The Florentine Diamond is a massive 139 karat, amber-colored diamond that is also associated with a long line of infamous deaths. Of the most famous deaths, or at least a listing of the most famous misfortunes are seen in the dramas of Queen Elizabeth I of England, King Faruk of Egypt and Maximillian of Austria, notably that of King Louis XIV and Mary Antoinette, the jewel’s ill intent can also be seen as the cause of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophia’s assassination on 28 Jun 1918 in
The Jubilee diamond weighs 245.35 carats and is the 6th largest cut diamond in the world. Found in the Jagersfontein Mine in Africa in 1895 and currently owned by Robert Mouawad, the stone was cut from the original rough of 650 carats in Amsterdam by M B Barends. The cut is a combination of characteristics of both rose, cushion and brilliant cuts with a table replaced by 8 facets meeting in the center and a total of 88 facets.
This diamond, weighing 74.53 carats, formed part of the private collection of Sultan Ahmed Shah Qajar, the seventh and last King of the Qajar dynasty of Persia. Willed to his grandchildren and sold by them at Sotheby’s in May of 1983, the jewel is a rare vestige of the Persian dynasty’s great passion for gemstones. The Sultan often wore it as a head ornament, affixed to an aigrette, as seen here c.1920 Source @fd_gallery #GreatJewelryCollectors #SothebysJewels