Jewellery

A look at the Great Star of Africa – the huge diamond in Queen’s sceptre

Among the  Crown Jewels is the Cullinan I diamond, also known as the Great Star of Africa, which sits in the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross. The Great Star of Africa weighs an incredible 530.2 carats, has 74 facets, and was cut as a pendeloque-cut brilliant. The diamond was one of nine major stones cut from the Cullinan Diamond, the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found to date, which weighed a staggering 3,106.75 carats.

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