The History of Golconda Diamonds
Diamonds were discovered in India during the 4th century B.C. In fact, until 1730, when diamonds were discovered in Brazil as well, it was the world's only known source of diamonds. India was the first country to mine the gem, and for hundreds of years, the diamonds were prized on the subcontinent for their size and beauty. The first known sources of rough diamonds in India were the mines in the ancient city of Golconda, in south central India, today the state of Hyderabad.
The Most Famous of the Golconda Diamonds
'The Regent' was sold to the regent of France by the English prime minister (hence the name), and adorned the hat of Marie Antoinette and later the hilt of Napoleon's own sword. It is currently displayed at the Louvre. It is believed that The Blue Hope, which is 'only' a 44-carat natural blue diamond, also originated from the Golcanda kingdom, however this stone is believed to carry a curse since many of its owners perished. Today it resides in the Smithsonian museum in Washington, keeping its potential owners safe.
The term 'Golconda' is used these days as an indicator of very high quality diamonds, and defines diamonds of the finest white color and transparency. Both the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the world renowned Gubelin Gem Lab characterize diamonds displaying the finest white color and transparency as type IIa, signifying that they are free from nitrogen and are therefore chemically pure and colorless. Hence, Golconda diamonds are very rare, thanks to their incomparable natural beauty.
We have sold some of these precious stones in the past and hope to have more to offer in the future. So if you are in the market for Golconda diamonds, or for any other unique stones, contact us and we will be happy to assist you in your search in any way that we can.