Welcome to MuseumDiamonds.com!
Check THIS out! Last updated 7/23/2010, French Blue page updated with Golden Fleece information, and pictures of the finished ornament!
Also updated References with selected web links to some of the listed articles/documents.
There's a lot of information on the Web regarding famous diamonds. Unfortunately, a lot of it isn't true ...
This site is dedicated to those who are interested in famous diamonds and want to discover new facts regarding these historic stones.
Why MuseumDiamonds.com? You would have to travel to museums in Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Dresden, Isbtanul, Tehran, and many other locales to view the real diamonds.
Some of the original diamonds described on this site, such as the 90-carat version of the Nassak, the Great Table, the Florentine, and others, have been lost to history and are no longer available for viewing.
It is only through exhaustive research of historical records, and the participation of organizations such as the Smithsonian, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Natural History Museum in London, Coster Diamonds and Asscher Diamonds in Amsterdam, the Tower of London, and others, that these stones have come back from the dustbin of history as high-quality, historically-accurate replicas.
Replicating famous diamonds is not an easy task. The historical record on many is scant. Much has been written about these diamonds, but often what is written is contradictory. For example, the Tavernier Blue has been reported to be the size of a hen’s egg or a man’s fist. Actually, at 115 carats, you can fit five or six of them easily into the palm of your hand.
It is because of these types of misinformation that I created this site, to clarify the historical inaccuracies. I hope that you will find this site to be informative and educational. I also hope that it further sparks your interest to dig deeper into famous diamond history.*
*GREAT HISTORY - If you are interested in details of each diamond's history, including records of ownership, purported curses, etc., you won't find that here on this site. I suggest that you visit Ryan Thompson's excellent and informative site, famousdiamonds.tripod.com. Ryan has the most comprehensive histories of the stones you'll find anywhere on the Web.