Nude granny pretoria
The pear shape is known as a pendeloque and is mounted in an openwork 12-claw setting. Weighing 3,106 carats in its rough state and measuring 4in by 2.5in by 2.12in, the Cullinan – named after the chairman of the mining company, Thomas Cullinan – was also exceptional for its blue-white colour and purity.
Eventually, the Prime Minister of the Transvaal – then a British colony – suggested his government should acquire the Cullinan and present it to Edward VII as a token of loyalty.
A brooch containing two stones – the 94.4 carat Cullinan III and 63.3 carat Cullinan IV; a second heart-shaped brooch containing Cullinan V, which weighs 18.8 carats; the Delhi Durbar necklace from which Cullinan VII hangs in a pendant; a third brooch containing Cullinan VI and Cullinan VIII; and a platinum ring featuring the smallest of the nine stones, 4.4 carat Cullinan IX.
In 1907 the uncut stone was brought to Sandringham House in Norfolk.
Dazzling collection: The Coronation necklace and earrings, worn by the Queen on her Coronation in 1953, left, and right, the South Africa necklace and bracelet, a gift from the Government of South Africa to the then Princess Elizabeth on her 21st birthday.
Experts said last night that the value of the Cullinan Diamond was impossible to calculate as there has never been a gem like it in terms of size, clarity and colour.
The jewellery made from it is equally ‘priceless’, not least due to its impeccable royal provenance.
Search for Nude granny pretoria:
These gems were not cut from the Cullinan diamond, but will be among those displayed at Buckingham Palace this summer Fit for a queen: This small diamond crown, as worn by Queen Victoria for her official Diamond Jubilee portrait in 1870, will also go on display.