The coronation of King Charles later this year will doubtless involve much pomp and circumstance, but it will also bring to the fore a longstanding debate about the centerpiece of a royal crown, and specifically the jewel mounted there. The Koh-i-Noor diamond, one of the largest cut diamonds in the world at 105.6 carats, is a stone steeped in history and controversy.
Our fascination with gemstones seems to stretch far back through history, and our desire to possess the rarest (or at least what the ancients thought were the rarest) drives prices sky-high to this day. The Koh-i-Noor is just one of several such beautiful gemstones, all with a fascinating history.
Here are six of the most interesting:
1. The Koh-i-Noor
2. La Peregrina Pearl
3. The Cursed Hope Diamond
4. Three Brothers
5. The Florentine Diamond
6. The Beau Sancy Diamond
Top Image: Replica of the Koh-i-Noor diamond in Mumbai, India. Source: aiva / CC BY 2.0.
By Joseph Green