Apr 27, 2012
HRP Curator Sally Dixon-Smith explore the significance of the
Koh-i-Nûr diamond. Harbinder discusses the diamond’s place in
Indian history, specifically focusing on the Sikh rulers, whilst
Sally talks about the current position of the stone within the
Steeped in myth and superstition, the Koh-i-Nûr or ‘Mountain of Light’, is one of the most famous diamonds in the world. Originating in the famed mines of the Deccan, India, its legendary history extends over 5,000 years. Like many other great jewels, the diamond changed hands following the holders of power, belonging to Hindu, Mughal, Turkic, Afghan and Sikh rulers, the last of whom was Maharajah Ranjit Singh. It came to England in the 19th century at the end of the Anglo-Sikh Wars, and was presented to Queen Victoria.