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What Is ‘The Great Star Of Africa’, The Largest Clear-Cut Diamond That South Africa Wants Back?

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On September 8, Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 and the funeral of the late monarch is taking place today. Interestingly, the demise of the Queen has sparked a debate in South Africa over the ownership of a diamond. Following her death, South Africans are demanding the return of the Great Star of Africa, which is the largest known clear-cut diamond. It was mined in South Africa in the year 1905.  Here is all you need to know about the precious diamond, also known as Cullinan I. 

 
 
 
 
 
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What Is The Great Star Of Africa? 

The Great Star of Africa is the largest known clear-cut diamond. The precious stone, also known as Cullinan I was cut from the larger gem that was mined in South Africa in 1905. The 500-carat diamond is placed on the royal sceptre that Queen Elizabeth II used during her time as monarch. The Cullinan I is a colourless pear-shaped diamond. For many years, it had been the largest polished diamond in the world until the Golden Jubilee Diamond was discovered.

 
 
 
 
 
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According to the reports, the precious diamond was presented to King Edward VII in 1907 as a symbol of friendship and peace, two years after it was unearthed in a mine in South Africa’s old Transvaal province. The Government and the citizen of South Africa want the diamond back after the Queen’s death. Activist Thanduxolo Sabelo said that the Cullinan Diamond must be returned to the country with immediate effect. Furthermore, she added that the minerals of their country and other countries continue to benefit Britain at the expense of their people. 

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An online petition seeking the return of the precious stone has been signed by more than six thousand people.

In a tweet, Vuyolwethu Zungula, a member of the South African Parliament demanded reparations for all the harm done by Britain and the return of all the gold and diamonds stolen by them. 

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Get in the line, South Africa, we also want our Koh-i-noor back from the Brits. 

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