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Curse of largest known diamond in the world : Koh-i-noor

crown.jpgDo you know the curse of the Koh-i-noor diamond ? Before its evil cause we will see its history.

The Koh-i-Noor (Mountain of Light) is a 109 carat diamond that was once the largest known diamond in the world. Some say that the Koh-i-noor was originally found more than 5000 years ago, and is mentioned in ancient Sanskrit writings. Historical evidence suggests that the Kohinoor originated in Golconda kingdom, in Hyderabad state of Andhra Pradesh, India one of the world’s earliest diamond producing regions.

At that time it was said to weigh 793 carats, but through some incredibly ham-fisted cutting and polishing by a jeweller named Borgio it was reduced to 186 carats. This further reduced it from 186 carats to its present size of just less than 109 carats.

Pic :The Crown of Queen Elizabeth

Koh-i-Noor the Name

It was the Persian King Nadir Shah who gave the stone its name, which means “Mountain of Light”. Nadir Shah seized this prized possession of the Moghuls when he overran Delhi in 1739. The earlier name of this diamond was Samantik Mani meaning “Prince among diamonds”.


Koh-i-Noor diamond is the largest stone in the crown worn by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
To The British

The most coveted diamond in history, Koh-i-noor passed through the hands of various Indian and Persian rulers who fought bitterly over it from the 14th century onwards.

The British colonial officials found the Koh-i-noor in 1849, in the treasury of the Punjabi capital, Lahore, India. It was later seized by the British as a spoil of war and it became part of the British crown jewels when Queen Victoria became the ‘Empress of India’ in 1877. The Queen Mother’s crown with the Kohinoor is currently preserved in the Tower of London.

The Curse of the Koh-i-noor

It is believed that the Kohinoor carries with it a curse and only when in the possession of a woman will the curse not work. All the men who owned it have either lost their throne or had other misfortunes befall them. The British are wary of this curse and so far, only Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth have adorned the gem as sovereigns. Since Queen Victoria the diamond has always gone to the wife of the male heir to the throne.

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  • Aliya March 4, 2010, 3:39 pm

    Ok firstly Punjab is in india and it belongs to india i m a punjabi anyways so.. I feel the brits will not be happy with it and it is predicted that they will be far behind us in a few decades so let them live with the stolen wealth they are running out of. i feel if they were really that decent people they would have returned the Money to india they had looted or at least helped India or even returned the Kohinoor. but anyways Brits are no longer that happy they have been named the ugliest people of the world so really does not bother me cause they are now paying for it. i dont say brits are bad. they are many of them who are really nice maybe all of them but what they’re ancestors did they would have to pay for it. Its mainly because of the royal family that all this is happening but i m sure india will get the things back even if they wont they would be surely overtake brits so theres nothing to take tension about.

  • Matthew March 13, 2010, 1:23 pm

    Oh I bet Camilla is just chomping at the bit already!

  • sriram March 26, 2010, 7:15 am

    YO! KOHINOOR Largest diamond.I dont belive that it has a Curse!

  • Saytu May 1, 2010, 4:37 am

    British are very clever, they deserve to have that… We alway proud of our nation saying incredible indiya.. Hencd there is nothing incredible bcs we are alway back in everything,… In sports, in poverty, in politics, in cleanliness, in economic, in missiles. In CRPF training jawans (naxal attack)…..

  • Priti Shah July 6, 2010, 5:10 am

    The kohinor is in london now, just coz our Indian people was not united & other wise they would not allow to the britisher to take d diamond out of our country.Its actually good that its not in India. Other wise there have been many wars among d Indians for it. But i think most of Indians are united now & they will surely bring d diamond back to the country. If they dont ,it doesnt matter Bcoz the Indians with their brains & ability are spread all over the world. “waise kohinoor India mein rah hai ya indians ke bech mein hi hai” its one & the same na……. so its a big sorry to all those countries who took d diamond from us “jaise bhi ho diamond India mein ho ya Indians ke pass.”

  • Prem Shah (THE INDIAN) July 6, 2010, 5:57 am


  • rishaal August 7, 2010, 7:03 pm

    it belongs to india the brits stole it they should give it back

  • sarabjan November 4, 2010, 6:52 am

    i agree with aliya. besides the so called queen should apologise, give back the stolen wealth and also face war crimes and terrorist charges. same rules for everyone – if you invade a sovereign nation and murder innocent civilians and steal their wealth that is terrorism, maybe back then they called it empire building but it is clear to all that it is now called terrorism.