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‘Perched on a slen­der stalk, the di­a­mond quiv­ered and gleamed as it slowly re­volved in its spe­cially built glass cabi­net, throw­ing shards of coloured light across the mir­rored hall. Its size and lus­tre drew gasps from the press­ing crowds. Rarely had a sin­gle gem cre­ated such a sen­sa­tion. Weigh­ing 184 carats, the Imperial was the largest bril­liant-cut di­a­mond in the world … The stone had earned its name a few months ear­lier after it was shown to the Prince of Wales, who ex­claimed, “What an imperial gem!” Now it was the stand­out at­trac­tion among £8 mil­lion worth of di­a­monds in the French jew­ellery sec­tion of the Ex­po­si­tion Uni­verselle of 1889.’

THE MYS­TE­RI­OUS MR JA­COB: DI­A­MOND MERCHANT, MAGICIAN & SPY (2017).

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