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Giant blue diamond unearthed in South Africa


Posted on Wednesday, 22 January, 2014 | Comment icon 17 comments

A selection of Cullinan diamonds. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 deror_avi
A rare and highly valuable blue diamond has been found in South Africa's famous Cullinan mine.
The remarkable blue 29.6-carat diamond was extracted by Petra Diamonds and could be worth almost $20 million. Blue diamonds are more rare and valuable than regular diamonds with Cullinan mine being one of the world's best known sources.

"This stone is one of the most exceptional stones recovered at Cullinan during Petra's operation of the mine," said a company spokesman. "The stone is an outstanding vivid blue with extraordinary saturation, tone and clarity, and has the potential to yield a polished stone of great value and importance."

A similar diamond was unearthed back in 2009 and fetched $10 million at auction. The mine was also the place from which the famous 'Star of Africa' blue diamond originated, a 530-carot stone that was presented to King Edward VII and ended up as part of Britain's crown jewels.

Source: BBC News | Comments (17)

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Comment icon #8 Posted by FLOMBIE on 22 January, 2014, 14:23
It's hard to see the "blue" though especially when sitting on that textured cloth. But I do like crystals though and these ones look nice raw or polished. The image is just a stock image, it doesn't show the diamond mentioned in the article.
Comment icon #9 Posted by freetoroam on 22 January, 2014, 14:29
I can see Mr Epsteins planes flying over there now from Antwerp, are do they own the land already? Just asking.
Comment icon #10 Posted by FLOMBIE on 22 January, 2014, 14:39
Also, I wonder how much the person got who found the diamond. Probably 2.50 quid, and another 2.50 because it's a big one. And them sone farts sell the damn thing for 20 million.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sundew on 22 January, 2014, 16:18
It's hard to see the "blue" though especially when sitting on that textured cloth. But I do like crystals though and these ones look nice raw or polished. Open the article and you can see the raw stone they found, very blue indeed. You can heat treat certain diamonds (I believe ones that contain boron) and end up with dazzling blue stones, but natural blue diamonds are extremely rare. Look up the Hope Diamond to see a cut natural blue stone.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Azznerak the Black on 22 January, 2014, 22:32
Nothing like adorning yourself with rocks dug up by slave labor and forced servitude.
Comment icon #13 Posted by scorpiosonic on 27 January, 2014, 4:54
Hardly a "giant" stone...The largest diamond 'The Cullinan' weighed in @ a whopping 3,106.75 Carats....that's over 1.2 pounds! The Cullinan was found in S. Africa in 1905....then cut into 11 gems, the 2 largest pieces are the 530.2 ct 'Great Star Of Africa' and the 317.4 ct "Lesser Star Of Africa" and were @ that time the first and third largest cut stones in the world. (And are part of the Crown Jewels of England). Now they are the 2nd and 4th as the "Golden Jubilee' is the now the largest @ 545.67 ct, and give to the King of Thailand in 1997. Also, the Excelsior was found in S. Africa in 189... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by TopToffee on 27 January, 2014, 7:55
The smaller the better.Im only saying that because it will cost me less at the moment.Ive bought her an M3 convertible to put up with me.Im dreading seeing an Aston Martin brochure show up.
Comment icon #15 Posted by scorpiosonic on 27 January, 2014, 15:45
She can only drive one car @ a time. More FYI: For many 1,000s of yrs the Orange River in S. Africa has carried diamonds to the Atlantic. The fractured and flawed stones were broken up, etc, only the high quality stones made the long journey, and so 95% of those found on the W. coast are gem quality. Back in the early 1900s, mining cos would have natives walk up the beaches in a line and pick them up as they walked along! Now they use heavy equipment, remove all the sand, mine the rough, and then replace the sand. Also they use ships w/ large vacuums to suck up the sand offshore, and then sepa... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by coolguy on 30 January, 2014, 5:30
Wow, that's some diamond
Comment icon #17 Posted by Yamato on 30 January, 2014, 5:35
I was going to buy my girl a black diamond but then I realized that she's a stonecist.


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