8. Daria-i-Noor Diamond – Most Expensive Diamonds

The Daria-i-Noor Diamond (Persian: دریای نور‎ which means “Sea of light” in Persian; (also spelled Darya-ye Noor) is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world, weighing an estimated 182 carats (36 g).

Its color, pale pink, is one of the rarest to be found in diamonds. The Daria-i-Noor is in the Iranian Crown Jewels of the Central Bank of Iran in Tehran.


the Koh-i-Noor was mined in Vijayanagara, India. It was originally owned by the Kakatiya dynasty, later it was possessed by the Khalji dynasty of the Delhi Sultanate and to Mughal emperors. It was part of Shah Jahan’s Peacock Throne.

In 1739, the Nader Shah of Iran invaded Northern India and occupied Delhi. As payment for returning the crown of India to the Mughal emperor, Muhammad, he took possession of the entire fabled treasury of the Mughals, including the Daria-i-noor, in addition to the Koh-i-noor and the Peacock throne.

After Nader Shah’s death in 1747, the diamond was inherited by his grandson, Shahrukh Mirza. From there, it fell into the hands of Lotf Ali Khan.

After Lotf Ali Khan’s defeat at the hands of Mohammad Khan Qajar, who established the ruling Qajar dynasty of Iran, the Daria-i-Noor entered the Qajar treasury. During this time, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar was said to be very fond of the diamond, often wearing it as an armband, aigrette, or brooch, and maintenance of the diamond was an honor bestowed upon higher-ranking individuals.

The diamond currently resides with the National Jewels of Iran.

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