(Last Updated on : 02/12/2010)
The Maharajah of Kapurthala Mahjal Diamond` was auctioned in 1983 by Christie, Geneva, for 1.32 million Swiss francs. This cushion-shaped gem, weighed 139.38 carats, which possessed a deep golden color. It was stated to be from South Africa. It had once belonged to the Maharaja of Kapurthala, Jagatjit Singh from 1872 to 1949.
An ostentatious personality, Jagatjit Singh was a devoted Francophile. Not only he spoke excellent French, but also employed French servants to take care of his expensive French furniture .He was also fanatical for jewels. Jagatjit Singh has been the owner of a large number of turban clips, one of which was made of 3,000 diamonds and pearls. He wore these clips in the plaits of his turbans.
The Mahjal was one of the many stunning gems that garlanded this colorful person. There is no uncertainty relating to the Mahjal and it was the perfect companion for the maharaja`s beloved golden topaz, reputed to be one of the biggest in the world.
At the 1983 Christie`s auction the name of the buyer has not been disclosed, and it is assumed that the Mahjal diamond tranquil belongs to the same owner. The stone was recut to 133.3 carats in 1984, and its name was changed to Algeiba Star.