Top 10 Biggest Diamonds in the World

The World's Largest Diamond - The geological history of planet earth is fascinating. In this history, Diamond is the oldest preserved mineral on earth and has captured the human imagination like no other mineral. Diamonds are geological masterpieces, forged by nature billions of years ago. Until 1725, India was the sole source of diamonds in the world, followed by the discovery of diamond mines in Brazil. Countless diamond discoveries were made, mostly alluvial, until diamond mining became the preferred method of diamond recovery. Discovered rough diamonds are cut, polished and then set in your brilliant jewelry.


Diamonds are among the most sought after and prized possessions in the world. The discovery of large diamonds is front-page news and attracts buyers and the public alike. From a diamond that is thought to have flown from space to a stone discovered by a young girl in a pile of rubble, read the article below to know the top 10 largest diamonds in the world.

Top 10 Largest Diamonds in the World
Top 10 Largest Diamonds in the World

The largest diamonds in the world

  • 1. Cullinan Diamond - 3106.75 carats

  • 2. The Lesedi La Rona – 1111 carats

  • 3. Debswana recovered diamond - 1098-carats

  • 4. Hiện chưa đặt tên. 998 carat, được phát hiện ở Botswana trong Mỏ kim cương Karowe do Lucara Diamond sở hữu và vận hành

  • 5. The Excelsior Diamond – 995.2 carats

  • 6. The Star of Sierra Leone – 969 carats

  • 7. The Lesotho Legend - 910 carats

  • 8. The Incomparable – 890 carats

  • 9. The Constellation Diamond – 813 carats

  • 10. The Koh-i-Noor Diamond – 793 carats

  • 11. The Millennium Star – 777 carats

  • 12. The Woyie River Diamond – 770 carats

  • 13. The Vargas - 726.6 carats

Here's a closer look at the stats and photos of these historic and legendary diamonds.


1. THE CULLINAN DIAMOND

Carat Weight: 3,106.75 carats (621,350 g)

Color: Almost colorless

Country of manufacture: South Africa

Mine of Origin: Premier . Mine

cut by: Asscher Brothers

Original owner: Premier . Diamond Mining Company

Owner: Queen Elizabeth II to the right of the Crown (I and II) and in a personal capacity (III – IX)

CULLINAN DIAMOND

Cullinan Diamond. Photograph of two models (replicas) of the original rock. The Cullinan diamond was discovered in South Africa in 1905 and presented to King Edward VII in 1907. It was sent to the Asschers (now the Royal Asscher Diamond Company) of Amsterdam to be cracked in 1908. Image: The Royal Collection © Queen Elizabeth II


CULLINAN DIAMOND

The Cullinan diamond was presented to King Edward VII of Great Britain, who asked the Asscher brothers to cut it. In 1908, Joseph Asscher cut the stone into 9 large stones and 42 small stones. This is a replica of the Cullinan polished diamonds. Image: Royal Asscher Archives / Image taken by Reena Ahluwalia


CULLINAN DIAMOND

Royal Crown. Set in the Royal Crown is a 317.4-carat Cullinan II diamond, also known as the Lesser Star of Africa, cut by the Asscher Diamond Company. Crown of Great Britain. Image: The Royal Collection © Queen Elizabeth II


CULLINAN DIAMOND

The Sovereign's Scepter with Cross is set with the largest of the Cullinan diamonds known as the African Star or Cullinan I weighing 530.2 carats. The Scepter is part of the Crown Jewels. Image via: The Jewelery Editor



 

2. THE LESEDI LA RONA DIAMOND

Carat Weight: 1,111 carats (222.2 g; 7.14 oz)

Dimensions: 65 mm × 56 mm × 40 mm (2.6 in × 2.2 in × 1.6 in)

Color: Colorless / white, Type IIa

Cut: Rough Diamond

National production:

Botswana Mine Origin: Karowe . Mine

Discovered: November 16, 2015

Original owner: Lucara

Diamond owner : Graff Diamonds

Lesedi La Rona is a type IIA diamond. Type IIa diamonds are the highest valued and purest diamonds. They contain little or no nitrogen atoms in the crystal structure. White stones are particularly colorless and fancy colored diamonds are often found in tones of brown, purple, blue, or pink. They represent only 1% - 2% of all diamonds mined in the world.


At 1111 carats, the Lesedi La Rona is the world's second largest diamond ever discovered (as of 2018). Image: Lucara Diamonds

At 1111 carats, the Lesedi La Rona is the world's second largest diamond ever discovered (as of 2018). Image: Lucara Diamonds

Lesedi La Rona is a type IIA diamond. Type IIa diamonds are the highest valued and purest diamonds. They contain little or no nitrogen atoms in the crystal structure. Image: Lucara Diamonds

Lesedi La Rona is a type IIA diamond. Type IIa diamonds are the highest valued and purest diamonds. They contain little or no nitrogen atoms in the crystal structure. Image: Lucara Diamonds


The 1111-carat diamond was named Lesedi La Rona which means "Our Light" in Tswana. Image: Lucara Diamonds

The 1111-carat diamond was named Lesedi La Rona which means "Our Light" in Tswana. Image: Lucara Diamonds

 

3. Debswana recovered diamond - 1098-carats

Carat Weight: 1098 carats

Dimensions: 73 x 52 x 27 mm

Color: Colorless / white. Rough diamond

Country of manufacture: Botswana