The Final Cullinan Suite:
“The Great Star of Africa” is the largest of the Cullinan diamonds. It weighs 530.2 carats, and is cut with 74 facets, allowing it. Today, all four of the Royal Asscher Diamonds signature cuts have 74 facets as an homage to the Cullinan I
Known as the “Smaller Star of Africa,” the Cullinan II has a prestigious home at the front and centre of Great Britain’s Imperial Crown. It sits alongside the Stuart Sapphire, St. Edward’s Sapphire, the Black Prince’s Ruby and 2,868 additional brilliant-cut diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and 269 pearls.
While it is not as renown as the Cullinan I or II, the Cullinan III nevertheless has a unique history of its own. The pear-cut diamond weighs 94.4 carats (18.88 grams), and is thought to have been Queen Mary’s personal favorite of the collection. Exceptionally inventive with her jewelry collection, Queen Mary first had the Cullinan III and IV set for her coronation crown, and later for the Delhi Dubar tiara. In more recent years, the diamond has made its home on a brooch worn by Queen Elizabeth II, often alongside the Cullinan IV.
In 1958, Queen Elizabeth II visited the Netherlands, and stopped by the visit Louis Asscher, brother of Joseph Asscher. She told him, “Here Mr. Asscher, you can take them in your hands, you held them in your hands before!”. Though his eyesight was failing, he was deeply moved by the opportunity to hold the legendary diamond again.
The Cullinan IV is a square cut diamond, and comes in at 63.6 carats (12.72 grams). It sits alongside its sister diamond, the Cullinan III as part of Queen Mary’s private jewels. The two diamonds are fondly known by the Monarch as “Granny’s chips”