Famous diamondsGerman López Pérez
Sometimes famous diamonds have an eventful and interesting history, some of the most important are:
Hope: It belonged to Louis XIV and was stolen during the French Revolution, and acquired in the early 19th century by the banker Henry Hope. Later, the entire Hope family ended their lives in misery, thus beginning the legend of the “curse of Hope.” It is deep blue in color, weighs 42.52 carats, and is currently housed at the Smithsonian Institut in Washington.
Cullinan: Perhaps the most famous diamond in History. It was found in the Transvaal (South Africa), and named after the owner of the mine where it was found, Sir Thomas Cullinan, this rough gem weighed 3,196 carats. After dividing and carving it into several pieces, the largest stone carved is called
Star of Africa and is currently part of the British Crown Jewels. It weighs 530.20 carats and has 74 facets. It is still the largest cut diamond in the world.
Centenary: It owes its name to the commemoration of the centenary of the De Beers company, and is considered one of the best colored diamonds ever found. The rough stone weighed 599 carats, and after being cut in 247 facets and in the shape of a heart by the great carver Tolkowsky, its weight became 273 carats, making it the fourth largest cut diamond in the world.