It is time to complete the list of twelve of the most famous stones known to mankind. In my last two blogs, I talked Cullinan,The Golden Jubilee, The Incomparable, The Cullinan II, The Spirit of de Grisogono, The Centenary Diamond, The Jubilee and The De Beers diamonds. Here are the next few big sparklers.
The Red Cross: One of the most unique diamonds every produced, the Red Cross features a prominent Maltese Cross in its top facet. Just like The De Beers stone, it was also mined from the Kimberley mines by De Beers in 1901. It weighed 375 carats in its rough form, which was reduced to 205.07 carats after it was finished. The finished Red Cross is a beautiful canary yellow diamond, cut into a cushion shape. When Christie organized an art sale in London in 1918, the owners donated the diamond for the benefit of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St. John.
The Millennium Star: A perfectly flawless diamond (internally and externally), the Millennium Star was found in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1990. Unlike other most famous diamonds, the Millennium Star was found in alluvial deposits and was a huge 777 carats in its rough state. De Beers purchased the stone and polished it as one of the most perfect diamonds ever produced. It was only unveiled by De Beers in 1999 as part of its Millennium Collection. The actual value of the diamond has never been revealed by the company, but it is believed to be several hundred million dollars. The Millennium Star is a perfect pear shaped stone weighing 203.04 carats.
The Koh-I-Noor: Best translated to mean “Mountain of Light”, this mystery shrouded diamond is from the Indian sub-continent. Over its history, it has been owned by the Mughals, the Sikhs, the Afghans and many other rulers as spoils of war. It is perhaps the best known and most fought over diamond ever. It is a flawless and colorless 105 carats diamond that is now part of the Crown Jewels of England.
There are of course dozens of other diamonds that would easily fit into this list, but these particular twelve stones mentioned here are some of the biggest, most desirable diamonds ever known to mankind.
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