A handful of diamonds are very famous today for their unbelievable history and enormous size.

The De Beers Millennium Star

Just imagine a diamond so perfect and so big that no specialist in the world is able to set its price. This is the De Beers Millennium Star. It was found in the early 80s of the 20th century in the De Beers mine in Congo. A team of cutters cut the stone for more than 3 years by laser. After that an internally and externally flawless pear-shaped diamond of 203 ct appeared making it one of the most unique diamonds in the world.

Harry Oppenheimer, the doyen of the industry, describes the De Beers Millennium Star as “the most beautiful diamond he has ever seen“.

This appropriately named diamond, the De Beers Millennium Star, was exhibited as the main masterpiece of the De Beers Millennium Diamond Collection. The entire collection also included equally unique rich blue diamonds, weighing in total 118 carats as well as the 27 ct Heart of Eternity. This collection was exhibited in 2000, in London´s Millennium Dome.

The Hope

The most famous coloured diamond is the Hope, a 45.52 ct heavy blue diamond, which was apparently stolen from the statue of the god Ráma – Síta, who put a curse on it as punishment. Jean Baptiste Tavernier brought it from India in 1642. He sold it in 1668 to king Lewis XIV., and made a big profit but then he spent the money quickly in order to pay for his son’s huge debts. Then Tavernier went back to India hoping to find another diamond but was killed there by a pack of wild dogs.

Louis XIV named the stone The Blue Diamond of the Crown. It was kept as part of the French crown jewellery for another 118 years and often reset from one piece of jewellery to another. In 1792 during the French Revolution the diamond was stolen.

After several years the diamond appeared in Amsterdam and was ordered to be recut by the Wilhelm False Company. False´ son stole the diamond and his father, out of a sense of guilt, died of physical and psychological exhaustion very soon. His son realized the consequences of his act and committed suicide.

In 1830 a very rich banker, Henry Hope, bought this cursed diamond and named it after him. One of his descendants Lord Francis Hope went almost broke and his wife accused the diamond of that. Its next owner French broker Jacques Colot, went insane and committed suicide. Another two owners were murdered. A Turkish sultan, who bought the stone in 1908 for 400 000 dollars stabbed his wife to death and was dethroned. Edward McLean´s family was haunted by many unfortunate disasters after they bought the diamond in 1911.

It is said that the only way how to get rid of a diamond’s curse is to donate it. The only person, who wasn’t affected by any disaster, was Harry Winston. He bought the diamond from McLean´s family and donated it to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington where it is kept as a mineralogical miracle to this day.

The Centenary

It was found in the De Beers’s Premier Mine in July 1988. The rough diamond weighed 599.10 ct. Gabi Tolkowski, a master cutter worked along with a small group of specialist on the diamond for almost 3 years. Finally they cut the biggest diamond in the world that has the most modern cut, high quality colour and no inclusions. Its weight is 273.85 carats with 247 facets. The diamond went to Tower in London in 1991.