 carats)
The Golden Jubilee Diamond weighs 109.13 grams, making it the world’s largest cut and faceted diamond. It weighs 545.67 carats, which is 15.37 carats more than the Cullinan I diamond. The diamond, which appears golden to orange in various photographs, has been classified as a fancy yellow-brown diamond, despite its appearance. Before it was cut, the “Unnamed Brown Diamond” was regarded as an unsightly stone. It was converted into a one-of-a-kind diamond when it was given the fire rose cushion cut.
Cullinan I diamond (530.20 carats)
When it was discovered, it was one of South Africa’s largest diamonds and was renamed for its mine owner. Before it was split into 105 smaller diamonds, the Cullinan diamond weighed 3,106 carats. The Star of Africa diamond, which weighed 530.20 carats, had previously been the largest polished diamond in the world until the 545-carat Golden Jubilee diamond was found in the same top mine in 2010.
Incomparable Diamond (407.48 carats)
The 407.48-carat Incomparable diamond, the world’s third-largest, was discovered in the 1980s as an 890-carat rough diamond in a mound of mining rubble from the neighboring MIBA Diamond. The natural deep-yellow shield step-cut diamond was later displayed in 1984 in the Smithsonian Institute following a four-year cutting and shaping procedure.
Cullinan II diamond (317.4 carats)
The 317.40 carats cut diamond known as Cullinan II is the crown jewel of the United Kingdom. The “Little Star of Africa” is the second-largest cut diamond from the massive Cullinan diamond found in South Africa in 1905. The largest uncut diamond ever found is at The Diamond Mining Company. It was given to King Edward VII of the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on November 9, 1907, on his birthday in South Africa.
Graff Lesedi La Rona diamond (302.37 carats)
When the 1109-carat rough diamond known as Lesedi La Rona was found in Botswana in 2015, it was the world’s second-largest jewelry-quality diamond.
In 2015, Lucara Diamond unearthed an 1109-carat rough diamond in Botswana’s Karowe mine. The diamond’s official name is Lesedi La Rona, which translates to “Our Light” in Tswana, Botswana’s official language. Graff Diamonds paid $ 53 million for the largest jewel-quality raw diamond discovered since Cullinan and the largest diamond extracted in Botswana.
Diamonds on engagement rings
These days, diamond engagement rings may be found in almost every society. The largest Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid diamond ever graded by the GIA is featured in the 59.60-carat pink diamond ring. It is now the most expensive ring in the world, as well as the costliest gemstone ever sold at auction, having sold for $71.2 million.
Diamond wedding rings
The most expensive wedding ring in the world belongs to none other than Elizabeth Taylor. The Asscher cut, Krupp 33.19-carat IIa certified diamond, which was gifted to her by Richard Burton, is one of the largest in private ownership. The diamond is regarded as extraordinary because of its great degree of clarity and purity in terms of chemical composition. An unnamed Asian collector bought it at auction after she passed away.
Looking for diamonds in Vancouver?
If you’re buying a diamond for the first time, the best way to be happy with it is to find one that just looks good. You won’t know if the diamond is worth keeping or not until you try it out. So, it’s important where you buy your diamond. Feel free to browse our collection of lab-grown diamond rings in Vancouver online or book an appointment.