Thursday, 15 January 2015

World famous large pink diamond of Indian origin"Diamanta Grand Table"

Darya-i-Noor (186 carats) pink diamond,part of Diamanta Grand
Yet another famous diamond of India that attracted the diamond lovers world over was ''the  Diamanta Grand Table," the name given by French jeweler Jean-Baptiste Tavernier in 1642.
The Diamanta Grand Table" was never a part of the Peacock Throne, nor was it ever studded or incorporated on it, as reported by some authorities. However, this does not preclude the possibility that the enormous "Diamanta Grand Table" was held as a loose stone  in the Mughal treasury, and this too was perhaps held by Shah Jahan in the Red Fort before it came into the possession of his son and successor, Aurangzeb in January 1666.

The diamond was plundered by Nadir Shah during his invasion of India and disappeared after his assassination.
Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, perhaps played a crucial role in the transfer of ownership of the Great Table Diamond from the Parse merchants to the Mughal treasury. Mir Jumla, an indigence of Iran had close relationships with the Parse diamond merchants, who were also of Iranian origin, and perhaps facilitated the transaction that involved the "Great Table Diamond.

In 1642, the French jeweler Jean Baptiste Tavernier visited India and wrote about a big pale pink diamond that weighed over 400 carats that he called the "Diamanta Grand Table" (Great Table Diamond). Researchers believe that the stone was eventually cut into two pieces of unequal sizes. The larger was known as the Darya-i-Noor (186 carats)
while the smaller stone was named the Nur-ul-Ain ( 60 carats) is the world's second-largest pink diamond.
In 1965, a Canadian team from the Royal Ontario Museum conducting research on the Iranian Crown Jewels concluded that the larger Daria-i-Noor and the smaller Noor-ul-Ain 60 carats (12 g) may well have been part of the Great Table.

It is believed this  huge resplendent diamond was once part a Hindu temple jewelery and subsequently stolen from there.
 GANGADHAR V.gangadhar