India’s most talked about gem is the Koh-i-noor. It is again in the news. PM Modi’s government is under pressure to bring te Koh-i-noor back. Everyone is eyeing the gem as it is one of the most precious and historic items of our nation. But there are some more precious gems that were found in Indian mines but are now in different parts of the world.
It is said that this diamond was cut into two pieces; the larger part is the Darya-i-Noor; the smaller part is believed to be the 60-carat (12 g) Noor-ul-Ain diamond, presently studded in a tiara in the Iranian Imperial collection. It is believed another part of this diamond is in the vaults of Sonali Bank of Bangladesh.
During a trade fair in Germany, Poland’s kKing Augustus III bought it for his own crown.
The Castro family got this diamond from Goa.
It was stolen from a Tamil Nadu temple by a French soldier who pretended to be a devotee of the Lord for many years.
It was found by an Indian laborer and was later robbed by a British captain. Soon after that, he sold the diamond to an Indian businessmen. From there it reached France.
Three of its original faces have the names of the three rulers who owned it engraved in Persian, along with the Hijrī year.
The colorless Taj-I-Mah is one of them