One of the most beautiful and desired gemstones on earth is diamond. If yellow diamond is quite popular, white and coloured diamonds are the rarest, especially the red ones. Through generations, diamonds have been the symbol of mystical power and beauty. A luxury item that also provides a feeling of pride and accomplishment to its owners. The price of a diamond depends on many factors though, from the rarity of its type to the complexity of the cut as well as its clarity and colour. Some of them have their own page in the history of gemstones, let’s discover them.
The Wittelsbach is a remarkable gemstone because of its size, its flawless clarity and stunning colour. This rare blue diamond was sold to Louis XIV in France at the beginning of the 17th century. Weighing 35.56 carats, this gemstone has a royal history; its journey began from France to Spain, and over to Germany. It was buried alongside King Louis III in 1921, and went missing for a couple of years. After many decades, the diamond was finally found in Belgium and was sold for $23.4 million in 2008. The new owner recut the precious stone, which now weighs 21.06 carats.
The Pink Star
Known as the largest internally flawless pink diamond, the Pink Star is one of the rarest treasures on earth. This oval cut diamond weighs a massive 59.6 carats. This precious stone initially weighed 132.4 carat when it was mined in Africa; experts spent two years reshaping it, making it the stunning rock it is today. When put for sale at the Sotheby’s (Art Auction), it was estimated to fetch an estimated of $60 million. However, it was sold for a huge $71.2 million, making it the world’s most expensive pink diamond.
The Koh-I-Noor is one of the oldest, yet most famous diamonds in the world. Meaning “Mountain of Light”, this diamond goes back in history to more than 5,000 years back. This 105-carat diamond became the possession of Queen Victoria in 1849, after the British conquest. Ever since, this diamond has been used by the female members of the British Royal Family. It is always displayed in the Tower of London alongside the crown jewels. The Koh-I-Noor itself is said is to worth around $200 million, but the crown in which it features is priced at $12.7 billion.
The Hope Diamond
Weighing 42.52 carats today, the Hope Diamond is rare wonder. This magical deep blue diamond’s origin is quite conflicting as there are many stories behind its creation. It is most likely that it was cut from the Golkonda mine in the South of India. The first owner of this diamond was King Louis XIV. The King recut the stone to 67.5 carats and wore it on a piece of ribbon, for ceremonial occasions only. Disappearing for over 40 years, the precious stone was then purchased by Lord Phillip Hope in 1930, after it resurfaced. Now located in Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, the estimated price of this diamond is $250 million.
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/ 17 November 2020