Getting to Know the Sultan of Morocco Diamond
The Sultan of Morocco Diamond is one of the most famous diamonds in the grayish-blue diamond category due to its enormous size of 35.27 carats, but not much else is known about this intriguing gem. The origin is undetermined, with the earliest recognized possession of the diamond having taken place in 1840 Russia. Despite the sketchy information, the fascinating gemstone has a rich history, which concluded in 1972 when a private buyer from San Francisco, California bought it anonymously for $250,000.
This rare, very large fancy grayish-blue diamond is cushion shaped and is a Type IIb stone. It is believed that the Sultan of Morocco Diamond is the fourth largest diamond in the world that is considered a natural blue diamond. Interestingly enough, the stone’s clarity level has yet to be determined.
Despite the lack of details here and there, the Sultan of Morocco Diamond has a very long and complex history. The saga begins in 1840, when the diamond fell into the hands of the Yousupov family from Russia. Given this early date, it can be assumed that the diamond was sourced from Goloconda, Southern India. The Kollur mines in Goloconda were the only sources for blue diamonds at the time.
The origin of this interesting name is yet another unclear factor associated with the exquisite gem. It is very possible that the diamond once belonged to the Sultans, who were the ruling families of Morocco, sometime before 1840. This is all speculation of course, based on the name alone, as there is no solid proof that it was ever owned by any of the Sultans of Morocco.
About Blue Diamonds
Blue diamonds are among the rarest of all fancy color diamonds. Though there are now additional sources for these fabulous blue stones, such as the Premier diamond mines in South Africa, they are still extremely scarce.
Four magnificent blue diamonds: from let to right, an oval shaped pure fancy deep blue, a pear shaped fancy intense blue, a cushion shaped fancy vivid gray-blue, and an emerald shaped fancy intense blue
Some other famous blue diamonds include the Hope Diamond, a 45.52-carat fancy dark grayish-blue diamond, the Wittelsbach, a 35.56-carat fancy intense blue diamond, and The Blue Heart, a 30.82-carat fancy intense diamond. Blue diamonds fall into the Type II category of diamonds, which only accounts for one to two percent of all diamonds. These diamonds do not contain traceable amounts of nitrogen. Not only is this diamond a Type II diamond, but it is also a Type IIb one, which means it has the boron element, giving it its unique blue color.
As a rare, blue diamond, the Sultan of Morocco Diamond is a permanent fixture in the famous diamonds department, leaving one with an unquestionable thirst for a stunning blue stone. Leibish & Co. specializes in fancy color diamonds and diamond jewelry, including some of the most remarkable blue diamonds available in the market.