I was checking the Internet to browse a few sites when I came across images of diamonds owned by famous individuals. These diamonds are placed in very beautiful settings. Then I looked at my hand and smiled. I saw my own diamond engagement ring. I was bemused as I remembered the day my husband gave it to me on our engagement party. I was so happy at that time and I am still happily married to the same loving man. Many years after we tied the knot, he told me that he picked up my fring from the many unique diamond engagement rings displayed in many stores. The ring I got catalyzed my interest in diamonds.
I liked diamonds. Settings don’t matter to me. It doesn’t matter if the stone is set on a pendant, a pair of earrings, a ring, or any other type of jewellery. I only care bout the diamond’s fire, shine, and lustre. I checked the net and read about the seven largest rough diamonds mined all over the world. The one that takes the crown is the Cullinan diamond, which weighed at an amazing 3,106.75 carats. Thomas Evan Powell unearthed the stone in 1905 and named it after Sir Thomas Cullinan, the owner of Premier Mine in South Africa where the stone was found. Cullinan 1 also known as Great Star of Africa and Cullinan II also known as Lesser Star of Africa are two of the largest stones after the Cullinan was cut by Asscher Brothers. These two stones are now part of United Kingdom’s Crown Jewels.
The Excelsoir Diamond comes in as the second biggest rough diamond in the world. It was spotted by Kaffir in 1893 in Jagersfontein Mine situated in South Africa. The stone weighed 970 carats during discovery. Third in line is the 968.9-carat Star of Sierra Leone. The stone was cut into 17 pieces and 13 were believed to be flawless. The “Star of Sierra Leone brooch” contains six of the flawless diamonds from the uncut stone.
The fourth largest diamond, which has a carat weight of 890 carats, is the Incomparable Diamond. A young girl found it in a rubble field near Congo’s MIBA Diamond Mine. It was considered as the biggest diamond with brown hues ever found. The Great Mogul Diamond was the fifth largest diamond weighing 787.5 carats. It was found in 1650 in Southern India. It was a gift to Shah Jahan, Emperor of India, from Emir Jemla. It was Shah Jahan who ordered the world famous Taj Mahal to be built as a masoleum in memory of his wife. World rewowned jeweler Jean Baptiste Tavernier said, “The stone is of the same form as if one cut an egg through the middle.”
Coming in at sixth place is the Millenium Star, which weighed at 777 carats before the jewellers at Steinmetz Diamond Group cut it. The stone was discovered in Zaire in 1990. Presently, De Beers has the stone. The Golden Jubilee is the seventh largest rough diamond weighing 755.5 carats when it was spotted in 1985 in South Africa’s Premier Mine. These stunning collection of huge diamond eternity rings is what I want to see in actuality.
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