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Ch. 3: Famous Diamonds

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CELEBRATED DIAMONDS.                 87
world is the Regent or Pitt diamond. Its brilliancy and proportions are considered matchless, and it is also of considerable size. It was found in the mine of Parteal, forty-five leagues south of Golconda, and weighed in the rough state 410 carats. Two years and $23,250 were spent in cutting it into a brilliant
—a process which reduced it to 137 carats, but the cutting is perfect.
The usual account given of this diamond is, that it was bought at Madras by the grandfather of the first Earl of Chatham, when he was commander of Fort St. George; that he paid $60,000 for it, and that it was bought in 1717 for $648,000 by the
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