Yesterday we went to the Jewles Museum, the National Treasury which is kept under the central branch of Bank Melli in a massive walk-in safe.
It was fascinating, most of the objects were priceless and one of a kind. There were all kinds of object used by kings, some of which was gifted to them by other people and other countries, all from gold and/or decorated with jewels, rubies, diamonds and other precious stones.
These are only part of our treasures which have not been stolen, in fact one of the priceless stones there is a diamond called Daryaye Noor, which was taken from Iran together with its pair Kohe Noor. These stones found their way to India, but many years later Nader Shah and his army got them back.
After Nader Shah was killed, Kohe Noor was again stolen and found its way to England, where it resides to date.
The legand has it that these two diamonds were decorating the crown of Cyrus the Great, the founder of Hakhamaneshi and the Persian Empire. The also exists another legend that Rostam, the Iranian mythical fighter in the stories of Shahnameh, brought this back to Iran after he conquered Tooran.
Sometimes I wonder why us humans have developed a sense of value for a piece of metal or stone, not because we like the look of it or because it heals us or perhaps because it gives us special powers, but just because it happens to be rare! Surely this can't be a natural instinct, otherwise animals should all have been digging for gold and diamonds. There are stories of birds steeling small items, but in my view it is the reflection of light that attracts them as they also said to have taken worthless shiny items.
Another question to add to the Mysteries of Universe.