What are the most famous diamonds in the world?

Akbar Shah

an Indian diamond with a roughly pear-shaped outline and random faceting, including two Arabic inscriptions, the first reading "Shah Akbar, the Grand King, 1028 A.H." (The letters mean Anno Hegirae). The second inscription read "To the Lord of Two Worlds, 1039 A.H. Shah Jehan". The diamond was reportedly part of the original Peacock Throne. Purchased in 1886 in Istanbul by London merchant George Blogg, who re-cut it from 116 carats (23 g) to a pear-shape of 71.70 carats (14.34 g), thus destroying the historic inscriptions. Blogg was the last known owner and the stone's whereabouts are presently unknown.

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Allnatt Diamond

a 101.29-carat (20.26 g) antique cushion-shaped brilliant fancy vivid yellow diamond.

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Agra Diamond

antique cushion-shaped stellar brilliant, 28 carats (5.6 g).

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Amsterdam Diamond

a 33.74 carat (6.748 g) pear-shaped black diamond which sold for $352,000 in 2001.

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Archduke Joseph Diamond

antique cushion-shaped brilliant, originally weighing 78.54 carats (15.71 g), purchased by Molina Jewelers of Arizona sometime in the late-1990s and slightly re-cut to 76.45 carats (15.29 g) to improve clarity and symmetry. D color, Internally Flawless.

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Ashberg Diamond

102.48 carats (20.50 g).

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Aurora Butterfly of Peace

a display of 240 fancy-colored diamonds.

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Aurora Pyramid of Hope

a display of 296 diamonds of natural colors.

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Beau Sancy

a 34-carat (6.8 g) diamond not to be confused with the Sancy.

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Black Orlov

a 67.50-carat (13.50 g) cushion-cut black diamond, also called the Eye of Brahma Diamond.

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Blue Heart Diamond

30.82-carat (6.16 g) heart brilliant. Part of the Smithsonian collection.

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Briolette of India Diamond

90.38 carats (18.08 g) - possibly the oldest diamond on record.

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Centenary Diamond

273.85 carats (54.77 g), modified heart-shaped brilliant, the world's largest colorless (grade D), flawless diamond.

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Chloe Diamond

largest round brilliant-cut diamond ever put on auction. Sold on November 14, 2007 at Sotheby's in Geneva to Georges Marciano of the Guess clothing line for $16.2 million, the second-highest price ever paid for a diamond on auction. Took 2 years to cut.

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Cross of Asia

discovered in 1902 in South Africa as a 280-carat (56 g) crystal. At first diamond was cut to 142 carats (28 g), and next the cut was three times changed to 112 carats (22 g), a cushion-cut of 109.28 carats (the weight Lawrence Copeland's "Diamonds - Famous, Notable and Unique" lists it at) measuring 1? × ? × ? inches, and finally into a radiant-cut gem of 79.12 carats (15.82 g) to eliminate all flaws. It is Fancy Yellow and Internally Flawless.[1]

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Cullinan Diamond

the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found at 3106.75 carats (621.35 g). It was cut into 105 diamonds including the Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa, 530.2 carats (106.04 g), and the Cullinan II or the Lesser Star of Africa, 317.4 carats (63.48 g), both of which are now part of the British Crown Jewels.

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Cullinan Heritage diamond

set the record for the highest price ever paid for a rough diamond in February 2010 when it was sold for $35.3m (£23m) to a Hong Kong jeweller. Petra Diamonds mined the stone in 2009 at their Cullinan Diamond Mine (formerly the Premier Mine) in South Africa.[2]

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Darya-ye Noor Diamond

the largest pink diamond in the world, about 182 carats (36 g), part of Iranian Crown Jewels. Its exact weight isn't known and 186 carats (37 g) is an estimate.

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Deepdene

widely considered to be the largest artificially irradiated diamond in the world, at 104.52 carats (20.90 g).

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De Young Red Diamond

weighing 5.03 carats (1.01 g), the third-largest known red diamond, was bought in a flea market on a hatpin by Sidney deYoung a prominent Boston estate jewelry merchant. It was donated by him to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.

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Dresden Green Diamond

41-carat (8.2 g) antique pear-shaped brilliant - its color is the result of natural irradiation

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Dresden White Diamond

47-carat (9.4 g) antique oval brilliant, near-colorless

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Dresden Yellow Diamond

38-carat (7.6 g) antique round cut

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Earth Star Diamond

a 111.59-carat (22.32 g) pear-shaped diamond with a strong coffee-like brown color.

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Eureka Diamond

the first diamond found in South Africa, a yellow-brown 21.25-carat (4.25 g) stone (before cutting) resulting in a finished diamond 10.73 carats (2.15 g)

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Empress Eugenie Diamond

52-carat (10 g) antique pear-shaped brilliant with an odd, random facet pattern

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Excelsior Diamond

the largest known diamond in the world prior to the Cullinan at 970 carats (190 g), it was later cut into 10 pieces of various sizes (13–68 carats)

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Florentine Diamond

a lost diamond, light yellow with a weight of 137.27 carats (27.45 g).

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Golden Eye Diamond

a world's largest, flawless, 'perfect-cut' Canary Yellow diamond (43.5 carats).

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Golden Jubilee Diamond

the largest faceted diamond ever cut at 545.67 carats (109.13 g)

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Graff Blue Diamond

 

Great Chrysanthemum Diamond

104.15 carats (20.83 g)

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Great Mogul Diamond

fabled 280-carat (56 g) mogul-cut diamond, now lost, although presumed by historians to have been re-cut as the Orlov.

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Gruosi Diamond

a heart-shaped black diamond, weighing 115.34 carats (23.07 g).

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Heart of Eternity Diamond

perhaps the largest fancy vivid blue, weighing 27.64 carats (5.53 g).

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Hope Diamond

45.52 carats (9.10 g), is a Fancy Dark Grayish-Blue diamond and supposedly cursed. Almost certainly cut from the French Blue Diamond.

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Hortensia Diamond

peach color, formerly part of the French Crown Jewels. Displayed in the Louvre.

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Idol's Eye

70.21 carats[3]

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Incomparable Diamond

a brownish-yellow diamond of 407.48 carats (81.496 g) cut from an 890 carat (178 g) rough diamond of the same name - it appeared on eBay in 2002. Internally Flawless clarity.

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Jacob Diamond

weighing 184.5 carats (36.90 g) also known as Imperial Diamond & Victoria Diamond.

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Jones Diamond

weighing 34.48 carats (6.90 g), found in West Virginia by the Jones family.

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Jubilee Diamond

originally known as the Reitz Diamond; perhaps the sixth-largest in the world at 245.35 carats (49.07 g).

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Kazanjian Red Diamond

a 5.05-carat (1.01 g) Emerald-cut red diamond formerly known simply as "Red Diamond". It was cut from a 35-carat (7.0 g) piece of boart discovered near Lichtenburg, South Africa. It reappeared in 2007 after a 37-year absence from sight, and was purchased by Kazanjian Brothers Inc.

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Kimberley Diamond

55.09 carats[4]

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Koh-i-Noor

a 105.6 carat (21.6 g) white of Indian origin, with a long and turbulent history and a good deal of legend surrounding it. After belonging to various Mughal and Persian rulers, it was taken away from the Maharaja Duleep Singh of Lahore and was presented to Queen Victoria during the British Raj, and is now part of the Crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

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Lesotho Brown

was a stone originally 601 carats (120 g) with the largest stone 71.73 carats (14.35 g) after cutting.

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Lesotho Promise

is the 15th-largest diamond, the tenth-largest white diamond, and the largest diamond to be found in 13 years. The original stone was 603 carats (121 g), although the largest diamond after the cutting was 75 carats (15 g).

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Millennium Star

at 203.04 carats (40.61 g) is the second-largest colorless (grade D), flawless diamond.

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Moon of Baroda

24.04 carats (4.81 g)

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Moussaieff Red Diamond

the largest known Fancy Red, at 5.11 carats (1.02 g).

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Mouna Diamond

112.53 carats (22.51 g), Fancy Intense Yellow cushion-shaped brilliant.[5]

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Nassak Diamond

43.38 carats (8.68 g)

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Nepal Diamond

79.41 carats (15.88 g), fine quality antique pear-shaped brilliant, sold by Harry Winston to private collector in 1961. Thought to have originated from the Golconda Mines.[6]

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Nizam Diamond

reportedly 340 carats (68 g).

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Nur-Ul-Ain Diamond

around 60 carats (12 g) and part of the Iranian crown jewels.

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Ocean Dream Diamond

the only known natural Fancy Deep Blue-Green, and weighs 5.51 carats (1.10 g).

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Oppenheimer Diamond

one of the largest gem-quality uncut diamonds in the world, at 253.7 carats (50.7 g).

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Orlov

an Indian mogul cut rumored to have served as the eye of a Hindu statue, and currently is part of the Kremlin diamond fund, weighing approximately 190 carats (38 g).

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Paragon

weighs 137.82 carats.[7]

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Polar Star Diamond

a colorless cushion-shaped stellar brilliant diamond weighing 41.28 carats (8.26 g).

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Porter Rhodes Diamond

a colorless 54-carat (11 g) Asscher-cut stone.[8]

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Portuguese Diamond

127-carat (25 g) antique emerald cut with a pale yellow body color and very strong blue fluorescence. Part of the Smithsonian's collection.

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Premier Rose Diamond

137.02-carat (27.4 g) stone cut from a 353.9-carat (70.8 g) rough gem of the same name

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Pumpkin Diamond

perhaps the largest fancy vivid orange diamond (5.54 carats), modified cushion-shaped brilliant.

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Red Cross Diamond

205.07 carats (41.01 g), yellow, cushion-shaped stellar brilliant cut.[9]

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Regent Diamond

weights 140.64 carats (28.13 g), is cushion-shaped stellar brilliant cut, formerly belonging to Louis XV, Louis XVI, and Napoleon Bonaparte, it now resides in the Louvre.

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Sancy

a shield-shaped pale yellow diamond currently in the Louvre, weighing 55.23 carats (11.05 g).

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