Diamond in the bluff: Koh-i-noor stories lose their shine

Diamond in the bluff: Koh-i-noor stories lose their shine

No evidence that controversial royal jewel was won by a Persian warlord in a cunning turban swap, say authors

It is the best known and most controversial jewel in the Tower of London, but virtually everything known about the Koh-i-noor diamond’s history may be wrong, according to a new book.

Said to be 5,000 years old, and to bear a curse that afflicts any man – but not woman – who wears it, the jewel was surrendered to the East India Company by Duleep Singh, a boy maharajah, in 1849.

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