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The Koh-i-Noor Diamond

The Koh-i-Noor Diamond (Mountain of Light) has a mysterious past. The 109-carat gem was once the largest known diamond in the world and has been the cause of violence for the past 5,000 years.

The diamond is believed to bring misfortune to any man who owns it. However, it is supposed to bring good luck to any female owner. Another legend suggests that whoever owns the Koh-i-Noor rules the world. Some have said that the Koh-i-Noor holds some undiscovered secret or power that could lead to world domination, but this is purely a myth. Why? Myths aren’t always false….

The first known case of misfortune befalling the owner revolves around Prince Humayun, who received the Koh-i-Noor and then suffered bad luck for the rest of his life. Sher Shah Suri, a powerful medieval Indian emperor who defeated Prince Humayun, died after a canon explosion. Sher Shah Suri’s son, Jalal Khan, was killed by his brother-in-law. Prince Humayun’s great-grandson, the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, had the Koh-i-Noor placed in his Peacock Throne. He was then overthrown and imprisoned by his own son.

In 1830, the diamond made its way to Punjab, a region straddling the border between India and Pakistan. In 1849 Punjab was formally proclaimed to be part of the British Empire in India, and the Koh-i-Noor was handed over to Queen Victoria in 1851. Why did she want it so badly?!

The Koh-i-Noor is currently under constant guard in the Tower of London as part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. Not true! That is a replica. I’ve seen the real diamond myself.… What a ridiculous statement. I’m revoking your I Like Useless Facts membership.