Diamonds are a woman’s best friends, but not all of them are life-friendly. Others are supposedly cursed and have killed their owners. Here are a few of those deadly diamonds
The Koh-i-Noor Diamond
The Koh-i-Noor (“Mountain of Light” in Persian) diamond was taken from Golconda, India in 1850 and was then given to the British Royal Family in 1877 when Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India by the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. Luckily, the curse didn’t affect the royal women. Only the royal men who have worn the stone lost the throne. It is currently set into the crown of Queen Elizabeth.
The Hope Diamond
Those who owned this piece of jewelry either went crazy or was ripped apart by wild dogs. It was rumored to have been stolen from a Hindi idol and acquired by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier. The bulky Hope Diamond weighs 45.52 carats with 9.10 grams and is currently on display in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. It comes with a hefty price of $350 million.
The Black Orlov Diamond
Also referred to as “The Eye Of Brahma Diamond,” this stone was allegedly stolen from an eye in a statue of the Hindu god of Brahma in Pondicherry. It was then followed by suicidal acts of its owners. After the successive suicidal events, a jeweler cut it into three pieces, hoping it would break the curse.
It is now owned by New York City gem dealer Charles F. Winson with a valued price of $150, 000. Mounted in a modern diamond-and-platinum necklace, it was given an alternative name Eye of Brahma Diamond. It was sold for $300,000 in 1969, resold at Sothebys in 1990 for $99,000 and was sold again for $352,000 in a Magnificent Jewels sale in 2006.
The Real Life “One Ring to Rule Them All”
This is said to be the ring that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write about the One Ring of Middle Earth in her Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This ancient Roman ring bears the inscription (in Latin) “Senicianus live well in God.” That inscription ties it to a Roman tablet inscribed with a curse on the man who stole it.
The Delhi Purple Sapphire
Peter Tandy, a curator at the Natural History Museum, discovered this piece three decades ago. It is found inside the museum’s “mineral cabinets” surrounded by protective charms and comes with a warning: “Whoever shall then open it, shall first read out this warning, and then do as he pleases with the jewel. My advice to him or her is to cast it into the sea.”
The Lydian Hoard
This piece of jewelry dates back to 547 B.C as a part of King Croesus’ treasure. It was discovered in 1965 in the village of Güre in the tomb of an unknown princess looted by just about everyone. Over 150 relics were ransacked. The looters then met with sickness, bad luck and death.
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