The Cullinan I (The Great Star of Africa) – 530.20 ct.

This is an exceptional and extremely beautiful one-of-a-kind Diamond. It’s the largest White Diamond ever discovered. It is a unique, historical member of the World’s Natural Wonders. The Great Star of Africa is one of the most Amazing Famous Diamonds ever!

Gemological Info:

  • Weight: 530.20 ct.
  • Shape/Cut: Pear Shaped Brilliant Cut
  • Color: White
  • Measurements: 58.9 x 45.4 x 27.7 mm
  • Unut Rough Weight: 3,106.75 ct.

Mine Origin: Premier Diamond Mine in Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa (1905)

Cutter: The Asscher Brothers (Royal Asscher Diamond Company)

Current Owner: Queen Elizabeth II (with the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom)

Last Donated By: Given to King Edward VII by the Transavaal Government on November 9th, 1907

Price Sold For: Given as a birthday gift


  • Mined in Premier Diamond Mine in Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa on January 26, 1905
  • Bought by the Transvaal Government in 1907 on October 17, 1907 with the intention of gifting it to King Edward VII
  • Given as a gift to King Edward VII for his 66th Birthday on November 9, 1907
  • Collected by Abraham Asscher (for cutting) from the Colonial Office in London on January 23, 1908
  • First Split of the Rough made by Joseph Asscher on February 10, 1908
  • 9 Major Stones and 96 Minor Stones were cut and polished from the rough
    • The Cullinan I Set the Record for the Largest Cut Diamond in the World
      • As of 2018, it is still the Largest White Diamond in the World and Second Largest Cut Diamond of Any Color in the World
  • The Cullinan I & II were kept by the crown
    • The other Stones were given to the Asscher Brothers as Payment
  • The Cullinan VI was bought by King Edward VII and given to Queen Alexandra
  • The Cullinan III, IV, V, VII, VIII & IX (the other 6 Major Stones) and the Minor Cullinan Diamonds were bought by the South African Government in 1910
    • The Major Cullinan Diamonds were given to Queen Mary
    • 2 of the Minor Cullinan Diamonds were given to Louis Botha

The Other Major Cullinan Diamonds:

  • The Culinnan II (The Second Star of Africa)
    • A Rectangular Cushion Shape Brilliant Cut weighing 317.4 ct.
  • The Culinnan III & IV (The Lesser Stars of Africa)
    • The Culinnan III (The Lesser Star of Africa)
      • A Pear Cut weighing 94.4 ct.
    • The Culinnan IV (The Lesser Star of Africa {Also})
      • A Square Cut weighing 63.6 ct.
    • The Cullinan III & IV are worn together on a brooch and are know as “Granny’s Chips”
  • The Culinnan V
    • A Heart Shape weighing 18.8 ct.
  • The Culinnan VI
    • A Marquise Cut weighing 11.5 ct.
  • The Culinnan VII
    • A Marquise Cut weighing 8.8 ct.
  • The Culinnan VIII
    • A Cushion Cut weighing 6.8 ct.
  • The Culinnan IX
    • A Pear Shape weighing 4.4 ct.

These are the 9 largest stones split from the Cullinan Rough Diamond

This is a Replica of the Cullinan Rough Diamond
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This is a picture of Joseph Asscher using a hammer to make the first split of the Cullinan Rough Diamond

The Great Star of Africa in the Royal Scepter. It can be removed and worn as a pin or a pendant.
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These are the 9 Polished Cullinan Diamonds
On Top from Left To Right: Cullinan II – Cullinan I – Cullinan III
On Bottom from Left To Right: Cullinan VIII – Cullinan VI – Cullinan IV – Cullinan V – Cullinan VII – Cullinan IX.

This is a Publicity photo of the Cullinan Rough Diamond being handed from Fred Wells (right) to McHardy, who then hands it to Sir Thomas Cullinan (left)
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The Cullinan I (Great Star of Africa)
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The Cullinan III & IV (Granny’s Chips) brooch
The Cullinan III (94.40 ct.) is below and the Cullinan IV (63.30 ct.) is above
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The Cullinan II (Second Star of Africa) is set into Elizabeth II’s Imperial State Crown of Britain
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The Cullinan II (Second Star of Africa) weighs 317.4 ct.
Although it is usually in the British Imperial State Crown, it can also be worn as a brooch using the two tiny platinum loops seen in this image.
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A brooch containing the Cullinan VI (11.5 ct. -bottom) and Cullinan VIII (6.8 ct. – top)
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This image contains both the “Granny’s Chips” brooch and the Delhi Durbar Necklace.
The Cullinan VII (8.8 ct.) can be seen hanging from the Delhi Durbar Necklace.
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Cullinan 4

This ring is known, fro obvious reasons, as the Cullinan IX ring. The Cullinan IX weighs 4.4 ct.
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