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Stolen treasures America and other nations are being urged to return

Love Exploring Logo By loveEXPLORING staff of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 21: Legend puts the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond at more than 5,000 years old. It is believed to have been mined in India in the 1300s and once weighed 793 carats. It was presented to Queen Victoria, then Empress of India, in 1850, whose husband Prince Albert had the gem recut and polished, which reduced its size by about half. The gem is now in the Tower of London as part of the British Crown Jewels despite the fact that India has demanded its return since independence in 1947. Its exact value is unknown but the Graff Pink diamond, a quarter of its size, was sold in 2010 for $46 million.

Koh-i-Noor Diamond (circa 3,000 BC)

Legend puts the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond at more than 5,000 years old. It is believed to have been mined in India in the 1300s and once weighed 793 carats. It was presented to Queen Victoria, then Empress of India, in 1850, whose husband Prince Albert had the gem recut and polished, which reduced its size by about half. The gem is now in the Tower of London as part of the British Crown Jewels despite the fact that India has demanded its return since independence in 1947. Its exact value is unknown but the Graff Pink diamond, a quarter of its size, was sold in 2010 for $46 million.

© Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art

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