Size, as we know, is not . You might only be the 90th largest, but you can still emerge with sizable reputation. This is one of several lessons to be learned from the of the Koh-i-Noor diamond, way down the list in terms of size but, as this new book’s subtitle suggests, looming large in the imagination. It is probably also the world’s most dangerous diamond, described here as being “ a living, dangerous bird of prey” because so many have lost their lives it. The origins of the Koh-i-Noor, the “mountain of light”, are unknown, beyond the reach even of this book’s two accomplished authors, but it seems safe to assume that it emerged out of alluvial deposit somewhere in India. It may have been known in antiquity and it may have been referred to in many a romantic , but its first verifiable appearance isn’t until the 18th century, where it decorated the Mughal emperor’s Peacock Throne in and where it stimulated envy and greed in the emperor’s rivals. the following 100 years, it brought torment and tragedy to a range of people in Delhi, Kabul and Lahore. The history of the […]

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