The Jubilee Diamond
Weight: 245.35 carats
is a beautiful colorless cushion-shaped diamond with a weight of 245.35 carats.
It is the 6th largest diamond in the world. The original rough
stone, an irregular octahedron, without definite faces or shape weighed 650.80
carats and was found in the Jagersfontein Mine towards the end of 1895.
of London diamond merchants acquired the Jubilee and sent it in 1896 to
Amsterdam where it was polished by M.B. Barends, under the supervision of
Messieurs Metz. First, a piece weighing approx. 40 carats was cleaved; this
yielded a fine clean pear shape of 13.34 carats which was bought by Dom Carlos
I of Portugal as a present for his wife. The present whereabouts of this gem
cutting it became evident that a superb diamond of exceptional purity and size
was hidden in the raw. This large piece was polished and in honor of Queen
Victoria’s celebration of her Diamond Jubilee (the 60th anniversary of her
coronation) named Jubilee.
marked the introduction of the so called Jubilee cut. It combined the characteristics
of both the brilliant and rose cuts in that the table is replaced by eight
facets, meeting in the center, the total number of facets being increased to
88. This cut was short-lived and is not often encountered today.
In 1900 the
consortium displayed the Jubilee at the Paris Exhibition where it was one of
the centers of attention. Shortly afterwards Sir Dorabji Jamsetji Tata bought
the diamond. He was an Indian philanthropist and industrialist who laid the foundation
of his country's steel and iron industry; these and cotton mills created by his
father formed the cornerstone of modern India's economic development.
Jamsetji Tata died in 1932. In 1935 his heirs sent the Jubilee for sale to
Cartier, who in December of that year mounted it in a display of historic
diamonds. Cartier first offered the stone to the Gaekwar of Baroda who opted
not to buy the diamond. In 1937 Cartier sold the Jubilee to M. Paul-Louis
Mouawad has since bought the Jubilee which is now the largest gem in his great
collection. It has been graded as E-color, one grade away from completely
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