Posted on 23 April 2010.
Many celebrities today show off their engagement rings which weigh several carats in weight and dazzle thereby catching everyone’s attention. But when compared to the following gems, these diamond rings are nothing. The following are some of the news stories about the rarest and largest diamonds that have been found.
1. The Eugénie Blue
This valuable deep blue diamond weighs about 30.82 carats. There is an old story that this gem belonged to the consort of Napolean III, queen Eugénie de Montijo. It is also referred to as the “The Blue Heart”. This diamond was given its unique shape in 1909 or 1910 and later was purchased by Cartier.
2. The Centenary Diamond
This was De Beers’ unique diamond with a fine color and initially weighing 599 carats. Though it was discovered much earlier the company flaunted it only during their centenary celebrations. For several years it was loaned to the Tower of London. It is claimed that the gem is sold but the owner’s anonymity is maintained by De Beers.
3. The Cullinan Diamond
The Cullinan is the biggest diamond ever found and weighs 3,106.75 carats. It was however cut into 96 small portions, nine big portions and unpolished pieces weighing 9.5 carats. The nine big chunks now can be found as a part of the private collection of the royal family:
4. The Golden Eye Diamond
This is the world’s most beautiful flawless and biggest Canary Yellow diamond. It weighed over 124.5-carats for several years when it was uncut earlier. After it was cut to about 43.51 carats the gem became embroiled in a drug scandal group in Ohio. It was later brought under the ownership of the U.S. government. The government stated that it would place the diamond under auction!
5. The Koh-i-noor
The Koh-i-noor has an old history and some say it is over 5,000 years old. It was installed in the peacock throne of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor and also under the possession of various other Indian emperors. Later Queen Victoria showcased it at the Crystal Palace Exhibition. After being cut down to its present 108.93 size, the diamond was placed in Queen Elizabeth’s crown in 1936. Now it is locked up in the Tower of London.