A 35.60 carat diamond heads to the Tower of London

It took six months to cut into shape and now it is on display today in the Tower of London to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, a fancy pink-brown colour 35.60 carat diamond.

Named the Steinmetz Forevermark Jubilee Pink Diamond, the stone is unique considering its colour and size.

"As is fitting for such a unique diamond, it will form the centrepiece of a new display, charting its journey from the mine, through to cutting and polishing, and finally to the Martin Tower in the Tower of London," states Forevermark in its news release.

"Specialist tools and rough and polished diamonds, will also be used to illustrate the master craftsmanship necessary to unleash the beauty of this remarkable gem. The experts at Steinmetz Diamonds took six months to perfect the cut of the diamond, crafting the beautiful cushion cut from the original 179.96 carat rough diamond."