The top 10 most valuable diamonds in the world.
Perhaps it is their shimmering lustre, perhaps their rarity, or perhaps it is their status, but, whatever the reason, diamonds are still the world’s favourite gemstones. Their longevity as the ultimate stone for jewellery mirrors their physical durability. In fact, the term diamond is even believed to be a derivative of the Greek adamas, meaning ‘unconquerable’.
Diamonds are so strong that they are even used as industrial cutting tools. But, the fact that these stones last for decades without any noticeable deterioration has made them the ultimate gems in jewellery.
In addition to their staying power as objects of our fascination, diamonds seldom depreciate. If you are looking to sell your diamonds, you can be fairly certain of fetching a good price for them, regardless of their age. In fact, in many cases, age often appreciates the price of diamonds, as the following list will prove. If you are a diamond buyer, here are the 10 diamonds that should top your ‘must-have’ list:
10. The Allnatt Diamond
This yellow diamond got its name from its most famous owner, Major Allnatt; a soldier, patron of the arts, and a sportsman. This 101.29 carat diamond is estimated to be worth a minimum of 30 million Rand.
9. The Moussaieff Diamond
Although this 5.11 carat red diamond is relatively small compared to other valuable diamonds, it is the biggest red diamond to be rated by the Gemological Institute of America. Its estimated value is around 70 million Rand.
8. The Heart of Eternity Diamond
Blue diamonds are among the rarer colours of diamonds, which makes the Heart of Eternity even more valuable. This 27.64 carat diamond has an asking price of around R160 million.
7. The Wittelsbach Diamond
The second blue diamond to appear on this list, this diamond has more carats than the Heart of Eternity (35.36), and has incredible clarity. This diamond was once a crown jewel for the Austrian and Bavarian royal families, and is worth around 165 million Rand.
6. The Pink Star
Formerly known as the Steinmetz diamond, this 59.6 carat diamond was mined in South Africa in 1999. This diamond is the largest to be rated Vivid Pink by the GIA, and is estimated to cost R832 million.
5. The De Beers Centenary Diamond
This is the third largest diamond ever to be produced by De Beers, and weighs 273.85 carats. Flawless both internally and on its surface, this diamond is classified as a level D, and is valued at 1 billion Rand.
4. The Hope Diamond
Yet another blue diamond to appear on this list, the Hope Diamond is also known as The Blue of France, or The King’s Jewel, as it spent many years in the possession of French royalty. This 45.52 carat diamond is kept in the Washington DC’s Smithsonian Museum, but is valued at between 2 and 2.5 billion Rand.
3. The Cullinan Diamond
Also called the Great Star of Africa, this 3106.75 carat diamond is the largest gem-quality diamond discovered to date. Unearthed in 1905, this white diamond is valued at around 4 billion Rand.
2. The Sancy Diamond
This diamond is believed to have originated in India, as a result of the way it is cut, but ended up being owned by Portuguese, French, and British royalty. Because of its long and fascinating history, this 55.23 carat diamond, which is now kept at the Louvre, is considered to be priceless.
1. The Mountain of Light
Also called Koh-i-Noor, this is another diamond to have been discovered in India. This stone moved around Asia and the Middle East as a result of wartime looting, before finally being appropriated by the British. This 105.6 carat diamond is now kept in the Tower of London, and remains one of Crown Jewels of Britain. Similarly to the Sancy diamond, the Mountain of Light is considered priceless.