This famous Diamond was discovered in 1853 by a young girl who was a slave working at the Bagagem Diamond Mine in Brazil. At the time it was a custom that anyone finding a Diamond of great significance would be granted freedom and on unearthing a huge Diamond which weighed over 250cts in its rough state, the girl was apparently not only set free but also given a pension for life. The owner of the mine had little idea of its true value and it is reported that he sold the gem for around £3,000, only for the new owner to sell it for 10 times more just a few months later!
Also known as Estreal do Sul, the Star of the South is today a 128.48ct beautifully cushion cut, VS2 clarity Diamond that is light pink in colour. The Diamond has enjoyed a very eventful and well documented history over the past 100 years and in 2002 Cartier purchased it from Rustomjee Jamsetjee of Mumbai. Not long after their purchase, the Diamond became subject to a legal case as it was claimed to be listed as an heirloom of the wealthy Gaekwad family.
I find the cut of this gem as impressive as the gem itself. Therefore we have recently had two of our head Lapidaries develop our “Replica Star of the South Cut”. This wonderful oval cut is a direct replica of the arrangement and shape of the facets and we have closely adhered to the angles of the facets both on the crown and the pavilion.