The most precious among stones, the price of a diamond depends on a number of other factors like the number of reflecting edges, color, clarity, weight and historical and cultural significance. The rich and powerful still race against each other to acquire them, and the costliest of gems have often been the best possessions of kings and gods. Here is a list of the 10 most expensive diamonds in the world at present.
THE HEART OF ETERNITY – $16 MILLIONS
A fancy Vivid Blue diamond, this 27.64 carats gem was cut by the Steinmetz group and sold to the De Beers Group who unveiled it in 2000. The 203.4 carat Millenium Star and the Heart of Eternity were cut from the same 777 carat rough stone. The rarity of this stone lies in many factors, the chief being its perfect blue shade without the presence of the usual black and grey undertones. Also, blue diamonds constitute only 0.1% of the diamonds sourced in Premier Diamond Mine, and very few are of any considerable size. In 2012, it was reported that the boxer Floyd Mayweather bought it for his then-fiancé Shantel Jackson, though De Beers has neither confirmed nor denied the speculations.