The Koh-i-noor Diamond

The Koh-i-noor Diamond

The Queen Mother’s Crown with the Koh-i-Noor diamond at the center

The Diamond with a bloody history is kept in the Tower of London. Legends say that it’s cursed.

The Diamond came from Indian mines thousands of years ago. They say that Koh-i-Noor (meaning “Mountain of Light”) cursed all the men who owned it as early as in 1306.

It was owned by numerous rulers over the years and all too often many of them lost their empires as well as their lives. As a result of extensive fighting and bloodshed, The Diamond was owned by the ruling families of India, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.

The Koh-i-Noor diamond

It was never bought or sold but changed hands only due to inheritance, extortion, looting and trickery and, sometimes, gift-giving. The Diamond came into British hands only in the mid-19th century. It happened after another bloody events – the Second Anglo-Sikh War. And after the British East India Company took possession of this Diamond, cholera took hold and killed scores on board.

Finally, the Koh-i-Noor Diamond arrived in Britain. It was eventually set on the crown of England’s Queen Mary in 1911 and then the crown of the queen mother in 1937 for her coronation. Since most people believe that the curse of the Diamond befalls only men, and not women, thereafter it was only women who wore it.

Today the Koh-i-noor remains on The Queen Mother‘s Crown which is now on public display in the Tower of London.

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