Ch. 6: Shah Diamond

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the heading of "research workers" say that the stone was in the possession of Bourhan-Nizan-Shah II until he had a war with Akbar, a Great Mogul, whereupon he lost his kingdom and his gem.
The Second inscription reads: "Son of Jehangir-Shah-Jehan, Shah 1051." He was the so-called Eternal Mogul, builder of the Taj Mahal and grandson of Akbar, 1651 a.d. The year "1051" means in our terms 1651. In 1660 the diamond passed into the possession of one Aurangzeb. At about that time or a little late Tavernier, after visiting the court of Aurangzeb, wrote:
"On the side of the throne which is opposite the court there is to be seen a jewel consisting of a diamond of about 80 to go carats weight, with rubies and emeralds around it, and when the king is seated he has the jewel in full view."
But along about 1739 the Nadir-Shah, about whom we already have learned in connection with other famous stones, sacked the treasure house and carried away not only the Koh-I-Noor but also The Shah. So it went to Persia, and that brings us to:
Inscription III. This reads: "Kadjar-Fath-Ali-Shah, Sul­tan." He was Shah of Persia in the year 1824. But before you come to that you find, according to the records accumu­lated through the centuries, that a young Russian scribe named Griboyedoff had been appointed Russian Am­bassador to Teheran. Before he had gone there he had been powerful in the privy councils of the Russian rulers. He was regarded as responsible for the Treaty of Turkmanchai, by which Russia, after the defeat of the Shah Abbas Mizra, gained rich territory and influence over the inner affairs of Persia. Naturally the Persians hated Griboyedoffs diplo­matic maneuvers.
So when he appeared on the Persian scene as ambassador,
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