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The Koh-i-Noor

The Koh-i-Noor, translated as The Mountain of Light because of its oval cut and length, is presumably the most famous and well known diamond around. At the moment the Koh-i-Noor can be seen in the Tower of London, as part of England’s precious Crown jewels. Up to this day, through this beautiful masterpiece Royal Coster Diamonds and the English royalty share a warm relationship.

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The Koh-i-Noor,how did it reach England?

Before Royal Coster Diamonds set their eyes on the ring in 1852, the Koh-i-Noor already had travelled thousands of miles. Koh-i-Noor originally derived from a mine near the village of Kollur in India where it belonged to the Kakatiya dynasty until the 14th century.

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Koh-i-Noor
and the sultans of Mogul

The Koh-i-Noor fell in the hands of Babur, the first Mogul emperor when he conquered New Delhi in 1526. He claimed that the diamond used to belong to the family, therefore they were the rightfully owners. His successor Shah Jahan ordered Koh-i-Noor to be set in his famous Peacock Throne. It changed owners again when the Persians occupied India in 1739.

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The Koh-i-Noor, a present for Queen Victoria

Having travelled to Persia and back to India again, the Koh-i-Noor was taken from Dalip Sing, the last Sikh emperor, when the East India Company made an end to the Persian empire in 1849. The diamond was then brought back to England as a gift to Queen Victoria.

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Royal Coster and the Koh-i-Noor

Royal Coster Diamonds Diamonds and the Koh-i-Noor will always be mentioned in the same sentence. Why? Upon its arrival in England the diamond weighed 186 carats. In 1852 it was decided to restore its brilliance and to repolish the Koh-i-Noor. Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s regent, approached Royal Coster Diamonds for this noble task. Clearly, in only the first years after Royal Coster Diamonds was founded, the expertise and craftsmanship where already well noticed.

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The Koh-i-Noor’s,who has worn it?

Royal Coster Diamonds recut the Koh-i-Noor to about 108.93 carats so the royals could also wear it a bit more easily. Queen Victoria mostly wore the diamond in a brooch. Later it was set in the State Crown, worn by Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary. It was also one of the eyecatchers during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1937.

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