November 24th, 2011 Terry
#4 – The Great Star of Africa
Also known as Cullinan, The Great Star of Africa is the largest cut diamond in the world. This breathtaking diamond was found by Thomas Evan a miner who brought it to the surface and gave it to Frederick Wells, surface manager of the Premier Diamond Mining Company in Cullinan, on January 26, 1905. The stone was named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, the owner of the diamond mine.
The Cullian was cut by Joseph Asscher and Company of Amsterdam, who examined the enormous crystal for around six months before determining how to divide it. It eventually yeilded nine major, and 96 smaller brilliant cut stones.
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