the round brilliant-cut fancy intense yellow diamond, weighing 3.16 carats, within a plain mount; mounted in eighteen karat gold; size 6 3/4
Accompanied by GIA report #2135361859, dated April 27, 2011, stating: natural fancy intense yellow color.
This rare fancy intense yellow diamond belongs to an owner who has a unique and captivating story. The owner's grandfather, Sir Thomas Cullinan, was the principal owner of the Premier Diamond Mining Company. Prior to his success in mining, he was a well established builder and an amateur geologist - with an obsession for mining and an uncanny instinct for the earth's geology. In 1905 the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found, weighing in excess of 3,100 carats, was pulled from the wall of the open-pit Premier Mine. This enormous rough was cut into nine principal stones, which became part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
The southern part of Africa is rich in diamond deposits which produce almost 50% of the current world production. South Africa has produced important and notable diamonds including the Centenary, the Taylor-Burton, the Victoria-Transvaal and the famous large yellow Tiffany diamond.
This outstanding fancy intense yellow diamond was a gift to the owner from her husband in 1970 when he worked for an associated company of DeBeers Consolidated Mines Limited, Johannesburg.