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Encyclopedia > Millennium Star
Millenium Star Diamond from The World of Famous Diamonds
Millennium Star
Weight 203.04 carats (40.608 g)
Color Grade D Colorless
Cut Pear
Country of origin Zaire
Mine of origin unknown
Date discovered 1990
Cut by Steinmetz Group
Original owner unknown
Current owner De Beers
Estimated value unknown

The De Beers Millennium Star is, at 203.04 carat (40.608 g), the world's largest top color (D), internally and externally flawless, pear-shaped diamond. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The carat is a unit of mass used for gems, and equals 200 milligrams or 3. ... BIC pen cap, about 1 gram. ... Jewelers set diamonds in groups of similar colors. ... In order to best utilize a diamond gemstones superlative material properties, a number of different diamond cuts have been developed. ... De Beers was founded in South Africa in 1888 and today comprises rough diamond exploration, mining and trading companies. ... De Beers was founded in South Africa in 1888 and today comprises rough diamond exploration, mining and trading companies. ... Meanings of carat or karat: In the gem business: Carat (mass) is a unit of mass for gems. ... This article is about the gemstone. ...


The diamond was discovered in the Mbuji-Mayi district of Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1990 in alluvial deposits; uncut it was 777 carat (155.4 g). It was purchased by De Beers. It took over three years for workers of the Steinmetz Diamond Group to produce the classic pear form; the actual cutting was done using lasers. Mbuji-Mayi (formerly Bakwanga) serves as the capital of Kasai-Oriental (Anglicized as East-Kasai) province in the south-central Democratic Republic of Congo. ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


It was first displayed in October 1999 as the centerpiece of the De Beers Millennium diamond collection. The collection also includes eleven blue diamonds totaling 118 carats (23.6 g) and The Heart of Eternity. They were displayed at London’s Millennium Dome over 2000. There was an attempt on November 7, 2000 to steal the collection. Crime journalist Kris Hollington wrote a book about the attempted theft called Diamond Geezers (ISBN 1843171228) which also features a detailed history of the Millennium Star. Heart of Eternity Weight 27. ... The Millennium Dome, with the Canary Wharf complex in the background, seen from the River Thames Aerial view of the Millennium Dome The Millennium Dome, seen from the Isle of Dogs. ... November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 54 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


The largest cut white (D) diamond by weight is the 1991 heart-shaped 273.85 carat (54.77 g) Centenary Diamond. Centenary Diamond Weight 273 carats Color Grade D Colorless Cut Modified Heart Country of origin South Africa Mine of origin Premier Mine Date discovered 11 May 1988 Cut by Mick Harris (DCW) Original owner De Beers Current owner Unknown Estimated value at least USD 100 million The De Beers Centenary...


Miscellany

  • The term "Millennium Star" was also used to name the ultimate prize in the Nintendo game Mario Party 3.

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The Millennium Star Diamond (1707 words)
The Millennium Star is the centerpiece of the company's Limited Edition Millennium Diamonds collection which further consists of 11 highly unusual blue diamonds cut into a variety of shapes, having a total weight of 118 carats.
In addition to the pear-shaped Millennium Star, the collection consists of 11 beautiful blue diamonds of different shapes and carat weights, ranging in size from 5.16 carats to a phenomenal 27.64 carat heart-shaped stone, the Heart of Eternity.
The Millennium Star was part of the Splendour of Diamonds Exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC over the summer of 2003.
A Millennium Star takes centre stage in Diamonds - Natural History Museum (513 words)
One of the world’s most famous diamonds, the De Beers Millennium Star, will take centre stage at the Natural History Museum this summer in the biggest ever diamonds exhibition.
The 203.04-carat flawless De Beers Millennium Star was cut from a rough diamond of 777 carats.
It was unveiled in 1999 at the Millennium Dome where it became the target of a foiled robbery attempt in 2000.
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