Monday, January 24, 2011

This Week in History 1-25-2011

World’s largest diamond found

January 25, 1905, a 3,106-carat diamond weighing 1.33 pounds was discovered at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa. The mine’s superintendent, Frederick Wells, spotted the diamond 18 feet below the surface. The diamond was sold to the Transvaal provincial government, which in turn presented the diamond to King Edward VII of Britain for this birthday. The Cullinan diamond was cut into nine large and about one hundred smaller stones. The largest stone, called the “Cullinan I,” is mounted in the British Royal Scepter.

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