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Akbar Shah

Dec 11th, 2012

Akbar Shah

The Akbar Shah is a 71.7 carat colorless- a Mughal dynasty diamond with a roughly pear-shaped outline and random faceting, including two Persian inscriptions, the first reading “Shah Akbar, the Grand King, 1028 A.H.” (the letters mean Anno Hegirae). The second inscription read “To the Lord of Two Worlds, 1039 A.H. Shah Jehan”.

The diamond was reportedly part of the original Peacock Throne. Purchased in 1886 in Istanbul by London merchant George Blogg, who re-cut it from 116 carat to a pear-shape of 71.70 carat, thus destroying the historic inscriptions.

Blogg was the last known owner and the stone’s whereabouts are presently unknown.

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