Top 5 Biggest Diamonds Ever Found in the History

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Diamond is considered to be one of the most expensive material known.

A recent discovery of the fifth-biggest diamond had rewritten the list of top 5 biggest diamonds ever found.

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#5 – Letseng mine diamond

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Source: Gem Diamonds Ltd.

One of the biggest diamonds in history has been recently discovered in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa.

Gem Diamonds Ltd. found the 910-carat stone, about the size of two golf balls.

It’s a D color Type IIa diamond, which means it has very few or no nitrogen atoms and is one of the most expensive stones. The diamond is the fifth-biggest ever found.

“This exceptional top-quality diamond is the largest to be mined to date and highlights the unsurpassed quality of the Letseng mine,” Chief Executive Officer Clifford Elphick said in a statement.

Its value will be determined by the size and quality of the polished stones that can be cut from it.

“The pricing of diamonds is hugely variable and driven by a multitude of factors,” said Ben Davis, an analyst at Liberum Capital Markets. “But assuming that there are no large inclusions running through the diamond, we initially estimate a sale of $40 million.”

#4 – Star of Sierra Leone

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This gorgeous diamond was discovered in 1972, on Valentine’s Day in a river near Koidu, in Sierra Leone.

The rough diamond weighed an estimated 968.9 carats and was purchased by Harry Winston for R34 million.

#3 – Excelsior

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The Excelsior Diamond was discovered by a miner while loading a truck in on 30 June 1893. In its original form, it had measured 995 carats. The ten pieces it was cut into were made into jewelry.

#2 – Lesedi La Rona

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Lucara’s 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona is the second-biggest diamond ever found. The diamond is the size of a tennis ball and was found in a Botswana mine.

After failing to sell at a Sotheby’s auction, the uncut stone has fetched $53 million in a private sale to luxury jeweler Graff Diamonds.

#1 –  Cullinan

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The Cullinan is the largest diamond was ever found. It is the 3,106-carat and was discovered near Pretoria, in South Africa, in 1905.

It was cut to form the Great Star of Africa and the Lesser Star of Africa, which are set in the Crown Jewels of Britain.

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