Loose diamonds have a history that spans centuries in its wake. Some of the most impressive and historical diamonds are now part of the British crown and some sit in museums. Some of the diamonds acquired have the most glorious stories and even omen attached to them and it is interesting how large they are. Some of them have even given birth to a lot of atrocities like the famous Blood Diamonds of Africa. But there are more appeasing anecdotes woven around some historical diamonds as well.
The most famous of all loose diamonds perhaps is undoubtedly the Koh-I-Noor which in English means “Mountain of light” with a history that dates as far back as the 1304. With a hefty 186 carats and its beautiful oval cut, this true to its name Koh-I-Noor is a wondrous gem that is known to decorate the throne of the Mogul Emperor Shah Jehan and since Queen Victoria’s rule has stayed with the British Crown.
Another impressive example is the Cullinan weighing about a couple of pounds! This was then cut into nine major loose diamonds and some smaller ones that number close to a hundred. The largest among these was the shiny Star of Africa weighing more than 530 carats and having 74 facets, making this the world’s largest cut diamond. Then there is the imperious Excelsior with around 995 carats. There are many historic gem stones that have disappeared over time, unknown as to where they went and simple unaccounted for. But whatever remains can still give you a pretty impressive picture of what the loose diamonds hold in terms of variety, royal value and elegance.
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