When it comes to royal jewelries, most women can’t help but obsess over their value and magnificent designs. There are certain precious gemstones which have an infamous popularity. Such is the case of the Hope Diamond and the Cullinan Diamond. Lets take a closer look at these gorgeous royal gems and delight ourselves with the mere image of them, even if we will never be able to wear such stunning jewelries.
This is probably the most famous of all royal gems in the world. It is believed that the Hope Diamond came from the Kollur mine in India. It was purchased by a French merchant in the shape of a violet, triangular, 112 3/16 carat diamond. The diamond was later sold to King Louis XIV of France in 1668. The kind handled the diamond over to the court jeweler who shaped it into a 67 1/8 carat gemstone. The incredible diamond was then known as the Blue Diamond of the Crown. Although it was initially part of a ribbon worn by the king around the neck, in 1749 it was placed in a ceremonial jewelry piece. The journey of the diamond was always full of intrigue as it was once confiscated by the government when King Louis attempted to escape from France and later on it was even stolen and it disappeared for 20 years. In 1812 a peculiar diamond was documented which weight 177 grains and it was discovered to be a part of the Blue Diamond of the Crown. It was purchased by King George IV of England, passed on to Henry Philip Hope and passed through the hand of numerous other royal figures and jewelry houses. It was featured in numerous Harry Winston exhibitions until it was eventually donated to the Smithsonian Museum where it can be seen even in the present, in the shape of pendant, surrounded by 16 diamonds. The diamond has 45,52 carats and it is classified as a IIb type diamond.
Most royal gems are incredibly rare and precious but among them some are truly spectacular. The Cullinan Diamond was the largest diamond ever found which was later shaped into 9 main stones. The stones are part of the personal jewelry collection of the Queen of England. The Cullinan diamond was extracted from a south African mine in 1905. It weighted 3,106 carats. It was so big that it was believed to be a crystal and was almost disposed of. Aside from its size, which was three times bigger than any diamond ever found until that point, the diamond was characterized by a bluish-white color and an extraordinary purity. For almost two years, the stone was a public miracle which baffled jewelry experts and delighted royal figures. Eventually, the stone was presented to Edward VII as a display of loyalty. The stone proved to be too large to be cut into a single stone. It is said that after 4 days of planning, the first attempt of cutting the diamond ended with a broken steel cleaving knife but an untouched diamond. Three polishers worked 14 hours a day for eight months until the diamond was eventually cut into 9 pieces, 96 brilliants and 9 carats of fragments. In the summer of 2012, the Buckingham Palace displayed 7 of the 9 main pieces made from the Cullinan Diamond. It was the first time that these 7 royal gems were displayed together.