|18.8 ct Golconda diamond “Arcot II”retailjewellerindia.com|
Arcot diamonds were sold separately as rings, the larger stone, now known as Arcot I, was purchased in 1959 while the smaller one, now labeled the Arcot II, found its new owner in 1960. Both the bidders were Americans. The larger stone later reappeared as a pendant in a Van Cleef & Arpels necklace. In November 1993 it was sold to at Christie’s, Geneva. Sheikh Ahmed Hassan Fitaihi of Saudi Arabi, became the new owner of the Arcot I and he paid a record price of £918,243 to get its possession, a legacy of Arcot Nawabs.