Description of the Regent Diamond
The Regent Diamond is one of the most famous diamonds in the world. It is currently displayed at the Louvre in Paris. The Regent Diamond weighs 140.64 carats and is colored white. It is a square shaped cushion cut diamond. The Regent Diamond is the size of a small plum and measures 47.6mm in height, 31.75mm in width and 34.92 mm in length.
Origin of the name of the Regent Diamond
The Regent originated from India in Golconda where it was found at the at the Parteal mine. The famous Regent diamond was first known as the Pitt Diamond when it was purchased by the British Prime Minister William Pitt. Its common name, the Regent, originated from the title of the Duke of Orleans who was the Regent of France who purchased the diamond in 1717. Philippe II, Duke of Orleans, Philippe Charles (1674 – 1723) was the Regent of France from 1715 to 1723. He was the Regent of France during the minority of the young King Louis XV who acceded to the French throne when he was just five years old.
History of the Regent Diamond
Myths and legends surround the stone. It is of incredible value. The Regent Diamond originated from India in Golconda where it was mined at the at the Parteal mine. Found by a slave, who was murdered. A suicide followed then the Regent was sold to Governor Thomas Pitt of Fort George, Madras. The diamond gave him no pleasure and it was purchased by the Regent of France and became part of the French regalia, the crown jewels. Owned by French Kings until the bloody French revolution and then owned by the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. France became a republic and the Regent Diamond became a National treasure. The Regent Diamond is currently housed in the Louvre in Paris, France. The lives and the greed of many of the owners and wearers of the Regent Diamond have become part of the history of the Regent diamond.
The History Timeline of the Regent Diamond
The following timeline & history of the Regent details important historical events and dates: