Sunday, November 21, 2010

Orlov Diamond From India to Russia

Historical facts, legends and theories of one of the most famous diamond is a Orlov Diamond had been lost with time, but is generally known that Orlov Diamond ever found in one eye god statues at the Temple of Sri Ranganathaswamy - Srirangam South India. Stone was stolen from the temple by a French deserter in 1750. After changing hands from merchant to merchant, eventually emerged in Amsterdam for sale. Count Grigory Grigorievich Orlov bought it from the last owner Shaffrass for 400 000 Dutch florins, but Would likely, have agreed to any amount demanded.

The existence of diamonds in the Russian Empire, is connected with Grigory Orlov love story with a Young Catherine The Great Russia. Their relationship lasted for years and produced an illegitimate child, but Catherine eventually forsook Count Orlov to Grigori Alexandrovich Potekim. To turn the story of his love, Catherine Count Orlov give a gift of a diamond. Until now diamonds are known as the "Orlov Diamond" and became the Kremlin's Diamond Fund.

Data released by the Kremlin give the Orlov's measurements as 32 millimeters x 35 millimeters x 31 millimeters, its weight being 189.62 carats (37.924 g).

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