The Dresden Diamond

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Diamond Mike Watson

The Dresden Green is a spectacular rare green diamond weighing 40.70 carats.

Green diamonds of any size are truly rare. The Dresden Green, which probably weighed over 100 carats in its rough form, is unique among world famous diamonds. The color is usually caused by the crystal’s coming into contact with a radioactive source at some point during its million year creation.

The Dresden Green gets its name from the capitol of Saxony where it has been on display for more than 200 years. The earliest known reference to its existence occurs in The Post Boy, a London new-sheet of the 1700’s. The issue dated October 25th – 27th, 1722 included this article:

“On Tuesday last, in the afternoon, one Mr. Marcus Moses, lately arrived from India, had the honor to wait on his Majesty [King George I (ruled 1714-27)] with his large diamond, which is of a fine emerald…

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