3 Famous Diamonds You Likely Haven’t Heard Of
Every organic diamond is different, all of them unique in some regard. You may have heard of some of the world’s most famous diamonds such as the Star of Africa, residing among the British Crown jewels.
Here are the stories of some other, still famous, but lesser known diamonds.
1. The Daria-I-Noor
This illustrious, 182 carat, pink diamond has seen its share of conflict through the ages. Originally mined in Vijayanagara, India, it is the largest known pink diamond in the world. It was eventually captured along with Delhi, India by Nader Shah of Iran. Upon his death, the Daria-I-Noor was passed down to his son. However, it would ultimately change hands several times until becoming part of the Qajar dynasty in 1789 after a bloody rebellion, ending in the assassination of its owner, Lotf Ali Khan. It currently resides with the Iranian crown jewels.
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2. The Gruosi Diamond
This unique, 300 carat, the heart-shaped black diamond was made famous by its owner, Fawaz Gruosi. The Swiss luxury jeweller is well-known for his work with black diamonds, showcasing their ability to turn heads just as well as its brighter counterparts. The Gruosi Diamond is the fifth largest known black diamond in the world, behind the Black Star of Africa. Gruosi would go on to be forced out of the majority ownership in his company.
The stone is reportedly still in Gruosi’s possession. So, if you’re hoping to get an up-close look at the stone, you’ll have to track down Fawaz Gruosi himself.
3. The Florentine Diamond
There are very few stones that carry the mystery surrounding the Florentine Diamond. It is said that Charles the Bold was wearing it when he was slain in the Battle of Morat on June 22nd of 1476. Legend has it that the stone was taken from around his neck by a foot soldier who sold it for 2 francs, mistaking it for glass. The 137 carat yellow diamond was eventually deposited in Rome for some time. During timely negotiations it’s next stop would be with Ferdinando I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, as documented by the famed world travelling jeweller Jean Baptiste Tavernier during a visit to the Grand Duke.
The storied stone would go on to be famously stolen hundreds of years later in 1918 and never recovered. Rumour has it the stone was later brought to the United States, where it was re-cut and sold. Where do you think the Florentine Diamond is now?