Category Archives: persian empire (iran)

these guys have mad gemstones. respect.

15 minutes with Empress Farah

a 60 minutes interview with Farah Pahlavi while she was still Shahbanu of Iran. Continue reading

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tiara time! Farah’s Seven Emerald Tiara

As Emeralds in May winds to a close, but it wouldn’t be complete without a salute to Shabadu Farah, wife of the last Shah of Iran. In the parlance of our times, the Persian Empire has been stupid with priceless gems … Continue reading

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Darya-i-Noor Pink Diamond

The 182-carat Darya-ye-Noor (sometimes Daria-i-Noor) is a supreme example of a tabular-cut pink diamond. Originally excavated in the Kollur Mine in Andhea Pradesh, India. Its name translates to Sea of Light. It is believed to have been cut from the … Continue reading

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tiara time! the Noor-ol-Ai tiara

We must be in one of our “shoulda-been-a-History-professor” moments cos after the Hesse Aquamarines, We seem to be on a “historied-tiara” streak. The Noor-ol-Ain probably wins for the most exotic and intriguing backstory. After research, this fabulous gem resulted in … Continue reading

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the Noor-ol-Ain in action: the Iranian Imperial Wedding

What could be better than following up the Noor-ol-Ain with video footage of the wedding for which it was commissioned? Unfortunately, the 1959 live Persian TV broadcasts are quite grainy, though extensive. (You’ll see what I mean if you watch … Continue reading

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tiara time! the Noor-ol-Ain

As promised, all the tiaras up for voting (see left!) will be profiled before the close of polling. Up first is the one I consider the most exotic with an intriguing history to boot. After research, this fabulous gem entry … Continue reading

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