|Archduke Joseph. jewelryactivist.com|
One such sensational auction took place on November 13, 2012 at Christie's auction house in Geneva. The Archduke Joseph diamond (76.02 carat) was sold for more than 20m Swiss frank ($21,474,525 including commission) at Christie's auction house by Alfredo J. Molina, chairman of California-based jeweler Black, Starr & Frost, to an anonymous bidder.
|Archduke Joseph diamond.www.ft.com|
This rare 76 carat diamond mined from erstwhile Golconda kingdom, named after its first known owner Archduke Joseph August of Austria, shares the same linkage and source of origin as the other two world famous diamonds - Koh-i-noor and Hope. All these three world famous diamonds have their own exciting legend and history and were mined from Kollur mines near Golconda on the banks of Krishna river in the present day Krishna and Guntur districts of Andhra Pradesh, South India that once were part of the Golconda Kingdom. Other well-known diamonds from the Golconda mines are Darya-e Nur ( the largest at 185 carats and the finest among the crown jewels of Iran), Nur-Ul- Ain, the Regent and the Wittelsbach. Unfortunately none of these famed diamonds remained in India and they were either gifted or bought or stolen. Like other diamonds, these dazzling gems that were formed in the deeper part of the Earth, keep changing hands for several reasons and never fail to carry their legacy.
|Golconda fort., S. India www.gopixpic.com|
"Perfect' Archduke Joseph diamond sells for $21m". BBC. Retrieved 14 November 2012.