The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond

Book - 2017
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"The Koh-i-Noor diamond, arguably the most celebrated jewel in the world. Using original eyewitness accounts and chronicles never before translated into English, Dalrymple and Anand trace the true history of the diamond and disperse the myths and fantastic tales that have long surrounded this awe-inspiring jewel. The resulting history of south and central Asia tells a true tale of greed, conquest, murder, torture, colonialism, and appropriation that shaped a continent and the Koh-i-Noor itself."--From dust jacket.
"The Koh-i-Noor (Persian for Mountain of Light) is a large, colourless diamond from Telangana, India, first described in the 13th century. According to legend, it first weighed 793 carats uncut, although the earliest well-attested weight is 186 carats. It was first owned by the Qutub Shahis. The stone changed hands several times between various factions in Asia over the next few hundred years, ending up in the possession of Queen Victoria after the British conquest of the Punjab in 1849."--From wikipedia.org website.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Branch Call Number: 553.82 D151k
Characteristics: vi, 335 p., 16 unnumbered pages of plates : ill. (chiefly color), map, genealogical table : 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Anand, Anita


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ser_library Apr 14, 2019

lots of interesting info on diamonds in a well written introduction to the history and cultures of India.

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