Skip to main content
CNN.com
Search
Home World U.S. Weather Business Sports Analysis Politics Law Tech Science Health Entertainment Offbeat Travel Education Specials Autos I-Reports
WORLD header

The day in numbers: $12,360,000

Adjust font size:
Decrease fontDecrease font
Enlarge fontEnlarge font

$12,360,000: The price paid Monday for "The Lesotho Promise," the 10th largest white diamond ever discovered and the largest diamond found this century, by the South African Diamond Corporation at an auction in Antwerp, Belgium.

$20,000,000: The price the diamond, found at the Letseng Diamond Mine, Lesotho, is expected to fetch once it has been cut up.

603: The weight of the golf ball-sized diamond in carats (the unit of measurement for gemstones defined as a fifth of a gramme or seven thousandths of an ounce). It was the largest gem found since the 777-carat Millennium Star was discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1993 by a young girl playing outside her house.

3,106: The size in carats of the biggest rough diamond ever found, known as "The Cullinan," found in South Africa in 1905.

$372,000,000: The estimated value of Cullinan I, or the "Great Star of Africa" -- the largest stone cut from the Cullinan and the second-largest cut diamond in the world -- part of the Crown Jewels owned by the UK's Queen Elizabeth II on display at the Tower of London.

22 August, 2006: The date the Lesotho Promise was discovered. "The diamond sorters, a black woman, went into the room and put her hands into the glove box and she opened up the compartment and this jewel that you see over there fell out in front of her," said Clifford Elphick, CEO of Gem Diamond Mining. "As reported to me, she started screaming and the rest of the staff thought she had been electrocuted and they ran into there to see if she was okay to be confronted with the Lesotho Promise."


Advertisement

Advertisement

Career Builder.com
Quick Job Search
  More Options
International Edition
CNN TV CNN International Headline News Transcripts Advertise with Us About Us Contact Us
Search
© 2007 Cable News Network.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us. Site Map.
SERVICES » E-mails RSSRSS Feed PodcastsRadio News Icon CNNtoGo CNN Pipeline
Offsite Icon External sites open in new window; not endorsed by CNN.com
Pipeline Icon Pay service with live and archived video. Learn more