Did you know the Cullinan Diamond is the largest diamond in the world?
The Cullinan Diamond, also known as the “AFRICAN STAR”is a whopping 3,106 carats for a weight of 1.3 pounds.
The diamond was originally found in 1905 in the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa by Thomas Evan Powell. As simply an employee, Powell gave the diamond to Frederick Wells, the mine’s supervisor, in order to gain a better knowledge of what to do with it.
It was found during a routine inspection eighteen feet below. Even more impressive, the diamond mine is large, but it is by no means the largest diamond mine in the world. In fact, it is not even on the list of the top ten. With this being said, the press grew very intrigued because of the diamond’s size and the smallness of the mine. The diamond, therefore, became an international sensation.
The name, Cullinan, comes from the mine’s owner “”Sir Thomas Cullinan”.
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