The history of the Koh-i-noor
The Koh-i-Noor is a diamond that has been coveted by rulers and empires for centuries. Its name means “Mountain of Light” in Persian, and it is said to have originated in the Golconda mines of India. It was passed down through various dynasties and empires, including the Mughal Empire and the Sikh Empire, before being acquired by the British East India Company in the mid-19th century.
The diamond was later presented to Queen Victoria in 1851 and became part of the British Crown Jewels. It has since been recut and is now set into the Queen Mother’s Crown, which is on display at the Tower of London.
The Koh-i-Noor is not typically worn as a piece of jewelry, as it is considered to be too valuable and historically significant. However, it has played a prominent role in various royal ceremonies and events, including the coronation of Charles I in 1969.
Should it stay or should it go?
The diamond’s inclusion in these events has been controversial, with some arguing that it should be returned to India, where it originated. However, the diamond remains part of the British Crown Jewels and is one of the most famous and valuable diamonds in the world.
Queen Consort Camilla won’t wear it during King Charles III’s coronation this May 6, in an apparent recognition of the diplomatic sensitivities around the 105-carat oval diamond. Instead Camilla will be crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown, which has been taken out of the Tower of London to be resized.
Despite all the controversy, the Koh-i-Noor remains an object of fascination and admiration for many, and its beauty and brilliance continue to inspire fashion and design to this day.