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Great Diamonds of India - The India Series
Great Diamonds of India - The India Series

Great Diamonds of India - The India Series

by Monisha Bharadwaj

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Language

English

Publisher

India Book House

ISBN

8175083263 - Year: 2002 - Pages: 144

Binding

Paperback

Monisha Bharadwaj
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Author: Monisha Bharadwaj
Publisher: India Book House
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 144
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175083263

Description

This volume is a definitive account of the history, legends and myths that are commonly associated with some exceptional diamonds that were discovered in India. The book unfurls the drama that accompanied the passage of these gems from one owner to the next, across continents, and over great expanses of time.

Diamonds have captivated the imagination of mankind since the beginning of time. These precious stones were first discovered in India, and the greatest mines were located in the kingdom of Golconda. Several of the world’s largest and mot cherished diamonds came from India and many of those discovered elsewhere made their way into the coffers of some of the richest people in the country. Even after the historic plunder of the Mughal Empire by the Persian ruler Nadir Shah in 1739, India continued to be known as the treasury of the world; its celebrated royals and wealthy industrialists went to astonishing lengths to acquire and keep these diamonds.

Great Diamonds of India is a definitive account of the history, legends and myths that are commonly associated with some exceptional diamonds that were discovered in India. The kaleidoscope of characters in these stores range from insouciant kings and queens to avaricious murderers.

Contents

INTRODUCTION

FABLED INDIAN DIAMONDS

Koh-i-Noor
Great Mughal
Orlov
Pigot
Regent
Sancy
Hope
Nassak
Darya-i-Noor
Wittelsbach
Idol’s Eye
Indore Pears
Shah
Akbar Shah
Shah Jahan Table-Cut
Arcots
Polar Star
Tereschenko
Queen of Holland

BRIEF HISTORIES

Archduke Joseph
Princie
Agra
Dresden Green
Nizam

APPENDIX

Foreign Connections
The Golconda Mines
The Indian Diamond Industry
Diamond Processing
Quotes and References

GLOSSARY

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

ILLUSTRATIONS

CREDITS

INDEX

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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