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Specifications of Spoonmaker Diamond

Weight: 86 carats Dimensions: 42 x 35 x 16 mm Color: Colorless Weight of Rough: Unknown Origin: Unknown; probably India Date Found: Unknown Current Location: Topkapi Palace and Museum, Istanbul, Turkey; Turkish Crown Jewels

Details

This stone has an uncertain history, but since the early 1800’s has been in possession of the Turkish government. It is currently on display at the Topkapi Palace and Museum in Istanbul.

There is a discrepancy in the historical record concerning the weight of this diamond. It is reported as 86 carats, yet documentation from the early 1800’s state that it is the third largest diamond in the world. This would not be accurate, as the Orlov (189.6 carats), Darya-I-Nur/Great Table (a minimum of 175 carats), Koh-I-Noor (estimated at 186 carats), Florentine (137.27 carats), Nassak (90 carats), and Shah (88.6 carats) would be bigger, making it at least seventh. (All carats used in this paragraph are old carats to avoid confusion with the historical record.)