Below is a list of the largest and
most famous Diamonds.
carats rough / found 1970.
Sefadu was found in Sierra Leonne in
1970. It is owned by the American
Diamond company Lazare Kaplan. The
uncut Stone weighs 620 carats.
This is the largest Diamond in the
world known at this time, although if
cut, will no doubt be smaller than
three or four of the largest cut
Jubilee, 755 carats rough / 545
carats cut / found 1985.
The Golden Jubilee is currently the
largest known cut Diamond in the world.
The discovery of this large brown
Diamond in 1985, of 755.5 carats, was
at the Premier Mine in South Africa,
also where the Cullinan Diamonds were
found in 1905, and others such as the
Taylor-Burton in 1966, and the
Centenary in 1986.
The Golden Jubilee was purchased
from De Beers by Henry Ho of Thailand
in 1995, it is now held in the Royal
Thai Palace as part of the Crown
3,025 carats rough /530 carats cut /
The Cullinan Diamond was the largest
diamond found at the Premier mine in
South Africa in 1905, weighing an
amazing 3,025.75 carats. This Diamond
was gifted to King Edward VII of
England by the Government of the
Transvaal as a birthday present. It was
cut in Amsterdam into 2 large stones
(the Cullinan I and Cullinan II ) and
another 7 smaller stones.
The Cullinan I, or the First Star of
Africa, is set in the British
Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross. This
was the largest polished Diamond in the
world until the discovery of the Golden
Jubilee Diamond in 1985 at 545.67
The Sceptre with the Cross, and the
other Crown Jewels, are on display at
House in the Tower of
Incomparable, 890 carats
rough / 407 carats cut / found
The Incomparable was found in the town
of Mbuji Mayi in the Democratic
Republic of Congo, in the 1980s, by a
young girl playing in rubble outside
her uncle's house.
The Girls uncle sold it to local
African Diamond dealers, who in turn
sold it to Lebanese buyers, who sold it
to De Beers, who sold it to Donald
Zale, chairman of the board of the Zale
Corporation, a Dallas based Jewelry
In November 2002, the Incomparable
was listed on the internet auction site
Ebay. The seller was expecting to
attract bids of over $15 million. The
stone was not sold.
3,025 carats rough /317 carats cut /
The Cullinan Diamond was the largest
Diamond discovered in the Premier mine
in South Africa in 1905, weighing
3,025.75 carats. It was awarded to
Edward VII by the Government of
Transvaal for his birthday present,
then taken to Amsterdam to be cut into
2 principal stones (the Cullinan I and
Cullinan II ) and 7 other major
Cullinan II, 317.4 carats, is set in
the lower front of the British Imperial
The British Imperial State Crown,
and the other Crown Jewels, can be seen
on display at the Jewel
House in the Tower of
Spirit of de
Grisogono, 587 carats rough /
312 carats cut /found ?
The Spirit of de Grisogono is the
world's largest known cut black
Diamond, 5th largest cut Diamond in the
world. It is set in a white Gold
mounting, with 702 small white Diamonds
totaling 36.69 carats.
This Diamond was mined several
decades back in west Central Africa. It
was later taken to Switzerland where it
was cut using the Mogul Diamond cutting
The Spirit of de Grisogono is
described as a rare specimen for this
type of Diamond.
The Stone is said to have been sold
by Fawaz Gruosi to a private
Mogul, 787carats rough / 279
carats cut / found 1650.
The Great Mogul is one of the worlds
largest Diamonds, named after Shah
Jehan, builder of the Taj Mahal. This
is the largest Diamond ever found in
India, in the Golconda Mines in 1650,
and cut by the Venetian, Hortentio
The Diamond is said to have either
been lost, or now known under another
name, in the possession of the Shah of
Persia, or to be among the Jewels of an
Diamond, 599 carats rough / 273
carats cut / found 1988.
The De Beers Centenary Diamond, at
273.85 carats, was the third-largest
Diamond found in the Premier Mine in
South Africa. The Centenary Diamond is
rated as the highest grade of colorless
Diamond. It is said to be flawless.
The Diamond may have been sold in
June 2008 to an unknown, young,
European entrepreneur, living in the
Star, 777 carats rough / 203
carats cut / found 1990.
The Millennium Star is owned by De
Beers, the world's second largest known
top-color, pear-shaped Diamond.
This Diamond was found in the
Mbuji-Mayi district of Zaire
(Democratic Republic of the Congo) in
1990. It was bought by De Beers during
the country's Civil War in the early to
The Diamond was first displayed in
October 1999 as the main attraction of
the De Beers Millennium Diamond
collection. The collection includes
eleven blue Diamonds and The Heart of
Their display at London’s
Millennium Dome in 2000, led to a plot
to steal the collection. On the 7th
November 2000, Police monitoring the
gang, arrested all involved after they
began easily breaking through the
security systems, something the Police
thought impossible. Wiki
carats cut / found 1700s ?
The Orlov is part of a collection in
the Kremlin in Moscow. The origin of
this Diamond can be traced to a Hindu
Temple from the 1700s in Tamil Nadu,
Count Grigory Grigorievich Orlov, is
said to have bought the Diamond for
400,000 Dutch florins.
He gifted the Diamond to Catherine
the Great of Russia in an attempt
rekindle their romance.
His expensive gift failed miserably,
as not only did Cathrine marry someone
else, she held on to the Diamond.
Cathrine had her jeweler, C. N.
Troitinski, design a sceptre to display
the Orlov on, becomming part of the
Russian Crown Jewels.
Now known as the Imperial Sceptre,
it was completed in 1784.
Diamond, 410 carat rough / 141
carats cut / found 1698.
In 1698, a Slave found this Diamond in
a Golkonda Mine in the state of Andhra
Pradesh, India. An English sea Captain
is said to have killed the Slave and
made off with the Diamond, then sold it
to an Indian merchant. Thomas Pitt then
acquired the Diamond from a merchant in
Madras in 1701, said to be for
£20,400, about £2,964,490 in
2010 with inflation. He had it cut in
the design, cushion brilliant.
The Diamond was sold to the French
Prince, Philippe II, Duke of Orleans,
in 1717 for £135,000.
In 1792, during the revolutionary
wars in Paris, the Diamond was stolen
along with other Crown Jewels.
The Regent Diamond was later found,
with it being on display at the Louvre
Museum in Paris since 1887.
Rose, 353 carats rough / 137
carats cut / found 1678.
The Premier Rose Diamond was found at
the Premier Mine, of De Beers in South
Africa. The rough Diamond was cut to
produce two main Diamonds of 137 carats
(Big Rose) and 31 carats (Little
The Premier Rose collection are
claimed to be among the finest polished
Gems in the world, for symmetry and
The Premier Rose was sold in 1979 to
an anonymous buyer for about
105 carats cut / found 1300s ?
The Koh-I-Noor, meaning "Mountain of
Light" in Persian, was once the largest
Diamond in the world from the state of
Andhra Pradesh in India. It has been
owned by Hindu, Mughal, Persian,
Afghan, Sikh and British rulers who
fought for the Diamond over
It was acquired by the British East
India Company for the British Crown
Jewels when Queen Victoria became
Empress of India in 1877.
The Koh-I-Noor is now mounted on one
of the Crowns on display at the Tower
of London, the Crown made for Queen
Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Diamond, 101 carats cut / found
The Allnatt Diamond has a cushion cut
and rated in color as Vivid Yellow The
Diamond is named after one of its
holders, Major Alfred Ernest Allnatt, a
soldier and sportsman. It is believed
the Diamond was probably found in what
is now the De Beers Premier Diamond
Mine in South Africa.
The Allnatt was sold at auction in
May 1996 by Christie's in Geneva for
US$3,043,496. The SIBA Corporation,
that bought the stone, had it re-cut to
its current weight to improve
The Allnatt was displayed at the
Smithsonian's (The Splendor of
Diamonds) exhibit with the Millennium
Star and The Heart of Eternity.
Star of the
East, 94 carats cut / found
The marrage of Edward B. McLean and his
bride Evalyn in 1908 saw them travel to
Europe for their honeymoon, each with
$100,000 from their fathers as wedding
presents. After the couple reached
Paris, Pierre Cartier showed the couple
the Star of the East, that is said to
have belonged to the Sultan Abd
al-Hamid. The couple bought the Star of
the East for $120,000.
After Evalyn's death, Harry Winston
bought the diamond in 1951.
The Star of the East was last
displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of
Art, New York, in 1978, at a reception
for the 50th anniversary of Harry
The Diamond is now at an unknown
Diamond, 88 carats cut / found
The Shah Diamond is yellow Diamond that
is extremely clear. It was found in
Central India, around 1450. The Diamond
was owned by the Shahs of Iran for many
years. In 1591, Shah Nizam had carving
cut on one of the facets.
Also in 1591, ruler of Northern
India, the Great Moghul Akbar, invaded
Ahmadnagar and made off with the
Diamond. In 1738, Nadir Shah invaded
India, seized the Diamond, and returned
it to Persia.
In 1829, Russian diplomat and
writer, Alexandr Griboyedov, was
murdered in Tehran. To regain peaceful
relations with Russia, the Shah Diamond
was given to the Russian Tsar as a
The Shah Diamond is now one of Seven
Historical Gems on display in the
70-carats cut / found ?
The Idol's Eye is a Diamond with a
slight bluish tinge, similar to
Diamonds from the Golconda Mines in
Southern India. The cut of the Diamond
is between an old-mine cut and a
The name Idol's Eye may mean it was
stolen from the Eye of a Hindu Idol in
a Temple in India. Other Diamonds
believed to have had similar origins,
are the Orlov and Hope Diamonds.
In January 1983, Mr. Laurence Graff
bought three large Diamonds, the 70
carat Idol's Eye, 41 carat Emperor
Maximilian, and 70 carat Sultan
Abdul Hamid II, beleived to be for the
same client, said to be one of the top
Diamond deals ever.
Diamond, 241 carats rough /68
carats cut / 1966.
The Taylor-Burton Diamond became famous
when the actor Richard Burton bought it
for his wife Elizabeth Taylor in
The Diamond was found in 1966 at the
Premier Mine in South Africa. It was
cut by Harry Winston to 69.42 carats in
the shape of a pear. The Diamond was
then sold at auction to Robert Kenmore
in 1969, owner of the luxury brand
Cartier, for $1,050,000.
Richard Burton bought the Diamond
for his wife Elizabeth Taylor 2 days
after the Auction, for $1,100,000
After their divorce in 1978, Taylor
sold the Diamond at auction for
$5,000,000. That money was used to
build a hospital in Botswana.
The Taylor-Burton Diamond was bought
by Henry Lambert, a New York jeweler.
The latest owner is Robert Mouawad, who
had it cut to 68 carats.
Diamond, 971 carats rough / 68
carats cut / 1983.
The Excelsior Diamond was found on the
30th June 1893 at the Jagersfontein
Mine in South Africa, by a worker
loading a truck.
Until the larger Cullinan Diamond
was found 1905, the Excelsior was the
largest known Diamond in the world. It
has a blue-white tint.
This Diamond was cut into ten
stones, weighing from 13 to 68 carats.
The Excelsior I, was bought by the
jeweler Robert Mouawad.
carats cut / found 1500s ?
This pear shaped stone was originaly
owned by Charles the Bold, duke of
Burgundy, who is said to have lost it
in battle in 1477. The stone was named
after a later owner, Seigneur de Sancy,
a French Ambassador to Turkey in the
late 1500s. It is beleived Mr. Sancy
acquired the Diamond on his travels to
the Far East.
The Sancy has belonged to a number
of famous people such as: King James I
of England, Cardinal Jules Mazirin,
Prince Nicholas Demidoff in Russia,
William Waldorf Astor, and is now
displayed in the Louvre Museum in
Diamond, 45 carats cut / found
The Hope Diamond is a deep blue Diamond
on display in the Smithsonian Natural
History Museum in Washington, D.C.
The Hope Diamond is classified as a
Type IIb Diamond, said to be
The Hope Diamond is said to have
been stolen from an eye of a sculpted
Hindu goddess Sita.
Tales of the Hope Diamond being
cursed began in the 1900s, thought now
to have been an attempt to increase its
Green, 41 carats cut / found
The Dresden Green is a natural green
Diamond first heard of in 1722 after a
London news paper wrote an article
about it in its 25th October edition.
It is named after Dresden, the city in
Germany, where it has been displayed
for almost two centuries.
In 2000, American jeweler Harry
Winston had the Dresden Green displayed
in his New York store, then later at
the Smithsonian in Washington DC, in
the Harry Winston pavilion next to the
The Dresden Green Diamond is a rare
Type IIa, said to be internally
flawless. It is now displayed in the
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Museum in The New Green