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The Hope - 44.50 Carats.
This famous blue diamond is said to be unlucky for its owner.
In it's history, It has been held responsible for the deaths of Marie Antoinette
and Louis XIV.
It appeared on the market in London in around 1830 and was purchased by Henry
The diamond changed hands a number of times until 1958 when the New York diamond
merchant, Harry Winston presented it to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington
Cullinan I - 530.20 Carats.
This stone was discovered in South Africa in 1905 and weighed
3,106 carats in the rough.
It was given to the British King Edward VII in 1907 and then cut into nine major
stones, this stone being the largest.
Today it is set in the British Imperial Sceptre and is on display in the British
Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.
It is still the largest cut diamond in the world.
The Regent - 140.50 Carats.
This stone was discovered in India and eventually cut in England
where it belonged to Thomas Pitt. In 1717, he sold it to the Duke of Orleans,
the Regent of France. In 1792 the diamond was stolen from the French turning
up several years later back in Paris. It finally found its way into the hands
of the Emperor of Austria who returned it to the French Crown Jewels.
The Jubilee - 245 Carats.
This is a flawless, clear white diamond which weighed almost
651 carats in the rough form.
It was found in the Jaegersfontein mine in South Africa in 1895 and was faceted
into a cushion brilliant of about 245 carats in 1897, the year of Queen Victoria's
Diamond Jubilee, from which it takes its name. Today it is to be seen at the
De Beers Diamond Pavilion in Johannesburg.