Buying a diamond engagement ring is nowadays accessible with some financial efforts such as a loan. However, the world of diamonds really goes beyond stud earrings, engagement rings or tiny pendants that are sold online. The world of diamonds also goes beyond wholesale websites, where you can buy certified diamonds with this or that discount. Check out some of the world’s most extravagant diamonds with their fabulous prices…and check how $3,000 compares to $400 million!
The $3 million Allnat Diamond
This is a famous Fancy Yellow diamond which got its name after Major A. Ernest Allnat. He was the first possessor of the stone, which has 101 carats (almost 21 grams). This is a cushion cut diamond, and experts cannot really tell where it originally came from. According to speculations, the stone might have come from the mine today operated by De Beer.
The $7 Million Moussaeiff Diamond
This is a 5.11 carat diamond (only 1.02 grams) which has been rated by the GIA as Fancy Red in color. Regarding it size, this diamond is much smaller than other such expensive stones, but it is the largest Fancy Red diamond rated by the Gemological Institute of America. Also known as the “Red Shield” diamond, this stone has a triangular brilliant cut. According to experts, the diamond was found in the early 90’s by a farmer in the Abaetezinho River in Brazil.
The $16 Million Heart of Eternity
This is a Fancy Vivid Blue diamond measuring 27.64 carats (or 5.528 grams). The heart cut stone belongs to the extremely rare class of colored diamonds, and it was originally found in a mine in South Africa. It is believed that the Heart of Eternity has been put as security for a loan by the private collector who owned it several years ago…
The $25 Million Pink Star
This incredibly rare diamond was formerly known as the Steinmetz pink diamond. The stone weighs 59.6 carat (11.92 grams) and the GIA rated it as Fancy Vivid Pink. The diamond comes from a mine in South Africa, and it was extracted by the De Beers in the late 90s. In the rough, this diamond weighed 132 carat, and it took almost two years to cut it. Its former name came from the actual company that performed the cut- The Steinmetz Group.
The $350 Million Hope Diamond
Hope Diamond is a 45.52 carat deep blue diamond available on display at the National Natural History Museum in Washington DC. When exposed to UV light, this diamond displays an incredible play on red phosphorescence effects. The Hope Diamond is also known as the “Le Bleu de France” diamond. Across the centuries, several owners of the gem were exposed to many tragedies from bankruptcy…and up to death by guillotine. This is why the diamond is associated by some with being a cursed diamond…
The $400 Million Cullinon Diamond
This is the largest rough gem-quality diamond weighing a whopping 3106 carat- or 621.35 grams. The diamond was found in a South African mine in 1905. This white diamond is the largest polished stone in the World. The diamond received its name after the owner of the mine in Pretoria at that time- Sir Thomas Cullinan.