Description and Characteristics
- The Wittelsbach Diamond is also known as Der Blaue Wittelsbacher.
- It is a 35.56-carat fancy, deep, greyish-blue diamond with VS2 clarity.
- The diamond had 82 facets arranged in an atypical pattern.
- It had been compared to the Hope Diamond.
History and Ownership
- The diamond originates from the Kollur mines of Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh, India.
- It was first mentioned about fifty years later when it was already in Vienna.
- The diamond came to Munich in 1722 when Maria Amalia married Karl of Bavaria.
- It was mounted on the Bavarian Electors Order of the Golden Fleece in 1745.
- The jewel remained on top of the Bavarian crown until 1918.
- The diamond was unsuccessfully put up for sale in 1931 during the Great Depression.
- It was eventually sold in 1951 and remained in a private collection since 1964.
- In 2008, the Wittelsbach Diamond was sold to Laurence Graff for £16.4 million.
- In 2011, Graff apparently sold the diamond to the former emir of Qatar for at least US$80 million.
- The sale in 2008 set a record as the highest price ever paid at auction for a diamond.
- After the sale in 2008, Graff announced his intention to recut the gem.
- The diamond was recut in 2010 to enhance its color and clarity, losing over 4.45 carats in the process.
- The recutting was met with heavy criticism by some experts.
- The alteration of the historical stone has been compared to the overpainting of a painting by Rembrandt.
- The gem was re-evaluated and its color grade revised to the more desirable fancy deep blue.
Royal Lineage and Exhibitions
- The Wittelsbach Diamond has a royal lineage, passing through different rulers and families.
- It was exhibited at the World Expo in Brussels in 1958.
- The diamond was last seen in public at Ludwig III of Bavaria's funeral in 1921.
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