Diamonds come in a fantastic array of colors, shapes and sizes. Here are
some of the world's largest stones:
The largest diamond found so far, the Cullinan, weighed a
whopping 3,106.75 carats uncut (more than a pound) when it was dug up in
South Africa in 1905. Named after mine owner Sir Thomas Cullinan, the
diamond was cut into 11 gems and a number of smaller pieces. Two of the
chunks -- the 530.2 carat Great Star of Africa, and the 317.4 carat Lesser
Star of Africa, are the second and fourth largest cut diamonds in the
world. Both glittering treasures are part of the British Crown Jewels,
on display in the Tower of London.
Found in South Africa in 1893, it weighed 995.2 carats.
A mine worker reportedly found the diamond as he was loading a truck. He
later turned it over to the mine manager, who gave him a reward,
including a horse and a saddle. Diamond cutters initially cut the
Excelsior into 10 pieces, the largest weighing 158 carats. Later, the
pieces were cut into 21 gems ranging from about 70 carats to less than one
The Star of Sierra Leone
Discovered in Sierra Leone in 1972, weighing
968.8 carats. It was eventually divided into 17 stones, six of which
were set in the Star of Sierra Leone Brooch.
A yellowish gem weighing 890 carats, the Incomparable was discovered in
central Africa in the 1980s. It was cut into 15 gems; the largest weighs
The Great Mogul
The diamond, discovered in 1650 in India, weighed
793 carats and carries the name of Shah Jehan, builder of the Taj Mahal.
Its whereabouts are no longer known.
The Woyie River
Found in 1945 in the Sierra Leone, this 770-carat
diamond is the largest ever found in river sediments.
The De Beers Millennium Star
Found in South Africa in the 1990s, weighing 777
carats uncut, this blue-white diamond is considered one of the most
flawless stones ever discovered. The pear-shaped stone weighs 203
The Golden Jubilee
At 545.67 carats, the Golden Jubilee is the
world's largest cut diamond. Originally known only as "the Unnamed
Brown," it was given to the King of Thailand in 1997 on the 50th
anniversary of his coronation.