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April 19, 2015 1:14 pm  #1


The Numbered Cullinan Diamonds

THE NUMBERED CULLINAN DIAMONDS
 
The topic of this list are the nine, numbered, cut stones that were cleaved from the raw Cullinan Diamond (3,103 metric carats) discovered on the 26th of January 1905 at the Premier Mine near Pretoria, South Africa.
 
I will not delve into the history of the stone(s) per se, as this information can be found in a variety of sources, but I will provide interesting facts as they pertain the jewels they became.
 
First, a list of the nine numbered stones
 
1        I     530.2 carats – pear cut - set in the Scepter with the Cross
2       II     317.4 carats – rectangular cushion cut - set in the Imperial State Crown
3       III      94.4 carats – pear cut - lower portion of brooch (with Cullinan VI)
4      IV       63.6 carats – square cushion cut - upper portion of brooch (with Cullinan III)
5       V       18.8 carats – heart cut - set in a brooch
6      VI       11.5 carats – marquise cut - lower portion of brooch (with Cullinan VIII)
7     VII         8.8 carats – marquise cut - hangs as a pendant of the Delhi Durbar Necklace
8     VIII        6.8 carats – upper portion of brooch (with Cullinan VI)
9       IX        4.4 carats – pendeloque cut - set in a ring
 
A number of non-numbered stones are also in the BRF’s collection of jewels.

Here is a chart outlining the numbered stones
http://i59.tinypic.com/snmmn5.jpg

 
CULLINAN I – The First Star of Africa
Cullinan I - close-up
 http://i58.tinypic.com/b6y97r.jpg

In the Scepter with Cross - its usual home
http://i62.tinypic.com/214xlxg.jpg

Queen Alexandra wears Cullinan I and II as a stomacher brooch
http://i61.tinypic.com/ztenag.jpg

Not to be outdone..Queen Mary is a glitter in diamonds with Cullinan I & II as a stomacher and III & IV as a pendant
http://i57.tinypic.com/htck6r.jpg

Interesting Facts
Presented to King Edward VII
The largest colourless and flawless cut diamond in the world
Has been worn as the pendant of a brooch (with Cullinan II or the Koh-i-nur)
Worn (as a brooch) by Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary
Currently set in the Scepter with the Cross
 
CULLINAN II – The Second Start of Africa
Cullinan II - Close-up
http://i61.tinypic.com/dhg4ms.jpg

In its usual place of honour - the front band of the Imperial State Crown
http://i58.tinypic.com/e7nnea.jpg

 
Interesting Facts
Presented to King Edward VII
The second largest colourless and flawless cut diamond in the world
Has been worn as the top portion of a brooch (with pendant Cullinan I)
Worn (as a brooch) by Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary
Currently set in the front of the band of the Imperial State Crown
 
CULLINAN III
Close-up
 http://i58.tinypic.com/309sksy.jpg

QM wears as a single pendant
http://i61.tinypic.com/fnb81x.jpg

Always tinkering, QM used III & IV in the Delhi Durbar Tiara to great effect
http://i61.tinypic.com/29ygoxc.jpg

She also used III & IV (along with the Koh-i-nur) in her Coronation Crown (shown here in paste replica)
http://i60.tinypic.com/wk682o.jpg

QEII dons "Granny's Chips" in 1985
http://i60.tinypic.com/if0rbr.jpg

Interesting Facts
Presented to Queen Mary in 1910 by the Government of South Africa
With Cullinan IV, known as the Lesser Stars of Africa
Has been worn as the pendant portion of a brooch (with pendant Cullinan IV)
This brooch known as “Granny’s Chips” by QEII
Worn (as a brooch) by Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth II
Worn by Queen Mary set in her coronation crown and the Delhi Durbar Tiara
 
CULLINAN IV
 Close-up
http://i59.tinypic.com/2mo721e.jpg

QM again with the Lesser Stars as a brooch (and Cullinan V in the cross pattee of her regal circlette)
http://i57.tinypic.com/33wxhrc.jpg

QEII channelling her Grandmother
http://i60.tinypic.com/fwlr88.jpg

A close-up of the complete brooch (Cullinan IV on top and III as pendant)
http://i62.tinypic.com/2iiwe2p.jpg

As worn for HM QEII's Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral 05Jun2012
http://i57.tinypic.com/15cesg2.jpg
http://i62.tinypic.com/353766e.jpg

 Interesting Facts
Presented to Queen Mary in 1910 by the Government of South Africa
With Cullinan III, known as the Lesser Stars of Africa
Has been worn as the top portion of a brooch (with pendant Cullinan III)
This brooch known as “Granny’s Chips” by QEII
Worn (as a brooch) by Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth II
Worn by Queen Mary set in her coronation crown and the Delhi Durbar Tiara
 
CULLINAN V
Close-up
http://i59.tinypic.com/qnpkxe.jpg

The full brooch
http://i58.tinypic.com/23kqd6o.jpg

QM uses Cullinan V in the centre of the Delhi Durbar stomacher
http://i61.tinypic.com/2z7hjpx.jpg

A little closer (with Cullinan VIII below)
http://i57.tinypic.com/2m5nwye.jpg

One of Queen Elizabeth's favoutires
http://i62.tinypic.com/24zdshg.jpg

http://i59.tinypic.com/90r8k7.jpg

http://i58.tinypic.com/15g5yf7.jpg


Interesting Facts

Presented to Queen Mary in 1910 by the Government of South Africa
Multi-functional but usually worn as a separate brooch
Worn (as a brooch) by Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth II
Worn by Queen Mary set in her Delhi Durbar Stomacher and in various tiaras
 
CULLINAN VI
Close-up
http://i59.tinypic.com/2qvtwes.jpg

As a pendant from Cullinan VIII
http://i59.tinypic.com/33otqpj.jpg

A unique configuration from QM - stomacher-style Cullinan V, Cullinan VIII and Cullinan VI
http://i60.tinypic.com/25ph4.jpg

Not worn very often by QEII
http://i62.tinypic.com/2pr7f5k.jpg

Interesting Facts
Purchased by King Edward VII for Queen Alexandra
Most often worn as the pendant of a brooch (with top Cullinan VIII)
Worn by Queen Mary set in her Delhi Durbar Stomacher
Worn by Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth II
Inherited by Queen Mary in 1925 and by QEII in 1953
 
CULLINAN VII
Close-up
http://i59.tinypic.com/ivvern.jpg

Delhi Durbar Necklace Drops
http://i57.tinypic.com/317jt5z.jpg

The complete necklace (that's III & IV in the middle)
http://i60.tinypic.com/1z23ptl.png

The Delhi Durbar Necklace as worn by Queen Mary
http://i60.tinypic.com/dls58l.jpg

As worn by Queen Elizabeth II
http://i58.tinypic.com/14l6h3c.jpg

Interesting Facts
Presented to Queen Mary in 1910 by the Government of South Africa
Hangs as a pendant of the Delhi Durbar Necklace
Worn by Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth II
Sometimes Queen Mary used this stone as the drop brooch in place of Cullinan VIII
 
CULLINAN VIII
Close-up
http://i58.tinypic.com/2zgepuq.jpg

As set in the brooch - notice the similar setting to Cullinan V
http://i57.tinypic.com/15oax5y.jpg

Queen Mary once more uses Cullinan VIII at he bottom of her stomacher
http://i57.tinypic.com/2194cqo.jpg

QEII - a more subtle useage
http://i58.tinypic.com/n7zg4.jpg

Interesting Facts
Presented to Queen Mary in 1910 by the Government of South Africa
Most often worn as the top of a brooch (with pendant Cullinan VI)
The brooch has a similar setting to that of Cullinan V
Worn by Queen Mary set in her Delhi Durbar Stomacher
Worn by Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth II
 
CULLINAN IX
Close-up - two views
http://i57.tinypic.com/2v1kv9w.png

http://i61.tinypic.com/2m6srb5.jpg
Queen Elizabeth II wears the Cullinan IX ring very rarely - here it is in 1985
http://i61.tinypic.com/71jz35.jpg

Interesting Facts
Presented to Queen Mary in 1910 by the Government of South Africa
A pendeloque cut stone, it is set in a solitaire ring
Worn by Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth II
 

Last edited by Bryce (April 26, 2015 12:46 am)

 

April 25, 2015 7:33 am  #2


Re: The Numbered Cullinan Diamonds

I have completed by list featuring the numbered Cullinan diamonds.
If anyone has anything to add, edit or otherwise contribute, please let me know and I will edit the list accordingly.
Thanks to Nellie who already pointed out a couple of points which I have changed.
 

     Thread Starter
 

April 25, 2015 10:50 am  #3


Re: The Numbered Cullinan Diamonds

Congratulations Bryce on being the first to complete a list on the RJL.
And what a list it is - the wonderful Cullinans.
I have not been able to study all your work in detail yet but will do so before long.

Discussion on this list is now welcome here.

 

April 29, 2015 6:10 pm  #4


Re: The Numbered Cullinan Diamonds

Thankyou Bryce for such a well documented & illustrated list, I have enjoyed it very much.
                                                                                  Cheers Annie

 

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