Famous Gems – The Hortensia Diamond

hortensia-diamondThe diamond weighs 20 carats and is pale pink-orangey, rectangular in shape cut on 5 sides. It is named from Hortense de Beauharnais, Queen of Holland. It was made in 1691.  The diamond has the classic history of being worn by royals, stolen and recovered.  The diamond has a large scratch or crack on the pavilion. more

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