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Jewels cut from 3,000-carat diamond go on display at Buckingham Palace

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Queen Victoria's Small Diamond Crown from 1870 is displayed to the media at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace on May 15, 2012 in London, England. Jewellery, made from the largest diamond ever found, will be shown to the public at the 'Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration' exhibition which is part of the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace from June 30th - 8th July 2012 and July 31st - October 7, 2012. Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee the exhibition will showcase seven of the 9 stones cut from the Cullinan Diamond - the remaining two from part of the Crown Jewels. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Peter Macdiarmid
Queen Victoria's Small Diamond Crown from 1870 is displayed to the media at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace on May 15, 2012, in London.
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(CBS News) Jewels made with the world's largest diamond are going on display at Buckingham Palace as a part of an exhibition for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

Pictures: Jewels from the "Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration" exhibit
Special Section: Queen's Diamond Jubilee

The major display will reunite, for the first time, seven of the nine principal stones cut from the Cullinan Diamond, which was a 3,106-carat diamond discovered in 1905 in the Cullinan Diamond Mine near Pretoria, the capital of South Africa.

"Until Jan. 26, 1905, no one had ever seen a diamond of this size," Caroline de Guitaut, curator of the Royal Collections, told the UK Press Association. "So incredible was its discovery that the moment it was found at the Premier mine, it was thrown out the window of the mine manager's office because it was thought to be a worthless crystal."

The exhibit, "Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration," will be a part of the 2012 summer opening of Buckingham Palace. The exhibition will be held from June 30 to July 8 and from July 31 to Oct. 7.