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Guide to Famous Diamonds

There are many diamonds around the world that have been written about or talked about in various stories and official and historical documents. Famous diamonds have always been part of the world or our history and have been found in various parts of the world. Famous diamonds are often are well known as the people who owned them, because all unique and beautiful diamonds have a history that made them famous.

Diamonds were used in the armor of knight, warriors and the crowns of emperors and queens as a symbol of power and fearlessness.

The Mountain of Light

Known in India as the Kohinoor, also known as the "Mountain of Light" is one of the few oval shaped famous diamonds. The Mountain of Light is a 105 carat (21.6 g) diamond that was once the largest known diamond in the world and it is said that the diamond was set in the peacock throne of Shah Jehan as an eye of one of the peacocks.

The shape of this famous diamond was altered a bit during Queen Victoria's reign, and it was re cut to weigh 108.93 carats. The diamond is currently part of the British Crown Jewels.

The Orloff

The Orloff diamond was found, it was said it weighed around 300 carats. This famous diamonds is currently held at the Diamond Treasury of Russia located in Moscow.

Like the diamond, the Orlov's story has also been lost with time, but it is widely reported that the diamond once served as an eye of the statue of the presiding deity of the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple of Srirangam in southern India.

The Regent

Another diamond from India which became famous is the "The regent". It is said that this incredibly large diamond was weighed 410 carats! Originally called "The Pitt", it was cut into a rounded shape and consisted of more than 140 carats.

It was sold to the French Prince, Philippe II, Duke of Orleans in 1717, Regent of France. It was then that the diamond was renamed "The Regent". The royals used the stone in many ways including being set in the crown of Louis XV for his coronation in 1722. Napoleon used it to embellish his sword, and in 1812, it appeared on the Emperor's two-edged sword, the work of Nitot.

Currently, the diamond is on display in the Louvre, France.

The Blue Hope

Well known of all the famous diamonds, the Blue Hope also known as "The Hope Diamond" originated from India is a large, 45.52 carats (9.10 g), fancy deep blue diamond, currently housed in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. The Hope Diamond is blue to the naked eye because of trace amounts of boron within its crystal structure. It was owned by Louis XIV, and at the time was called "Blue Diamond of the Crown (diamant bleu de la Couronne de France)".

During the French Revolution, the Blue diamond was stolen. Found in London in the year 1830, it was later purchased by Henry Philip Hope. The blue hope diamond received its name from this individual, as well as its reputation for causing bad luck to those who owned it.

It is a coincidence that all the famous diamond originated from India and is now in different parts of the world; such is the power of a diamond. It is said that each and every diamond has its own history of millions of years and it becomes famous only when it becomes part of our history.