In this world there are some very famous and beautiful diamonds. Needless to say to purchase one of these would be almost impossible or cost more money than most of us could ever imagine.
There is the Hope Diamond, the Dresden Green Diamond, the Conde Pink Diamond, the Tiffany Yellow Diamond, the Koh-I-Noor Diamond, the Agra Diamond, the Transvaal Blue Diamond, the Great Chrysanthemum Diamond and the Taylor-Burton Diamond to name but a few.
Each of these has its own characteristics and story.
The Hope Diamond is possibly one of the most well known and that is possibly because of its legends of ‘bad-luck and tragedy’ that happens to anyone who owns her. Currently on display at the Smithsonian the Hope Diamond is a 45.52 carat steel blue diamond that was originally a flat, blocky 110 carat rough.
The Dresden Green Diamond is the largest green diamond in the world and stands out amongst the natural colored diamonds. This diamond weights 40.70 carats and is a natural green colored diamond with a slight blue overtone. Needless to say this diamond because of its uniqueness is virtually priceless.
The Conde Pink Diamond weighs in at 9.01 carats and is pear shaped. Although not as big as some of the other famous diamonds this diamond is well known because of its unusual color and the fact that it was once owned by Louis XIII.
The Tiffany Yellow Diamond was discovered in South Africa either in 1877 or 1878 and was 287.42 carats in the rough. After cutting this octahedron canary-yellow diamond now weighs 128.54 carats.
The Koh-I-Noor Diamond is now nestled amongst the British Crown Jewels and weights 105.60 carats. This ancient diamond was first mentioned in 1304 and stories have it that it was believed to have once been set in Shah Jehan’s peacock throne as one of the peacocks eyes.
The Agra Diamond is fancy light pink and weighed 32.34 carats. In 1990 this diamond was sold for approximately 6.9 million and has since been changed to a cushion shaped diamond that now weighs 28.15 carats
The Transvaal Blue Diamond was discovered in the Premier Diamond Mine in Transvaal, South Africa. It is pear shaped and a beautiful blue in color weighing 25 carats.
The Great Chrysanthemum Diamond a 198.28 carat brown diamond was found in the summer of 1963 in a South African mining field. Once it had been cut the color actually turned out to be a rich golden brown with overtones of sienna and burnt orange. This fact alone makes this diamond extremely rare.
The Taylor-Burton Diamond was purchased at an auction in 1969 and was christened Cartier. The very next day Richard Burton bought the diamond for Elizabeth Taylor and re-named it the Taylor-Burton Diamond. This diamond is pear shaped and weighs 69.42 carats. Elizabeth Taylor put the diamond back on the market in 1978 and any prospective buyer had to pay $2,500 each to view the diamond. The diamond was eventually sold for $3 million in 1979.
So there you have it a few facts about some of the most famous diamonds in the world