Today, I will take you to another trip, a trip in time. Grab my hand and let’s go.
We are now in the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in what used to be Constantinopol and now is called Istanbul. We will admire a bit the city and than we will follow a poor guy that is struck with luck but unfortunately for him he wont see it. This poor guy will find a stone, that he will think is nothing but a piece of glass so he will put it in his pocket and later, go and try to sell it.
As we follow him we shall see that he will go to a jewelry store to ask if the stone he found does worth something, the owner of the shop looks at the stone and tells him that is just a piece of glass. The shop owner doesn’t seem to be interested in the stone but he is willing to offer to our guy 3 spoons. He gets his spoon and leave.
This time we won’t continue to follow our poor guy instead we will follow this little piece of glass, stone. The jewelry shop owner will sell the little piece of glass to another jeweler for 10 silver coins. The last one as we can see is a bit more into business he seems to think that this stone we follow has more value, so he will go to another jeweler and consult with it about the stone. They figure out the stone is not a piece of glass but a precious diamond. But as in any story where money are involved, the two guys starts to argue about the diamond. A third jeweler comes a long and gives to the two men a large sum of money for the diamond. The word about the diamond spreads quite quickly so the Grand Vizir finds out, the Sultan is also informed. m The little stone reach’s from the streets of the city to the Palace. Here the diamond will find his shelter in Topkapi Palace where we can admire it admired. Tomorrow I will tell you another story a bit related to this diamond.
Here is the link to the museum : http://topkapisarayi.gov.tr/en/content/imperial-treasury
I hope you enjoyed our trip in time!