There are some pretty big diamonds we’ve all seen on engagement rings, but a 13-carat diamond is nothing in comparison to what was found in South Africa in 1905. This 3,106-carat diamond, also known as the Cullinan Diamond, actually makes up part of the British family royal’s crown jewelry. The large gem was named after the mine’s chairman, Thomas Cullinan, and was put on sale in April the same year, but remained unsold for two years before being bought by the Transvaal Colony government. It was then gifted to Edward VII by Louis Botha, who then had it cut by Joseph Asscher & co. in Amsterdam.
Who Currently Owns The Cullinan Diamond?
Currently, the diamond is separated in nine different cuts, with the largest mounted in the head of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross. This diamond is known as the Great Star of Africa, and it’s the largest clear-cut diamond in the world. The second largest clear-cut diamond, also from Cullinan’s Diamond, is called the Second Star of Africa and is mounted in the Imperial Crown. Both diamonds are part of the crown jewels. The other seven cuts of the Cullinan’s Diamond are owned by Queen Elizabeth II, who inherited them from Queen Mary.
How Big Is The Cullinan’s Diamond?
Cullinan’s Diamond is 1,348 carats heavier than the second largest diamond in the world, which was found in Botswana in 2019, weighing in at 1,758 carats. Compared to the third largest diamond, which was found in Botswana in July, Cullinan’s Diamond is 1,932 carats larger. These diamonds are much larger than the typical 1-carat diamond engagement ring you’d find resting on someone’s finger.
How Much Is The Cullinan Diamond Worth?
The Cullinan Diamond is worth a hefty price, currently sitting at $400 million, whereas the normal 1-carat diamond engagement ring costs around $6500.
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