When Gabi Tolkowsky was commissioned in nineteen
eighty-eight to cut the Centenary Diamond, the one-hundred million dollar five-hundred
and ninety-nine carat rough diamond, presented him with a problem: How would a stone of this size behave when he was cutting it? Cutting a stone this size had never been done before.
I ask for large stone so that I could test my tools and techniques, but was given an eighty-carat
stone that was not large enough. I was then presented with a much larger rough,
the unnamed brown. This rough diamond of extraordinary size was,
however very dark and dull in color. The result of the finished cut was transformative.
Gabi had crafted the unnamed brown, the Golden Jubilee.
An intense, golden-yellow brown diamond. It’s color enhanced by its fire-cushion cut. Chosen as a gift to his majesty the king of
Thailand to celebrate fifty years on the throne. It remains to this day the largest faceted
diamond in the world at five-hundred and forty-five point six seven carats.