5 Diamonds To Die For
Apr 2012 05

The saying goes “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend“.  However, it is clear that it doesn’t matter if you are a girl or a guy, these valuable diamonds have the potential to be anyone’s best friend – and what’s more Peacock than priceless diamonds.  Most of these have been maintained and preserved over the years in various museums or passed down generation to generation.  Many of these diamonds were worn by influential people, kings, and politicians.  It is said that some of these diamonds are cursed, and it’s clear why, these giant, fabulous (and expensive) diamonds are to die for!

Koh-I-Noor: Absolutely Priceless

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The diamond known as Koh-I-Noor is estimated to be the world’s most valuable diamond. The name stems from Persian origin translating to “mountain of light”.  And indeed it is a mountain of light!  Originally found and discovered at Golconda in India, this 105 carat diamond held the record of being the largest diamond in the world.  Over the years, the diamond has been passed down from different Sikh and Persian rulers.

Currently this precious diamond is maintained by Great Britain and displayed at the HM Tower of London, where it attracts many tourists each and every year. Despite the appeal of the diamond, some believe that the diamond comes with a curse.  Luckily for ladies, the curse only applies for men who wear it.  The “curse” originated from the fact that any previous male ruler who has worn the diamond ended up losing their throne or generally had bad luck.

The Sancy Diamond: Absolutely Priceless

beau-sancy-diamondThe Sancy diamond also originated somewhere in India.  This precious pale yellow diamond weighs at around 11.05 grams, 55.23 carat diamond.  Once upon a time, the big yellow belonged to the Great Moguls.  The Sancy is known to be the first big diamond cut symmetrically.  Currently, this gem is maintained in the Louvre in Paris as part of the French Crown Jewel collection.  The diamond was purchased by a French Ambassador by the name of Nicolas de Sancy.  He was also a diamond fanatic and used his extensive knowledge to make quite the profit.  A handful of French kings have also worn it.

The Cullinan: $400 Million

Cullinan DiamondThe Cullinan Diamond has an estimated value of $400 million dollars.  It weighs in at a grand 621.35 grams making it the largest rough diamond with the highest quality to be found on earth.  The rough diamond was split into separate polished diamonds.  Cullinan 1 is now incorporated in the sceptre with the Cross.  The Cullinan 2 (also known as the Lesser Star of Africa) is considered to be the 4th largest polished diamond in the world.  Both of these large polished diamonds are displayed at the Crown Jewels of the UK.

The Hope Diamond : $350 Million

Hope DiamondThe Hope Diamond is a 45.52 carat diamond with a beautiful rich blue color caused by traces of boron.  It is also known as “le bleu de France” as well as “le bijou du roi”.  The Hope diamond has gained a reputation fo being “the most famous diamond in the world” because it is thought to be cursed.  The curse surrounding this ring is that whoever wears it is cursed to have misfortunes and an unhappy life.  Though the curse is more or less speculative, no one has to worry about the curse since it is currently being displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in DC.

De Beers Centenary Diamond: $100 Million

DeBeers DiamondLast but not least, the De Beers Centenary Diamond, worth $100 million dollars is the last on our list.  It has the reputation of being the highest grade of colorless diamond without any flaws inside or out.  The diamond is 273.85 carats and holds the reputation of being the third largest diamond made by De Beer’s diamond mine.

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