The World's Most Valuable Diamonds

Diamonds are one of the most prized natural resources in the world. Their rarity and exquisite beauty has made them a desirable item for those lucky enough to possess them, regardless of time or culture. From ancient royal artifacts to modern day engagement rings, a gorgeous diamond inspires awe and appreciation for nature’s splendor. However, there are a handful of diamonds that are so incredibly rare, they are worth more than the GDP of some small countries. Have you ever wondered what the world’s most valuable diamonds are? Here’s a short list of the top 4 most expensive diamonds, and an explanation of what makes them such a treasure. 

The Cullinan Diamond – Worth $400 Million 

At 621.35 grams, the rough-cut Cullinan is the largest gem quality diamond ever discovered in the world. It’s was so large that even after being cut into the famous 530 carat Star of Africa diamond, there was enough left over for several more valuable stones. 

The Hope Diamond – Worth $350 Million 

The beautiful blue Hope Diamond is next on the list. It’s worth a staggering $250 million and is currently housed in the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

De Beers Centenary Diamond – Worth $100 Milllion 

The De Beers Centenary Diamond is a flawless, colorless diamond that weighs an incredible 273.85 carats. It’s the third largest diamond ever discovered in the De Beer mine and is worth at least $100 million.

The Steinmetz Pink Diamond – Worth $25 Million 

 The 59 carat Steinmetz Pink is the largest discovered fancy vivid pink diamond on Earth and is on display as part of the Splendor of Diamonds exhibition at Washington DC’s Smithsonian museum. 

What Makes These Diamonds More Valuable?

A lot of factors are considered when placing value on a particular gemstone. Diamonds are already one of the most valuable precious gems because they are so rare and sought after. The number of carats is significant as well, as diamonds that weigh more are usually larger and more difficult to find intact while mining. The complexity of the finished cut and design is important as well, because it determines the amount of light it is capable of reflecting. Certain famed jewelers can add to the value because fine jewelry collectors are willing to pay much more for them. Other elements include the number of flaws found in the natural stone, and its clarity after polishing. History can also play a vital role in determining desirability. Diamonds that have been owned by famous celebrities or royal families can be worth more because of their associations. Diamonds like the Sancy or Kah-I-Noor are also extremely treasured because of their age as well as the amount of history and mystique that surrounds them. 

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Are you looking for your own priceless diamond to take home? Visit our Atlanta, Georgia location today. Whether you’re shopping for a gorgeous engagement ring, beautiful stud earrings or stunning necklace, our experts can help you find the perfect piece. 

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