World Record Bling: The Largest Diamonds Ever Found

Leah Bourne
World Record Bling: The Largest Diamonds Ever Found
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Some of us aspire to one day own a diamond ring that is a couple of carats. Others are on the hunt for that rare elusive diamond that is over 100 carats (hey, its hard to deny that is bigger is usually better). From the largest cut diamond in the world, to rare diamonds with unparalleled clarity, here is our rundown of the largest and rarest diamonds ever found, whose worn them, and what you really want to know, how much they are worth.
Scroll through in ascending order of size and try to guess how many carats the largest diamond discovered is.
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Cora Sun-Drop Diamond

The Details: This is the largest known yellow pear-shaped diamond weighing 110.3 carats. It was found in South Africa in 2010.

What It's Worth: The diamond was sold at auction in Geneva in 2011 fetching $10.9 million, and then sold in 2012 for $12.36 million.

Earth Star Diamond

The Details: The Earth Star Diamond was found in a South African mine owned by De Beers. The rough gem weighed 248.9 carats and was cut into a 111.59 carat pear-shaped gem with a strong brown color and extraordinary brilliance.

What It's Worth: The diamond was bought in 1983 for $900,000. Simply adjusted for inflation that is $2.04 million.

Mouna Diamond

The Details: This diamond weighs 112.53 carats and was originally owned by Lebanese socialite Mouna Ayoub, who got the diamond as part of her divorce settlement from Saudi Arabian businessman Nasser Al-Rashid.

What It's Worth: It was sold by Christie's in Geneva in 1998 and fetched $3,258,000 (about $28,773 per carat). In today's dollars that is roughly $4.55 million.

Gruosi Diamond

The Details: The diamond get its name from jeweler Fawaz Gruosi, who popularized the use of black diamonds. The diamond is 115.34 caats, and is one of the rarest black diamonds in the world.

Portuguese Diamond

The Details: This unusual 127.01 carat octagonal-cut diamond first documented owner is Ziegfeld Follies glamour woman Peggy Hopkins Joyce who bought the diamond from Black, Starr and Frost in February 1928. In 1951, Harry Winston acquired the diamond from Joyce. At present, the diamond belongs to the Smithsonian's diamond collection after they acquired the diamond from Winston, in exchange for 2,400 carats of smaller diamonds.

Tiffany Yellow Diamond

The Details: This diamond is one of the rarest yellow diamonds ever discovered. It weighed 287.42 carats when it was discovered in 1878 in the Kimberley mine in South Africa and was cut into a cushion shape 128.54 carat stone.

It was acquired by the Tiffany branch in Paris in 1879. It has only be worn twice in history--once by Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse at the 1957 Tiffany Ball held in Newport, Rhode Island, mounted for the occasion in a necklace of white diamonds. It was subsequently worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1961 in—publicity photographs for Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Paragon Diamond

The Details: The Paragon is one of the largest flawless diamonds in the world, weighing 137.82 carats. While the diamond is rarely worn, Naomi Campbell wore it to a gala in 1999, borrowed from The Graff Diamond Co. of London, its current owner.

Regent Diamond

The Details: This 140.64 carat diamond, now on display at the Louvre, was discovered in 1698. Eventually it made its way into the crown of Louis XV for his coronation in 1722, into a new crown for the coronation of Louis XVI in 1775, and later adorned a hat belonging to Marie Antoinette. Napolean later used it to embellish his sword.

What It's Worth: In 1791 its appraised value was £480,000, a staggering $70,688,791 million in today's dollars. Inflation aside its likely worth much more given the rising price of diamonds.

Darya-ye Noor

The Details: This 182 carat pink diamond is one of the rarest in the world. Formerly owned by the Mughal emperors, the diamond was seized in 1739 during an occupation of Nothern India.The diamond is now being held in the Treasury of National Jewels in the Central Bank of Iran in Tehran.

Jacob Diamond

The Details: This diamond is among the biggest in the world and is currently owned by the Government of India. The diamond is 184.5 carats, colorless, and rectangular cushion-cut. Fun fact: It was used as a paperweight by the Indian royalty.

What It's Worth: The diamond was forcibly purchased by the Indian government in 1995 for $13 million.

Photo: AFP/AFP

Orlov Diamond

The Details: This diamond is a part of the Diamond Fund of the Moscow Kremlin. It is described as halving the shape and proportions of half of a chicken's egg. The diamond reportedly served as an eye of the statue of the presiding deity in a temple in southern India, before eventually coming into the hands of Catherine the Great of Russia. The diamond is 189.62 carats.

Millennium Star

The Details: This 203.04 diamond is the world's second largest known top-color, internally and externally flawless, pear-shaped diamond. The diamond was discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1990.

What It's Worth: The diamond is insured for $150,830,000. 

The Red Cross Diamond

The Details: This canary yellow cushion-shaped diamond weighs 205.07 carats. The diamond was discovered in a De Beers mine in 1899.

What It's Worth: De Beers auctioned off the diamond at a sale at Christie's in 1918 on behalf of the British Red Cross Society, netting $78,696. By 1973 it was valued at around $3 million, adjusted for inflation that is just over $15 million.

Oppenheimer Diamond

The Details: The Oppenheimer Diamond, a nearly perfectly formed 253.7 carat yellow diamond crystal, is one of the largest uncut diamonds in the world. It measures approximately 20 × 20 millimeters. Harry Winston acquired the stone and presented it to the Smithsonian Institution in memory of Sir Ernest Oppenheimer.

Centenary Diamond

The Details: The De Beers Centenary Diamond is, at 273.85 carats, is rated in color as grade D color by the Gemological Institute of America, which is the highest grade of colourless diamond and is internally and externally flawless. Discovered in 1986, the diamond took years to cut, and was finally unveiled in 1991. 

What It's Worth: The diamond was insured for $100 million in 1991, and now likely has a value that far exceeds that. De Beers is believed to have sold the diamond.

Spirit of de Grisogono Diamond

The Details: This is the world's largest cut black diamond, totally 312.24 carats. The diamond was cut by Swiss jeweler De Grisogono and set in a ring which was reportedly sold. Lucky buyer.

Incomparable Diamond

The Details: This diamond, 890 carats uncut, was discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1984, and reduced to 407.5 carats for the sake of having fewer internal flaws. The diamond was eventually bought by the Zale's Corporation in 1984 to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Four years were spent studying and then cutting the stone.

What It's Worth: The stone was bought for $12 million in 1998. It was later listed on eBay in 2002 for $15 million, but did not sell.

Cullinan I

The Details: The Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa, is 530.2 carats and was cut from the Cullinan Diamond which uncut was 3,106.75 carats. It is now part of the British Crown Jewels. It was discovered in a mine near Pretoria, South Africa, in 1905.

What It's Worth: The diamond has an estimated value of $400 million, but is so rare its hard to value.

Golden Jubilee Diamond

The Details: The Golden Jubilee is the largest faceted diamond in the world totally 545.67 carats. The diamond, discovered in 1985, took two years to cut. Originally owned by De Beers it was sold in 1995 to a group of investors from Thailand led by Henry Ho.

How Much It's Worth: The diamond was valued at around $12 million when it was discovered.

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