Welcome to the world of some of the rarest and most obscure group of stones. These famous diamonds have earned fame and glory since decades. Read on to find out more about these invaluable diamonds.
- Cullinan Diamond – Also well-known as the Star of Africa, this remarkable diamond was cut into several polished gems and currently they ornament the Crown Jewels of the UK. Two most noteworthy ones are the Great Star of Africa i.e. Cullinan I, placed in the Sovereign’s Sceptre and the Second Star of Africa i.e. Cullinan II placed in the Imperial State Crown. Both are markedly apparent in Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation pictures of 1953.
- Kohinoor – in Persian Kohinoor means “Mountain of Light”. This dazzling diamond dates back to the 13th century and has originated from India. The total weight of this brilliant stone is 105.6 carat. The Kohinoor has made its journey through the Afghan, Persian and Indian royalties, counting the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan. The stone was surrendered to the British Empire after the demise of its last owner, Maharajah Ranjit Singh. Thereafter it was presented to Queen Victoria when she became the Empress of India. At present the Kohinoor is exhibited in the Tower of London.
- Hope Diamond – Hope diamond used to be a part of Louis XIV’s suite of Crown Jewels. It is named after banker Thomas Hope. At present the Hope diamond is displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. An interesting trivia about this stone is that it is known to be cursed! When Pierre Cartier owned it a bout of “curse” rumours surfaced although most people speculate that the rumours were created to add hype to the stone’s promotion
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