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The Idol’s Eye

India, early 17th century; 70.21 ct.
Modified brilliant-cut light blue, VVS2 clarity
2.6 x 2.8 x 1.3 cm

The Idol's Eye is the largest cut blue diamond in the world and has been recorded as such since the mid 19th century. Romantic stories often get attached to prestigious or legendary diamonds and the name the Idol’s Eye derives from the legend that it was torn from the eye of a statue of a Hindu deity venerated in a temple in India – a rumour that has never been substantiated.