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The World Renowned Diamonds


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By : paul martin   99 or more times read
Submitted 2008-06-15 08:58:05

Diamonds make someone famous. But do you know that there are actually world famous diamonds? These diamonds are highly regarded in many parts of the world. They are rare and very valuable. In most engagement rings and wedding rings, the ordinary diamonds are used. But just in case you want to know what the famous diamonds are, here they are:

Steinmetz Pink

Steinmetz Pink is the largest known diamond having been rated Vivid Pink. This very rare diamond was unveiled in Monaco on May 29, 2003 and took a cautious 20 months to cut the Pink diamonds are extremely rare and usually found in much smaller sizes. The Steinmetz Pink diamond weighs 59.60 carats (11.92g). It was displayed as part of the Smithsonian’s “The Splendour of Diamonds” exhibit along with the world’s second largest known diamond.

De Beers Millennium Star

This 203.04 carat (40.608g) and the world’s second largest known diamond is owned by De Beers. This top-colour, internally and externally flawless pear shaped diamond was discovered in Mbuji-Mayi district of Zaire ( Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1990 in alluvial deposits, actually it was 777 carats(155.4g) uncut. During the rise of the country’s Civil War that took place in early to mid-nineties, the De Beers purchased it. It was a tough job cutting the diamond into pear shape that took almost three years for the Steinmetz Diamond Group. Lasers were used for the actual cutting.

The first exposure of the De Beers Millennium star was in October 1999, it was then the centrepiece of the De Beers Millennium Diamond Collection.

Koh-i-Noor Diamond

“Mountain Light”, this 105 carat (21.6g) diamond was once considered as the largest known diamond. It originated in India and belonged to various Indian and Persian rulers who fought bitterly over it at some points in history; it was then finally taken by the British and became part of the British Crown Jewels.

This significant jewel was said to bring misfortune or death to any male who wears or owns it, on the other hand, it was said to bring good luck to a female owner as what the legend tells.

The Regent Diamond

This 140.50 Carats diamond, although it is now surpassed in weight by other famous diamonds, the exceptional limpidity and perfect cut of the Regent give it an uncontestable reputation as the most beautiful diamond in the world. It was discovered in India in 1689, it was acquired by Thomas Pitt, Governor of Madras, who then sent it to England where it was cut. The Regent was purchased from Pitt for the French Crown in 1722. . It first adorned the band of Louis XV's silver gilt crown (in the Louver) at his coronation in 1722, going then to Louis XVI's crown in 1775.

In 1825 it was worn on the crown at the coronation of Charles x, and during the Second Empire it embellished the "Grecian diadem" of the Empress Eugenie. Napoleon used it to embellish his sword, designed by the goldsmiths Odiot, Boutet and Nitot. In 1812 it appeared on the Emperor's two-edged sword, the work of Nitot. Napoleon's second wife, Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, carried the Regent back to Austria upon his death. Later her father returned it to the French Crown Jewels. Today, mounted in a Greek diadem designed for Empress Eugenie, it remains in the French Royal Treasury at the Louver. It has been on display there since 1887.


Author Resource:- Maliere is a master jeweller maker in Ireland. With years of experience in designing, crafting and making engagement rings and wedding rings, Maliere has perfected the art of ring making. Maliere’s collections of jewelleries are always preferred over the others because of their exquisite designs. See Engagement Rings for the many choices of engagement and wedding rings designed and crafted by Maliere.



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