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Famous Diamonds In History

  1. The Hope Diamond (44.50 carats) is one of the most famous diamonds in the world. This renown blue diamond made its debut in 1830 with its purchase by wealthy London banker, H. T. Hope. It is currently housed in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.
  2. The Dresden Diamond (41.00 carats) is one serious gem. The Dresden's origination is still unknown, but it is suspected to have come from India by speculation. It belonged to the Duke of Saxony and is kept in the Green Hall in Dresden, which is where the name is derived from, and is also green in color.
  3. Cullinan I (530.20 carats) Known as the "Star of Africa", the Cullinan I is the largest cut diamond in the world. It was cut from an even larger diamond, the largest diamond ever found weighing in at 3106 carats. It is kept in the Tower of London, adorning the scepter of King Edward VII.
  4. Cullinan IV (63.60 carats) There were 105 cut stones from the original, Cullinan. This one is just as famous as it's huge sibling noted above, and adorns the crown of Queen Mary. The diamond is also kept secure in the Tower of London.
  5. Sancy Diamond (55.00 carats) This diamond was worn by Charles the Brave circa 1470, and was later purchased by Signeur de Sancy who was the French Ambassador to to Turkey. It has been in the Astor family in London since 1906.

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