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World's Most Famous Gemstones

Bernie Gaboury, geologist and host of Travel Channel's Gem Hunt, shares the stories behind some of the world's most famous (and infamous!) gemstones.

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Koh-i-Noor

Ownership last changed in 1839 as the British took possession of the Punjab. The diamond was taken to London and presented to Queen Victoria. After her death, it was set into the crown worn by the consort of the Monarch of the UK, and can be seen today as part of the Crown Jewels. Kate Middleton is next in line to wear it. Descendants of many former owners claim ownership of the gem, including India and the Taliban.

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