Great Star Of Africa Diamond

Great Star Of Africa Diamond

The Cullinan I, also known as the Great Star of Africa, is the second largest polished diamond that was created from the 530.4 carat diamond found from the Premier Mine. The Crown Jewel Scepter displays this monolithic diamond and can be found in the Tower Of Lodon aside other precious Crown Jewels.

The Great Star of Africa is a pear shaped diamond that measures 58.9 x 45.4 x 27.7 mm and has 76 facets. It is the largest of the 9 large diamond stones cut from the original Cullinan Diamond. This stone rightly deserves its title for a reason due to its current value of over $400 million.

The Cullinan I was originally found by Captain Frederick Wells, the superintendent of the Premier Mine, during his daily routine and inspection of the mine in January 1905. At first glance he believed that the flash of light was reflected by a shard of glass and a practical joke played by fellow miners. However, his intuition told him that he had stumbled upon something special. After he begun digging at the surrounding area, he was able to release and secure the gargantuan diamond. This gemstone became the largest size of any diamond previously discovered at the time.