The Tiffany Yellow Diamond

The Tiffany Yellow Diamond is one of the largest yellow diamonds of its calibre in known existence. At its discovery in 1877 in the Kimberly Mines in South Africa –which notoriously yield many of the world’s highest quality colored diamonds- it weighed a total of 287.42 carats. It was shipped to Paris shortly after, where it spent a year being studied by various experts. The man assigned to supervise the cutting was George F. Kunz, a distinguished gemologist who was only 23 years old at the time when the famous diamond was cut. Needless to say, this propelled his career for years to come.

To yield the most beautiful diamond out of the rough stone, it was shaved down to a 128.54 cushion-cut with 90 facets. The extra facets gave the stone a smoldering look, and under certain lights it looks as if it is a piece of fire. In 1879, it was obtained by the Tiffany branch in Paris, and thereafter was named simply, the Tiffany Yellow Diamond.Yellow

It has only left Tiffany’s hands 3 times in its history. It was loaned once to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History from April 2007 to September 2007. At the time it was in the museum, the museum’s gem curator Jeffrey Post said it was the largest diamond on display in the U.S. It was also worn by two ladies, first by Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse at the 1957 Tiffany Ball in Newport set in a necklace of white diamonds. Subsequently, it was worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1961 for publicity photographs for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.Hepburn

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