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Diamonds ~ Famous & Notorious

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  2. 2. The Koh-i-Noor ("Mountain of Light") <br />Steinmetz Pink diamond<br />The agra diamond<br />The excelsior <br />Moussaief diamond<br />Shah Jahan diamond<br />
  3. 3.  For the Spiderman 2 premiere, Scott Henshallcreated the world's most expensive dress, <br />a £5 million diamond cobweb dress <br />worn by <br />Samantha Mumba.<br />- SCOTT HENSHALLDesigner<br />Click…<br />
  4. 4. This is the £2.4m frock that comes with rocks - and its very own security guards.<br />The glittering dress, dripping in 4,000 diamonds, was modelled by Tanya Alvarez to launch the Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National in the plush surroundings of the revamped Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. <br />The gossamer-fine frock may be worth a small fortune, but there was little chance of any jewel thief getting to grips with it.<br />The diamond-encrusted dress was designed by Thomas Heverin of Sligo and was commissioned especially for the launch by Appleby's. <br />The dress was a labour of love for the designer, taking 200 hours to hand sew each of the 4,000 diamonds.<br />Click…<br />
  5. 5. The koh-i-noor<br />The most coveted diamond in history, Koh-i-noor passed through the hands of various Indian and Persian rulers who fought bitterly over it from the 14th century onwards.<br />The British colonial officials found the Koh-i-noor in 1849, in the treasury of the Punjabi capital, Lahore, India. <br />It was later seized by the British as a spoil of war and it became part of the British crown jewels when Queen Victoria became the ‘Empress of India’ in 1877. The Queen Mother’s crown with the Kohinoor is currently preserved in the Tower of London.<br />Koh-i-Noor diamond is the largest stone in the crown worn by <br />Queen Elizabeth <br />Click…<br />
  6. 6. Porter Rhodes<br />Heart of eternity<br />Tiffany Yellow<br />The florentine<br />fabled 280-carat (56 g) mogul-cut diamond, now lost, although presumed by historians to have been re-cut as the Orlov.<br />Great chrysanthemum<br />Premier rose<br />
  7. 7. Pumpkin diamond<br />It was William Goldberg who cut and polished the famous Pumpkin Diamond, a Fancy Vivid Orange diamond with a finished weight of 5.54 carats, bought by Harry Winston for $1.3 million. <br />Ronald Winston, along with Phillip Bloch, designed the now-famous ring which it is set in for Best Actress winner Halle Berry, who wore the ring to the 2002 Academy Awards. It is the world's largest known Fancy Vivid Orange diamond, valued at just over $3 million. It was rumored to have been sold in March of 2005.<br />Click…<br />
  8. 8. The Orloff or orlov Diamond<br />
  9. 9. Spoonmaker diamond<br />The pride of the Topkapi Palace Museum and its most valuable single exhibit is the 86-carat pear-shaped Spoonmaker Diamond, also known as the Kasikci. Surrounded by a double-row of 49 Old Mine cut diamonds and well <br />spotlighted, it hangs in a glass case on the wall of one of the rooms of the Treasury.<br />Its origin is not clear. Like many other historic diamonds, it is difficult to separate fact from fancy. <br />Rasid, the official historian of the Ottoman court, describes it as thus:<br />"In the year 1669, a very poor man found a pretty stone in the rubbish heap of Egrikapi in Istanbul. He bartered it to a spoonmaker for three wooden spoons. The spoonmaker sold the stone to a jeweler for ten silver coins.<br />Click…<br />
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  11. 11. The Diamond Wedding GownThe world’s most expensive wedding gown was unveiled at the premier Luxury Brands Lifestyle Bridal show in February of 2006. <br /> <br />It is a collaboration of Renee Strauss, owner of a highly successful bridal salon in Beverly Hills, and Martin Katz, who deals in rare jewels. <br />Featuring 150 carats of diamonds, the dress is valued at US $12 million.<br />Click<br />
  12. 12. The Diamond Dream Shoe, created exclusively for the actress Anika Noni Rose, is a silver evening shoe with a stiletto heel, adorned with 1,420 individual brilliant cut Kwiat diamonds, weighing over 30 carats. <br />The diamonds are set in platinum circles, inspired by Kwiat's timeless Circles Collection. <br />The spectacular shoe is worth half a million dollars.<br />Click…<br />
  13. 13. Molly sims 30 million dollar diamond bikiniActress and model, Molly Sims appeared wearing a diamond bikini worth $30 million on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit in 2006.<br />Click…<br />
  14. 14. The biki was designed by Susan Rosen. She worked with Steinmetz diamonds, the bikini was made up with over 150 carats of D flawless diamonds - the best in the world.<br />Click…<br />
  15. 15. Adriana Lima modelledthe diamond-encrusted lingerie for Victoria’s Secret and strutted into the New York store exposing her cleavage enhancing tool.<br />Her Bombshell fantasy bra was designed in collaboration with Italian jewellerDamiani and consists of over 3,000 jewels and took 1,500 hours for six craftsmen to complete.<br />So it was no wonder that Adriana was accompanied by a full security team as she walked into the Soho branch of Victoria’s Secret in New York City.<br />Lima finished off her outfit with a baby blue satin gown and white gloves, but the eye-catching bra was drawing in all the attention.<br />Click…<br />
  16. 16. 10 Most Cursed Diamonds<br />The diamond has been called a girl’s best friend, but in many cases these diamonds were their worst enemy. <br />Throughout the ages diamonds have symbolized beauty and the women who wore them were some of the most beautiful and powerful women to grace this earth. <br />Unfortunately these diamonds also carry with them death, sorrow and misfortune.<br />Click…<br />
  17. 17. 10. The Taylor - Burton <br />Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor shared a romance full of passion, <br />scandal, infamy, and…expensive jewelry. <br />Burton bought Taylor a series of fabulous gems, such as the <br />teardrop-shaped <br />La Peregrina pearl, but none were more notorious than the 69 carat, <br />pear-shaped Taylor-Burton diamond. <br />Click…<br />
  18. 18. 9. The Sancy<br /> The Sancy is 55.23 carats in size, and it has a distinctive <br />pale lemon yellow coloration. <br />The Sancy diamond’s origins are hazy, but it is thought to be of Indian provenance. This diamond gained notoriety when King Henry the Third chose to wear it on his cap. <br />The Sancy diamond worked its way through many generations of English royalty, and Henry IV “borrowed” it in order to guarantee his expenses when putting together a new army. <br />Unfortunately, the diamond, which was carried by a trusted messenger of the king, did not arrive at its destination. <br />Instead, it was later found in the belly of the dead messenger, <br />after an autopsy. <br />The Sancy then passed through the hands of many more kings, both English and French, until arriving at its current home, The Apollo Gallery, <br />at the Louvre Museum in Paris.<br />Click…<br />
  19. 19. 8. The Regent <br />The Regent Diamond gained its fame when Napoleon chose to decorate his battle sword with it: the stunning, mammoth diamond is 140.64 carats in size, with a very slight, blue cast. <br />The diamond was said to be discovered at the GolCondamine in India, and spirited out secretly by a slave, who hid it within a cut on his leg. <br />In 1792, all the Crown Jewels of France were stolen, and the Regent Diamond was among the missing gems. <br />Napoleon retrieved the stone for his own use in 1801. <br />Napoleon married twice, and his latter wife was an Archduchess of Austria: she went back to her home country after her husband’s death, and the Regent passed into Austrian ownership. <br />In time, the stone returned to France, as the generous gift of the Archduchess’ father. <br />It now rests in the Louvre, with many other spectacular gems.<br />Click…<br />
  20. 20. 7. The Hortensia<br />Our next notorious diamond also has a Napoleonic connection: <br />it was named for Hortense, the daughter of Napoleon’s stepchild, the Empress Josephine. <br />The Hortensia is twenty carats in size, with a pale coral cast. <br />This diamond also disappeared, along with other French Crown Jewels, during the theft that took place in 1792. <br />It was later recovered, along with the others, only to be stolen again in 1830. <br />After the theft, the diamond was rapidly located and returned <br />to its rightful owner. <br />This diamond has a crack along its pavilion, unlike the other <br />diamonds on our list. <br />However, it is so steeped in French history and Napoleonic legend, that it retains its pricelessness despite the flaw. <br />The stone now rests in the Louvre, a glittering symbol of France and of the courage of Napoleon, with whom it will always be linked.<br />Click…<br />
  21. 21. 6. The Star of Africa <br />This diamond is the largest on our list, with an almost unbelievable carat size of 530.20 carats. The stone is also know as the Cullinan I, and it was cut from the original Cullinan diamond, which was over 3000 carats in weight. <br />It is rumored that the diamond was studied in detail for almost 12 months before the cutter felt prepared to facet the stone, which was crafted into a teardrop shape with 74 facets. <br />The Star of Africa gains its notoriety from its inclusion in the Royal Scepter of the British Crown Jewels, which rest under heavy guard at the Tower of London.<br />Click…<br />
  22. 22. 5. The Shah <br />This diamond was discovered in India around 1450, and it has become a potent symbol of the royalty, war, and history of India from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This diamond weighs 88.7 carats, and it is known for it’s crystalline clarity. <br />The yellow diamond was seized, lost, and reclaimed by three different Shahs during ancient times, and it retains the inscriptions that they left there over time. One Shah, Jehan, chose a telling description of himself to be engraved upon the diamond: “ruler of the world”. <br />However, he too would eventually lose the diamond as it was once again seized by another Shah. After the murder of a Russian member of the diplomatic corps in 1829, the reigning Shah offered the diamond to the Kremlin, as a way of pacifying them and ensuring no violent retribution towards him by the Soviet Union. <br />In this manner, the ownership of the Shah diamond was lost to India forever.<br />Click…<br />
  23. 23. 4. The Darya -ye - noor<br />This diamond has some other romantic names: it is also referred to as the sea of Light, or the Ocean of Light. This pale-rose colored diamond has a carat weight of 182, and it is an important addition to the Crown Jewels of Iran. <br />In 1739, Nader Shah of Persia invaded Northern India, occupied Delhi and then massacred many of its inhabitants. As payment for returning the crown of India to the Mughal emperor, Muhammad, he took possession of the entire fabled treasury of the Mughals, including the Darya-i-noor, in addition to the Koh-I-Noor and the Peacock throne. All of these treasures were carried to Iran by Nader Shah and the Darya-i-noor has remained there ever since.<br />when not in use, it remained carefully hidden in the Golestan Palace.<br />Click…<br />
  24. 24. 3. The Eureka <br />This diamond was the first ever discovered in South Africa, one of the world’s most prolific sources of diamonds. The diamond was found by a young boy, while he worked as a shepherd, along the shores of Hopetown’s Orange River. This diamond weighed in at 231 carats before being faceted. <br />The Eureka diamond eventually traveled to England for the inspection of Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle. This famous diamond, like many on our list, was destined to change owners many time, before being purchased by the diamond conglomerate, De Beers, in 1967.<br />it is now on permanent display at the Kimberly Museum in South Africa, where it remains a symbol of one of South Africa’s most lucrative national resources.<br />Click…<br />
  25. 25. 2. The Dresden Green<br />Although Frederick Augustus I admired the diamond for years beforehand, Frederick Augustus II was the first to actually own it. The Dresden continued to be passed through royal ownership and admired for its flawless, emerald-green hue. <br />It currently rests in the Albertinium Museum in Dresden: it was once displayed alongside the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian Museum, at the request of noted jeweler Harry Winston, who felt that the Dresden was the only other stone in the world that could hold a candle to the Hope Diamond.<br />Click…<br />
  26. 26. Cont.-2. The Dresden Green<br />Although Frederick Augustus I admired the diamond for years beforehand, Frederick Augustus II was the first to actually own it. The Dresden continued to be passed through royal ownership and admired for its flawless, emerald-green hue. <br />It currently rests in the Albertinium Museum in Dresden: it was once displayed alongside the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian Museum, at the request of noted jeweler Harry Winston, who felt that the Dresden was the only other stone in the world that could hold a candle to the Hope Diamond.<br />Click…<br />
  27. 27. 1. The Hope <br />No diamond remains more notorious and more renowned than the infamous Hope Diamond, which is surrounded by legend and history. Some believed that this huge, deep-blue diamond, which came from India, was cursed and would bring bad luck or even death to its wearer.<br />The first famous owner of the Hope Diamond was Louis XIV, the King of France. He bought the diamond from a French gem merchant named Jean Baptiste Tavernier, and its initial size was a staggering 112 3/16 carats. <br />Louis chose to have the stone cut down to 67 1/8 carats, for use in the French Crown Jewels.<br />Click…<br />
  28. 28. Cont- The Hope <br />Its second owner was the next King of France, Louis XV, who reset the diamond in another royal jewelry piece, the Emblem of the Golden Fleece. <br />During the French Revolution, the diamond was stolen during the looting and it did not surface again for 20 years. <br />In 1812, the diamond reappeared in England under mysterious circumstances, and was snapped up by a wealthy collector, Philip Henry Hope. <br />It remained in his family until it was sold again, and for years afterward, the Hope Diamond bounced back and forth between collectors.<br />Click…<br />
  29. 29. Cont- The Hope <br />Evelyn Walsh Mclean purchased the diamond in 1912: again, it was reduced and re-cut, this time to 45.52 carats, to suit Walsh’s taste. She relished tales of the Hope Diamond curse, even thought they were unfounded, as it pleased her to own such a notorious gem. She was rumored to keep the stone within the cushions of her sofa as a hiding place.<br />After her passing, the famed jeweler Harry Winston bought the Hope Diamond and donated it to the Smithsonian Museum, and, from its origins from deep within the earth of India, over a billion years ago, it now belongs to the American people.<br /><br />Click…<br />