| Cullinan I, ‘Star of
||The Star of Africa consists of a whooping 530.20 carat, cut from The Largest rough diamond
gem ever to be found at 3106 carat. From this rough stone, named ‘The Cullinan’, 104 other
stones were cut including The Star of Africa.
It is adorned by the sceptre of the English King’s insignia and is now kept within the Tower of
| Largest Ruby
||The world's largest gem-quality rough ruby was unveiled in Dubai. Called the Estrela de Fura,
Portuguese for Star of Fura, and weighing 101 carat, the unveiling took place at Almas Tower,
Jumeirah Lake Towers.
||The gemstone weighs 1.505 kilograms. In another startling discovery that surprised the
internet, the world's largest uncut gemstone emerald has been discovered in Zambia and
weighs 7,525 carat (1.505 kg), according to Guinness World Records (GWR)
||This beautiful fancy deep diamond consists of 45.52 carat and appeared within the trade
in 1830. There are beliefs that this stone was recut from a previously stolen gemstone, however
this is unconfirmed. It was brought by a banker by the name of H. Ph. Hope – hence the coming
of the name ‘Hope’.
Hope now resides in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
||Displaying a hypnotic this fancy diamond consists of 41 carat and is thought to
originate from India. Bought in 1742 by Friedrich August II, Duke of Saxony, for 400,000 taler, it
later gained it name from its place of security – the Vaults in Dresden, Germany.
||This sparkling diamond was worn by Charles the Bold in 1470 and was later bought in 1570 by
Seigneur de Sancy from the French Ambassador to Turkey. Consisting of 55 carat, the Sancy
now resides in the Louvre in Paris to be adored by many.
||A fantastic 128.51 carat, this fancy diamond was found in Kimberley, South
Africa, in 1878. It was originally cut from a rough stone of 287.42 carat by Tiffany the Jeweller.
The cutting took place in Paris and turned the gem into a striking 90 facet-faced jewel. Recently,
the Tiffany was worn by Lady Gaga on the 2019 Oscar red carpet.
||This gorgeous stone has a rich, adventurous history. Once a round stone of 186 carat
belonging to the Indian Raj, this diamond was then plundered in 1739 by the Shah of Persia
who named it ‘The Mountain of Light’, or ‘Koh-i-Noor’. Later it then came under the possession of
the English East India Company and was then presented to Queen Victoria in 1850. Here it was
then recut into the 108.92 carat jewel it now sits as. The Koh-i-Noor was set into the crown of
Queen Mary, and later the crown of the Queen Mother of Elizabeth II. You can view this jewel
in the Tower of London.
||The Nassak was originally 90 carat and sat within the Temple of Shiva in Nassak, India. This
diamond was looted by the English is 1818 and recut in New York in 1927. The now 43.38 carat
diamond was then acquired by the Kind of Saudi Arabia in 1777.
||This unique diamond holds inscriptions on its surface from 3 monarchs – one being the Shah of
Persia. It has clear unique cleavage planes upon its polished surfaces and consists of a fantastic
88.70 carat. It was then given the Tsar Nicholas I in 1829, and currently resides in the Kremlin,
||This gem has a rich history steeped in legend. It is host to a gorgeous fancy color
and consists of 137.27 carat. Originally it was in the possession of the Medici Family in
Florence in 1657. This was then placed within the Habsburg Crown in the 18th century, and
following this used as a brooch. However, from since 1919 this diamond's whereabouts is unknown to
everyone and remains a mystery.