A diamond is a cut diamond, which is evaluated on several parameters: the quality of the cut, the purity, the color, the mass in carats.
The closer these qualities to perfection, the more precious the stone.
To date, the most expensive diamond in the world is the "Pink Star", sold at a Geneva auction for $ 74 million.
"The Pink Star"
In 1999, at one of the South American minesDe Beers company discovered a large diamond weighing 132 carats. Its mass was not outstanding - the history knows cases of detection of much larger stones, the largest of which, "Cullinan", weighed more than three thousand carats. After cutting, which lasted two years, there was a unique, incredibly beautiful and almost perfect pink diamond - one of the purest stones, in which there are almost no impurities.
In 2007, the stone was sold for an unknownPrice, and in 2013, again appeared at an auction called "The Pink Star". The starting price was 60 million dollars, and it was sold for 74 million (83, including the commission), it was a world record for diamonds of any color and any value - the most expensive sold stone.
The price was so great that the buyerAnd could not pay for the diamond. While his future fate is unknown - the stone is stored in the auction house of the company Sothebys, whose employees are negotiating with the buyer.
The Pink Earl
The second place in the list of the most expensive in the worldDiamonds are also a pink stone called "Pink Graff" (named after its buyer, Lawrence Graff). Its dimensions are half the size of the "Star", about 24 carats. The stone was sold at the Geneva auction in 2010 for $ 46 million.
His previous history is poorly known, but it totals at least several decades.
Cullinan and other diamonds
In fact, the two previous stones significantlyAre inferior in price to the most famous, the largest and most expensive diamond in the world - "Cullinan". The fact is that some diamonds have never been bought, but jewelers estimate them in hundreds of millions of dollars. "Cullinan" was the largest and most colorful diamond ever found, but a crack in the stone did not allow it to be completely cut, it had to be broken into several parts. The largest resulting diamond called "Big Star of Africa" weighs in at 530 carats and is estimated at several hundred million dollars. He crowned the scepter of the English King Edward VII and is kept in the Tower. The second largest stone, obtained from the "Cullinan", also has impressive size and high price, it is stored there as well.
A slightly lower price - 350 million dollars -Has "Hope", the famous diamond in the form of a pillow, which is stored in the national museum in Washington. The cost of the stone "Century" weighing 273 carats is estimated at one hundred million dollars.