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Star of India

This 563.35 carat diamond was stolen from the Hall of Gems in the Natural History Museum of New York in 1964. It was the only gem in the collection that was rigged with an alarm, but that wasn’t much help as the alarm wasn’t working at the time. The thieves scooped up $400,000 worth of jewels that night but were soon apprehended. Most of the gems, including the Star of India were recovered; however, the same can’t be said of the Eagle Diamond.

Source: Jewelry-blog

The Lost Jewel

In 1867, while working on a rented piece of land in Wisconsin, Charles Woods found a stone he mistook for quartz or topaz. It was, in fact, the 16-carat Eagle Diamond. Woods kept the diamond until he had to sell it because of financial reasons—for $1. Samuel Boyton, who acquired it, had it examined, found it to be a real diamond, and sold it to Tiffany’s for almost $800. Following World War 1, JP Morgan purchased the Eagle Diamond and donated it to New York’s Museum of Natural History. One fall day, three burglars broke in through a bathroom window and stole the diamond, as well as numerous other gems. They were quickly captured and most of the jewels were recovered, with the exception of the Eagle Diamond. Experts believe that it was resold and cut up, as it has never been recovered.

Five views of the Eagle diamond

Source: Hamilton Jewelers 

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