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The Uncut Koh-i-noor Diamond, c. 1851

The Uncut Koh-i-noor Diamond, c. 1851


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The Uncut Koh-i-noor Diamond, c. 1851

Engraving of the Koh-i-noor ( mountain of light ) diamond, in its original state, circa 1851. Previously owned by the Mogul emperors, the Persian Shahs and Ranjit Singh, the Lion of the Punjab, it was presented to Queen Victoria by the East India Company in 1850. The diamond was displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851, where various experts felt it displayed insufficient fire. It was decided therefore to recut the stone. This was undertaken by Guillaume Coster, over 38 days, in 1852 to produce a round diamond of 108 carats. In 1937 the diamond was placed in a crown to be worn by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother at the Coronation of King George VI. The crown and diamond now reside at the Tower of London

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This engraving captures the raw beauty of the Uncut Koh-i-noor Diamond, a legendary gem with a rich history dating back to the Mogul emperors, Persian Shahs, and Ranjit Singh. Originally presented to Queen Victoria by the East India Company in 1850, this diamond was showcased at the Great Exhibition of 1851 but deemed to have insufficient fire by experts. In 1852, Guillaume Coster took on the monumental task of recutting this historic stone over 38 days to transform it into a dazzling round diamond weighing 108 carats. The newly faceted Koh-i-noor Diamond would later be set in a crown worn by Queen Elizabeth during King George VI's coronation in 1937. Today, this iconic diamond and its accompanying crown can be found at the Tower of London, where they stand as symbols of power and prestige. This print serves as a reminder of not only the exquisite craftsmanship involved in reshaping such a precious gem but also the enduring legacy of one of history's most famous diamonds. It is truly a testament to the timeless allure and significance of this remarkable piece of jewelry.

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