For hundreds of years, diamonds have been worn to symbolize marriage, love, wealth, power, status, and more. To no surprise, these rare, brilliant, meaningful stones have always come with a hefty price tag. Hold onto your wallets, folks, we’re taking a look at the six most expensive diamonds in the world:
#6 The Steinmetz Pink: $25 million
The Steinmetz Pink, also know as the Pink Star, is 59.60 carats and the largest diamond that has ever been rated as “Fancy Vivid Pink” by the Gemological Institute of America. The Pink Star was discovered by a Swiss mining company, who took nearly 20 months to cut it.
#5 De Beers Centenary Diamond: $100 million
This guy was discovered in 1986 with an x-ray imaging system and weighs in at a modest 273.85 carats. It was displayed at the Tower of London for a number of years, but the current owners are unknown to the public.
#4 The Hope Diamond: $250 million
You’ve probably heard of the Hope Diamond, as it has become an American history/pop culture icon in the past several decades. It’s a 45.42 carat diamond that has been housed at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. since 1958. The Hope Diamond appears blue to the naked eye but exhibits a red color under ultraviolet light.
#3 The Cullinan Diamond: $400 million
The original Cullinan Diamond was discovered in 1905 and weighed 3,106.75 carats, making it the largest diamond ever known to man. It was given to King Edward VII of the UK for his 66th birthday, and then cut into several smaller, polished gems. The largest of them is called Cullinan I (530.4) and is the largest clear-cut diamond in the world.
#2 The Sancy Diamond: Unestimated/Priceless
The Sancy is a pale yellow diamond weighing in at 55.23 carats. This diamond has been worn by kings, dukes, and other royalty for over 600 years. It now rests in the famous Louvre in France.
#1 The Koh-I-Noor: Over $1 billion
*All images from http://mostexpensivediamond.org/