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Article: Daria-i-Noor


Dimensions and Characteristics

  • Measures 41.40mm × 29.50mm × 12.15mm (1.630in × 1.161in × 0.478in)
  • Weighs around 182 metric carats
  • World's largest known pink diamond
  • May have been cut from a larger stone
  • Impressive size and weight

History of Ownership

  • Mined in Kollur mine in the Golcanda region of Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Originally owned by the Kakatiya dynasty
  • Possessed by the Khalji dynasty, Mughal emperors, Marathas, and Nawab Sirajul Mulk
  • Taken by Nader Shah of Iran during his invasion of Northern India in 1739
  • Inherited by Shahrokh Mirza and later fell into the hands of the Lotf Ali Khan

Return to the Indian Subcontinent Theory

  • Theory suggests the diamond returned to the Indian subcontinent in the 19th century
  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the Sikh Empire possessed the diamond
  • Confiscated by the British after the annexation of the Sikh Empire
  • Valued at 63,000 rupees in 1840 (equivalent to over £100 million in 2012)
  • Eventually auctioned off to the Nawabs of Dhaka and currently stored in a Bangladeshi bank's vault

Possible Association

  • Canadian research suggests the Daria-i-Noor may have been part of a large pink diamond
  • Studded in the throne of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and mentioned by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier
  • The diamond may have been cut into two pieces, with the Daria-i-Noor being the larger part
  • The smaller part is believed to be the Noor-ul-Ain diamond, currently in an Iranian tiara
  • Strong possibility of a historical connection between the Daria-i-Noor and the Great Table diamond

Related Topics

  • Golconda diamonds
  • Great Table diamond
  • Koh-i-Noor
  • Noor-ul-Ain
  • List of diamonds
  • List of largest rough diamonds

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