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Tiffany Yellow Diamond

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Tiffany Yellow Diamond
Weight 128.54 carats (25.708 g)
Color yellow
Cut Modified antique cushion brilliant
Country of origin South Africa
Mine of origin Kimberley mine
Date discovered 1878
Cut by George Frederick Kunz
Owner Tiffany & Co.
Estimated value

The Tiffany Yellow Diamond is one of the largest fancy yellow diamonds ever discovered; it weighed 287.42 carats (57.484 g) in the rough when discovered in 1878 in the Kimberley mine in South Africa, and was cut into a cushion shape of 128.54 carats (25.708 g) with 90 facets - 32 more than a traditional round brilliant - to maximize its brilliance.

Discovered in South Africa in 1877, the stone was purchased by New York jeweler Charles Tiffany. His gemologist, George Frederick Kunz studied the gem for a year before beginning to cut it; reducing it from 287 carats (57.4 g) to its current size. The cutting was carried out in Paris. Kunz was a mere 23 years old at the time.

The gem was on loan from Tiffany & Co. to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. and was on display until 23 September, 2007.

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