Friday, January 4, 2013

The Millenium Star Diamond

The Millenium Star Diamond is one of the biggest and most beautiful diamonds in the world. As a raw uncut diamond, the Millenium Star weighed 777 carats. It was found in the Mbuji-Mayi district area of Zaire (Republic of Congo) in 1990, and was the world’s sixth largest diamond to be discovered.

Photo of the pear-shaped Millenium Star diamond

After its discovery, the raw diamond was cut and polished for three years, till it became its clear, flawless self. At first the Millenium Star diamond was split in Belgium, before it was taken to South Africa for polishing. Later, the diamond was transported to New York, USA, where finishing touches were given.

The result was a clear pear-shaped diamond, with a flawless interior and exterior. It was presented to the world in October 1999, at the De Beers Millenium Diamond Collection exhibition, to celebrate the dawn of the new millennium in 2000. This is when the clear pear-shaped diamond was named the Millenium Star diamond.

When the raw uncut diamond was split in Belgium to yield the Millenium Star, it also yielded eleven rare blue diamonds, which weighed a total of 118 carats. The largest of these blue diamonds was the Heart of Eternity diamond, which weighed 27.64 carats.

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