(TORONTO) – The world-famous Koh-i-Noor is a legendary diamond of monumental stature. Now for the first time in its long history, the Koh-i-Noor diamond has been faithfully interpreted in an artwork. Artist Reena Ahluwalia has painted the Koh-i-Noor diamond on canvas and has preserved it for perpetuity on the blockchain as a digital art NFT. Merging art, jewelry history and technology, this step ensures the enduring legacy and accessibility of this masterpiece on the blockchain.
Two years in the making, the Koh-i-Noor Diamond painting is a result of years of research that Ahluwalia undertook. “My interpretation of Koh-i-Noor diamond is imagination combined with my diamond knowledge, and how light could reflect on facets considering its geometry. More importantly, I wanted to capture its true essence and symbolism,” said Ahluwalia.
The Koh-i-Noor Diamond NFT has been released by Ahluwalia as a Limited Edition of 50 so anyone can own this world-famous diamond. To buy the NFT, one needs to set up a crypto wallet like Metamask and add Ethereum.
View the animated Koh-i-Noor Diamond NFT here.
In the digital art NFT, the Koh-i-Noor diamond shines bright as it travels across mountain terrains, symbolizing the idea of pursuit. It represents an eternal allure for the world’s most enigmatic gem, sometimes within reach and sometimes distant. This mirrors the notion that what we focus on expands and flourishes. By manifesting our desires, we align ourselves with the universal law of attraction and shape our destiny.
“I want to preserve the legend and legacy of Koh-i-Noor through my painting and imprint it on the blockchain for perpetuity as a digital artwork. I want to give back the Koh-i-noor to people, back to all who think it belongs to them,” says Ahluwalia.
The Koh-i-Noor Diamond, meaning “Mountain of Light” in Persian, is a legendary diamond of Indian origin. Formed billions of years ago beneath the Earth’s surface, this epic gem has witnessed 750 years of human history. At 105.6 carats, the Koh-i-Noor is a rare Type IIA, superdeep diamond. It has been a subject of desire, intrigue and conquests for centuries. A widely traveled gem, it has passed through the hands of the Mughals emperors, Persian Shahs, Emirs of Afghanistan and Maharajas of Punjab. The stone later ended up in the British Crown Jewels in 1849, when a ten-year-old Maharaja Duleep Singh was persuaded to hand over the Koh-i-Noor to Queen Victoria when the Punjab Region of India was annexed. Since then, Koh-i-Noor has remained in the British Crown Jewels, becoming a symbol that many attach to the humiliation and pain of colonial past.
“My connection to Koh-i-Noor is perhaps similar to children growing up in South Asia, hearing about the lore and star-status of the Koh-i-Noor. My mother would call my siblings and I, her ‘Koh-i-Noor’. Her expression simply means that we are her most precious gems. As a jewelry designer and artist I have the privilege to hold some of the most coveted and historic diamonds. But not the elusive Koh-i-Noor. For as long as I can remember, I knew, I had to paint the Koh-i-Noor – it was my lifelong dream”.
For a deeper dive, check out this comprehensive blog from Reena on the History of Koh-i-Noor Diamond.