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10 of the World’s Most Cursed Gemstones

10 of the World’s Most Cursed Gemstones

By Paul SmithPublished about a year ago 9 min read
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10 of the World’s Most Cursed Gemstones

The glimmering grandeur of diamonds and other gemstones has always drawn people. Throughout history, people have used gems as status symbols, going to extreme lengths to get their hands on them. These diamonds have been the target of theft, deceit, and even murder by men and women, therefore there must be a few deep, dark secrets hidden inside. Others might not be as concerned about the supposed curses that these gemstones are purported to impose upon their wearers. Diamonds are, after all, a girl's best friend, right? Let's take a closer look at ten of the most evil gemstones in the world.

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10The Taj Majal Diamond

Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor's on-again, off-again husband, was there to fulfill her well-known love of diamonds. There isn't a greater way to demonstrate your wealth than by giving someone a 68-carat diamond, is there? Burton did not simply give Taylor the Taylor-Burton diamond, though. He also paid $307,000 at an auction in 1958 for the 33-carat Krupp diamond. And if that is insufficient. In 1972, he gave her the Taj Mahal diamond as a 40th birthday present. Shah Jahan, the individual responsible for the construction of the Taj Mahal in the 17th century, acquired the diamond after it was initially mined in South Africa. According to folklore, he presented the necklace to one of his wives. But another of the spouses cursed the necklace because she wanted to keep it for herself. Like other well-known Indian necklaces, the pendant was originally suspended by two silk strands that were knotted around the neck. The gold and ruby chain, created by Cartier in 1972 in the style of the original woven silk, has since taken the place of the silk cord. Old mine-cut diamonds and cabochon rubies are set in the gold weaved chain. For $8 million, it was sold at auction in 2011.

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9Black Orlov Diamond

History of the Black Orlov diamond is undoubtedly a mystery. According to mythology, the massive black diamond from the head of a statue of Brahma was stolen in India in the 19th century by a Hindu monk. This obviously didn't please the Hindu god of creation, as the monk was soon killed. About a century later, the diamond was acquired by Princess Nadia Vyegin Orlov in Russia, permanently changing the gem's moniker to the Black Orlov. Years later, Princess Nadia committed suicide by jumping off a Rome skyscraper. Her suicide wasn't the diamond's first death by suicide, which is interesting. Diamond trader J.W. Paris purchased the Black Orlov in 1932, but shortly after, he also committed suicide by jumping from a building.

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8The Delhi Purple Sapphire

The Cursed Amethyst, also known as the Delhi Purple Sapphire, is said to have been taken from the Temple of Indra during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The trouble for Colonel W. Ferris and his family began when he carried the raised stone to England. Colonel Ferris is a Bengal cavalryman. Ferris lost everything he owned as his health rapidly declined. He donated the stone to a buddy since his son received it and experienced the same destiny. He was a great friend, but shortly after getting the "gift," his pal committed suicide. For Ferris's son's benefit, his friend left him the Delhi Purple Sapphire by will. Edward Heron-Allen bought the stone in 1890. After he acquired the amethyst, he had a string of setbacks. He gave the stone to a singer friend of his without recognising its ramifications. The vocalist suddenly and permanently lost her voice. Realizing the stone's malevolent nature, Heron-Allen flung it into Regent's Canal, hoping to never see it again. I'm sorry, dude. The amethyst was discovered by a dredger, who very kindly gave it back to Heron-Allen. Allen then made the decision to hide the stone in a bank lockbox so that it would never be discovered. Heron-daughter Allen took the Delhi Purple Sapphire after her father passed away in 1943 and donated it to the Natural History Museum in London along with a note describing its curse. Although the amethyst was put on display in 2007, some people still think the curse is active.

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7Koh-I-Noor Diamond

Hindus believe the Koh-I-Noor diamond to be revered by their gods, despite the curse that it carries. Many male owners of the diamond were violently dethroned, proving that bad luck would plague any man who owned the Koh-I-Noor. Once the diamond ended up among the British crown jewels, only British queens wore it in order to escape its hex. Despite this, all the queens did outlive their husbands and even their children, so it is quite possible that the curse indirectly affected them as well.

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6The Strawberry Leaf Tiara

Prince Albert created the Strawberry Leaf tiara for his daughter, Princess Alice, but he tragically passed away from typhoid before it was finished. In spite of this, the princess brought the tiara to Germany to begin her new life with her spouse. Princess Alice later endured the terrible losses of two of her children and passed away at the age of 35 from diphtheria on the anniversary of the passing of her father. Ernst, Alice's last surviving son, received the tiara in his will, and his wife wore it. Typhoid killed their only child, and the couple ultimately got divorced. Evidently unwilling to learn, Ernst gave the tiara to his second wife. Georg, their son, wed Princess Cecilie. Cecilie went into early labor while flying to the UK; as a result, the plane crashed, killing everyone on board. The tiara is currently on display at the Foundation of the House of Hesse, where it is on display despite never having been worn by members of the family, possibly breaking the curse temporarily.

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5La Peregrina Pearl

La Peregrina's voyage starts in the Gulf of Panama, when an African slave discovered it. The pearl later became a part of the royal crown jewels of Spain, and King Philip II of Spain brought it to England as a present for his future wife, Mary I of England, who would go on to be known as "Bloody Mary." As a devoted Catholic who persecuted English Protestants, Bloody Mary earned the moniker. Over 280 Protestants were executed by being burned at the stake under her rule. She observed the horrible executions while wearing her pearl. Bloody Mary married Philip, her love interest, although he had the option of taking or leaving her. Throughout their brief marriage, he spent the most of his time overseas. Following Mary's death at age 42 from the flu, Philip moved on and made a marriage proposal to her sister, who graciously declined. After Mary's passing, the pearl travelled through several members of the Spanish Royal Family before returning to Spain, leaving inbreeding, extramarital affairs, and murder in its wake. Finally, in 1969, La Peregrina was purchased by none other than Richard Burton for his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, at an auction. On the basis of a picture of Bloody Mary sporting the pearl, Taylor redesigned the necklace. Evidently not one to be easily alarmed, she maintained the pearl until her passing in 2011.

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4Black Prince’s Ruby

According to legend, Don Pedro the Cruel took the Black Prince's ruby from its original owner, Sultan of Grenada (Abu Sa'id), in 1366. (the King of Castile). After numerous conflicts between the two, Abu Sa'id set out for Castile with the intention of giving up to Don Pedro. But Don Pedro had other ideas. He killed Abu Sa'id and took the ruby as his own. Don Pedro didn't keep the ruby for very long, maybe sensing its evilness, and instead gave it to the Black Prince. However, Don Pedro was unable to escape the curse and was killed three years later by his forerunner. The Black Prince's situation wasn't much better either. He never received the English throne because he died of dysentery. The ruby was passed down through numerous dynasties of monarchs after the Black Prince's passing, all of whom perished before their time. The ruby from the Black Prince finally found its way to England and is now perched atop Queen Elizabeth II's Imperial State Crown. The curse didn't seem to have any effect on her because she lived to be 96 years old. It's possible that, like many other cursed gems, it solely harms and kills the male owners. Check out the Black Prince's ruby while it is on exhibit in the Tower of London... if you dare.

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3The Regent Diamond

According to legend, the 410-carat Regent diamond's curse started when a slave discovered it in an Indian mine in 1608. The slave made the decision to conceal the diamond in a significant wound he had, which seems extremely filthy and like an infection waiting to happen but is also not the worst choice because nobody would look there. Unfortunately, the slave's luck ran out when he was ultimately robbed and slain. Both King Charles X and King Louis XVIII once had the diamond, but both were forced to abdicate their thrones or sent into exile. We all know how things turned out for Marie Antoinette and Napoleon, who both wore the Regent diamond on their swords and hats. Marie Antoinette was executed, and Napoleon spent the remaining years of his life in exile, alone, and under appalling circumstances.

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2Eureka Diamond

According to legend, the Eureka diamond was discovered in South Africa in 1886 not far from the Kimberley Mine by the children of a Dutch farmer. A nearby neighbor with expertise in geology expressed interest in the diamond and made a purchase offer. The farmer, who didn't know how much the diamond was worth, refused to take money for it and instead gave it to his neighbor, who took it to the top meteorologist in the Cape Colony. It was the first diamond he claimed to have found in South Africa. Despite the fact that none of the diamond's owners have ever experienced anything bizarre, the fatalities at the Kimberley Mine have led some people to believe that the diamond is cursed. Thousands of miners perished due to unclean living conditions, mining accidents, extremely high temperatures, a lack of fresh food and water, and the world's biggest diamond rush during this time. everything in the name of the high demand for these priceless stones around the world.

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1The Hope Diamond

The notorious Hope Diamond is the last but not the least of the world's most cursed gems. When jeweler Jean-Baptiste Tavernier stole the blue diamond from a Hindu statue in the 17th century, the curse got started. When one of the priests realized the gem was stolen, he cursed anyone who would attempt to possess it. Jean-Baptiste reportedly passed away soon after from a fever. King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were in possession of the Hope Diamond, but they were both executed by guillotine. The diamond was taken during the French Revolution and recut by Dutch jeweler Wilhelm Fals. The Hope Jewel was later stolen by Wilhelm's son, who subsequently killed both his father and himself after killing his father and the diamond. Many of the diamond's owners were still condemned to failure when it reappeared in the 1900s. Greek businessman and one of the owners, Simon Maoncharides, drove his vehicle off a cliff. The Washington Post heiress Evalyn Walsh McLean purchased the diamond in 1912 and really wore it on her dog's collar! Definitely nice. Two of her children later passed away, her husband left her for another woman, and she lost her newspaper, all of which she had to bear. Her surviving children sold the diamond to a jeweler, who in 1958, after his home burned down and he was involved in a catastrophic car accident, gave it to the Smithsonian Institution. The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., now houses the Hope Diamond.

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