Table of Largest Gem-Quality Rough Diamonds Discovered in the Different Diamond Mines of the World

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In this webpage we are publishing a table of largest gem-quality rough diamonds discovered in the various diamond mines of the world throughout history. The diamonds are arranged in descending order of carat weights on the table, and apart from the weight of the diamonds also gives information on the country of discovery, year of discovery, color of the diamond and overall position on the table. The table would be updated as more significant large diamonds are unearthed.

 

List of Largest Gem-Quality Rough diamonds discovered in the world arranged in descending order of carat weights

Last updated by Lareef A. Samad on Saturday, August 31, 2013

Name

Country of discovery Year of discovery Carat Weight Color

Position

Cullinan South Africa 1905 3,106 Colorless/White 1
Excelsior South Africa 1893 995 Colorless /White 2
Star of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 1972 969.80 Colorless/White 3
Incomparable Zaire 1984 890 Brownish-yellow 4
Great Mogul India 1650 787 Colorless/White 5
Millennium Star Zaire 1990 777 Colorless/White 6
Woyie River Sierra Leone 1945 770 Colorless/White 7
Golden Jubilee South Africa 1985 755 Yellowish-brown 8
President Vargas Brazil 1938 726.60 Colorless/White 9
Jonker South Africa 1934 726 Colorless/White 10
Jubilee-Reitz South Africa 1895 650.80 Colorless/White 11
Unnamed South Africa 1984 620.14
12
Sefadu Sierra Leone 1970 620 Colorless/White 13
Kimberley Octahedral South Africa 1964 616 Yellow 14
Lesotho Promise Lesotho 2006 603 Colorless/White 15
Lesotho Brown Lesotho 1967 601 Brown 16
Centenary South Africa 1986 599 Colorless/White 17
De Grisogono Central Africa Probably in the 1950s 587 Black 18
Letseng Star Lesotho 2011 553 Colorless/White 19
Unnamed Petra Diamond South Africa 2009 507 Colorless/White 20
Letseng Legacy Lesotho 2007 493 Colorless/White 21
Light of Letseng Lesotho 2008 478 Colorless/White 22
Jacob-Victoria South Africa 1884 457.50 Colorless/White 23
Zale light of peace Sierra Leone 1969 435 Colorless/white 24
De Beers South Africa 1888 428.50 Yellow 25
Niarchos South Africa 1954 426.50 Colorless/White 26

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Important Information that can be gathered from the above table

1) The 3,106-carat Cullinan rough diamond discovered in 1905 from the Premier Diamond Mine in South Africa remains the largest ever gem-quality rough diamond discovered.

2) The 787-carat Great Mogul Diamond discovered in India in 1650, remained the largest rough diamond ever discovered for 243 years, until the discovery of the 995-carat excelsior rough diamond in the Jagersfontein diamond mine in South Africa in 1893.

3) The 995-carat Excelsior rough diamond held the unique distinction of being the world's largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered for a period of 12 years from 1893 to 1905 until the discovery of the enormous Cullinan rough diamond.

4) The 770-carat Woyie River discovered in 1945, was the 4th-largest rough diamond at the time of its discovery.

5) The 726.60-carat President Vargas discovered in Brazil in 1938, was the 4th-largest rough diamond at the time of its discovery.

6) The 726-carat Jonker diamond discovered in South Africa in 1934, was the 4th-largest rough diamond at the time of its discovery.

7) The 650.80-carat Jubilee-Reitz diamond discovered in 1895 in South Africa was the 3rd-largest diamond at the time of its discovery.

8) The 457.50-carat Jacob-Victoria diamond discovered in 1884 was the 2nd-largest rough diamond at the time of its discovery.

9) The 428.50-carat De Beers diamond discovered in 1888 was the 3rd-largest rough diamond at the time of its discovery.

The information gathered above is confirmed by the table below arranged in chronological order

 

List of Largest Gem-Quality Rough Diamonds discovered in the World Arranged in Chronological Order

last updated by Lareef A. Samad on Saturday, August 31st, 2013

S/N

Name

Country of discovery Year of discovery Carat Weight Color

Position at the time of discovery

1 Great Mogul India 1650 787 Colorless/White Largest until 1893
2 Jacob Victoria South Africa 1884 457.50 Colorless/White 2nd-largest in 1884
3 De Beers South Africa 1888 428.50 Yellow 3rd-largest in 1888
4 Excelsior South Africa 1893 995 Colorless /White Largest in 1893
5 Jubilee-Reitz South Africa 1895 650.80 Colorless/White 3rd-largest in 1895
6 Cullinan South Africa 1905 3,106 Colorless/White Largest in 1905
7 Jonker South Africa 1934 726 Colorless/white 4th-largest in 1934
8 President Vargas Brazil 1938 726.60 Colorless/White 4th-largest in 1938
9 Woyie River Sierra Leone 1945 770 Colorless/White 4th-largest in 1945
10 Niarchos South Africa 1954 426.50 Colorless/White 10th-largest in 1954
11 De Grisogono Central africa 1950s 587 Black 8th-largest in 1950s
12 kimberley Octahedral South Africa 1964 616 Yellow 8th-largest in 1964
13 Lesotho Brown Lesotho 1967 601 Brown 9th-largest in 1967
14 Zale Light of Peace Sierra Leone 1969 435 Colorless/White 12th-largest in 1969
15 Sefadu Sierra Leone 1970 620 Colorless/White 8th-largest in 1970
16 Star of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 1972 969.80 Colorless/White 3rd-largest in 1972
17 Incomparable Zaire 1984 890 Brownish-yellow 4th-largest in 1984
18 Unnamed South Africa 1984 620.14   12th largest in 1984
19 Golden Jubilee South Africa 1985 755 Yellowish Brown 8th-largest in 1985
20 Centenary South Africa 1986 599 Colorless/White 17th-largest in 1986
21 Millennium Star Zaire 1990 777 Colorless/White 6th-largest in 1990
22 Lesotho Promise Lesotho 2006 603 Colorless/White 15th-largest in 2006
23 Letseng legacy Lesotho 2007 493 Colorless/White 21st-largest in 2007
24 Light of Letseng Lesotho 2008 478 Colorless/White 22nd-largest in 2008
25 Unnamed Petra Diamond South Africa 2009 507 Colorless/White 20th-largest in 2009
26

Letseng

Star

Lesotho 2011 553 Colorless/White 19th-largest in 2011

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