The Millennium Star - Fancy Blue Diamond
The Millennium Star
Weight: 203.04 carats
Millennium Star is an internally and externally flawless pear-shaped diamond cut
to perfection, with a total of 54 facets. It is the 10th largest
stone in the world.
Originally, the rough stone was 777 carats, a magic number.
It was found by an alluvial digger in the early nineties in what was then known
as Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Found in the Buyimai
district, the discovery set off a gold-rush type of influx of diggers hoping to
find a similar stone. But, as it was the only stone of this type found in the past
millennium, statistically the odds are against finding another one within the
next few hundred years or so.
was purchased by a De Beers buyer on the open market, and has been held in
deliberate anticipation for the celebration of the millennium. The polishing of
the stone alone took more than three years.
was presented to mark the 2000 year anniversary together with 11 highly unusual
blue diamonds cut into a variety of shapes (total weight 118 carats) during an
impressive ceremony in London.
The Millenium Star is the second largest faceted
D-Flawless diamond in the world, the 273.15 carat Centenary Diamond is the
In modern times, De Beers Premier mine in South Africa has become the only important source of blue diamonds, yet they make up much less than 0.1 percent of all diamonds recovered at this mine. Nature gives us so few blue diamonds that most people will not see one in their lifetime.
Of all De
Beers South African rough production, there is on average only one significant
blue diamond mined per year. The best blue diamonds have a beauty that is not
comparable to that of any other gem. These are greatly admired and eagerly
sought after by collectors and connoisseurs. Of the ten highest per-carat
prices paid for colored diamonds at auction, six have been blue diamonds. "Fancy
blue diamonds contain impurities of boron, which result in their blue color.
Usually the blue of a diamond is strongly modified by gray or black. Few stones
have an intense, saturate color. The blue color is often not evenly spread
throughout the stone and, occasionally, parts of a blue stone may be totally
white. To get a beautiful pure blue stone is truly a challenge.
diamonds are much weaker in saturation than the blue objects they are compared
to. Blue colors are not overly abundant in nature, although they do occur in
certain flowers, fruits, birds, and gemstones. Actual diamond blues, however,
are more likely to mimic the blue colors of indigo, ink and steel. Whatever
term is used to describe blue diamonds, it is their combination of color, brilliance
and rarity that makes them so special.
The rough diamond that bore the Millennium star was studied for 4 to 5 months before being cut and polished. Careful planning resulted in the decision to cut the rough diamond into three pieces. The Millennium Star is the outcome of the largest piece. The cutters were very tightlipped about what happened to the other two pieces.
In order to
cut and polish a stone of this type and size a special "operating
are “branded”, the Millennium Star will not be branded, as "it is
externally flawless. There is not even a single scratch or burn mark on any of
the facets. This is extremely exceptional - and a tribute to the cutters
expertise. The Millennium Star is as unique as was the entrance into this new Millennium.
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