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dresden diamond

Dresden diamond

The diamond is considered to bring good luck. After all, it survived exposition to radiation. It traveled around the world, barely escaping the horrors of war and devastation. It is perhaps as cherished and beloved as the Hope Diamond. However, the Dresden was believed to bring the owner good fortune whereas the Hope Diamond has a history of curses.

The story of the Dresden Green starts in the Kollur Mine, India. The first real note of the Dresden Green comes from a London news-sheet from October 25 th -27 th , 1722:
“On Tuesday last, in the afternoon, one Mr. Marcus Moses, lately arrived from India, had the honor to wait on his Majesty [King George I (ruled 1714-27)] with his large diamond, which is of a fine emerald green colour, and was with his Majesty near an hour. His Majesty was very much pleased with the sight thereof. It is said there never was seen the like in Europe before, being free from any defect in the world; and he has shown his Majesty several other fine large diamonds, the like of which ’tis said were never brought from India before. He was also, the 25th, to wait on their Royal Highnesses with his large diamond; and they were surprised to see one of such largeness, and of such a fine emerald color without the help of a foil under it. We hear the gentlemen values it at £10,000.”
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In 1726, the same merchant, Marcus Moses, offered the diamond to Friedrich Augustus I, king of Poland. However, he sold it to his successor King Augustus II, of Poland. At that time, it had an estimated value of £30,000. But it sold for something between £60,000 and £400,000. The books are not clear about it.
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The clarity of the Dresden is VS1. The GIA categorized it as a Type IIa diamond with exceptional quality. Only 2% of the world’s diamonds have this rating. But it even has the potential of reaching IF (internally flawless). Essentially, this means if the diamond is recut, it could be upgraded to the maximum grade clarity as this could eliminate some of the superficial inclusion.
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On very rare occasions, the Dresden Green Diamond is on display at other locations. The latest was from October 2000 until January 2001 at the Smithsonian Institute . It laid proudly alongside the Hope Diamond .

For centuries, many people believed The Dresden Green Diamond was as a symbol of good luck and fortune. It is the largest green diamond in the world.