Friday, January 10, 2014

Topkapı Palace - The Treasury

The staggering amount of loot can barely be glimpsed in the Treasury today, given the mobs of people, but in 1990, there were few people and you could actually take photos, although I believe these were from slides I purchased:
 This is the Spoonmaker's Diamond, 86 carats and surrounded by 49 more diamonds. Its origin, and the origin of the name itself, is the subject of much mystery and some entertaining stories:

No comments: