Valentine’s day is fast approaching and what a girl wants to receive as a present on this special day?! Of course fancy jewelry! And since diamonds are girls best friends, here is a guest post about some of the most expensive diamonds in the world. Enjoy! ~ Rich Girl
We know that some of you probably can’t afford even a fraction of the diamonds we’re going to show you today, even on a diamond ring. But those diamonds are so large, so beautiful and so expensive that they have inflamed the imagination of even the richest and most powerful people on this planet (living AND dead). Curious to see some of the most expensive precious stones in the world? Read on!
1 – The Moussaieff Red Diamond
This diamond, albeit rather small (5.11 carats) is estimated at 7 million dollars (not that much, you’ll see!), because of its unique color (Fancy Red) and intricate cut (trilliant cut). The Moussaieff is the largest Fancy Red diamond in the world and is owned by Moussaieff Jewellers Ltd., which is renowned for multi-million dollar pieces of jewelry.
2 – The Hope Diamond
The Hope Diamond, worth 350 million dollars and weighing 45.52 carats, is the inspiration behind the “Heart of the Ocean” diamond in the blockbuster movie “Titanic”. Some people believe it’s cursed; some old rumors (actually spread in the early 20th century) have the diamond stolen from a Sita statue in India, making the owner cursed. Kings of France and England as well as sultans have owned the diamond. And now the “most famous diamond in the world” is in display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. It is definitely must-see item in this museum.
3 – The Steinmetz Pink Diamond
This beautiful pink 59.60-carat diamond is the only diamond ever to be classified as “Fancy Vivid Pink” in color. It is currently worth around 25 million dollars and is the largest known pink diamond in the world. Pink diamonds are extremely rare and usually found in much smaller sizes. It took the Steinmetz Group 20 months to cautiously cut it, because it is so extraordinary, one wrong move and the priceless diamond would have shattered.
4 – The Cullinan Diamond
Worth 400 million dollars, the Cullinan diamond or “The Star of Africa” is the biggest gem-quality diamond ever found and the 2nd largest cut diamond in the world. At 3,106.75 carats (or 621.35 grams, almost a kilogram!) in the rough, the diamond was perfect to cut and polish into an impressive 530.2-carat tear-shaped diamond. The gem is on display of Crown Jewels in the Tower of London, United Kingdom.
5 – The Heart of Eternity Diamond
The story of the Hope Diamond might have inspired the story of Titanic, but its shape is based on the Heart of Eternity diamond, valued at 16 million dollars and weighing 27.64 carats. What makes it so unique is its deep, vivid blue color, unmatched by any other major blue diamonds. The Steinmetz group cut it into a heart shape before selling it to the De Beers group.
6 – The Sancy Diamond
The Sancy diamond, still inestimable (and therefore priceless) is part of the French Crown Jewel collection hosted at the Louvre museum. The cut of this diamond is unique: it is made of a pair of crowns and has no pavilion. The pale yellow color might be considered an imperfection, but its symmetrical cut is quite intriguing.
7 – The Koh-i-Noor
We couldn’t discuss famous expensive diamonds without mentioning the Koh-i-Noor. This diamond also remains inestimable; it is still part of the British Crown Jewels (actually set in the crown of the Queen Mother Elizabeth). It used to be the biggest known diamond in the world, but several cuts and re-cuts have made it smaller – 105 carats.
Imagine receiving one of these diamonds along with your Valentine’s Day flowers! Wouldn’t that be amazing? Oh, you’d also need a really strong vault to keep it protected from the thieves.
Author Bio: Tom is an Australian freelance writer and journalist. He writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US. He’s published more than 500 articles about various topics.
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