WE ARE OPEN FOR SURFACE TOURS
Come and enjoy with us exclusive surface tours of the working Cullinan Diamond Mine. This mine has produced some of the world's largest high quality gemstones and is the home of the world's largest diamond - the Cullinan (3106 ct).
Recently, a number of record breaking blue diamonds have been found including a 122.52 carat diamond which achieved a value of US$ 27.6 million in 2014.
We are open for surface tours only! Underground tours have been suspended indefinitely.
Come and enjoy exclusive surface tours of the working mine seven days a week at 10h00 and 12h00 Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours.
Please note that children under 12 years are not allowed to enter the mine and it is compulsory to wear closed shoes/canvas shoes when participating in the surface tour.
Please DO NOT DRINK ANY ALCOHOL prior to your tour as everybody entering the mine must go through a breathalyzer test. Persons with positive readings won't be allowed on the mine. Below downloadable Declaration and Indemnity Form must be filled in and signed by each visitor.
IMPORTANT COMPULSORY NOTIFICATION:
PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE INDEMN FORM, FILL IT IN ATTACH A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT, ID OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR CHILDREN (12 YEARS OLD AND OLDER) AND SEND THESE TO US VIA EMAIL BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL FOR YOUR TOUR. EMAIL
The Cullinan Diamond as found, broken down and cut as crown jewels.
The Cullinan kimberlite pipe was discovered in 1902 and open pit mining commenced at the ‘Premier’ mine (as it was then known) in 1903. Ore extraction has been by underground mining methods since 1946. Ore extraction has varied between 2 and 5 Mt per annum and ore treatment between 2 and 7 Mt per annum.
The mine was renamed Cullinan as part of its centenary celebrations and to link the mine to the illustrious heritage of the Cullinan diamond, which provided the two main polished diamonds within the British Crown Jewels (the 530 carat Great Star of Africa and the 317 carat Lesser Star of Africa)
Petra Diamonds initially acquired a 37% interest in the Cullinan mine from De Beers in 2008, but increased its direct interest in the mine to 74% in late 2009 when it acquired Al Rajhi's holding in the mine. Petra Diamonds continues to mine the underground resource using block cave mining methods.
Cullinan is renowned as a source of large diamonds and frequently yields diamonds larger than 10 carats. Furthermore, it has produced over 750 stones weighing more than 100 carats, 130 stones weighing more than 200 carats, and around a quarter of all diamonds weighing more than 400 carats.
Other notable diamonds historically produced from Cullinan include the "Premier Rose" (353 carats rough), the "Niarchos" (426 carats rough), the "De Beers Centenary" (599 carats rough), the "Golden Jubilee" (755 carats rough) and the famous "Taylor-Burton" diamond (69 carats polished).
Cullinan is also renowned as the world's most important source of blue diamonds, providing the collection of 11 rare blues displayed in 2000 at London's Millennium Dome alongside the Millennium Star and which included the fancy vivid blue "Heart of Eternity" (27 carats polished).
Since Petra Diamonds took operations over in 2008, Cullinan has produced the following important diamonds:
- A 39.9 carat diamond which sold for US$8.8 million in 2008.
- A 26.6 carat diamond which yielded a fancy vivid blue and internally flawless 7.0 carat polished stone known as the "Star of Josephine" and sold for US$9.49 million at a Sotheby's auction in 2009.
- A 507.5 carat white diamond known as the "Cullinan Heritage" which was sold in 2010 for US$35.3 million.
- A 25.5 carat blue diamond which sold for US$16.9 million in 2013.
- A 29.6 carat blue diamond which sold for US$25.6 million in February 2014 and was then cut and polished into the perfect 12 carat "Blue Moon".
- A 122.52 carat blue diamond which achieved a value of US$27.6 million in 2014.
- A 232 carat white diamond which was sold for US$15.2 million in September 2014.
Cullinan Tours - Grace Masango
99 Oak Avenue, Cullinan, South Africa
+27 83 273 8548 and +27 12 734 0260