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KOH-I-NOOR DIAMOND Once Pride Of India 105.60 Carats, an oval shape gem, now part of the British Crown Jewels. The name of this diamond means “Mountain of Light” and its history, dating back to AD 1304, is the greatest of all famous diamonds. It was captured by the Rajahs of Malwa in the 16th century by the Mogul, Sultan Babur and remained in the possession of later Mogul emperors. It may have been set in the famous Peacock Throne built for Shah Jehan. After the break-up of the Persian…

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hortensia diamond 20 Carats, a peach coloured stone, named after the Queen of Holland, the step-daughter of Napoleon Bonaparte. This gem is part of the French Crown Jewels and is seen at the Louvre in Paris.

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the sancy stone 55 Carats, it was cut in a pear shape & was first owned by Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, who lost it in battle in 1477. The stone is in fact titled after a later owner, Seigneur de Sancy. A French Ambassador to Turkey in the late 16th century. He lent it to the French king, Henry III. Who wore it in the cap with which he concealed his baldness. Henry IV of France also took the stone from Sancy. But it was sold in 1664 to James I of England. In 1688, James II, last of…

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The Taylor Burton 69.42 Carats, color: F-G, clarity: IF, cut: Pear Cut, source: Premier Mine, Transvaal, South Africa. It was founded in year1966 in the Premier Mine in South Africa. The rough, which weighted 240.80 carats, was cut into a 69.42 pear cut diamond. As you might guess from the name, Richard Burton bought and named this stone as a gift for Elizabeth Taylor. Yes, Richard Burton purchased it $1,100,000. He also named this stone as an engagement. After Burton’s death in 1979, Liz…

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THE IDOL'S-EYE 70.20 Carats, a flattened pear cut stone the size of a bantam’s egg. Another famous diamond that was once set in the eye of an idol before it was taken. Legend also has it that it was given as ransom for Princess Rasheetah through the Sheikh of Kashmir to the Sultan of Turkey who had abducted her.

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blue hope diamond 45.52 Carats, the ironically titled as Hope diamond (named for its purchaser, Henry Thomas Hope) may have had a long & illustrious history before it became related with a run of bad luck for its owners. History. It is thought to be a part of the popular Blue Tavernier Diamond, brought to Europe from India in l642. The Blue was purchased by King Louis XI. Who had it cut to 67.50 carats from 112 carats to carry out its brilliance. The diamond was stolen during the French…

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regent diamond 140.50 Carats, even though it is now surpassed in weight by other famous diamonds, the exceptional limpidity and perfect cut of the Regent deliver it an uncontestable reputation as the most beautiful diamond in the world. Discovered in India in 1698, it was captured by Thomas Pitt, Governor of Madras, who sent it to England where it was cut. In 1717 the Regent bought it from Pitt for the French Crown. It first adorned the band of Louis XV’s silver gilt crown (in the Louvre)…

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The Cetenary Diamond 273.85 Carats, found at the Premier Mine, in July 1986. The ‘Centenary’ diamond weighed 599.10 carats in the rough. Together with a limited select team, master-cutter Gabi Tolkowsky took almost three years to complete its transformation into the world’s most modern cut, largest, top-color, flawless diamond. Possessing 247 facets – 164 on the stone and 83 on its girdle – the aptly-named ‘Centenary’ diamond have a weight of 273.85 carats, and is only surpassed in size by…

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The Orloff. Details : 300 Carats when found, color: a little bluish green, clarity: exceptionally pure, cut: Mogul-cut rose, source: India. Stands 2nd in our Top 10 Famous Diamonds list. Discovery. This gem may be discovered in the Diamond Treasury of Russia in Moscow. History and Origin. There are so many historical episodes involving the Orloff. First, it may have been decided at one time as the diamond eye of Vishnu’s idol (one of the Hindu Gods) in the deepest sanctuary temple in…

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Here comes The huge star of Africa comes number 1 in our Top 10 Famous Diamonds list. 530.20 Carats – the Cullinan I or Star Africa diamond is the largest cut diamond in the world. Details. Pear cut, with 74 facets, it is set in the Royal Scepter (kept with the other Crown Jewels in the Tower of London). It was cut from the 3,106-carat Cullian, the greatest diamond crystal ever found. Discovery. The Cullian was discovered in Transvaal, South Africa in l095 on an analysis tour of the…

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