Mountain of Light

21 September 2015 / Blog

The Koh-i-nor (“mountain of light”) is undoubtedly one of the largest and most storied diamonds in the history of mankind.  The earliest records of the diamond seem to indicate that it was discovered during the South Indian Kakatiya dynasty; and in that time an ominous legend formed regarding the jewel: “the man who owns it brings about his own destruction; but the woman suffers no consequences.” In the early 14th century, the army of Turkic Khilji dynasty raided South India and the diamond was stolen.  Similar raids and conquests saw the diamond travel all across the vast continent of Asia falling in and out of the hands of several ruthless warlords who always seemed to meet with violent ends.  Finally, in the mid-19th century, the British took possession of the diamond during their colonization of Southeast Asia, and the gem is to this very day in possession of the British royal family.

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