Monday, May 9, 2011

Darya-ye Noor

The Darya-ye Noor AKA Sea of Light or Ocean of Light

can also be spelled as Darya-i-Noor, Darya-e Noor, and Darya-i-Nur is considered as one of the largest diamond in the world , this pink diamonond weighs an estimated 182 carats and is on display at the Central Bank of Iran in Tehran.

According to Wikipedia in 1739, Nader Shah of Iran 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.

It was discovered in the Golconda mines of Southern India, It is also believed to be a major portion of the fabled Great Table Diamond. Jean-Baptiste Tavernier famous jeweler and world traveler called it ""Diamanta Grande Table"" was shown to him he worte that it was the " Largest and finest diamonds and rubies seen by him in Europe and Asia”. The Great table Diamond's weight is originally 242 carats, in 1834 it is believed that the Great Table Diamond was involved in some sort of unrecorded accident resulting in the creation (perhaps by necessity) of the 182 carat Darya-ye-Noor and its smaller sister stone, an approximately 60 carat diamond named Nul-ul-Ain. The smaller part of the pink diamond(60 carats) is believed to br presently studded in a tiara also in the Iranian Imperial collection

Weight 182 carats (36 g)
Color Pale pink
Cut Tabular, free-form. Inscribed.
Country of origin India
Mine of origin Golconda

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Sources: Wikipedia

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