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Among the diamonds that saw the light after a long spell of time in the last century, the Tereschenko diamond is an interesting one. This pear-shaped blue stone with many color shades mined in the Kollur alluvial deposits of the Krishna river (then under the Golconda ruler; now in Andhra State) has found a home in Russia and its weird journey to such a far off place from India is a riddle. Obviously, it was a stolen one.
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The Tereschenko family happened to be first owners of this diamond. They made a huge fortune in sugar industries; the blue diamond is named after the family. Mikhail Tereschenko in 1915, sought the help of a famous international jeweler Jacques Cartier from the place of Vendome, Paris to set the stone as the centerpiece in a necklace made with an assortment of fancy-colored diamonds. The blue diamond has different shades of ultramarine, sultana-green, grey, blue, etc. Surely, the necklace consisting of this fine blue diamond was an attractive one with gentle shinning and radiance. At that point of time Mikhail Tereschenko had been the minister of foreign affairs.
True to the Indian proverb ''every thing on this earth is transitory'', Tereschenko never thought he would lose his post so soon in 1917 just before the Russian Revolution. Prior to that the owners removed the diamond for financial security reasons and smuggled it out of Russia and sold it to a private buyer. It was in 1884, this fancy blue diamond resurfaced after a long gap at an auction conducted by Christie's in Geneva. Then it was the fourth largest diamond in the world. The auction saw a big competition among the rich to get a hold on this classic diamond from Kollur. On November 14, 1984 at Hotel Richmond one Robert Mouawad, a famous Lebanese jeweler. emerged victorious and he paid a whopping sum 10 million Swiss francs i.e. £3,180,000 for it. No doubt, It was a record price for a diamond ever.
This blue diamond first weighed roughly 150 carats, the largest blue diamond in the world; later it was cut to sizes in 1673 in the French town. After the cut the other blue diamond ''Hope'' weighed 44 carats which belonged to the French Crown. After the French revolution, the Hope diamond went to England and later to the USA. It is said in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the blue diamonds were stolen from the Hindu temple. They were in the eyes of an idol of the goddess Sita, consort of God Rama, the seventh Avatar of Vishnu, and were then shipped to Europe. Next to the Hope diamond it is a fine compact diamond and carries a good price on it at present. It is yet another famous diamond mysteriously left the shores of India centuries ago.