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Diamond Divas exhibition to feature rare Moon of Baroda
Collections of Hollywood divas will be a part of the rare exhibits
By: Diamond World News Service
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Mar 21 2008 3:00AM
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The Diamond Divas exhibition organised by Antwerp World Diamond Centre for April 11 - June 08, 2008, will be graced by pieces, each rare in their own right. The Moon of Baroda is a canary yellow 24.04 carat stone of Indian origin. It has been passed down the lineage of Maharajas of Baroda for almost 500 years. It was last displayed in 1944 and now after these many years will be featured in 2008 at the Diamond Divas exhibt. In the modern era, the individual who came to be most associated with the Moon of Baroda was Marilyn Monroe. It was lent to her as a promotion for her movie "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", being the largest and most striking diamond she ever wore.

Collections of Hollywood celebrities like Sophie Lauren and Monica Bellucci will also be featured at the event. From the Loren collection will be a Bulgari deisgned necklace with matching earrings, which was won by the actress for her photo shoot for Vogue magazine. The necklace itself it set with more than 1600 diamonds and has never been exhinited outside US, making this event even more memorable.

Two rings and a choker worn by Monica Bellucci in the Matrix trilogy will be displayed. The jewellery has been deigsned by Australian deisgner Stefano Canturi. This is the first time that these items will go on public display, providing Diamond Divas with a world premiere. Diamond Divas will be held under the Patronage of HRH Princess Mathilde.

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Lancer
(orlando hills)
My mommy also once wore the Moon of Baroda diamond, as did a lot of young women who came out to gaze upon the diamond when the owner engaged in a brief tour to show the world his yellow stone. The owner of the Moon of Baroda diamond in the 1940's was more famous than the diamond itself, as he was known for his proclivity for enticing pretty young women to flash him their derrieres (an activity commonly referred to as "mooning") in exchange for allowing them to have their photo taken while briefly wearing his famous diamond on a black silk cord. He would also, legend goes, allow them to wear it for a slightly longer period of time if they so wished, while enduring the process of engaging in coitus with him. (In either event, the young women wouldn't be wearing the diamond for more than a minute or two at the most!)
Loni Wolf
(Ft. Wayne)
My mother also modeled this diamond in 1947 for a Jeweler in Elryia, OH in an ad. I have a photo of the ad. Interesting that it took a tour of Ohio in the 1940's it was on a black silk cord.
Susan Shelt
(Stuart)
My mother has a picture of herself wearing this diamond on Oct. 10, 1944 at Backus Jewelry's 15th Anniversary Party in Akron, Ohio. Your article says it was "displayed" in 1944. Interesting.
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