World’s Most Valuable Diamonds in 2021
The rarest of diamonds hold immeasurable value and worth. Having traveled through celebrated hands and treasured for years and centuries, discover some of the most expensive and valuable diamonds in the world.
The Pink Star
The largest diamond to have been graded a fancy vivid pink, the Pink Star diamond was bought by Chow Tai Fook Enterprises. Acquired at a Sotheby’s Auction in 2007, it was then renamed to CTF Pink Star, paying tribute to the founder and chairman’s late father. Bought for 71 million USD after just 5 minutes of bidding, it is a flawless oval diamond that weighs 59.60 carats.
The Centenary Diamond
The Centenary Diamond is a heart shaped diamond that measures 273.85 carats. The rough diamond originally weighed 500 carats and was then cut into a heart shape. The modification resulted in loss of carat weight, but improved the colour and clarity- D and flawless respectively. This high grade of colourless quality is considered rare giving the diamond a shine of the surrounding colours.
The Hope Diamond
Measuring 45.52 carats and 9.10 grams, the Hope Diamond is a blue diamond that is currently displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in 1839. It is the largest blue diamond in the world and is popularly believed to be cursed due to the misfortunes it has caused to past owners. A major attraction for tourists, it is believed to have been found in the 1600s in India.
The Cullinan Diamond
The largest rough diamond ever discovered the Cullinan diamond is the 3rd most expensive diamond in the world. It was discovered in Cullinan, South Africa, and was gifted to King Edward VII. The rough diamond in its entirety measured 3,106.75 carats. It was cut into 9 small stones and the largest weighing 530.2 carats was named Cullinan I, the First Star of Africa. The second-largest weighing 317.4 carats was named Cullinan II or the Little Star of Africa.
The Kohinoor Diamond
The world’s most expensive diamond, the Kohinoor is a marvelous gem that means Mountain of Light. Weighing 105.6 carats, this is the most exquisite and famous diamond in the world. It is believed that the Kohinoor was discovered in Golconda, India in the 15th century and was worn by various kings and rulers. On conquering India, the British stole the diamond and it belongs to the British Royal Family today. Oval in shape, it was originally 186 carats and was cut to increase its sparkle.