The Cullinan is a wonder of nature, of exceptional
colour (D Blue-white) and of flawless clarity.
Cullinan I, the great "Star of Africa" weighing
530.2 carats is in the Queen's Sceptre. Cullinan II weighing 317.4
carats is in the Imperial state Crown which Her Majesty wears each
year to the opening of Parliament. Cullinan III weighing 94.4 carats
and Cullinan IV (63.6 carats) are in Queen Mary's crown.
The other five major pieces are in jewellery owned
by the Queen.
Both the Cullinan (formerly Premier) mine in the town
Cullinan near Pretoria and the Crown Jewels, which are on display
to the public at the Tower of London, draw significant numbers of
tourists every year.
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