Cullinan diamond is cut into two

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cullinan diamond

Thursday, 5 November 1908

The Cullinan diamond was cut into two big stones, The Star of Africa and the Cullinan 2, as well as seven fairly big stones and ninety-six small stones. The cutting of the diamond was a major event. It took experts about three months to decide on how to cut it and what shape to give the finished gems. The Cullinan diamond ultimately yielded 9 major stones, 96 brilliant cut diamonds, and 9.50 carats of unpolished pieces. The largest stone cut from the Cullinan, the 530.20-carat Star of Africa, was set into the British royal sceptre. The other gems from the Cullinan eventually became part of other jewellery belonging to the royal family.


 

References:
• Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.
• Cullinan Diamonds Heritage [online] Available at: www.cullinandiamonds.co.za [Accessed on 5 November 2013]

Last updated : 05-Nov-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011