The Florentine Diamond has become an infamous addition to the jewelry history books, primarily because it pretty much disappeared into thin air (Hollywood heist movie, anyone?). The origin of this fancy yellow is equally as unknown as its current whereabouts, with earliest sightings of the stone starting around 1476.
It is documented and considered factual, however, that eventually the stone traveled to Vienna through the marriage of Francis Stephan of Lorraine to Empress Maria Theresa and was placed in the Hapsburg Crown Jewels around the mid-1700’s.
When the Austrian Empire fell during WWI, the Florentine diamond, as well as other royal jewels, were taken into exile by Charles I to Switzerland. At this time the diamond was valued at $750,000.
After 1918, someone who remains nameless stole the Florentine Diamond and sent it to South America. It is suspected the diamond was then sent to America, re-cut and resold, never to be seen again. Who wouldn’t love to know the current whereabouts of this heirloom??