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Kohinoor Diamond History and Facts

History | 7-14 yrs | Interactive

What is the meaning of Kohinoor?

The Koh-i-Noor in Persia means “Mountain of Light”. The name was first used by Nader Shah a Persian ruler.

Weight and Origin of Kohinoor Diamond

The Kohinoor diamond weighs 21.6 grams and is a 105.6 metric carat diamond. This diamond is believed to have been one of the largest known diamonds that originated in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.

Story of the Kohinoor Diamond

Legend has it that the Kohinoor diamond is about five thousand years old. It was originally known as Madnayak or the ‘King of Jewels’ before being renamed as the Kohinoor.

The Kohinoor diamond was taken away by the British East India Company and adorned the crown of Queen Victoria when she became the Empress Of India in the year 1877. Currently the diamond is set in the Crown of Queen Elizabeth and is on display at the Tower Of London.

The Kohinoor moved through various dynasties and kings in India and Persia before it reached the Queen. It belonged to various Hindu, Mughal, Afghan and Sikh rulers.

Curse of the Kohinoor Diamond

It is believed that the Koh-i-Noor diamond carries with it a curse which has caused harm to men but not to women. The men who were in possession of this diamond either lost their fortunes or life.