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Koh-i-Noor Diamond

Posted on January 20th, 2023 by Joe G

The Koh-i-Noor Diamond: Priceless “Mountain of Light”

Diamonds are one of the most beautiful and coveted creations nature has to offer. They are the hardest of all substances, and are sold in a wide variety of colors, levels of clarity, cuts, and sizes. All these characteristics combine to determine a diamond’s value, with some being so large and exquisite, they are priced well above what most people could ever afford.

One such gem is the Koh-i-Noor, or “mountain of light”, diamond. Many people wonder, “How much is the Koh-I-Noor worth?” But this is an impossible question to answer. While it is among the most expensive diamonds in the world, his specimen is so rare and perfect, it’s beyond value, making it truly priceless.

Where is the Koh-I-Noor Diamond Today?

Its original size has been said to be 793 carats, with a more recent weight of 191 carats when it existed as a lumpy, Mughal-cut stone. Garrard of London, the royal jeweler, reduced the size to 105.6 carats when he recut the stone to enhance its fire and brilliance into a shallow oval brilliant, which now resides front and center in the British Crown Jewels.

According to legend, the Koh-i-Noor originated in India during the 11th or 12th century, but was later stolen by the British during the Anglo Sikh \wars in the early 1800s. Its true history is obscure, having gone through centuries of wars and bloodshed, making it an even more interesting piece. For more than 100 years now, the Koh-i-Noor has remained with the British royal family.

Three brilliant diamonds - three graduated sized diamonds on a blue background

The Beauty of Diamonds

While collectors only dream of catching a glimpse of the Koh-i-Noor, we fix our sights on more attainable examples of beauty. While you may not own one of the most famous diamonds in the world, If you happen to have a diamond deep in the back of your jewelry box, and you would like to see what it’s worth, bring it to our experienced diamond appraisers here at Chicago Gold Gallery.

Selling a diamond that belonged to your great aunt might be just what you need to pay off that credit card bill. We invite you to reach out to our experts today.

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