|Largest pink diamond - Princie of Indian origin.brandontiminsky.com|
|Golconda fort in ruins,near Hyderabad city, India.www.dailymail.co.uk|
The whereabouts of this rare diamond had not been known since 1968 when Southey's sold it as the "property of a gentleman".
According to Christie's, world's top best four and big pink diamonds were found at Golconda mines that produced most valuable diamonds in the world. The earliest known diamond mines in the world- Golconda produced quality diamonds as far back as 800BC. The Princie Diamond, Christie says, is
the third largest pink diamond in the world and was found 300 years ago in the Golconda mines. The other largest pink diamonds the Darya-I Nur, weighing 175 to 195 carats, and the Nur ul-Ain, weighing about 60 carats - were once part of Iranian crown jewels, most probably cut from a single big pink stone weighing 242 carats.
The other rare pink diamond The Daria-i-Noor "Sea of light" in Persian; (also spelled Darya-ye Noor) is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world, weighing roughly 182 carats (36 g). While a diamond with a similar name and description could be found in the Iranian Crown Jewels of Central Bank of Iran in Tehran. This peculiar stone with pale pink, is one of the rarest to be found in diamonds. The exact whereabouts of the Daria-i-Noor is not yet known and is subject to controversy.
Sometime back the London branch of Van Cleef & Arpels bought the pink diamond for a sum of $ 70,158.00. The celebration party that followed at the Paris store of Van Cleef & Arpels had included rich people and royal families.The Maharani Sita Devi and her 14-year old young Indian prince of Baroda (Gujarat, India) Sayajirao Gaekwad attended the party and the famous pink diamond was aptly named ''Princie''in honor of young prince.