The Regent Diamond

14 December 2015 / Blog

In 1698, in India’s Guntur region, a slave working in the Kollur mines discovered what would become one of the most famous diamonds in the history of the world. Recognizing the diamond’s great value and the change that it could mean in his life, the slave hid the diamond inside of a self-inflicted wound on his leg and fled the mines.  He divulged his secret to an English sea-captain and offered half the diamond’s value in exchange for safe passage out of the country.  The captain promptly murdered the slave and sold the diamond, only to be overcome with a fit of guilt and delirium which ended in his own suicide.  The diamond then drifted in and out of the hands of many famous rulers (including Napoleon Bonaparte,) and it is now displayed in the Louvre museum in Paris.

Three cremation diamonds from ashes, round cut and princess cut

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