The Wittelsbach Diamonds Colourful History

The Wittelsbach diamond history is a very colourful and mysterious one. The Wittelsbach diamond history started in the kingdom of Golkonda in India in the 1600’s.

It was at the time, a 35.56 carat giant which was later recut into its present size at 31.06 carats. It is said that it was originally owned by Philip the fourth of Spain. It is a deep greyish blue in colour and was 24.40 millimetres in diameter at the peak of its glory.

The Wittelsbach diamond history has seen being a part of the crown jewels of Austria as well as Bavaria. It was given as dowry for the princess Margaret Teresa to Emperor Leopold I in 1664. It is after this that it belonged to the crown jewels of Austria.

The Wittelsbach diamond history exchanged families after the wedding of Maria Amalia with Charles of Bavaria in 1722 that was of the Wittelsbach family from where the diamond gets its name.

It was mounted on the Bavarian Elector’s Order of the Golden Fleece. When Maximillian Joseph von Wittelsbach became the King of Bavaria in 1806, he commissioned a crown with the Jewel, prominently shone. The diamond called this crown, home, until 1918.

The Wittelsbach diamond history took a unique turn when the Wittelsbach family tried to sell it during the Great Depression of 1931 but could find no buyers. It was finally sold in 1951, twenty years later. In the 1960s it was about to be recut by Joseph Komkommer on request of the Goldmuntz family but was bought by him and other dealers instead when they realised the value of the gem. It remained in a private collection from 1964 after being presented to the wife of Helmut Horten, Heidi on their wedding.

This move completely shed away the chords of history attached to the remarkable gem that was a Symbol of the highest power in Austria and Bavaria. Let us hope against hope that the Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond may have as colourful a history as the Wittelsbach diamond history.

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