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Begum Blue

Apr 11th, 2013

Begum Blue

Princess Salima Aga Khan necklaceThe “Begum Blue” diamond (seen here set in Princess Salima Aga Khan’s necklace)  is a 13.78 carat, fancy deep blue, heart-shaped diamond of unknown clarity.

The “Begum Blue” diamond was the property of Princess Salima Aga Khan (formerly Sarah Croker Poole), the wife of His Royal Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV. The wife of the Aga Khan was officially referred to as Her Highness Begum Salima Aga Khan or just as Her Highness the Begum. The name Begum which seems to be of Persian origin, is usually used to refer to a Muslim woman of high ranking position in the Indian Sub-continent, that includes India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Thus the name “Begum Blue” seems to have been inspired by the title Begum associated with the wife of his highness the Aga Khan.

Given its fairly recent history, it probability originated from the Premier Diamond Mines of South Africa, the main source of high quality blue diamonds in the world in the 20th century.

Source: Internet Stones

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