Marilyn Monroe sang about them, Elizabeth Taylor named her perfume after them and women all over the world dream about getting one of their own. Diamonds have been a favorite stone of many for centuries. From movie stars to kings, they’ve been coveted, collected and cherished. However, not all diamonds are equal. Here are 5 of the most expensive diamonds in the world so that you can see which ones stand out from the rest.
1. The Kohinoor Diamond- Priceless
The Kohinoor diamond is a staggering 105 carats making it the largest in the world. The name Kohinoor means Mountain of Light and is known to be the Madnayak or the king of jewels. The rock was first discovered in India, fought over by many rulers and is now in the possession of the British crown and is on display where tourists are allowed to view it.
2. The Sancy Diamond- Priceless
The Sancy diamond weighs in at 55.23 carats and is light yellow in color. Another brilliant rock originating from India, the Sancy was named after Nicholas Harlai, Seignor de Sancy who was the French Ambassador for Turkey. Although it was passed from king to king for many years, today it can be found at the Louvre.
3. The Cullinan Diamond- $400,000,000
Although it’s a rough quality stone, the Cullinan, also known as also known as the Great Star of Africa, is the most expensive diamond in the world weighing in at 3,106.75 carats. The stone was first found in a mine owned by Sir Thomas Cullinan, but today it is mounted on the Sceptre with the cross which is a sceptre belonging to the British crown jewels.
4. The Hope Diamond- $350,000,000
The Hope Diamond is 45.52 carats and is another stone originating from India and worn by English kings. Besides the beautiful quality of the stone, its unique blue color also attributes the price. You can view this infamous rock at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
5. The DeBeers Centenary Diamond- $100,000,000
The DeBeers Centenary Diamond is both colorless and flawless. Using an X-ray imaging system this stone was first introduced in the rough for the Centennial Celebration of De Beers. No one knows for sure who is the owner of this stone, but rumor has it that an 18 year old entrepreneur owns it.