Jagersfontein

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Mouawad's elaborate bracelet with the $2.6 million Excelsior I as the centerpiece - 69.68 ct - G color - VS2 clarity

Excelsior Diamond- Massive rough diamond

Jagersfontein Mine ( /ˌjeɪɡərzˈfɒnteɪn/) is an abandoned open-pit mine in South Africa located close to the town of Jagersfontein and approximately 68 miles (109 km) south-west of Bloemfontein. Since it was first established in 1888, two of the ten biggest diamonds ever discovered, the Excelsior and the Reitz (now called the Jubilee), were mined from Jagersfontein. Jagersfontein is a kimberlite pipe, and a prime locality for mantle xenoliths.

Jagersfontein Mine ( /ˌjeɪɡərzˈfɒnteɪn/) is an abandoned open-pit mine in South Africa located close to the town of Jagersfontein and approximately 68 miles (109 km) south-west of Bloemfontein. Since it was first established in 1888, two of the ten biggest diamonds ever discovered, the Excelsior and the Reitz (now called the Jubilee), were mined from Jagersfontein. Jagersfontein is a kimberlite pipe, and a prime locality for mantle xenoliths.

The Jubilee is a colorless cushion-shaped diamond with a weight of 245.35 carats. The original rough stone, an irregular octahedron, weighed 650.80 carats and was found in the Jagersfontein Mine in 1895. When during the cutting it became evident that a superb diamond of exceptional purity and size was being produced, it was planned to present it to Queen Victoria. The following year marked the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, so the gem was renamed the Jubilee to commemorate the occasion.

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The Excelsior rough from the Jagersfontein mine in South Africa - 995 ct - cut into 21 diamonds

The Excelsior rough from the Jagersfontein mine in South Africa - 995 ct - cut into 21 diamonds

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Historic Jagersfontein, Free State - Karoo Space

Jagersfontein is a favourite with geologists and historians.

Jagersfontein is a favourite with geologists and historians.

Historic Jagersfontein, Free State - Karoo Space

Jagersfontein is a favourite with geologists and historians.

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Karoo 2015 – The Year in Pictures - Karoo Space

The Karoo Space Annual Review – 12 illustrated adventures.

Jagersfontein This photo shows the Free State as I remember it as a child. Dry, drought stricken. Then we built the huge Dam. Gariep? And the weather changed due to the extra humidity.

Jagersfontein Travel Information

Jagersfontein - Travel information and accommodation, restaurants, activities and businesses in Jagersfontein

The Earth Star Diamond was found at the Jagersfontein Mine. The diamond came from the 2,500-foot (760 m) level of the volcanic diamond-bearing pipe. The rough gem weighed 248.9 carats (49.78 g) and was cut into a 111.59 carats (22.318 g) pear-shaped gem with a strong brown color and extraordinary brilliance.

The Earth Star Diamond was found at the Jagersfontein Mine. The diamond came from the 2,500-foot (760 m) level of the volcanic diamond-bearing pipe. The rough gem weighed 248.9 carats (49.78 g) and was cut into a 111.59 carats (22.318 g) pear-shaped gem with a strong brown color and extraordinary brilliance.