Historic Moment

Records show that in 1644 King Philip IV of Spain presented the stone to his daughter the Infanta Margarita Teresa, to celebrate her betrothal to Emperor Leopold I of Austria.

The diamond crossed continents and was passed down through royal bloodlines and by 1722 it had become part of the Bavarian Crown Jewel collection, owned by the ruling Wittelsbach family.

By 1918 the dramatic effects of World War I led to Bavaria becoming a Republic and in 1931 the descendants of the last King sold the Wittelsbach diamond at auction in London, after which the stone disappeared from view for over 70 years.