Spoonmaker’s Diamond – The Legendary Diamond is being exhibited in Istanbul

An 86 carat pear-shaped diamond in the Imperial Treasury exhibitions at the Topkapi Palace Museum and its most valuable single exhibit. It is considered the fourth largest diamond of its kind in the world.

Set in silver, surrounded by a double row of 49 Old-mine cut diamonds, it hangs in a glass case on the wall of the third room in Imperial Treasury section of Topkapı’s “Conqueror’s Pavilion”.

The Topkapı Palace is a large museum in the east of the Fatih district of Istanbul / Image source

These surrounding separate brilliants give it “the appearance of a full moon lighting a bright and shining sky amidst the stars” and are considered to have been commissioned either by Ali Pasha or by Sultan Mahmud II.

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