Five Things About The Koh-I-Noor Diamond You Should Know
The Koh-I-Noor is probably one among the largest and most expensive piece of diamond in the whole world. Its financial worth is still undetermined, that’s how expensive it is. It’s also one among the diamonds that has a wide and long history that packs a lot of interesting trivia. Here are some interesting facts that you should know about the Koh-I-Noor.
The term Koh-I-Noor means “mountain of light” and this is the perfect name for this piece of diamond since its one among the largest diamonds in the world. It is also believed that this diamond originally came from India and not to mention its brother, the Darya-ye-Noor, which means “sea of light”.
This diamond first became publicly known in 1306 when it was taken from a Rajah of Malwa whose family had ownership of the diamond for hundreds of years.
It initially weighed 186 carats and was an oval-cut white diamond the size of a small hen’s egg. However, it was re-cut after British Governor General of India Lord Dalhousi arranged for the diamond to be presented by former leader of India Ranjit Singh’s successor, Duleep Singh, to Queen Victoria (who became the Empress of India and had it mounted on a brooch she so often wore).
In 1852, the stone was re-cut upon the order of Prince Albert to increase the stone’s beauty and brilliance. The Koh-i-Noor became part of the Crown Jewels of England and was mounted in a tiara with more than two thousand smaller diamonds after the death of Queen Victoria. The Koh-i-Noor diamond now just weighs 108.93 carats (however, gemmologists claim that its real current weight is just 105.6 carats or 21.6 grams).
There is such a thing called The Curse of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond which states that “He who owns this diamond will own the world, but will also know all its misfortunes. Only God, or a woman, can wear it with impunity.”
The history and lives of all the rulers who once possessed this diamond were filled with tremendous hardships in the form of violence, torture, treachery, killing and mutilation.
Hence, when the British Royal family took possession of the Koh-i-Noor diamond, it either went to the Queen Consorts or the wives of the British kings. The last Queen Consort to wear it was Queen Elizabeth (or the Queen Mother).
The Koh-i-Noor diamond now calls the Queen’s Gallery in the Tower of London home, where it is part of the Royal Collection.