Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but they are definitely not all created equal. These precious gems are over 3 billions years old. That alone illustrates their worth, as well as the fact that one must go deep in the surface of the Earth in order to even find them. Created via a fusion of pressure and heat, diamonds come out in a raw form and then can be perfected into the brilliant creations that we see worn all around us. Some of the diamonds are incredibly big, clear, and rare. That also means that some diamonds can quickly soar in price. With that in mind, take a look at the following list of the five most expensive diamonds in history.
The Pink Star: $71.2 Million
This was a diamond that was mined in South Africa back in 1999. If was formerly known as the Steinmetz Pink and it is the largest diamond ever to have received a grade equivalent to a Fancy Vivid Pink. A Hong Kong company, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, actually purchased this diamond in 2017 at a Sotheby’s auction. They bid on it via telephone. This is an internally flawless, oval diamond. It weighs 59.60ct, which is quite massive for a diamond. It was subsequently named the CTF Pink Star to honor the late father of the chairman for Chow Tai Fook.
The Centenary Diamond: $100 Million
If you thought the Pink Star was big, try this one on for size. The Centenary Diamond comes in at over 500ct. It is a rough diamond, so it was subsequently cut down to a respectable 273.85ct. It would take on the shape of a modified heart. By cutting down on the weight, the color and clarity improved significantly. The clarity is actually flawless, adding to the lure of the unique diamond. One interesting fact about this diamond is that it took over 150 days for a highly skilled team of professional jewelers to complete the re-cutting process for the Centenary Diamond.
The Hope Diamond: $250 Million
This is a diamond that has an interesting story behind it. It is rumored to have been uncovered in India back in the 1600s. It was then bought by King Louis XIV in 1668. The diamond itself weight 45.42ct. It is a fancy dark gray-blue color, and it was cut down to size. The Hope Diamond was actually stolen in 1791 during a looting of crown jewels. However, it would later show back up on the world stage in London. That would be in 1839. In 1949, Harry Winston bought the diamond and then donated it to the Smithsonian. This would end up drawing in quite a few tourists as a result. The diamond is said to be cursed because of how much misery it seems to have inflicted on its previous owners.
The Cullinan: $2 Billion
You will notice quite the jump in value from number 3 to number 2 on the list of the most expensive diamonds in the world. The Cullinan is the largest drought diamond that has ever been mined. It weighs a staggering 3,106.75ct. Its name is derived from the fact that is was found in Cullinan, South Africa back in 1905. Soon after, it was given as a gift to King Edward VII. The rough diamond was later cut into nine distinct stones. The largest of those is the Cullinan I, and it weighs 530.2ct.
The Koh-i-Noor: Priceless
The Koh-i-Noor is so unique and rare that there is no price tag on it. It is oval shaped and weights 105.6ct. There is a mystery behind this, but it dates back to the 1300s when it was said to have been mined in India. There are some who claim that Britain actually stole the diamond from India, meaning that it belongs to India. No matter what happened, Britain did get the gem back in 1850. It was in 1852 that Prince Albert had it cut down in size from 186ct to 105.6ct in order to increase the color and its sparkle.
How does your diamond compare to these? Ok, that’s not a fair question, but it is nonetheless interesting to read how expensive some of the gems actually are. You just never know what someone is willing to pay to have a rare and beautiful piece of jewelry in their possession.