Cullinan Diamond parts
As mentioned before, the Cullinan diamond was cut into 9
stones, 95 brilliants and 9.5 carats of unpolished diamond. Of these, Cullinan
I and II belonged to King Edward VII, while the rest of the diamonds were given
to the cutter, Mr. Asscher.
The bigger stones are named Cullinan I to Cullinan IX
respectively, the Cullinan I being the biggest while the Cullinan IX being the
smallest of the stones.
Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa
as it is also known was given to Edward VII and it currently stays in the
Tower of London.
Cullinan II, or the Lesser Star of Africa weighs 317.4 carats sits in the center of the Imperial
State Crown of Great Britain.
Cullinan III and IV
Cullinan III (94.4 carat) and Cullinan IV (63.6 carat) were purchased in 1910 from Asscher and
Queen Mary put them in a brooch.
The 5th stone, Culinan
V was used by Queen Mary in a platinum brooch.
stone, Culinan VI, was purchased
immediately after the Cullinan was cut from Asscher.
Cullinan VII and VIII
Cullinan VII and VIII were used in the same brooch made for
The smallest of the Cullinan diamonds, a 4.39 pear-shaped diamond was used in an engraved ring
which is currently used by Queen Elizabeth II.
Some of the 95 brilliants were also purchased by the Royal Family and used in necklaces and