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The Famous Diamond Stone List

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Of all the gemstones, the diamond stone is the hardest and most valued. While the clear or white diamond stone is most used in jewelry, it can also come in yellow, green, and blue colors.

Geographically, the word “diamond” comes from the Greek word “adamas,” which means hard as metal, or invincible. While nearly half of all diamonds hail from central and southern Africa, significant amounts of diamonds have been found in Canada, India, Russia, Brazil, and Australia. With this said, some of the most famous diamonds come from these places, as well as others.

Here are a few of the most famous diamonds:

The Great Star of Africa

The largest cut diamond is the Great Star of Africa, also known as the Cullinan I or the Star Africa diamond. At 530.20 carats, pear shaped diamond stone has 74 facets and is set in the Royal Scepter, which is kept with other Crown Jewels in the Tower of London. This stone was cut from Cullinan, which is the largest diamond crystal ever found, at 3,106 carats. The Cullinan was first found in Transvaal, South Africa in 1095, during a tour of the Premier Mine. It was cut by Joseph Asscher and Company of Amsterdam.

The Centenary Diamond

Another Premier Mine discovery is the Centenary Diamond, which is 273.85 carats and has 247 facets. The Centenary has been transformed into being the world’s largest, most modern-cut, top-color, and flawless diamond by Gabi Tolkowsky. This diamond was discovered in July 1986, more recently than other famous diamonds. It was unveiled at the Tower of London in May 1991.

The Regent

At 140.50 carats, the Regent has the undisputed reputation of being the most beautiful diamond in the world. The Regent was discovered in India in 1698, and it was cut in England in 1717. It was purchased from Thomas Pitt, who was governor of Madras, for the French Crown. It was debuted in the band of Louis XV’s silver gilt crown in the Louvre, worn at his coronation in 1722. It can still be viewed at Louvre in Paris today.

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