10 Most Expensive Diamonds Of All Time
People will spend a small fortune of jewelry. It seems like everybody, from kings and queens down to business people and collectors, wants to own the biggest and most expensive diamonds.
While many people do spend a lot on jewelry, there are 10 special diamonds which are far more expensive than anything else on the market. These are worth millions of dollars and are considered to be incredibly rare. As a result, many of the wealthiest people on earth are constantly trying to get a hold of them.
Below are the all time priciest diamonds in the world.
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1. The Koh-I-Noor Diamond
This is a diamond that has been around for an incredibly long time. It was first discovered in 1294 and has changed owners many times throughout its rich history. In 1850 the Koh-I-Noor finally found a permanent owner after the English confiscated the diamond and have held it ever since.
This diamond weighs 105.6 carats and its name, Koh-I-Noor, means “mountain of light.”
2. The Infamous Sancy Diamond
This is a gem with quite a bit of history behind it. Several different European royal families have have claimed to own it and the diamond has switched hands between the English, Portuguese, and France.
The Sancy Diamond weighs 55.23 carats and is shaped to look like a shield. It was named after French diplomat Nicolas de Harlay, seigneur de Sancy.
3. The Massive Cullinan Diamond
Discovered by South African mine owner Sir Thomas Cullinan, this is the largest rough diamond to ever be found. The gem’s original weight was 3,106.75 carats, enough for experts to cut both the Great Star of Africa and the Lesser Star of Africa from it.
The Cullinan Diamond is currently owned by the English government who have made it official property of the crown.
4. The Famous Hope Diamond
Experts consider this to be the most famous diamond in the entire world. The Hope Diamond was discovered in India and then taken on a tour around the world. It was shown in France, England, and even the United States.
The diamond appears to be dark blue, but actually turns red when exposed to ultraviolet light. Additionally, this diamond is named after its former owner, Sir Thomas Hope.
5. The De Beers Centenary Diamond
When the the de Beers Consolidated Mines celebrated its 100th year of operation, this diamond was commemorated to honor the event. In 1988, the year of the mine’s celebration, the De Beers Centenary Diamond was unveiled to the public.
This is a colorless diamond that weighs 273.85 carats and is flawlessly cut. While large at its current size, this diamond was originally 599 carats before being trimmed down by expert gem smiths.
6. The Steinmetz Pink Diamond
Aside from its unique and distinct pink hue, this diamond is most known for its “crown cut.” This design gives it a very memorable look.
The Steinmetz Pink Diamond weighs 59.6 carats and is currently owned by the Steinmetz Group.
7. The Fancy Wittelsbach Diamond
Many collectors know this diamond for its elegant reputation. The Wittelsbach Diamond is synonymous with class. It was found during the 1600’s in India and weighs 35.56 carats.
The Wittelsbach Diamond was used as one of the Austrian crown jewels though in recent years it has become part of jeweler Laurence Graff’s personal collection.
8. The Ultra-Rare Heart Of Eternity
This is one of the rarest diamonds in the world. The Heart Of Eternity is a blue diamond, one of the rarest gems in the world. Many experts believe that blue diamonds make up less than 0.1% of all the world’s diamond supply.
The diamond was purchased at an exhibit by an unknown buyer. However, many sources believe that Sayyid Qadri is the gem’s current owner.
9. The Moussaieff Red Diamond
This gem is also known as the Red Shield Diamond. It was discovered in Brazil along the Abaetezinho River.
The Moussaieff Red Diamond has a distinct triangular cut to it and it weighs exactly 5.11 carats. This is the largest red diamond ever discovered and, before being re-cut, it weighed 13.9 carats. In the early 200’s Moussaieff Jewellers Ltd bought the diamond and had it relocated to its current home in London.
10. The Allnatt Diamond
This diamond is huge. It weighs more than 101 carats and is easily identifiable due to its vibrant yellow color. Discovered by an Englishman named Alfred Ernest Allnatt, the diamond became a huge sensation among the jewelry community.
When the Allnatt Diamond was originally discovered it weighed 102.07 carats. However, when the diamond was bought by the SIBA Corporation it was re-cut to be slightly smaller.