On this day, in 1905, the world's largest diamond at the time was mined in SA

On this day, in 1905, the world's largest diamond at the time was mined in SA

On the 26th of January 1905, a diamond of 3.106 carats was found in South Africa in the Cullinan mine and was considered the largest diamond ever found. The diamond is estimated to be worth more than R3 594 854 702,52.

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Frederick Wells was extremely lucky to find one of the most epic diamonds ever. He extracted a massive diamond from the Cullinan mine that was just a few kilometres outside Pretoria, South Africa.

The diamond was found on 26 January 1905. What a way to start a year!

The spectacular gem weighed a stunning 3.106 carats and was considered the biggest diamond to ever be found. Along with this diamond was 2 other diamonds, each of them greater than 50 carats each.

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Briefly.co.za gathered from sahistory.org.za that the diamond was gifted to King Edward VII. It's now part of the British crown jewels.

According to experts, the diamond is worth well over £200 million R3 594 854 702,52. Try saying that out loud.

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What happened to the diamond?

The Cullinan diamond was split and cut into 9 main pieces and 96 smaller stones. It took 8 months of serious work to separate the diamond.

Many of the stones form part of the Crown Jewels of England which is used in beautiful and stunning pieces of jewellery.

On this day, in 1905, the world's largest diamond at the time was mined in SA

The diamond is used in stunning jewellery (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
Source: Getty Images

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