Idol’s Eye Diamond


Like Orlov Diamond and Hope Diamond, this diamond also has been stolen from a Hindi temple. Some peoples think there is a curse on the diamond, said by the Hindu temple priests, the same temple that the diamond has been stolen from. Idol’s Eye is a diamond weighs 70.21 carats and with a slightly bluish color, a color that features diamond from the area of Golconda in India. The cut form of this diamond is in brilliant triangular form. The special form of the diamond probably matched one of the eyes of the idols in the Hindu temple the diamond has been stolen from.The diamond probably discovered on the 16th or the 17th century, a period when tens of thousands of people worked in the mines of Golconda area. But nothing is known beyond that on the way the diamond did to the West. Mysteriously, the diamond arrived London and put up to auction in 14 July 1865. The diamond sold when it was assigned in jewelry that included other 18 diamonds. The buyer stayed anonymous and he’s only nicknamed in the shortcut, B.B.So maybe there isn’t documentation about the exact history of the diamond, but especially for this reason, there are a lot of legends and stories. According to one of the versions, the princess of Kashmir, Rashida, kidnapped by the Ottoman Sultan and her father had to redeem her and to pay for the diamond. Other story tells that the diamond taken from the Persian prince Rahab by a company from the Eastern India because of his debts to this company. The story is interesting, but there aren’t historical evidence that supports a story like that and even no evidence that there was a Persian prince called Rahab.But from stories and legends, let’s return to the auction took place in London. So maybe we don’t know who the buyer is, but there is evidence that the diamond was (after the auction) owned by the Sultan Abdul Hamid II (The Sultan of the Ottoman Empire 1876-1909). Abdul Hamid II hardly ruled Turkey and even suspended the constitution of the country. But he expelled from the empire and went to exile in 1909, and his brother replaced him in the role. But the Sultan Abdul Hamid II recognized that he’d been expelled some time and he took his jewels to France. The jewels sold to a merchant called Salomon Haviv in Paris, but he never paid Abdul Hamid II – he paid to his brother, who ruled Turkey.On 24 June 1909, the diamond put up to auction in Paris and bought by a Spanish noble man. The diamond held in a safe in London for some years but seen again in 1946, when it sold to a Dutch merchant and then to Harry Winston during the World War II. A year later, the diamond sold to May Bonfils Stenson who owned other rare diamonds and jewels. After her death in 1962, her jewels collection sold in an auction and its revenues donated to some charities, according to her testament. The Idol’s Eye bought by Harry Levinson, a jeweler from Chicago, who paid $375,000 for the diamond. It was a present for his wife, Marilyn. The diamond owned by Levinson until 1979, and then sold to Lorence Lawrence Graff. In 1983 Graff sold the diamond in a swap deal that included some other diamonds. The buyer stayed anonymous and also the price, but some peoples are estimating that it’s one of the biggest diamonds deals ever signed in the world. The diamond is probably still owned by this anonymous person.


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