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"This is one of the most valuable diamonds in the world. You should have no trouble getting upwards of $23,400,000 for it."

-Expert

FactsEdit

  • Fact 1: Once part of the Austrian and then Bavarian crown jewels, the Wittelsbach diamond was orignally a 35.56 carat diamond; after purchasing it in 2010, Laurence Graff had it recut to remove flaws, reducing it to 31.06 carats.
  • Fact 2: Mined in the former Indian kingdom of Golkanda some time in the 17th century, the Wittelsbach diamond got its name in 1806 when Bavarian King Maximilian IV Joseph von Wittelsbach made it the centerpiece of his crown.
  • Fact 3: The Wittelsbach family, fecing the pressures of the Great Depression, tried to sell the diamond in 1931. No buyers appeared until the Goldmuntz family purchased it in 1951.
  • Fact 4: The largest cut diamond in the world is currently the Golden Jubilee, a 545.67-carat brown diamond mined in South Africa and owned by the crown of Thailand. It is valued around $12 million.
  • Fact 5: In a controversial move after his 2008 purchase of the diamond, British jeweler Laurence Graff recut the stone, shaving off 4 carats and several nicks but greatly increasing the value.

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