Have You Heard of These Famous Diamonds?
14 December 2015 / Blog
The Regent Diamond
In 1698, a slave working in the Kollur mines discovered a diamond in India’s Guntur region. This diamond 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 then murdered the slave and sold the diamond, only to be overcome with guilt, and he ended his own life.The diamond then drifted in and out of the hands of many famous rulers, including Napoleon Bonaparte. It’s now displayed in the Louvre museum in Paris.
The Hope Diamond
The Hope Diamond has a long history beginning with French merchant traveller, Jean Baptiste Tavernier, who purchased it and described it as a gorgeous violet color. In 1668, Tavernier sold the diamond to King Louis XIV of France, and five years later it was recut by Sieur Pitau. The resulting stone was over a whopping 67 carats, and the king wore it on ceremonial occasions. During the next few centuries, the ring was stolen, found again, and eventually bought at an estate by Harry Winston Inc. of New York City. The company sold the Hope diamond to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958, and it’s been there ever since.