The world’s most expensive diamonds revealed.
Diamonds are a symbol of opulence, extravagance, resilience, and beauty, which is why they are incontestably regarded as the most luxurious and expensive precious stones on Earth. The true worth of diamonds is estimated based on the stone’s origin, size, color, and shape, and as you can probably imagine, the world’s most expensive diamonds are actually some of the largest in the world as well.
Below you will find a list containing the 5 most expensive diamonds in the world. If you want to find out where they were discovered, how big they are and how great they look, all you have to do is stick with us as we present each one in detail.
5. De Beers Centenary Diamond – $90 Million.
De Beers is a company that is widely associated with diamonds since it is actually deeply invested in the mining process of these precious stones. The De Beers Centenary Diamond is a Grade D stone according to the Gemological Institute of America, which happens to be the highest grade that can be given to a colorless and flawless diamond.
With a weight of 273.85 carats, this diamond is officially the third largest one that ever came out of the famed De Beers Premier Mine. Consequently, the worth of this lump of exquisiteness is no less than $100 million.
4. The Hope Diamond – $200 Million.
Hope currently resides at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, United States of America. Even though it quite smaller than the De Beers Centenary Diamond, Hope is much more expensive due to its beautiful blue color, which is owed to a series of boron traces found in its composition. The gem weighs in at 45.52 carats and turns red when placed under ultraviolet light.
Its worth? “Just” $350 million.
3. The Cullinan – $2 Billion.
The Cullinan used to be the world’s biggest non-carbonado and largest gem-quality diamond in the world, and it was found on January 26, 1905, in a mine in South Africa. From this massive gem of 3106.75 carats was carved the famous “Great Star of Africa”, which weighs 530.4 carats and represents the world’s biggest polished white diamond. Apart from the Star of Africa, The Cullinan yielded 8 more precious stones, each quite extraordinary in their own way.
The estimated worth of the massive Cullian is no less than $2 billion.
2. The Sancy Diamond – Priceless.
Sancy is undoubtedly one of the most expensive diamonds on the planet. Featuring a superb yellow hue as well as a distinct shield shape, Sancy weighs 55.23 carats and is believed to originate in India.
Nowadays, the precious stone is an intricate part of the Louvre’s French Crown Jewel collection. Since it has no estimated worth, Sancy is referred to as “priceless”, which is fitting considering its sublime beauty.
1. Koh-I-Noor – Priceless.
Another priceless diamond is Koh-I-Noor, which means Mountain of Light in Persian. This breathtaking diamond also hails from India and features an impressive weight of 105 carats, but its history is somewhat troubled because it switched so many owners across the centuries.
Indeed, as the rulers of Persia waged war with other nations, the diamond was stolen and recovered many times, but it now lies within the HM Tower of London as the sole property of the British crown.