|The yellow diamond is becoming more popular each year, attracting elegant, sophisticated and galmorous women from different walks of life. |
Light to vivid yellow diamonds are found in different countries, but the notably large and intense yellows have been discovered primarily in South Africa. These include the largest known canary diamond, the Red Cross, which was once presented to Christies on behalf of the British Red Cross Society. A rare feature of this stone is that a Maltese Cross is clearly visible in its top facet. Another famous yellow diamond discovered in South Africa is the Allnatt, a 100-carat fancy vivid canary yellow.
The largest yellow diamond is a deep brownish yellow called the Incomparable. It is the third largest diamond in the world, weighing 407.48 carats and is also the world’s largest internally flawless diamond. It was originally discovered by a young girl playing in a pile of rubble in the town of Mbuji Mayi in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Little known fact
The first diamond ever to be authenticated in Africa was the Eureka, a pale yellow stone weighing 10.7 carats. It was discovered in 1866 by the child of a Boer farmer, in a small hole probably made by a bushman digging for roots.
Die Hard Fans
Former First Lady, Hillary Clinton, wore her 4.23 carat "Kahn Canary" flawless diamond to President Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Ball and other important events. The Academy Awards, where fashion can make or break the image of movie stars, actress Whoopi Goldberg wore a $5 million canary yellow diamond pendant that weighed 80 carats, and actress Julianne Moore wore a 7.52 carat fancy vivid yellow diamond. In the fashion industry, supermodel Christy Turlington set her cushion-shaped yellow diamond in a navel ring. Designer Donatella Versace has also been spotted showing off her yellow diamonds. In the hit series, "Sex and the City," the chic Samantha Jones character receives a yellow diamond stunner from her boyfriend, Richard, after his indiscretion.
This cubic zirconium replica was designed and cut by Scott Sucher. Light yellow with a slight green undertone and weighing almost 140 carats in the rough, the Florentine diamond initially belonged to the Medicis, one of the most powerful families in Europe. After it changed hands in 1743, the Emperor Francis I wore the Florentine in his crown at his coronation. After the collapse of the Habsburg Empire in 1918, the stone accompanied the royal family into exile in Switzerland, but since then the diamond has vanished; nothing definite is known of its whereabouts.