World’s Largest Diamond?

A reported record-shattering 8,000 ct. diamond made headlines around the world—but later was revealed to be a hoax. The stone, discovered in South Africa, was said to be more than double the weight of the 3,100 ct. Cullinan, considered the world's largest. The spokesman for the diamond's owner, South African businessman Brett Jolly, told JCK the man described it “as the most beautiful perfect shape, color, and clarity he has ever seen. It breaks all rules when it comes to the diamond industry.” The stone shown in pictures is a perfect octahedron, also exceedingly rare. Readers who saw pictures of it through a link on the JCKonline blog Cutting Remarks guessed it was a “garnet,” “topaz,” and “big hunk of green glass.” The story began to unravel when Jolly went to test the store, accompanied by Melody Brandon, a reporter from the Johannesburg Sunday Times. Brandon,
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