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The Briolette of India is a legendary diamond of 90.38 carats, which, if the fables about it are true, may be the oldest diamond on record, perhaps older than the Koh-I-Noor Diamond. In the 12th century, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the first Queen of France and later England, brought the stone to England. Her son, Richard the Lionhearted, is said to have taken it on the Third Crusade.    It next appeared in the 16th century when Henry II of France gave it to his blonde mistress, Diane de Poitiers.

The Briolette of India is a legendary diamond of 90.38 carats, which, if the fables about it are true, may be the oldest diamond on record, perhaps older than the Koh-I-Noor Diamond. In the 12th century, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the first Queen of France and later England, brought the stone to England. Her son, Richard the Lionhearted, is said to have taken it on the Third Crusade. It next appeared in the 16th century when Henry II of France gave it to his blonde mistress, Diane de Poitiers.

QUEEN VICTORIA’S CORONATION RING. 1838.    “The royal goldsmiths made the ring for the wrong finger of the Queen, thinking it should go on the little finger. Unfortunately the Archbishop forced it on her ring finger and Queen Victoria had to soak her hand in iced water after the ceremony” - Royal Collection.

QUEEN VICTORIA’S CORONATION RING. 1838. “The royal goldsmiths made the ring for the wrong finger of the Queen, thinking it should go on the little finger. Unfortunately the Archbishop forced it on her ring finger and Queen Victoria had to soak her hand in iced water after the ceremony” - Royal Collection.

Princess Diana's seven strand pearl choker with a lush sapphire in the center

Princess Diana's seven strand pearl choker with a lush sapphire in the center

The Cullinan VIII cushion-cut 6.80 ct diamond is set in plantinum brooch with (and sometimes without) the Cullinan VI marquise-cut 11.50 ct diamond pendant.

The Cullinan VIII cushion-cut 6.80 ct diamond is set in plantinum brooch with (and sometimes without) the Cullinan VI marquise-cut 11.50 ct diamond pendant.

Cullinan diamond III and IV Brooch, commissioned by Queen Mary in 1911, and the Delhi Durbar Necklace and Cullinan Pendant, which is the Cullinan VII

Queen of diamonds: Together for the first time, the royal gems all cut from one legendary stone

Cullinan diamond III and IV Brooch, commissioned by Queen Mary in 1911, and the Delhi Durbar Necklace and Cullinan Pendant, which is the Cullinan VII

The Steinmetz Pink diamond 59.60 carats discovered in southern Africa

The Steinmetz Pink diamond 59.60 carats discovered in southern Africa

Diamante "Hortense"  color rosa, di 20 carati, chiamato come Hortense de Beauharnais, figliastra di Napoleone, scomparso durante la Rivoluzione, riapparve e N. lo fece montare sull'elsa della spada. L'ultima donna ad indossarlo fu la regina Eugenia de Montijo, moglie di Napoleone III;  molti gioielli della corona furono venduti, ma non questo e il Régent che vennero conservati e esposti al Louvre. Quasi un secolo dopo si unì  un altro famoso diamante, il Sancy.

Diamante "Hortense" color rosa, di 20 carati, chiamato come Hortense de Beauharnais, figliastra di Napoleone, scomparso durante la Rivoluzione, riapparve e N. lo fece montare sull'elsa della spada. L'ultima donna ad indossarlo fu la regina Eugenia de Montijo, moglie di Napoleone III; molti gioielli della corona furono venduti, ma non questo e il Régent che vennero conservati e esposti al Louvre. Quasi un secolo dopo si unì un altro famoso diamante, il Sancy.

Carved aquamarine Deco diamond very rare pendant (figures carved in large aquamarine) platinum set 1920c (hva)

Carved aquamarine Deco diamond very rare pendant (figures carved in large aquamarine) platinum set 1920c (hva)

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