World's Largest Diamonds - The Excelsior | Jordan Bass Jewelry
One of the World's Largest Diamonds - The Excelsior
The Excelsior Diamond The world's biggest diamond, believed to be twice the size of the Cullinan, has been discovered in the North-West Province of South Africa. The find has electrified the diamond community, but the circumstances of the discovery are shrouded in mystery. The diamond is expected to attract furious bidding from buyers worldwide. The Excelsior was found on June 30, 1893 at the Jagersfontein Mine by a worker while loading a truck. The man was able to hide the diamond from the supervisors but delivered it to the manager of the mine himself. Until 1905, when the larger Cullinan diamond was found, the Excelsior was the largest known diamond in the world. It had a blue-white tint and weighed 971-3/4 carats (194.2 g). It was ultimately cut into ten stones weighing from 13 to 68 carats. (2.6 to 13.6 g). Immediately after its discovery the news spread around the world.
The Excelsior which means "higher" This large diamond was found on the evening of June 30th, 1893 by an African mine worker. He picked it up in a shovel of gravel which he was loading into a truck. The diamond was discovered in the Jagersfontein mine in the Orange River Colony. It is not only one of the worlds largest diamonds it is the second largest diamond ever found. It is about one third the size of the Cullinan. It originally weighed 995.2 carats. The diamond was cut into ten pieces, the three largest weighing 158, 147 and 130 carats. These pieces were then cut into 21 gems ranging from 70 carats to less than 1 carat. An African mine worker found the diamond as he was loading his truck, he kept the find secret until he could safely turn it over to the mine manager who rewarded him with some money, a received a horse and saddle, and a sum of money. In its rough state the Cullinan weighed 3,106.75 carats. It now forms part of King Edward's sceptre and is in the Tower of London.