Kohinoor – One of the Most Controversial Diamonds
There are a ton of diamonds that carry value and authenticity. Diamonds have become one of the greatest passions of all time now. Hence, we are sure that you must have heard about the great and magnificent diamond Kohinoor. Some of you must have read it in your history books, some must have heard from the ongoing conversations, and so on. Well, we don’t blame you. There is a lot to know about this stunning diamond and hence talking and knowing the history of it is the least we can do. So, let’s get into some historic information about this controversial diamond- Kohinoor!
A brief history of Kohinoor
It is a diamond that was found in Andhra Pradesh, India, which is now the center of attraction for many and is resting on the Queen’s crown in London. Kohinoor diamond is absolutely colorless and the largest cut diamond of all time. It weighs at a mighty 105.6 carats, roughly. The name Kohinoor can be translated into “Mountain of the Light” in Hindi, Urdu, and Persian language.
Speaking about the original cut of the diamond, it was in a tabular form. Later, it was reshaped into the current shape that is the classic oval shape by the British Empire. There is no evidence as such of the exact location of the diamond being found, but it is said that it was on the banks of the river Krishna, Golconda. The Kakatiya Dynasty was ruling at that time.
Kohinoor was placed on the peacock throne until it was raided by Afsharid Shah. This incident took place in the year 1739. Since this year, Kohinoor played the game of passing the parcel for several years through several dynasties to many empires as well. A century later, in 1849, Queen Victoria laid eyes on this stunning diamond. It was later presented in front of the queen as East India gained possession. But, this trip was not very smooth as it went through several mishaps, wind troubles. Then, it finally reached Buckingham Palace where it was presented to the crown on July 3rd, 1850.
Here, we conclude that the main reason behind the controversy behind the Kohinoor is the ownership. The original owners of Golconda, the Mughal dynasties, the local empires, or the rulers from Britain. But, remember that history is tainted but diamonds are forever.
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