Largest diamond found

Largest diamond found

At a mine in Pretoria, South Africa, a 3,106-carat diamond is discovered during a routine inspection by the mine’s superintendent. Christened the “Cullinan,” it was the largest diamond crystal ever found and was later cut into 106 polished diamonds, together valued at millions of dollars. The largest of the cut stones was the “Star of Africa I,” which at 530 carats is the largest-cut fine-quality colorless diamond in the world. The South African province of Transvaal decided to present the gem, along with the smaller “Star of Africa II,” to Britain’s King Edward VII. Pear-shaped, with 74 facets, the Star of Africa I now resides in the Tower of London among the other Crown Jewels, mounted in the British sovereign’s Royal Scepter. The 317-carat Star of Africa II sits in the Imperial State Crown.