Do you believe in legends? Do you believe in superstitions? Have you ever thought about that you have cursed jewelry? They are beautiful but deadly. These are terrifying accessories that have killed their owners, or driven them mad, at least according to legends.
The Hope Diamond
Gemstone diamond has a history of 3 million years. The diamond, thought to have magical properties, is so hard that only light can penetrate. Women love diamonds and jewelry with diamonds. But there is a blue diamond which is farcical. This stone has sometimes entered people’s lives as brooches and sometimes as pendants. Over the years, it perpetrated massacre alone.
This diamond, known as the world’s most valuable and largest blue diamond, was stolen from the statue of the goddess Sita, who fought evil in a temple in India in the 1600s. The third eye on the forehead of the goddess, the diamond, was stolen by adventurers and gemstone flyers. He traveled to India six times between 1631-1668 and bought and sold jewelry. He sold a treasure, including other precious stones, to King Louis the 14th of France. He was given the title of baron for bringing this precious treasure to the king first, but this French king was the first victim to be sacred.
After a while, the adventurer went to Russia to search for precious stones and was attacked and killed by dogs. In 1473, King Luis the 14th wanted the diamond to be cut again to shine more. The blue diamond was then transformed into 67 carats. The King of France, Luis the 14th joined with a ribbon hanging around his neck. After the king began to carry blue diamonds, his son, brother, grandson and his grandson’s wife died one after the other.
Luis the 15th did not want to wear this diamond. After Luis the 15th died, the new heir of the diamond became Luis the 16th and queen. After the French Revolution in 1789, he was caught and executed with a guillotine. And the blue diamond was stolen in 1792 along with other royal jewels.
Some of the treasure was found later, but the blue diamond was not seen for a long time. It finally appeared in England in 1839. It was the property of the son of a diamond maker from Amsterdam. The man who stole the diamond from his father committed suicide a few months later.
In 1901, a diamond called the Hope diamond was recorded in Henry Philip’s gem collection. That would be the name of the diamond after this date. But the diamond in the sense of hope in English brought despair to the Hope family. After the financial catastrophes, a French man who owned the diamond from the Hope family committed suicide after buying the diamond.
The famous diamond was seen on the neck of a belly dancer this time. The beautiful belly dancer, who took the priceless jewel from a Russian prince, was killed by a jealous lover. In 1908, jewelry addict Adbülhamit the 2nd purchased the Hope diamond for half a million dollars. But he was deposed the following year. The next owner of the diamond was the famous jeweler Pier Cartier. Cartier wanted to sell it, not to own it.
In 1910, a wealthy American woman bought the ominous jewelry. It was 1910 when this rich woman fell under the spell of a blue diamond. The young woman could not leave the diamond for a moment. She was barely convinced when it had to be removed from her neck for goiter surgery. The blue diamond continued to radiate terrible glimpses. The woman’s son died in a car accident when he was 9 years old. Then, her 25-year-old daughter committed suicide. Her husband was taken to a mental hospital after a while. The blue diamond was sold to repay debts 2 years after this woman’s death.
The famous auctioneer Harry Winston from New York won the auction. Winston donated it to an institute in Washington to end the curse of the diamond. On November the 10th, 1958, the diamond reached the institute with a commitment to return it in a light brown box. It is there now.
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Delhi Purple Sapphire
It should be clarified that the Delhi Purple Sapphire is not really a sapphire. It is actually an amethyst. For decades it was ignored inside a small box in the Museum of Natural History of London until in 1970 it was found while making an inventory of the properties of the museum.
According to the stories, the amethyst arrived in England from India by Colonel W. Ferris, after it was stolen from the Indra Temple in Cawnpore, India, after the revolts of 1857. Before he left India, he took what he believed to be a purple sapphire from the temple. He then returned home to his family. As soon as he returned to England, he began to suffer a series of financial misfortunes which brought the family to the brink of collapse. At first, he blamed his poor judgment but when every member of the family also suffered a series of debilitating illnesses, his thoughts turned to the gem. His fears were confirmed when he lent the stone to a friend of the family who inexplicably committed suicide.
In 1890 the jewel came into the hands of Edward Heron-Allen. He was certainly not a man who would be influenced by superstition. Perhaps because he was such a rational man. Unfortunately soon after taking possession of the gem, this scientist abandoned all reason and he began to attribute a series of unfortunate events to the curse of the stone. He even preferred to give it to a friend who said he did not believe in curses to get rid of it. But he returned it after being overwhelmed by every conceivable disaster.
Later, it was presented to a very friendly singer of his. Then he lost his voice and never recovered it again. Heron-Allen threw the jewel into a channel and believed that he was rid of the curse once and for all. But 3 months later a friend appeared at his home with the stone, as he knew he was the owner and had been found by a dredger at the bottom of the canal.
In 1904, the purple amethyst was affecting his newborn daughter, he locked it inside 7 boxes. He then deposited it in the safe of his bank with instructions for it not to be opened until after his death. He died in 1943, and his daughter, fulfilling one of her last wishes, got rid of the jewel by donating it to the museum. The grandson of Heron-Allen always refused to touch the stone. “My mother never did and he recommended that we do not do it because of the curse” he revealed. That’s the letter:
“To – Whomsoever shall be the future possessor of this Amethyst. These lines are addressed in mourning before he, or she, shall assume the responsibility of owning it.
This stone is trebly accursed and is stained with blood and the dishonor of everyone who has ever owned it. It was looted from the treasure of the Temple of the God Indra at Cawnpore during the Indian mutiny in 1855 and brought to this country by Colonel W. Ferris of the Bengal Cavalry. From the day he possessed it he was unfortunate and lost both health and money. His son who had it after his death, suffered the most persistent ill-fortune till I accepted the stone from him in 1890. He had given it once to a friend, but the friend shortly afterward committed suicide and left it back to him by will.
From the moment I had it, misfortunes attacked me until I had it bound round with a double-headed snake that had been a finger ring of Heydon the Astrologer, looped up with Zodiacal plaques and neutralized between Heydon’s magic Tau and two amethyst scaraboei of Queen Hatasu’s period, brought from Der el-Bahari (Thebes). It remained thus quietly until 1902, though not only I, but my wife, Professor Ross, W.H.Rider, and Mrs. Hadden, frequently saw in my library the Hindu Yoga, who haunts the stone trying to get it back. He sits on his heels in a corner of the room, digging in the floor with his hands, as of searching for it.
In 1902, under protest, I gave it to a friend, who was thereupon overwhelmed by every possible disaster. On my return from Egypt in 1903 I found she had returned it to me, and after another great misfortune had fallen on me I threw it into the Regent’s Canal. Three months afterward it was bought back to me by a Wardour St. dealer who had bought if from a dredger. Then I gave it to a friend who was a singer, at her earnest wish. The next time she tried to sing, her voice was dead and she has never sung since.
I feel that it is exerting a baleful influence over my newborn daughter so I am now packing it in seven boxes and depositing it at my bankers, with directions that it is not to see the light again until I have been dead thirty-three years. Whoever shall open it, shall first read this warning, and then do so as he pleases with the Jewel. My advice to him or she is to cast it into the sea. I am forbidden by the Rosicrucian Oath to do this, or I would have done it long ago.”
(Signed) Edward Heron-Allen
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Orlov Black Diamond
The Black Orlov is a black diamond, also known as the Eye of Brahma Diamond. This black diamond originally of 195 carats is the eye of a Brahma statue in Pondicherry, India before a monk noticed the jewel and stole it. Shortly afterward he died tragically and the diamond went to Russian royalty.
It was in the hands of the Russian tsars until the arrival of the revolution in 1917. It passed many hands, causing tragedies in its passage, until in 1932 the industrial New Yorker jeweler J.W. Paris bought the gem and took it with him to the United States. Soon after he committed suicide by jumping from a skyscraper in New York City.
The last owners, the Russian princesses also committed suicide in 1940. After these tragic series of deaths was bought by Charles F. Winson and cut in three parts assuring that this was the only form to break the curse, which so far seems to have worked. The largest piece currently is a 67.5 carat and is framed in 108 diamonds, suspended from another 124 diamonds necklace.
It was bought by diamond trader Dennis Petimezas in 2004, who said he was “fairly confident that the curse was broken.” Although they say that prevention is better than regret, actress Felicity Huffman was going to use it at the 2006 Academy Awards but regretted it at the last minute and chose not to. The Black Orlov has been displayed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Natural History Museum in London.
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Koh-i-Noor means “Mountain of Light” in Persian. Once, it was the largest diamonds in the world with 186 carats. It has its origins in India, passing through numerous hands and monarchs until 1850. The diamond has historically belonged to Hindu, Rajput, Mughal, Iranian, Afghan, Sikh and British rulers who fought hard and plundered the diamond. It was taken by Company of the East Indies and given to the Queen Victoria of England. Her husband, Prince Albert, was bothered by his dull, dim-looking appearance, so he decided to have it cut and polished to increase its sheen, so it ended in a 108-carat gem.
Before being called “Kuh-e nur” in the 18th century by Nadir Shah after his war with India, the diamond was traditionally known as Syamantaka-mani and later Madnayak or King of Gems. The curious thing about this diamond is that it has a legend that has followed for centuries, any monarch man who has used it has been dethroned and fallen in disgrace, but women pass unharmed to the curse.
So during his stay in the British monarchy has always been used by queens or consorts of kings. Currently adorns the crown of the queen mother and is on display along with the other jewels of the British crown in the Towers of London.
This story begins in full Spanish monarchy when King Alfonso XII fell in love with a beautiful Italian aristocrat named Virginia Doini. Despite their great love, at the last moment, he decided to break his relationship and marry his cousin, probably for the sake of the crown. Doini sent her wedding gift to the newlyweds, a gold ring with a large, beautiful opal as an ornament. The new queen was delighted with the jewel so she became one of his favorites and she used that ring frequently. Maria Mercedes died only five months after the wedding.
The second death caused by the ring was the grandmother of King Alfonso, who was given after the funeral of his wife. She died shortly after. The ring passed to the sister of the king, who also died of the strange disease. The same happened to the next owner of the stone, the king’s sister-in-law, who became infatuated with the accursed opal and said not to be superstitious.
The king, after all these deaths and feeling responsible for the misfortune that was happening in his family, he decided to wear the opal as a penance. He died at a young age, at age 28, his widow fed up with the curse, sent to bless it, to change it to a gold chain and to shine on the neck of the Virgen de la Almudena, Patroness of Madrid.
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