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The Millennium Star Diamond

Updated on April 25, 2012
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.

The Millennium Star Diamond
The Millennium Star Diamond | Source

Diamonds are spectacular rocks. They shine. They sparkle. They make you gasp especially when they are categorized as the second largest pear-shaped flawless diamond in the world. Let me introduce to you the Millennium Star Diamond.


The Millennium Star Diamond is 203.04 carats and considered flawless. There are no purities within this diamond like there are in roughly 99% of all other diamonds in the world. If you are looking for the poster child for the perfect diamond, the Millennium Star Diamond is a strong contender.

It is pear shaped. This shape is round at the bottom like an oval and tapers off toward the top into a point. It resembles a tear drop. It has 54 facts to help illuminate it like no other diamond. No wonder it is one of the most famous diamonds today.

The Millennium Diamond Collection
The Millennium Diamond Collection | Source


Most diamonds have a long history. They even have mysterious pasts as no one know where they came from or who owned them before they became public knowledge sometimes a hundred years after the estimated mining date. This usually gives those diamonds a little more mystery and fame. Yet the Millennium Star Diamond is such a baby in the diamond world.

The Millennium Star Diamond was pulled from Zaire, Africa at 777 carats. The original stone was too big to be used to its full potential so it was cut into three individual stones with the Millennium Star coming from the largest piece. It was presented to the world in late 1999 in a collection from De Beers known as the Millennium Diamond Collection. From there the name, Millennium Star Diamond, was given to the 203.04 carat perfect piece.

Why ‘Millennium’? The diamonds in the Millennium Diamond Collection were all discovered by the end of the millennium thus giving the collection its name. It is an amazing collection that has been showcased in the Smithsonian and in London and is breathtaking.

Attempted Theft

In 2000, the Millennium Diamond Collection was showcased in London in the Millennium Dome. It was a much publicized event which meant extra security measures. Unbeknownst to the public was one safety measure that would become the sigh of relief for all those with a vested interest in the gemstones. The real diamonds were all replaced with perfect fake ones. Though they still would not have made off with the real ones.

It seems the would-be thieves were new to the world of high-stakes theft and the police knew of their intentions long before they came within shouting distance of the Millennium Dome. Smashing the doors in, the thieves found themselves immediately surrounded and taken into custody. They never even got to see the real Millennium Diamonds. I think they watched too many movies that made such a heist too easy. The Millennium Diamond Collection is still safe and sound for the world to see.

Bigger is Not Always Better

The bigger the diamond is might be better, right? Not really. It might make it famous, but the size of it as it is pulled from the earth might not make it as valuable. Diamonds are made from heat and pressure on carbon. If there are other chemicals present during this extremely long process, ‘flaws’ develop. These ‘flaws’ can be a color to the stone making a blue diamond or a pink diamond. The flaws can also include cloudy areas and markings that interfere with the purity of the stone.

When a diamond is pulled from the earth, it could have many of these flaws. Yet when you see them like the Millennium Star Diamond, they are rated as perfect. How is that? It is all in the hands of the cutter.

The cutter, gemologist, studies the raw stone for weeks or months looking for the perfect places to cut it so that the purer parts can be revealed and shaped into a gem. Sometimes a stone of 300 carats could be cut down to 70 carats because the rest of it was too flawed. Its perfection could only be found in the 70 carats left.

So, bigger is not always better.


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