- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.