Friendships Level: What's in a Name?
In 1866, the rough stone, which weighed 24 carats, was
discovered in South Africa by children playing in the bushes.
Their unsuspecting parents gave the stone away to their neighbours,
who suspected that it was a valuable gem. In 1867, the stone was
tested and confirmed to be a diamond. For the next one hundred
years, ownership of the stone changed hands several times.
In 1967, it was offered as a gift to the South African government.
It is currently on display at the Mine Museum in Kimberley, South
Africa. The ‘Friends’ joining us, are a diamond in the rough, and
represent quite a find for us as echoed in the name ‘Eureka’.
The Golden Jubilee
The final cut of the Golden Jubilee, which was described by its
master cutter as a “Fire-Rose cushion shape”, left everyone in awe.
It is one of the world’s largest faceted diamonds. It was discovered
in 1985, in the Premier Mine in South Africa. The rough stone
weighed 775 carats. The Golden Jubilee was presented to the King
of Thailand in 1997 for the 50th anniversary of his coronation.
The stone has been blessed by Pope John Paul II, the Supreme
Buddhist Patriarch and the Supreme Imam in Thailand. We chose
this name, to underscore our anticipation of a lasting friendship
through “Friends of DDI International”.
The Millennium Star
Unveiled to the world on the eve of the new millennium, the
Millennium Star was discovered a decade earlier in alluvial
deposits in the Mbuji-Mayi district of the Democratic Republic
of Congo. It is one of the world’s largest known top-colour
diamonds. The original rough stone was 777 carats. Following
several months of planning, it was cut into three pieces, with the
Millennium Star being the largest piece. This name reflects our
link with the Millennium Development Goals, in line with our
development aspirations for artisanal diamond miners.