There is a theory/myth that an engagement ring that is given back to the bestower is forever cursed. Many wonder if there is any validity to this concept. There are, however, some historically infamous diamonds that have been proven as damned. The following precious yet pernicious stones have definitively wreaked havoc and devastation on seemingly all who have dared to possess them.
The Regent Diamond allegedly became cursed after a slave stole it from a Kollur mine in Andrha Pradesh, India and hid it in an open wound in his leg …and a British sea captain cut it out, swiftly murdered him and unleashed a supposedly dark magic.
The Koh-i-Noor Diamond (The “Mountain of Light”) is a massive 186-carat monster that was brought from India to England and lives in the Crown of Queen Elizabeth(I). Sparing the royal females who wear it, all the males who dared don this bedeviled diamond headgear would lose their thrones.
The Shah Diamond, which received its nomenclature as a result of three Persian Shahs inscribing their names on its surface, was never able to stay in one kingdom very long. The trio of owners would wage numerous battles to retrieve it from one another, each eventually falling victim to the other.
The Sancy Diamond has a yellowish hue and a 55-carat weight. It also has a very bloody history, as it has traded hands between many contentious English kings. It once ended up in a slain messenger’s belly…and was unceremoniously retrieved.
The ensuing two disturbingly shocking tales are of the most irrefutably cursed diamonds in history:
THE BLACK ORLOV DIAMOND
Charmingly known as the “The Eye Of Brahma Diamond”…because a monk allegedly snatched it right out of the ocular region of a sacred sculpture of Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, in Pondicherry, India in the early 1800’s. Well from that point on it seems that a similar fate would befall everyone who laid a finger on this insidious black beauty, which weighed 195 carats at the time. When it was brought to The States in 1932 by dastardly diamond dealer J. W. Paris, it appears a curse also made the trans-Pacific trip. Paris would “jump” to his death from a skyscraper in New York City a short while after. A decade later the priceless gem would come into the possession of Leonila Galitsine-Bariatinsky, a Russian princess. While visiting Rome, the royal Russian met her maker as she “jumped” off of a building, in an apparent suicide. A few months later the diamond would be bequeathed to another Russian princess, Nadia Vyegin-Orlov (this is where the stone gets its name – presumably because no one can pronounce Galitsine-Bariatinsky). Fun fact: Orlov would soon “jump” off a building to, and die horribly. Is there a pattern forming here? Millionaire Charles F. Winson would then buy the diamond…but he had a plan. In order to break the curse, by potentially appeasing Brahma, he had the diamond cut up into three separate stones (as Brahma is a member of the Trimurti; Hinduism’s holy trinity, with Vishnu and Shiva). What is currently known as the Orlov Diamond is now 67.5 carats, and is displayed in a brooch that dangles from a necklace, along with 232 accompanying diamonds. This seems to have done the trick, as no other lives have been claimed…yet.
THE HOPE DIAMOND
Reputedly plucked from a Hindu idol in India (…and people wonder why these things become continually cursed?) by flying Frenchman gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier in the 1650’s, the Hope Diamond is one of the world’s most well known gemstones. It’s also arguably the deadliest. The 45.5-carat stunner eventually found its way into the possession of Marie Antoinette and then King Louis XVI, both of whom simply lost their heads over it (…they were beheaded). Later the Princess de Lamballe would acquire “Le blue de France” and wear it with pride…until the day she was brutally bludgeoned to death by an angry Parisian mob. Jacques Colet laughed at the prospect of an accursed gem, until the laughter stopped as he died by his own hand. Next in line to seize Ole Hopeful was the Russian Prince Ivan Kannitovitsky; he would be murdered shortly thereafter. As the century turned from the 19th to the 20th, the notorious gem found its way to Turkey, where Sultan Abdul Hamid purchased it as a present for his most adored concubine, Subaya. Oh, but then he repeatedly stuck a knife in her until she died…and then was forced to abdicate his throne in disgrace. Back in Europe, Simon Montharides would enjoy the diamond of death for a spell and then a carriage carrying him and his entire family flipped over and they all perished. In 1911 an extraordinarily wealthy socialite Evalyn McLean bought the HD, asserting that she could “reverse the curse” of the deadly gem. She would throw lavish parties at her grand manor where she would hide the diamond and invite her guests to go searching for it. Oh what fun and frivolity! The parties would eventually end once McLean’s daughter died of a drug overdose, her son un-expectantly expired in a car wreck and her husband flew the coup and shacked up with another woman…and eventually went mad and succumbed to death in a dilapidated mental ward. MacLean would live out her remaining days in abject misery; an apparent final and cruel casualty of the invaluable diamond’s hex.
All these stories considered, it really isn’t worth hanging on to a potentially cursed and life-usurping stone. If there is any truth to the hypothesis that returned diamonds are damned, you should immediately get rid of any in your possession. Thankfully Diamond Lighthouse is here to quickly get them out of your life, and simultaneously get you the most money possible for them. You can then use that ample payout to buy additional life insurance…just to be safe.
Find out more…if you dare.