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Those in the business of estate jewelry know that a rare diamond is treated like a work of art; nature being the artist perhaps increases the value.

The Cullinan
The Cullinan was the largest diamond ever found. Eventually cut into nine major stones and 96 smaller stones, it was 3,106 carats in the rough and weighed originally barley under one and a half pounds.

The Excelsior
The Excelsior is the second largest stone ever found. It was 995.2 carats in the rough. Some claim that the Braganza is the second largest stone ever found, but there are no actual records of its existence.

The Star of Africa
The Star of Africa was the largest stone cut from the Cullinan. It now belongs to the English Royal estate among the British Crown Jewels. The stone weighs 530.20 carats and has 74 facets, still the largest cut diamond in the world.

The Incomparable
The Incomparable DiamondThis magnificent stone weighs in at 890 carats, this rough diamond was a hit when discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

KOH-I-NOOR (“Mountain of Light”)
Mentioned first in 1304, the “Mountain of Light” weighed 186 carats and was an oval cut stone. It is believed to have once been set in the famous peacock throne of Shah Jehan (builder of the Taj Mahal) as one of the peacock’s eyes. It was recut in the reign of Queen Victoria, and now, like the Star of Africa, it is among the British Crown Jewels and weighs 108.93 carats.

The Great Mogul
Discovered in the 17th century, the Great Mogul was the stone named after Shah Jehan who built the Taj Mahal. It is said that the rough weighed 793 carats. Mysteriously, the Great Mogul disappeared.

The Idol’s Eye
The Idol’s Eye was a flat pear-shaped rock, roughly the size of a bantam’s egg (polished size, 70.20 carats). Another mysterious stone is the Idol’s Eye, for it was set once in the eye of an idol before being stolen. Another legend holds that it was given as ransom to the Princess Rasheetah by the Sheik of Kashmir to the Sultan of Turkey, who had kidnapped her.

The Orloff
The Orloff is said to have weighed some 300 carats when first found. Once it was confused with the Great Mogul, and it’s now held in the Diamond Treasury in Moscow. One story says the Orloff was set as the eye of a god in the temple of Sri Rangen and was stolen by a French soldier disguised as a Hindu.

The Regent
In 1701 an Indian slave near Golconda discovered “The Regent,” it weighed 410 carats in the rough. Once owned by the English Prime Minister, William Pitt, it was cut into a cushion shaped brilliant of 140.50 carats and, up until it was sold to the Duke of Orleans, Regent of France when Louis XV was a boy in 1717. At that time it was known as “The Pit.” It was then renamed The Regent and put in the crown that Louis XV wore during his coronation. After the French revolution, it was owned by Napoleon Bonaparte who set it in the hilt of his sword. Today the Regent is on display in the Louvre.

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