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11 Of The Most Famous Diamonds In The World

Everything in the world has a very specific, and special beauty. Waterfalls have a tremendous power to overwhelm the eyes, green meadows seek to cast a calming spell, and deserts have an isolated, col

Everything in the world has a very specific, and special beauty. Waterfalls have a tremendous power to overwhelm the eyes, green meadows seek to cast a calming spell, and deserts have an isolated, coldness that captures many. But even the most beautiful scenery can't quite shine the way a clear rock that came from underground can.  Diamonds have become an enormous part of our culture, and have often appeared throughout history. There are far more than 10 famous diamonds, but many of these have a connected history, shine above the rest, and are even the father of many other famous diamonds.  These diamonds go beyond the normal gem that you wear on your finger; these dominate legends, myths, and many have a past that would make you weep.

 

9 The Blue Hope

8 Taylor-Burton

7 Hall’s Diamond

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5 The Idol’s Eye

4 Koh-i-Noor

3 The Orlov

2 The Great Star of Africa

1 The Cullinan

Originally a diamond that was 3,106-carats, and weighed just under 1½. The Cullinan was cut into 9 major stones and 96 smaller ones, and is the largest diamond ever discovered.  Found in South Africa in 1905, Frederick Wells caught sight of something reflecting the setting sun on one of his routine mine inspections. He originally thought he was just being fooled by a large piece of glass, but after a few inspections and tests it was discovered to be the largest gem anyone had ever seen.

 

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