Extremely Valuable Treasures That Are Still Lost

The Florentine Diamond

The Hapsburg family of Austria was in possession for the 133 carat Florentine Diamond, a rare giant pink gemstone of unknown origins. History tells us that the Florentine Diamond was still with the Hapsburgs at the end of World War I when the royal family was disposed from power. Wishing to keep the precious gem safe, the Hapsburg’s entrusted it to their Austrian lawyer, Bruno Steiner, with instructions to deposit it in a safety deposit box at a Swiss bank.

The family hoped to sell the diamond, but in 1924, Steiner was arrested and charged with fraud and theft. He was eventually acquitted, but by that time, the Florentine Diamond was gone. Some experts believe that the large diamond was cut into several smaller diamonds.

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