|The Regent Diamond fromKollur mines, Andhra,India.gemology.knoji.com|
|The Regent Diamond, from Kollur mines, India.www.heartsonfire.com|
It was set in a Crown for the Coronation crown for Louis XV and then in another crown for Louis XVI in 1775. Later it adorned the vast jewelery collections of Marie Antoinette. Briefly stolen at the time of the French revolution 1792, Napoleon Bonaparte got it in 1801 and set it into his two edged sword in 1812 and it remained there till his death.
After a short trip to Austria and then back to France, this diamond was then set in a Greek style Diadem crown for Empress Eugenie where it remains today.
Being an object of nature's superb beauty and curiosity, and considering its whitish color with blue tint, it was not disposed of with the other crown jewels, but has remained up to the present time as one of the most beautiful and valuable of the royal jewels belonging to the French nation. Presently it is on display in the Louvre Museum, Paris. The diamond of Indian origin measures 140.6 carats and is a cushion style cut.
This historical diamond mined in Guntur district, A.P, India is interwoven with India's glorious past and workmanship of European diamond cutters of yore.