The biggest diamonds

19 June 2015 / Blog

In 1905, a South African mine uncovered a diamond weighing an incredible 3106 carats. (That´s over 1 pound!)  This made it the largest diamond ever discovered. Named ¨the Cullinan¨ in honor of the mine´s owner Sir Thomas Cullinan, the gem was eventually cut into nine enormous diamonds and over 100 smaller diamonds.  The three largest cuts of the Cullinan eventually became part of King Edward´s royal crown, and currently on display in the tower of London.  This record pales in comparison, however, with Lucy—a recently discovered star that scientists believe to be composed complete of diamond.  Named after the Beatle´s song Lucy in the Sky with Diamionds, the diamonds measures over 4000 kilometers in diameter and measures in at billions of carats.

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