Largest Blue Diamonds in the world

#1 The Hope Diamond Blue Hope Diamond

The 45.52 carat Hope Diamond is world’s largest blue diamond. Given its not so beautiful past,  this Hope diamond was often thought of as a curse. The diamond was discovered in the early 17th Century in the famous Golconda Diamond Mines of India. The history of this stone has been a bit notorious, and the diamond is blamed to cause misfortune to its owners. The diamond gets its name from Henry Philip Hope, an English Banker, who bought this diamond in mid nineteenth century.

In November 1958 Harry Winston Inc. of New York City donated the diamond to Smithsonian Museum of Washington DC, where the diamond is kept till date.

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The Terschenko Diamond

#2 The Terschenko Diamond (the Mouawad Blue)

This fancy blue pear shaped diamond weighing 42.92 carat is the second largest blue diamond in the world. Originally this diamond was owned by Terschenko family, the sugar kings in pre communist Russia. The stone was smuggled out of Russia at the time of Russian Revolution. In 1984 Christies displayed the diamond at an auction, where it was sold to Robert Mouawad of Saudi Arabia for 4.5 million dollars.

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#3 The Wittelsbach Diamond

At 35.56 carats, Wittelsbach diamond is the third largest blue The Wittelsbach Diamonddiamond known in the history. Celebrated for its dark blue color, this diamond broke the records of diamond auction in the year 2008. Chrities sold the diamond to the London jeweler Laurence Graff for a whooping 23.4 million dollar.

The diamond was found in India and then was later brought to Europe in the 17th Century. The color and clarity of this diamond is compared to the legendary Hope diamond. In 1664, the king of Spain, gifted it to his daughter Margaret Teresa. From there on it passed through several thrones including Leopold I of Australia, whose granddaughter Maria Amalia, later married into the Wittels

bach family of Bavaria.

In 19th Century for more than 50 years, the diamond became untraceable, and then suddenly in December 2008, the gem was up for auction in Christie’s.

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#4 Sultan of Morocco Sultan of Morocco Diamond

This fancy grayish blue diamond at 35.27 carat is the fourth largest blue diamond in the  history. The origin of this stone is not known. The first recorded history comes from 1840 as a noted possession of Yousupov family, a Russian noble family of Tartari descent. In 1969, Cartier lent this stone to New York state museum for their World of Gems Exposition. In 1972, this diamond was sold to private party in San Francisco for about $250000.

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#5 The Blue Heart

Blue Heart diamond or ‘Eugenie Blue’ is ranked as the 5th largest blue Blue Heart Diamonddiamond. This 30.82 carat is blessed with intense blue hue and a very modern heart shape. The name is believed to have come from one of its owners: Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, though there are no evidences to that. In early 19th Century, an Argentinean woman (Mrs. Urgue) purchased this diamond from Cartier’s. Mrs. Urgue possessed the gem for more than 40 years and then the diamond was sold to Van Cleef and Arpels who later sold it to a European family for $300000. At present, this diamond is displayed in the Smithsonian Museum, at Washington DC.

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#6 The BlueBlue Lili Diamond Lili Diamond

Ranking 6th in the list of the world’s  largest blue diamond, the Blue Lili diamond is a cushion cut and weighs 30.06 carat. Not much is known about this diamond, but it is believed to have come from the Premier mines of South Africa, from where it was bought and cut by William Goldberg Diamond Corporation.

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#7 The Heart of Eternity

Graded as ‘Fancy Vivid Blue’ by the GIA, this 27.64 caratHeart of Eternity Diamond the ‘Heart of Eternity’ diamond is the 7th largest blue diamond in the world. Like many other famous blue diamonds, this too comes from famous Premier Diamond mines of South Africa. ‘Steinmetz Group’ who gave the diamond its heart shape also gave the diamond its name. They later sold it to the De Beers. In January 2000, this blue diamond was unveiled as a part of De Beers Millennium Collection which included the ‘Millennium Star’. At present, the Heart of Eternity diamond is displayed at the Smithsonian Museum at Washington DC.

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#8 The Transvaal Blue The Transvaal Blue Diamond

At 25 carats, the Transvaal Blue diamond is the 8th largest blue diamond in the world. This pear shaped diamond which was once owned by the Baumgold Brothers, originated in the Premier Diamond mine in Transvaal, South Africa.

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#9 The Blue Empressblue-empress-set-in-a-platinum-ring-surrounded-by-diamonds

A recent addition to this list, The Blue Empress diamond, belonging to Steinmetz Group of Geneva was unveiled in 2003 at the Harold Department Store, London. Prized at 10 million dollars, this 14 carat pear shaped blue diamond ranks 9th in the list of world’s largest blue diamond.

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#10 The Blue MagicBlue Magic Diamond

At 12.02 carat, the Blue Magic diamond is the 10th largest blue diamond in the world. The name of the diamond is suggestive of its exquisite fancy vivid blue hue (highest color grade). This pear shaped diamond originated in the famous Golconda Mines of India, was set in 18K gold ring and was exhibited for auction by Christie’s in 2001.

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11 Comments

  • August 13, 2010

    Jasmine

    You surely have inspired me to buy myself some blue diamond jewelry. What do you suggest ?

  • August 14, 2010

    Nikkie

    Keep up!

  • August 16, 2010

    Stacey

    A very well written post! Keep up!

  • August 17, 2010

    Joseph

    I think blue diamonds look stunning. People still do know much about these, and as a result they are yet not as expensive as they can be .

  • August 17, 2010

    Kim John

    I have been interesting colored diamonds for a few years now. Great read this was!

  • August 25, 2010

    Sarna

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  • August 25, 2010

    Mike

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  • August 25, 2010

    Cherry

    I am fascinated by the part where you explain how these diamonds get these awesome colors. Cheers

  • August 25, 2010

    Susanne

    Where do you get all this information

  • August 25, 2010

    Miranda

    Thanks for the great post !

  • August 26, 2010

    Daphane

    I have a keen interest in diamonds and like to read more and more about them. You seem to know quite a lot about them as well. Congratulations!!