All parameters aside, the role that diamonds have played in shaping history has ensured that some of the most famous diamond owners are also some of the most influential historical figures.
Here’s a list of the most famous diamond owners, some because of who they are, some because of the diamond they possessed.
The Hapsburg Family
The Hapsburg family from Hungary is one of the most famous families in history. They originally owned the Archduke Joseph Diamond, a 74.65-carat diamond widely regarded as one of the most beautiful diamonds of all time. The diamond was last sold in 2012 for a whopping 21.5 million dollars and has been worn by celebrities like Celine Dion.
British Royal Family
The British Royal Family has long been the owners of many famous diamonds, including the bewitching Koh-i-Noor that is a part of the crown jewels. However, another diamond that adorns the Royal Scepter of England happens to be the Great Star of Africa. The diamond originally weighed a whopping 3106.75 carats when it was first discovered. After it was cut down into several pieces, the largest piece was reportedly a whopping 530.4-carats, making it one of the largest cut diamonds in existence.
The French royalty is known for their famed display of extravaganza and lavish lifestyle. A particularly good example of this extravaganza is the Regent Diamond that was first seen on Louis XV’s coronation crown. This 140.6-carat Regent Diamond has been a part of many royal ceremonies, including the crown of Charles X and Napoleon III among others. Currently, it is on display at the Louvre museum in Paris.
In 1969, Richard Burton gifted a 68.09-carat diamond to his then-wife Elizabeth Taylor. This classic diamond became famous for its unique pear shape and its association with the couple. The Taylor-Burton diamond as it came to be known as was sold by Elizabeth Taylor after her divorce.
Hope Diamond is probably one of the most recognizable diamonds in the worland is reportedly worth roughly a quarter of a billion dollars. On top of its incredible beauty, the Hope Diamond boasts of an illustrious history which has played an important role to its great value.
At 45.52 carats, this deep blue diamond was first owned by Louis XIV of France but lost in 1792 during the French Revolution. It then re-surfaced in 1812 and received its name from then owner, Henry Thomas Hope. Eventually it was passed to famous jeweler Harry Winston, who later generously donated it to the Smithsonian where it resides today.