1. The diamond Koh-i-Noor (Koh-I-Noor) British Crown
Koh-I-Noor - a 106-carat diamond that was once the largest diamond in the world. Earlier it belonged to the rulers of India, and today - the British royal family and the British crown adorns.
When a diamond Koh-I-Noor fell into the hands of the British royal family, he weighed 186 carats (37 grams). Prince Albert long sought cutter with an impeccable reputation, and eventually opted for the Dutch master, a certain Mr. Cantor, who took up this challenge. Ultimately, the diamond was presented to Queen Victoria.
Diamond was one of the ornaments of the British Crown, which the Queen Mother wore the last time during the coronation, and a sign of obtaining the status of the Empress of India. 2. Millennium carved sapphire the size of a soccer ball
Sapphire Millennium, the size of a soccer ball - a jewel c portraits of famous historical figures, which is now on sale for $ 180 million. I promise that this 61,500-carat wonder will be put in a place where everyone can look at it.
Designed by Italian artist Alessio en Bosch (Alessio Boschi), dedicated to the Millennium of sapphire 134 recognized geniuses, including Beethoven, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Albert Einstein and Martin Luther King.
The owner of the Millennium of sapphire is a consortium of investors led by Daniel McKinney (Daniel McKinney). Over the past 15 years, Sapphire has been on display only twice: in 2002 at the award ceremony "Oscar" and two years later on the occasion of the first flight of the cruise ship "Sapphire Princess".
28 inch sapphire Millennium was found in Madagascar in 1995. Initially, it weighed about 90 000 carats and has lost about a third of its mass during the treatment, which lasted two years and was completed in 2000.
3. Don Pedro, the world's largest aquamarine
The world's largest faceted aquamarine kept in Washington next to the Hope diamond earrings and Marie Antoinette.
Extracted from Brazilian pegmatites in the 1980s, this crystal is named after the first two Brazilian emperors. It is stored in the National Museum of Natural History, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution.
Don Pedro - blue-green gem in the form of an obelisk, which is developed by a famous German jeweler Berndot Myunsteynerom (Bernd Munsteiner), known as the "father of carving" has 35, 5 cm in height and weighs 10,363 carats, or 2 kg.
4. The world's largest pearl
November 21, 2010 the largest pearl in the world was shown in the city of Wenchang in Hainan Province (South China). Pearl is the largest ever detected and is estimated at two billion yuan (301.197 million dollars), China's pearl is more valuable than diamonds. Weight gems of six tons and a diameter of up to 1, 6 meters.
Stone, mainly consists of the mineral fluorite, which glows green in the dark. Processing pearls and make it spherical shape took three years.
5. Graff Pink, the most expensive pink diamond in the world
Laurence Graff is a seller of diamonds and precious stones, the number one in the world, and in 2010 he was able to confirm its status as the purchase of 24, 78 carat pink diamond.
Laurence Graff is also the richest man alive British buyers of works of art. He spent 24, 1 million dollars by buying in New York, two of the best work of Warhol's "Elvis" and "Bank of Campbell's soup." Laurence Graff owns five luxury homes in England, France, Switzerland and New York, as well as the personal yacht in the Mediterranean. He owns a diamond mine in the suburbs of Johannesburg, and several houses in Mayfair (one of the areas of London).
Amazing pink diamond set a new record price at an auction at Sotheby's. While trading was such a fuss, what the United Kingdom had not seen. Bids soared. 36 minutes of the richest people in the UK and "queer diamond" eventually paid 29 million. Pounds (about 45 million. Dollars), is the largest amount ever paid for a jewel.
6. Ethereal Carolina Divine, the largest of the faceted tourmaline Paraiba
Montreal financier Vincent Boucher (Vincent Boucher) is the owner of tourmaline Ethereal Carolina Divine weighing about 192 carats, which is estimated at between $ 25 million. To 125 million. Dollars. This stone has set a new world record as the largest faceted tourmaline from Paraiba.
Paraiba Tourmaline from one of the rarest gems in the world, and he is best appreciated by collectors and jewelers all over the world. As a rule, Paraiba (the name of the Brazilian region where the vast majority of tourmaline found, including one that belongs to Bush) 1 tourmaline mined for every 10,000 diamonds. Bush also said that a total of only 50 kg ease this gem was found today.
7. The massive 478-carat uncut diamond
Massive 478-carat diamond was found in the Letseng mine in Lesotho, a small kingdom in South Africa. It is the 20th largest ever found rough diamonds. He was found in the mine, which has been found three of the largest diamond in the world: 603-carat "Lesotho Promise", 493-carat "Heritage Letenga" and the 601-carat "Lesotho Brown". A similar, but smaller uncut stone was recently estimated at 12 million. Dollars. It is hoped that this diamond can produce 150-carat faceted gem, thus eclipsing the current largest faceted diamond Koh-i-Noor.
8. The jewel sold at auction for the highest price in terms of carats
Flawless blue diamond, recognized as one of the unique gems, became famous in 2007 as the most expensive gemstone in the world. 6, 04-carat diamond was sold for 7, 98 million. Dollars at Sotheby's in Hong Kong. Flawless blue diamond worth 1, 32 million. Dollars per carat.
The buyer was Moussaeff Dzhevelers (Moussaieff Jewelers) from London, who was glad to purchase this diamond from a private Asian collector for his collection of rare gems. Blue diamonds are famous for a rare combination of dark color and shine. Although it is not the large rock, but his cut and "bright blue" color justifies the higher price per carat, which is almost ten times the price of ordinary white diamonds.
9. The world's largest emerald Bahia
Emerald Bay is one of the largest emeralds. This stone in 1, 9 million. Carats was found in the state of Bahia in Brazil. He narrowly escaped flooding during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when stored in a warehouse in New Orleans. In September 2008 it was reported that it was stolen from a protected storage in Sauce El Monte in Los Angeles, California. Estimated value of the stone was about 400 million. Dollars, and its exact value is unknown. At one time the emerald was put up for sale on eBay with the note "Buy Now" for 75 million. Dollars.
After the stone was brought from Brazil to the United States, there were many unsuccessful attempts to sell it, inflamed debate about ownership of it. In the end, the emerald has been withdrawn from a dealer in precious stones in Las Vegas and made available to the Sheriff's Department in Los Angeles.
10. Moussaeff most famous red diamond
Once known as the Red Shield Diamond, Moussaeff Red is the largest red diamond in the world and has a mass of 5, 11 carats. Found in Brazil in 1990, this diamond has a triangular brilliant cut (also known as faceting trilliantnuyu). The last time the general public could admire the stone in 2003 at the exhibition "The splendor of diamonds" in the Smithsonian Institution