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The World's Most Famous Diamonds

Many of the world’s most famous diamonds have been lost to history; they were either re-cut as is the case with the most famous diamond of all, the Koh-I-Noor, or their whereabouts is unknown. Read more »

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Spoonmaker’s

The Spoonmaker’s origin is not clear; however, the official historian of the Ottoman court, Rasid, describes it thusly: Read more »

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Sancy

Colourless with a greenish-yellow tint, the Sancy is a 55.23-carat, shield-shaped stone said to be one of the first diamonds to be cut with symmetrical facets. It is also unusual because the gem has no pavilion – just a pair of crowns. Read more »

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Pasha

Considered the finest gem in the Egyptian Treasury, the Pasha “weighs 40 carats, is of octagonal form, is brilliant cut, and is of very good quality and lively”, according to reports. Read more »

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Nur-ul-ain

The Nur-ul-ain is a brilliant-cut oval diamond of around 60 carats. Its name means “light of the eye” in Persian and Arabic. Read more »

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Nassak

The Nassak is one of those unfortunate Mogul-cut stones that has been re-cut throughout history to appease more modern tastes. Read more »

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Idol’s Eye

The Idol’s Eye is a 70.21-carat Golconda diamond, possessing a blue tinge characteristic of many diamonds from that source, and shaped like an Old Mine cut – but with nine main facets instead of eight. Read more »

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Hope

The 45.52-carat, steel-blue Hope diamond  started life as a rough crystal weighing 112 carats.  Read more »

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Great Table

The Great Table diamond was first reported by gem merchant Tavernier in 1642. Read more »

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Great Mogul

According to the famous French diamond merchant and explorer Jean Baptiste Tavernier, the Great Mogul was discovered around 1550 in the Gani mine near Galconda (India), and weighed 780 carats in the rough. Read more »

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Florentine

Once the great yellow diamond of the Medici Family, this historic Indian stone was actually light yellow with a slight green overtone, and fashioned in highly irregular form; it was a double rose-cut diamond with nine sides and 126 facets weighing 137.27 carats. Read more »

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Dresden Green

The Dresden Green is a 40.70-carat green diamond measuring 29.75mm x 19.88mm x 10.29mm.  Read more »

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Darya-i-noor

Considered the most celebrated diamond in the Iranian Crown Jewels and one of the oldest known to man, the 186-carat Darya-i-noor is a crudely-fashioned, pink, table or taviz-cut diamond with a name that means river of light. Read more »

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Cullinan 1-9

Weighing in at a whopping 3,106 carats, the Cullinan is the largest gem-quality diamond ever discovered. Read more »

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Black Orlov

According to the legend, the 67.50-carat, cushion-cut Black Orlov is said to have taken its name from the Russian Princess Nadia Vyegin-Orlov, to whom it belonged during the mid-eighteenth century. Read more »

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