Top 10 World Famous Individual Gemstones

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The Top Ten

1 Koh-i-Noor Diamond (a British Crown Jewel) Koh-i-Noor Diamond (a British Crown Jewel)

I guess the images I added 5 days ago will show up on the 6th or 7th day when nobody will see them - Metal_Treasure

That diamond looks AMAZING! - PhoenixAura81

It's a big colorless diamond found in India - 105.6 carat (21.6 g). Its name means “Mountain of Light” in Persian and it’s said to be cursed.
It has a long history and many legends. It was originally owned by the Kakatiya dynasty (1163-1323). It belonged to many rulers - Kakatiya, Delhi Sultante, Mughal, Persian, Afghan and Sikh rulers. In 1849 Queen Victoria became its owner and then - Queen Elizabeth. It is now part of the Crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Currently it's in The Louvre Museum in Paris - Metal_Treasure

2 The Hope Diamond The Hope Diamond

What else

Under short wave ultra-violet light, this blue diamond phosphoresces a red color.
Ironically, The Hope Diamond didn't bring happiness to its previous owner Evalyn Walsh McLean. Her first born son died in a car accident and her husband dumped her for another woman.
No surprise, this diamond is also said to be cursed.
Price: ~ $ 350 million. - Metal_Treasure

3 Cullinan I, aka The Great Star of Africa (the second largest cut diamond in the world ) Cullinan I, aka The Great Star of Africa (the second largest cut diamond in the world )

Currently it's in the head of the Sceptre of the British Crown Jewels (in the image, it's the heart-shaped part of the sceptre)
Size: 530.2 carats
Price: ~ $ 400 million.
Shape/Cut: pear shaped - Metal_Treasure

4 Neelanjali Ruby (the world's largest double-star ruby) Neelanjali Ruby (the world's largest double-star ruby)

Only 3 out of 100 rubies have a star, a 6-ray star. Neelanjali Ruby has a 12-ray star which is even rarer!
And it's really big: 1,370 carats (274 g).
This gem is very old - it was used as a Shiva lingam and was worshipped for centuries.

It belongs to G. Vidyaraj, the scion of the Aravidu dynasty which was the last of the four imperial lineages to rule the Vijayanagara empire. The ruby is reported to be in Bangalore, India - Metal_Treasure

5 The Star of Adam (the largest blue star sapphire in the world) The Star of Adam (the largest blue star sapphire in the world)

It's a blue sapphire with a white star and it's really large: size - 1,404.49 carats (280.898 g). It was found in Sri Lanka in 2015. The gemstone was valued at over $300 million.
The Gemmological Institute of Colombo said that it had never certified a gemstone larger than "The Star of Adam". - Metal_Treasure

It’s the largest star sapphire in the world. What else can I say about it? - AliciaMae

6 The Heart of Eternity Diamond (rare deep blue diamond) The Heart of Eternity Diamond (rare deep blue diamond)

SO PRETTY

It is a heart-shaped diamond, considered rare because of its color - deep blue.
Size: 27.64 carats
Estimated value: at least USD 16 million
Current Owner/Location: De Beers Group - Metal_Treasure

A blue DIAMOND! :D - PhoenixAura81

7 Dom Pedro (the world's largest cut and polished aquamarine) Dom Pedro (the world's largest cut and polished aquamarine)

Housed in the permanent collection of the Houston Museum of Natural Science - Metal_Treasure

Woah, that looks AMAZING! - PhoenixAura81

8 Cullinan Diamond (the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found) Cullinan Diamond (the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found)

It was 3106.75 carats (rough) and was cut into 9 large stones (named Cullinan I to IX) and about 100 smaller ones. Cullinan I is the largest piece produced from the original (in the top 10 of this list). - Metal_Treasure

9 The Moussaieff Red (the most famous red diamond) The Moussaieff Red (the most famous red diamond)

Red diamonds are the rarest diamonds and this particular gem was rated as the largest Fancy Red by the Gemological Institute of America.
Red diamond's color is a result from radioactive radiation. And that's very rare.
Price ~ $ 7 million. - Metal_Treasure

I remember reading that red diamonds are the rarest diamonds in the world. - PhoenixAura81

10 Bahia Emerald (the world's largest emerald) Bahia Emerald (the world's largest emerald)

It was named for Bahia, Brazil, where is was found. The stone weighs approximately 752 lb (341 kg), (approximately 1,700,000 carats).
Bahia Emerald has been valued at some $400 million.
It was reported stolen in 2008 from a secured vault in Los Angeles County, California. At one point, the emerald was listed for sale on eBay for a "Buy It Now" price of $75 million. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 The Graff Pink (the world's most expensive pink diamond)

You sure they shouldn't call this the "Pink Panther"?

Bought by Laurence Graff in November 2010
Update: this isn't the most expensive pink diamond anymore - in the meantime somebody paid more for a pink diamond. - Metal_Treasure

12 Millennium Star (the second-largest colorless, grade D, flawless diamond)

Size: 203.04 carats, pear shaped - Metal_Treasure

13 Ethereal Carolina Divine (the largest cut Paraiba Tourmaline)
14 26th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (the largest gem diamond ever found in Russia or the former USSR)
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