Description of the Kohinoor Diamond
The Kohinoor Diamond
is one of the most famous diamonds in the world. The Kohinoor diamond
was first mentioned in 1306 when it was taken from a Rajah of Malwa,
whose family had held the diamond for centuries. It was described as
weighing 186 carats and was an oval cut white diamond - the shape and
size of a small hen's egg. The Kohinoor diamond belonged to various
Indian and Persian rulers but it became part of the Crown Jewels of
England at the time that Queen Victoria was proclaimed empress of India.
The Kohinoor was re-cut at this time and now weighs 108.93 carats and is
kept in the Tower of London.
Origin / Meaning
of the name Kohinoor Diamond (aka Koh-i-Noor)
(Koh-i-Noor) originated from India in Golconda at the Kollur mine and was
specifically mined from the *Rayalaseema
diamond mine (meaning *Land of Stones) during the rule of the Kakatiya
dynasty. The Kohinoor was then passed from one ruling dynasty to the next.
The original name of the diamond was ‘Samantik Mani’ (Prince and leader
among diamonds). In 1739 Nadir Shah, the King of Persia, invaded India and
was said to refer to the diamond as the "Mountain of Light". The
Persian-Arabic words for "Mountain of Light" were Koh-i-Noor. The
magnificence of the diamond and its value symbolized the power of an
Empire. It was said that "He who owns this diamond will own the world, but
will also know all its misfortunes." Possession of the Kohinoor led to
murder, torture, mutilation and treachery and stories of the Curse of the
The Curse of the Kohinoor Diamond
of Kohinoor Diamond dates back to a Hindu text from the time of the
first authenticated appearance of the diamond in 1306. The Curse of the
Kohinoor Diamond reads:
who owns this diamond will own the world, but will also know all
its misfortunes. Only God, or a woman, can wear it with impunity."