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Sir Bhupindar Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala, wearing the spectacular bib-style Cartier necklace he commissioned, set with almost 1,000 carats of diamonds.

Sir Bhupindar Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala, wearing the spectacular bib-style Cartier necklace he commissioned, set with almost carats of diamonds.

This breathtaking 61,50-carat whiskey-colored diamond, ‘The Eye of the Tiger’, was mounted by Cartier in a turban aigrette for the Maharajah of Nawanagar in 1934.

Royalty & their Jewelry - Turban aigrette of Maharajah of Digvijaysinhji of Nawanagar The main diamond is a carat whiskey colored diamond known as " The Eye of the Tiger " Made by Cartier

Did you know? The history and creation of the “Marquise” diamond cut is credited to King Louis XV of France, who allegedly commissioned the first marquise diamond to reflect the beautiful shape of the mouth of his mistress Madame de Pompadour.  Thank you to Jewelry Designer Reena Ahluwalia for this factoid!

The history and creation of the “Marquise” diamond cut is credited to King Louis XV of France, who allegedly commissioned the first marquise diamond to reflect the beautiful shape of the mouth of his mistress Madame du Pompadour.

The 'Beau Sancy' diamond and Marie de Medici wearing it at her coronation in 1610 as Queen Consort of Henri IV - it is a 34.98 modified pear double rose cut, likely discovered in the area of Golconda, India. It is to be included in Sotheby's Geneva Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction on May 14 & 15, 2012.

The 'Beau Sancy' diamond and Marie de Medici wearing it at her coronation in 1610 as Queen Consort of Henri IV - it is a 34.98 modified pear double rose cut, likely discovered in the area of Golconda, India. It is to be included in Sotheby's Geneva Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction on May 14 & 15, 2012.

François Boucher - Leinwandbilder & handgemalte Ölbilder

"Marquise" diamond cut is credited to King Louis XV, commissioned the first marquise-cut diamond to reflect the beautiful shape of the mouth of his mistress Madame de Pompadour.

Queen Charlotte's Arcot Diamond Brooch

The Arcots Diamond brooch. These two diamonds were originally suspended from a gold safety pin, which their owner, the Duchess of Westminster, admitted looked like costume jewelry.

Черный Орлов – алмазное Око Брахмы - Драгоценные камни мира

Черный Орлов – алмазное Око Брахмы - Драгоценные камни мира

This Day In History: The Largest Diamond in History Was Discovered (1905)

This Day In History: The Largest Diamond in History Was Discovered (1905)

Joseph Asscher making the first cut into the Cullinan Diamond, 10 February Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration. Credit line: The Royal Collection (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Beau Sancy Diamond..The Beay Sancy is a modified “pear double rose cut” diamond that originates in India and weighs 34.98 carats. Highly valuable, the Beau Sancy was auctioned off at Sotheby’s in Geneva for no less than $9.57 million. Its name was given honoring Nicolas de Harlay, Lord of Sancy, who brought it from India to France to be acquired by the country’s queen, Marie de Medicis

The Beau Sancy diamond- I would have liked to watch them do the faceting 400 years ago when they made it!

In the summer of 1963, a 198.28-carat fancy brown diamond was found in the South African diamond fields. This unusual stone was purchased by Julius Cohen, New York City manufacturing jeweler, under whose direction it was fashioned by the firm of S & M Kaufman into a Fancy Orange-Brown 104.16-carat pear shape. The stone has a total of 189 facets (67 on the crown, 65 vertical facetrs along the girdle, and 57 on the pavilion) and measures 24.98 mm wide, 39.10 mm long, and 16.00 mm deep. It has…

In the summer of 1963, a 198.28-carat fancy brown diamond was found in the South African diamond fields. This unusual stone was purchased by Julius Cohen, New York City manufacturing jeweler, under whose direction it was fashioned by the firm of S & M Kaufman into a Fancy Orange-Brown 104.16-carat pear shape. The stone has a total of 189 facets (67 on the crown, 65 vertical facetrs along the girdle, and 57 on the pavilion) and measures 24.98 mm wide, 39.10 mm long, and 16.00 mm deep. It has…

Algeiba Star Diamond. It was discovered in South Africa. Recut from the 139.38 Mahjal Diamond, which is said to have once been owned by the Maharajah of Kapurthala, a small princely state in the Punjab. Sold by Christie's in 1983.

Mahjal Algeiba Star Diamond of Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala, This cushion shaped diamond weighed a

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