Black Orlov diamond


The origin of the Black Orlov diamond, as well as its unusual grey-steel color, is still unknown. As legend has it, this diamond, also called the Eye of Brahma, was set in a statue in a shrine near Pondicherry in southern India, and weighed 195 carats uncut. According to the legend, it caused the suicides of two Russian princesses.
Others believe that the diamond belonged to the Russian princess Nadia Orlova, though history refutes this version, as no Russian princess by that name ever existed. The diamond now weighs 67.50 carats. It is exhibited in museums from time to time.

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