Archive for June, 2007
Today’s post is about the top 10 most famous diamonds in the world.Â They might not be the most expensive, all though each diamond on this list costs at least several million dollars, but these are the diamonds that recieve the most attention in the news and the press.Â Today’s post is about numbers 6-4.
6. Centenary Diamond
The Centenary was found on July 17th, 1986 by the electric X-ray recovery system at the Premier Mine. Only a handful of people knew about it and all were sworn to silence. In its rough form it resembled an irregular matchbox with angular planes, a prominent elongated “horn” jutting out at one corner and a deep concave on the largest flat surface. The shape of the stone expressed problems in cutting with no apparent solution.
5. Allnatt Diamond
The Allnatt Diamond is a diamond measuring 101.29 carats (20.258 g) with a cushion cut, rated in color as Fancy Vivid Yellow by the Gemological Institute of America. This diamond is named after one of its holders, Major Alfred Ernest Allnatt, a soldier, sportsman, art patron and benefactor. While it is not known precisely where the Allnatt originated, many experts believe that it was probably found in what is now known as the De Beers Premier Diamond Mine.
4. Heart of Eternity
The Heart of Eternity is a member of an exceedingly rare class of colored diamonds. It is found in the Premier Diamond Mine of South Africa. Blue diamonds account for less than 0.1% of the output of the Premier mine,which is the only mine in the world with an appreciable production of blue diamonds. Of the ten colored diamonds that drew the highest bids, six of those ten were blue diamonds, rating values as high as $550,000 to $580,000 per carat.
The worlds largest man made hole is in Siberia thanks to the former Soviet Union finding a diamond mine on its location.Â The hole is so big that helicopters are prohibited from flying over it because the drop in air pressure causes them to crash.Â Here is a picture, to see more pics Click Here.
Today’s post is about the top 10 most famous diamonds in the world.Â They might not be the most expensive, all though each diamond on this list costs at least several million dollars, but these are the diamonds that recieve the most attention in the news and the press.Â Today’s post is about numbers 10-7.
10. Premier Rose Diamond
This stone weighs 137.02 carats and is one of the largest D-color Flawless diamonds in the world. In March 1978 the Premier Mine in South Africa, the mine that produced the 3106-carat Cullinan Diamond, yielded yet another remarkable diamond, a triangular-shaped cleavage of the finest color, weighing 353.9 carats.Â In the end the Johannesburg firm Mouw Diamond Cutting Works purchased it, naming it after Mrs. Rose Mouw.
9. Florentine Diamond
The Florentine Diamond is a lost diamond of Indian origin. It is light yellow in colour with very slight green overtones. It is cut in the form of an irregular nine-sided 126-facet double rose cut, with a weight of 137.27 carats.
8. Darya-ye Noor
One of the largest diamonds in the world,weighing 182 carats (36.4 g). This pink diamond and the Koh-e Noor (Mountain of Light) diamond were both brought back from India by Nader Shah in 1739. After the death of Nader Shah, Ahmad Shah Durrani took the Koh-e Noor to Afghanistan, where it passed onto Shah Shuja. He, in turn, was defeated by Ranjit Singh, the Lion of the Punjab. Eventually, it fell into the hands of the East India Company, which presented it to Queen Victoria. The Kohi Noor is now incorporated in the Queen Mother’s crown. The Kohi Noor is said to bear a curse since all the male owners of the Kohi Noor suffered terrible fates.
7. Cullinan Diamond
The Cullinan Diamond, found by Frederick Wells, surface manager of the Premier Diamond Mining Company in Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa, on January 26, 1905, is the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found, at 3,106.75 carats.Â The largest polished gem from the stone is named Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa (Picture), and at 530.2 carats (106.04 g) was the largest polished diamond in the world until the 1985 discovery of the Golden Jubilee diamond (545.67 cts), also from the Premier Mine.