Biggest Diamonds In The World
If you've always thought that the famous Hope Diamond on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. was one of the biggest diamonds in the world, think again. Although certainly not puny, the Hope Diamond comes in at 45.52 karats. That's just about 484.68 karats smaller than the biggest diamond in the world. The below are the biggest diamonds in the world (shhhh...don't let your girlfriend see this).
- Ranking in at number one on the scale of the biggest diamonds in the world is the Cullinan 1. When originally found, this gorgeous gem weighed in at 3106.75 karats! That's one big diamond. After skillful cutting and cleaning into a teardrop shape, the Cullinan 1 sits at 530.2 karats. In order to see this beauty, you'll have to ask Queen Elizabeth II as she's the current owner.
- Following closely on the heels of the Cullinan 1 is the, well, the Cullinan II. The Cullinan two was cut from the same stone the Cullinan 1 and tops the charts at 317.4 karats after cleaning and cutting. The original stone from which these gems were fashioned was found in the Premier Mine in South Africa in 1905. Like it's sister diamond, this cushion cut beauty is owned by Queen Elizabeth II.
- A relatively newcomer to the world of the biggest diamonds in the world is The Millenium Star, discovered in 1990. This 203.04 karat gem was cut from a stone found weighing 777 karats. Mined from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Millenium Star is currently owned by De Beers.
- Still looking for bling? Knock on the door of the Government of Thailand and ask to see their Golden Jubilee diamond. Cut into a rose cushion shape, this beautiful amber diamond weighs in at a hefty 545.67 karats. The Premier Mine in South Africa originated this stone too.