If you have been planning to buy a diamond engagement ring, it would be best to do some research first to avoid getting ripped off. As a smart jewelry buyer, you would usually check on diamond trends before you visit a store so you would know what to expect. Most of all, you would want to look into the prices so you can gauge what kind of diamond engagement ring fits your budget.
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But have you ever wondered which diamonds are the most expensive in the world to date? You are not alone! Many smart shoppers are asking the same question. Hence, we’ve come up with a list of diamonds that will most likely cost you an arm and a leg. Read on to find out.
- The Pink Star ($71.2 million) . This diamond was mined in South Africa in 1999. Formerly known as the Steinmetz Pink, this expensive gemstone is internally flawless, with an oval cut and a 59.60 carat weight.
- The Centenary Diamond ($100 million). Before this gemstone was cut and modified, it’s rough state has a carat weight above 500. After 154 days of cutting and modifying this into a heart shape, the Centenary Diamond weighs 273.85ct. The carat-weight sacrifice produced an improved color and clarity grade, giving this gemstone a more unique appearance.
- The Hope Diamond ($200-250 million). This gemstone was unearthed in India in the 1600s and was bought by King Louis XIV in 1668. This has a 45.42ct weight and a fancy dark gray-blue antique cushion cut diamond. This was said to be stolen in 1791 but restored in 1839. Despite the meaning of its name, the Hope Diamond is reputed to be cursed because of the tragedy and misfortunes that surround it.
- The Cullinan (approximately $2 billion). This diamond is said to be the largest among its kind. It was first found in Cullinan, South Africa, in 1905 and was given as a gift to King Edward VII. Its modified and recut state weighs 3,106.75ct.
- The Koh-I-Noor (price unknown). This colorless oval cut is also known as the Diamond of Babur and the Mountain of Light. This most expensive diamond weighs 105.6ct and is believed to be mined in India in the 1300s. The Koh-I-Noor has been filled with controversy and mystery as stories said that Britain stole it from India.