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Black Orlov Diamond

History of the Black Orlov diamond

The Black Orlov is the Llargestblack diamond in the world. It once weighed 195 Carats. It is also called the “Eye of Brahma” diamond. The diamond was once the eye of a murti (idol) of Lord Brahma in a Shaivite Hindu temple in Pondicherry.

One night, a European knocked on the doors of the temple.

He told the priest that he had nowhere to stay and begged for refuge. The priest allowed him to stay in a corner of the temple for the night. The European actually turned out to be a greedy Jesuit priest who took advantage of the hospitality afforded to him and plucked the diamond out of the idol’s eyes. He stole away the diamond and was never to be seen again. The diamond is now in the USA.