Oct 10th, 2012
The Porter Rhodes is considered to be the finest diamond found up to that time (1880), the 153.50 carat rough this stone was cut from came from the claim of Mr. Porter-Rhodes in the Kimberly Mine.
At the time it was valued at $200,000. In 1881, Mr. Porter Rhodes visited the Osborne House on the Isle of Wight and showed it to Queen Victoria, who exclaimed over its great purity and beauty. Empress
The diamond was faceted into a 73-carat Old Mine cut, but eventually was sold to the London jewelry firm of Jerwood & Ward, who had it recut in Amsterdam down to a 56.60 carat Asscher cut.
It was sold to the Maharaja of Indore, a man of great wealth who abdicated in 1926 in favor of his son after a scandal had erupted over his fancy for a certain dancing girl.
In 1930 the second Duke of Westminster bought the gem, the first of a long line of collectors. It later came into the possession of an influential American family who treasured the diamond for three decades before selling the diamond to Lawrence Graff in 1987.
Graff repolished the Porter Rhodes into a 54.04 carat gem.