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The biggest diamonds ever found

The biggest diamonds ever found

Seven of the world’s ten largest cut diamonds were carved from giant gem stones found right here in South Africa.

Late 2015, Lucara Diamond Corp uncovered a 1,111 carat gem quality, Type IIa diamond, in Botswana – the biggest gem found in over a century.

The stone measures 65mm x 56mm x 40mm in size and is the largest ever to be recovered in Botswana.

Once cut, the diamond will undoubtedly join the ranks of some of the biggest diamonds ever dug up.

The world’s largest cut diamond is the Golden Jubilee – an amber coloured gem discovered in South Africa in 1985. The diamond weighs 545.67 carats – and outweighs the world’s second largest gem, The Cullinan I, by over 15 carats.

Before being cut, the Cullinan Diamond (known as the Star of Africa) weighed 3,106.75 carats – and holds the title of the world’s largest uncut diamond.

After being ‘gifted’ to the King of England, it was cut into 105 diamonds, including the Cullinan I and II, which are two of the largest cut diamonds in the world and make up part of the British Royal Crown Jewels.

DreamModels.dk, a Danish blog about jewelry and beauty, researched information about diamonds and produced this infographic showing the 10 biggest diamonds ever found (Page is in Danish).

Notably, seven of the world’s ten largest diamonds were found right here in South Africa – with two coming from the Congo, and one from the Central African Republic.

Largest Diamonds

Here are pictures of the diamonds, from smallest to largest:

The Millenium Star

Millenium Star

The Red Cross

The Red Cross

The De Beers

De Beers

The Jubilee

The Jubilee

The Centenary

The Centenary

The Spirit of de Grisogono

The Spirit of de Grisogono

The Cullinan II

The Cullinan II

The Incomparable

The Incomparable

The Cullinan I

The Cullinan I

The Golden Jubilee

The Golden Jubilee

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Join the Conversation (8 comments)
  • Archerbald

    A diamond…

    A glorified rock.

    • KierieKlapper

      with no real value or use.

      • Archerbald

        Well it is good at cutting other things…

      • Adroit

        On a finger it has no use but in mining, drilling and possibly quantum computers in the future as well as other areas it has plenty of practical uses.

        • KierieKlapper

          Industry does use diamonds, but not these diamonds, they are too large for any practical use. In industries that utilize diamonds, they use synthetic lab-grown diamonds, which are smaller and more consistent, not to mention MUCH more cost effective to produce. The diamond you put in a ring is a marketing thing. Look at Adam ruins everything video about gifting on Youtube, It’s both hilarious and informative.
          Oh, and there are companies that special in producing jewelry with synthetic diamonds because it is more environmentally friendly.

  • Mario Dippenaar

    They should’ve craved the Millennium Star into a Millennium Falcon.

  • Witte Boer

    Diamonds are proof that marketing can change the perceived value of something.

    • KierieKlapper

      Agree. Adam ruins everything? 🙂

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