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The Cullinan Diamond : The Star Of Africa, the most important diamand ever found !

by Julie MIALET 13 Sep 2018

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the IInd, is wearing the amazing Cullinan III and Cullinan IV diamonds brooch during her BBC interview!

This incredible brooch called "The lesser stars of Africa" consists of two diamonds, the Cullinan III, a 94.4 carat pear diamond and the Cullinan IV a 63.6 carat square cushion diamond. You only have to look at the size of the brooch on her jacket to realize the volume of these two diamonds!

The queen only wore this priceless piece 6 or 7 times during her long reign! Originally, the Cullinan diamond, also called "The star of Africa", a rough diamond of 3106 carats is the largest rough diamond ever found from South Africa. The South African government presented the stone to Edward VII, King of England, on his 66th birthday in 1907. It was cut into 9 big stones, cut into pear, cushion and marquise shapes as well as 96 small brilliant diamonds !

The largest, most prestigious segment of the original stone is the Cullinan I, a 530.2 carat, pear-cut stone, also known as the Great Star of Africa.

The second-largest segment of the original stone the is Cullinan II, also known as the Second Star of Africa, a rectangular cushion-cut gem of 317.4 carats.

All nine Cullinan diamonds are priceless, and all nine are often available for public viewing at the Buckingham Palace exhibition or at the Tower of London.

From the BBC documentary « The Coronation will air on » on BBC One on Sunday, 14 January 2018.

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