5 Famous Diamonds You Should Know About
Diamonds are some of the most coveted objects on earth. They inspire romance, symbolize wealth and power, and ignite controversy. While there are hundreds, if not thousands, of diamonds that could be considered “famous”, the five stones below are some of the most renowned gems of all time:
The Tiffany Diamond
Named for Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of Tiffany & Co., the Tiffany Diamond is one of the largest yellow diamonds in the world, weighing 128.52 carats. Although it has been featured in a number of settings, its most famous presentation is in Jean Schlumberger’s “Bird on the Rock” brooch, which was featured in promotions for Breakfast at Tiffany’s in the 1960s.
The Hope Diamond
One of the largest blue diamonds in existence, the Hope is most famous for its curse, which has affected past owners including Louis XVI, who lost his head, and Evalyn Walsh McLean, a mining heiress, who lost two children to tragic deaths. It is now in the Smithsonian, where it is set in a white diamond and platinum mount by Cartier.
The Dresden Green
Weighing approximately 41 carats, the Dresden Green is the largest and possibly the finest faceted green diamond in the world. It is currently set in a white diamond hat ornament made by Prague jeweler Diessbach in 1768 and is on display in the “Green Vaults” in Dresden, Germany.
Currently on display at the Louvre, the 140 carat Regent diamond has passed through the hands of some of the most famous French figures of the last 200 years. Once set into the coronation crowns of both Louis XV and Louis XVI, it also adorned a hat belonging to Marie Antoinette, and perhaps most famously, was set into the handle of Napoleon’s sword.
Weighing over 400 carats, the massive brownish-yellow Incomparable diamond was first discovered by a young girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a rough 890 carat crystal. The stone was recently set in a 637 carat diamond necklace by Mouawad and is being offered for $55 million.
Special Mention: The Pink Star
Although not as storied as the other diamonds on this list, the Pink Star, a 59.6 carat internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond, is the largest of its kind and holds the record for the highest price ever achieved at auction, having sold for $82 million in 2013.
Featured Image: The Hope Diamond, Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institute