Friday, August 3, 2012

Timeline of the Koh-i-Nur (Koh-i-Noor) Diamond (Part 3): Historical Record from 1850 to Present Day

HMS Medea
Photo Credit CQOut
compiled by Angela Magnotti Andrews

1850 AD         
Having set sail from Bombay on the HMS Medea on April 6, the Koh-i-Nur diamond was delivered to Sir J. W. Logg, Deputy Chairman of the East India Company, who presented the diamond to Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, in the presence of Sir John Hobhouse, at Buckingham Palace on July 3.

1851 AD         
The Koh-i-Nur, along with the Daryanoor and Timur’s Ruby, went on display at the Great Exhibition in London. In October, at the end of the Exhibition, the Koh-i-Nur was returned to Queen Victoria.

1852 AD         
Disappointed in the gems lackluster appearance, Prince Albert hired the experts at Coster Diamonds in Amsterdam to cut the diamond into a brilliant, reducing it by up to 43% of its original size. Mounted in a brooch for the Queen, who wore it often, the diamond was kept in Windsor Castle.

1902 AD         
The diamond was set into the jeweled cross at the front of Queen Alexandra’s coronation crown. The crown is pictured in Her Majesty’s coronation photographs.

Queen Alexandra's Coronation
Photo Credit: Chest of Books
1911 AD         
The Koh-i-Nur diamond was set, along with the Cullinan I & II, in the crown of Queen Mary for her coronation as Queen Consort to George V. Her crown was manufactured by Garrard & Company and contained over 2,200 diamonds.

1937 AD         
The Koh-i-Nur diamond was chosen as the crowning jewel for Queen Elizabeth’s crown (now called Queen Mother’s Crown). She wore the crown (and the diamond) on her coronation day as Consort to George VI. Patterned after the crown of Queen Mary, this beautiful platinum crown studded with diamonds currently resides in the Tower of London. This was the last time the Koh-i-Nur diamond was worn in public.

1997 AD         
Queen Elizabeth II made a visit on the 50th anniversary of India’s Independence. At this time, Indians in India and Britain made demands for the return of the diamond to India. This request has been denied to date.


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