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One of the most historically fascinating Diamonds ever found has to be the Sancy Diamond. The history of this gem started over 600 years ago, when it was reputed to have been discovered in the fabled mines of Golconda, India.
The Sancy Diamond was once the largest Diamond ever discovered, but since Diamonds were discovered in South Africa in the late 1800’s, its size is no longer quite as significant. The gem’s outline shape is comparable to a cross between a shield and a pear cut stone. What makes it so unusual is that its profile is the same shape either side of the girdle.
The Sancy was believed to impart invincibility to anyone who wore it. The Diamond has been worn by several members of France’s royalty. Elizabeth I pursued the Diamond for decades. The gem has also funded many battles; after being stolen from the Louvre it was sold to help pay for Napoleon’s war efforts. There is so much history and fascination surrounding this Diamond that we would highly recommend Susan Ronald’s book “The Sancy Blood Diamond”.
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