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Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Did You Know?, Featured

Largest Rough Diamond in the World

The Cullinan Diamond

Did you know what was found on January 26th 1905 in South Africa? The Cullinan Diamond.

The Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality diamond ever found. The rough weight of this gem is 3106.75 carat (603.35 g, 1.37 lb).

This huge diamond was cut into 9 major stones and 95 smaller ones.

Here are the 9 biggest parts of the Cullinan :

  • Cullinan I : 530.2 carats, pear shape. Used in the Sceptre with the Cross
  • Cullinan II : 317.4 carats, rectangular cushion shape. Used in the Imperial State Crown
  • Cullinan III : 94.4 carats, pear shape. Was on the Crown of Queen Marry and now it’s being used in a brooch with cullinan IV
  • Cullinan IV : 63.6 carats, square cushion shape. Was on the Crown of Queen Marry and now it’s being used in a brooch with cullinan III
  • Cullinan V : 18.8 carats, heart shape. Used in Delhi Durbar Parure, brooch.
  • Cullinan VI : 11.5 carats, marquise shape. Used in Delhi Durbar Parure , necklace.
  • Cullinan VII : 8.8 carats, marquise shape. Used in Delhi Durbar Parure, brooch.
  • Cullinan VIII : 6.8 carats, cushion shape. Used in Delhi Durbar Parure, brooch.
  • Cullinan IX : 4.4 carats, pear shape. Used in a ring.

Mainly all these diamonds are part of the Sceptre with the Cross, the Imperial State Crown ,  and the Delhi Durbar Parure. Which are  all parts of The Personal Jewel Collection of Elizabeth II.

So without further ado here are the picture of the diamonds. Enjoy!