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Mountain of Light

UNTIL the end of the eighteenth century, India was the biggest supplier of diamonds. The rich Golconda mines of Andhra yielded some of the most brilliant gems of the world including the fabulous Koh-i-noor which was mined around 1655 A.D. and at that time weighed nearly 500 grams! The Koh-i-noor, ‘Mountain of Light’, was given its name by the Persian invader, Nadir Shah when he snatched it from the Moghul Emperor at Delhi.
The diamond passed through many hands and through several countries and finally ended up in England. It now glitters in the crown that graces the heads of British royalty. According to legend the diamond is unlucky for men but lucky for women and whoever wears it rules the world!

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