8 most famous and graceful diamonds – their price will shock you
Find out more about gorgeous and extremely rare stones that Earth can give us.
Faceted diamonds are the most beautiful stones on Earth. Diamonds are formed at great depths, under conditions of tremendous pressure and high temperature. Due to the tectonic movement of the plates, these stones rise closer to the surface of the earth, which becomes more convenient for human extraction. Due to their rarity, uniqueness and high demand, the cost of a faceted diamond can reach insane amounts of money.
#1 The Allnatt Diamond
In May 1996, the Allnat Diamond was auctioned at Christie's in Geneva and was bought for US$3,043,496 by SIBA company, which still owns the diamond today.
#2 The Moussaieff Red Diamond
This is the largest red diamond in the world. Red diamonds are generally very rare, and they are far from easy to cut. That's why this diamond costs US$8 million!
It was discovered in the 1990s in Brazil, but was put on public display only in 2003. It weighs 5.111 carat, and it is one of the three red diamonds in the world.
The Moussaieff Red Diamond is currently exhibited at the Smithsonian museum.
#3 The Heart of Eternity
#4 Wittelsbach Diamond
According to the legend, a dark blue diamond of 35.56 carat was found somewhere in India, in Golconda Sultanate.
In 1745, when Maximilian IV Joseph von Wittelsbach became the first King of Bavaria in 1806, he commissioned a royal crown that prominently displayed the diamond till 1918. Then the diamond was considered lost for over a decade.
Since 1964, Wittelsbach was in a private collection, and on December 10, 2008, it was sold at Christie's auction for a record amount of £16.4 million sterling, or US$23.4 million. The buyer was Lawrence Graff, a British jeweler.
#5 The Pink Star
The Pink Star is the largest known diamond having been rated Vivid Pink. As a result of this exceptional rarity, the Benny Steinmetz Group called Steinmetz Diamonds took a cautious 20 months to cut the Pink. It was unveiled in Monaco on 29 May 2003 in a public ceremony.
Estimated value of this diamond is US$71.2 million.
#6 De Beers Centenary Diamond
It’s the highest grade of a diamond that colorless and weighs 273.85 carat (54.77 grams).
The diamond has never been officially estimated, but before its presentation in May 1991, it was insured for US$100 million.
#7 The Hope Diamond
The Hope Diamond has long been rumored to carry a curse, possibly due to agents trying to arouse interest in the stone. It was last reported to be insured for $250 million.
#8 The Cullinan
Its estimated price is US$400 million.
Which diamond do you find the most beautiful? Do you think these diamonds are worth their price? We are waiting for your comments!
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