Moon of Baroda
Canary yellow diamond, 24.04 carats.
This superb canary yellow diamond of 24.04 carats is Indian in origin. It can boast of an impressive history. It is said that this exceptional gem was for more than 500 years part of the treasure of the Maharajas of Baroda. It appears to have been sent to Empress Marie Thérèse of Austria in 1787 by the Gaekwar of Baroda, but was returned to him. In 1860, the Maharaja of Baroda wore the jewel fitted to the necklace of Baroda, and it was probably detached from it during the nineteen forties. The stone will be exhibited in 1926 in Los Angeles and later was sold in 1944 to Meyer Rosenbaum, who lent it to Marilyn Monroe. Finally, it will be sold at an auction by Christie’s to once again disappear from sight inside a private collection.
Marilyn Monroe: Although this exceptional Diva did not often wear diamonds in real life, she was undoubtedly the star par excellence able to give diamonds the widest possible publicity. It is in her film "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” that she sings "Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend". During the promotional campaign for this film, Marilyn Monroe will wear the Moon of Baroda, the diamond of mythical stature because of its past legendary history. It will probably be the largest diamond the actress ever wore in her lifetime. Sometimes, for special events, Marilyn Monroe would borrow gemstones from the great jewellery houses.