The Dresden Green Diamond

Updated on May 18, 2016

The Dresden Green Diamond

Source

Body

Arpege Diamonds specializes in the curation and sale of high-end colored diamonds. In this series, we will explore some of the world’s most famous diamonds. It’s the complex and captivating history behind the Dresden Green Diamond that has made this stone famously known around the world.

Natural green colored diamonds are among the most exclusive and rare diamonds ever discovered. Their color intensity ranges in eight different grades from faint green to fancy deep, however the color intensity often includes a secondary hue such as blue, brown, gray or yellow. It is believed that colored diamonds get their green color due to the atomic radiation that traps electrons within the diamond. Green diamonds are so rare that only ten diamonds come to market annually on average.

Characteristics

The Dresden Green Diamond is an extraordinary 40.7-carat pear-shaped diamond of natural green color. Although its place of discovery is unknown, it is believed to have originated from the Kollur Mine in India. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has classified this stone as a Type lla with VS1 clarity, meaning it is nearly free of nitrogen impurities and few microscopic inclusions that can not be seen with the naked eye; even with a microscope it would be difficult to see these impurities. Type lla diamonds account for only about 2% of all natural diamonds unearthed, such as the Lesedi La Rona and the Koh-I-Noor.

The Dresden Green Diamond remains the largest natural green diamond ever discovered.

History

The first records of the Dresden Green Diamond date back to as early as 1741. An inventory book at one of the Green Vaults in Dresden, Germany states that a merchant sold the diamond to Augustus III, the King of Poland for approximately $43,000 during the Great Annual Easter Fair. The diamond lasted four years as part of the decorations on the Order of the Golden Fleece before the king ordered for a new setting to be created. The new setting incorporated various small colorless diamonds, as well as the Dresden White, another one of the king’s famous diamonds.

After a series of tragic events during the Seven Years War, the Dresden Green Diamond was dismantled from the Golden Fleece and set on a hat clasp along with other colorless diamonds. The diamond remained out for display at the Dresden Castle to the general public up until World War II. During the years of war, the Dresden Green Diamond alongside the rest of the Crown Jewels were transported to Moscow, Russia for safekeeping as the city of Dresden was completely destroyed by its enemies. In 1958 after the war ended and the diamond was returned to its homeland of Dresden, Germany.

Between 2000 and 2001 the Dresden Green Diamond was publically showcased at the Smithsonian Institution in the Harry Winston Gallery, side by side the legendary Hope Blue Diamond.

By 2004 much of the city of Dresden was reestablished along side the Dresden Castle’s restoration where a new Green Vault was created to display the Dresden Green Diamond among other royal jewels. The famous green diamond remains for public display to this day at the Dresden Castle.

Being the most famous green diamond of all time, is honored to share its history with our readers.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, owlcation.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://owlcation.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)