Almost diamonds are beautiful, But some are said to be cursed. The beautiful gemstones have a way of starting both rumours and conflicts.
Here are the stories behind some of the most legendary cursed diamonds.
The Hope Diamond
The most famous cursed diamond is the Hope Diamond. It is one of the most beautiful diamonds ever seen, and definitely the most famous and most cursed gemstone in history. The diamond is 45.52 carats in the most beautiful blue colour.
The Hope Diamond has been blamed for a long list of tragedies including beatings, stabbings, murder, insanity, and suicide. King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette actually owned the fancy blue diamond during the French Revolution and their beheadings.
The last person to own the diamond, an American society lady named Evalyn McLean was quite a lady, she used to say that she liked to think that the diamond brought her luck, and even put it around the neck of her great Dane dog. But her daughter died of an overdose, and her son died in a car crash, while her husband left her for another woman. When Evalyn died the trustees of her estate sold the Hope Diamond to Harry Winston, who has donated it to the Smithsonian, where it is on display now.
The regent diamond
This beautiful diamond of 140.64 carats is famous for decorating Napoleon’s sword and has a faint blue hue. The diamond originally rose to fame after it was – stolen from India. The slave who stole the Regent from India’s famous Golconda Mine is the origin of the curse. The slave hid the diamond in an open wound on his leg. He then jumped on a ship to Europe in hope of selling the diamond. But the captain of the ship found out that the slave was carrying an extremely valuable gemstone, and he murdered the slave and sold the diamond himself, starting the long history of being handed down through generations of French royalty.
Nowadays, the Regent Diamond can be found at the Louvre, alongside the Sancy Diamond.
The Black Orlov
The Black Orlov, just the name and the colour make me want to know more about it.
It is a 67,50-carat black diamond, and it is also known as the Eye of Brahma diamond. Because it is said that the diamond was stolen from an ancient statue of the Hindu god Brahma. And as with many stories of cursed diamonds, the theft is what began the Black Orlov’s curse.
In 1932 a diamond dealer took the Black Orlov Diamond to New York City to find a buyer for the famous stone. He killed himself by jumping from a skyscraper just a few months later. The diamond got its name from Princess Nadia Orlov, who also killed herself by jumping off a building while in possession of the diamond.
The Black Orlov is now set as a centre stone of a diamond pendant, and the owner swears that the curse is broken.
One of the oldest and biggest diamonds in the world, the Koh-i-Noor has a particularly bloody history. The story goes back to the year 3000 b.c. where it was captured and re-captured by Indians, Persians, Afghans and the Sikhs. And eventually, British soldiers stole the 109-carat loose diamond from the Sikhs.
According to folklore, a Hindu description of the diamond warns that “he who owns this diamond will own the world, but will also know all its misfortunes. Only God or woman can wear it with impunity.”
Today the diamond is in the coronation crown of the Queen Mother of England, but it doesn’t rest in peace, as both the Afghans, Irans and the Indians have claimed to be the stone’s rightful owners.
The Taylor-Burton Diamond
Well, any diamond or gemstone Elizabeth Taylor received from a husband could carry “the curse of divorce” and the most famous must be the Taylor-Burton Diamond. The diamond is pear-shaped and weighs 69.42 carat, and is known as the “first million-dollar diamond”, due to its unprecedented value.
After the couple’s second divorce, Elizabeth Taylor auctioned the diamond for $5.000.000, and the proceeds from the auction funded the construction of an orphanage in Botswana. So even though the diamond was not bringing good luck for Elizabeth Taylor, it is now giving joy to lots of children.