Diamonds are forever and even when the owner may not continue living, the spellbinding shine of the
diamond will never reduce to obscurity. For countless years, the costliest diamonds have become one of
the trendiest compilations of the wealthy people as well as the kings. One of the most sought-after
mining products happen to be a diamond. Since the beginning of times, human beings have forever
been fascinated with these exquisite, mystified and unique objects. Here we present the list of the
world’s top 7 costliest diamonds.
#7 The Moussaieff Red Diamond: $7 Million
Picture Courtesy: GIA
The Moussaieff Red Diamond weighs 5.11 carats (1.022g) and has a triangular brilliant cut. It is rated as
Fancy Red in color by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Although it is rather small in
comparison with other costly diamonds, it is the largest Red Diamond in the world, recorded to date.
This diamond originally weighed 13.9 carats (2.78 g) was discovered by a Brazilian farmer in 1990s. The
Moussaieff diamond was produced and cut by the William Goldberg Diamond Corp. and lastly purchased
by an Israeli Jewelry designer, Shlomo Moussaieff. The price of this diamond can go up to $7 million.
#6 Wittelsbach Diamond: $16.4 Million
Picture Courtesy: GIA
The Wittelsbach diamond also known as Der Blaue Wittelsbacher is a 35.36 carat (7.11 g) blue diamond
with VS 2 clarity. It has been cherished by the European aristocracy for centuries, and it came to be part
of Austrian as well as Bavarian crown jewels, having color and clarity comparable to the Hope Diamond.
It comes from the Golconda Mines, being discovered in 1600. Its initial owner was Philip IV of Spain. It
was acquired in 2008 by the famous jeweler, Sir Laurence Graff, who claimed to have recut the diamond
which now weighs 4 carats less. This diamond has a price of around $16.4 million.
#5 The Steinmetz Pink Diamond: $25 Million
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The Steinmetz Pink diamond weighs 59.60 carats (11.92 g) and is rated as Fancy Vivid Pink by the
Gemological Institute of America. This diamond is the largest one that has been bequeathed a color as
Fancy Vivid Pink. The Steinmetz Pink was shown as part of the Smithsonian’s exhibition – The Splendor
of Diamonds. It required 20 laborious months for a crew of 8 people to cut this beautiful Mixed Oval
Brilliant diamond from the original 100 carats rough stone and was disclosed to the world in May 2003.
Its mine of origin and date of discovery is not definitely known. It is the world’s finest pink diamond at
present and is said to have been found in a mine in South Africa. Presently the Steinmetz Group is the
owner of this diamond and its estimated price is $25 million.
#4 The De Beers Centenary Diamond: $100 Million
Picture Courtesy: DeBeers Group
The De Beers Centenary Diamond weighs 273.85 carats (54.77 g) and is the third largest diamond
produced by the Premier Mine. It was revealed in its ultimate form in May 1991. The Centenary
Diamond was classified as D level by the Gemological Institute of America. It is the highest grade of a
diamond that is colorless, and both internally and externally flawless. The price of this diamond is
around $100 million.
#3 The Hope Diamond: $350 Million
Picture Courtesy: Telegraph
The Hope Diamond weighs 45.52 carats (9.10 g). It is a large diamond and is currently placed in the
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. This diamond appears blue to the naked eye,
but it displays a red phosphor under ultraviolet light. The diamond has a price around $350 million. This
diamond was discovered in India in 1642, and it was originally 132.00 carats. The diamond was set in the
royal crown of Luis the 14th. According to a legend, a curse was put on the stone and it begets
misfortune to the wearer.
#2 The Cullinan Diamond: $400 Million
Picture Courtesy: Nude Diamond
The Cullinan Diamond is 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g) and it is the largest gem-quality diamond ever
discovered on the planet. Being polished, it turned into Cullinan I or Star of Africa. At 530.2 carats (106.0
g), the diamond boasts a price about $400 million. It originates from the Premier mine near Pretoria,
South Africa. The Cullinan diamond is presently possessed by the British crown.
#1 The Koh-I-Noor Diamond: (Priceless)
Picture Courtesy: Telegraph
Koh-I- Noor means a mountain of light (translated from Persian). The diamond is white and weighs 105
carats (21.6 g). It was once the world’s largest known diamond. The Koh-I- Noor came from Golconda in
Andhra Pradesh, India. Consistent with the legend, Persian Shah named the diamond, and it was
possessed by different Sikh, Mughals and Persian rulers. In the year 1849, the gem was delivered to
Queen Victoria and it was recut – its initial weight was 186 carats. The diamond is now owned by the
British crown and is kept in the Tower of London.
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