Posted on June 19, 2012 by

The 5 Priciest Diamonds in the World

As irresistible and coveted as diamonds may be, have you ever stopped to wonder about the biggest and most expensive ones that have been discovered so far? Let’s count down the five priciest and weightiest diamonds ever mined:


5. The De Beers Centenary Diamond


The Centenary Diamond

273.85 carats, D color, Internally and Externally Flawless diamond. Worth $100 million. Photo source:


It is a D color, internally and externally flawless diamond. This diamond was named the Centenary Diamond to mark the Centennial Celebration of De Beers Consolidated Mines in 1988 when it was presented as rough. It weighs 273.85 carats and is valued at about $100 million. It was the third largest diamond to be produced from the Premier mine in 1986. Its rough weight was an astonishing 599 carats. Those privy to its discovery were sworn to complete secrecy. Learn more about the De Beers Centenary Diamond.


4. The Hope Diamond


The Hope Diamond

45.52 carats, Type IIB deep blue diamond. Worth $350 million. Photo source:


The Hope Diamond is 45.52 carats and resides in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. It is a deep blue diamond and is classified by GIA as a Type IIB diamond. The blue that appears to the naked eye owes to the presence of trace amounts of boron in its crystal structure but shows red phosphorescence in UV light. It is worth about $350 million. Learn more about the Hope Diamond.  Visit Diamond Envy to see our amazing collection of fancy colored diamonds and jewelry.


3. The Cullinan Diamond


The Cullinan Diamond

3,106.75 carats. Worth $400 million. Photo source:


This diamond is valued at about $400 million. It is 3,106.75 carats and is the largest gem quality rough diamond ever found. It was named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, who owned the South African mine where it was found on January 26, 1905. Learn more about the Cullinan Diamond.


2. The Sancy Diamond


The Sancy Diamond

55.23 carats. Over 600 years old. Value not estimated and unknown. Photo source:


It is a pale yellow diamond weighing 55.23 carats and is 600 years old. It was discovered in the notable mines of Golconda, India. The value of this diamond has not been estimated and is therefore unknown. It was sold by the famed Astor family, who held it for much of the 20th century, to the Louvre in Paris, France, in 1978. Learn more about the Sancy Diamond.


1. The Koh-i-Noor Diamond

The Koh-i-Noor Diamond

105.60 carats, value not estimated and unknown. Photo source:


Another stone of inestimable and unknown value, the Koh-i-Noor (“Mountain of Light” in Persian) was discovered in the same mine as the Sancy Diamond in Golconda, India. It weighs 105.60 carats, once the largest diamond reported in the world. The Koh-i-Noor was claimed as the spoils of war repeatedly by Sikh, Mughal and Persian rulers. In 1877, it was ultimately taken by the East India Company and joined the British Crown Jewels once Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India by British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. Learn more about the Koh-i-Noor Diamond.

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7 Responses to The 5 Priciest Diamonds in the World

  1. […] blue diamond may join the ranks of the priciest diamonds in the world and we’re excited to see what comes of it.  If you can’t get enough of blue diamonds […]

  2. […] The Golden Jubilee diamond was cut in an underground room free from vibrations with brand new tools by the world renowned diamond cutter Gabriel Tolkowsky (grandson of the inventor of the modern brilliant cut).  Even that wasn’t so much of an honor—it was considered the “practice round” for when Mr. Tolkowsky would cut the colorless Centenary diamond.  […]

  3. shubham chourasiya says:

    This is a shocking news for me. We are so lucky that we have a valuable gift of nature. Still we are auspesious that we have a kohinoor diamond ‘the Shaan of INDIA’

  4. Bulah Skains says:

    nice article, thanks

  5. Deepak says:

    Thank you for giving me such information