THE FAMOUS CULLINAN DIAMOND

The Star of Africa (Cullinan I), is a pear shaped diamond weighing 530.20 carats. It measures 58.9×45.4×27.7mm. It is called the Cullinan I because it’s the largest of the 9 large stones cut from the Cullinan Diamond, and Cullinan II is the massive 317.40-carat cushion shaped diamond in the centre/front of the Imperial State Crown. The Star of Africa holds the place of 2nd largest cut diamond in the world and is on display with the other Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.

The nine largest pieces of the Cullinan Diamond. The largest piece became the Cullinan I (530.20 carats) and then Cullinan II (317.40 carats), and so on. This photo was taken circa 1908, the year after the Cullinan rough was presented to King Edward VII for his 66th birthday.

The nine largest pieces of the Cullinan Diamond. The largest piece became the Cullinan I (530.20 carats) and then Cullinan II (317.40 carats), and so on. This photo was taken circa 1908, the year after the Cullinan rough was presented to King Edward VII for his 66th birthday.