It is true that gemstones are dazzling and most have had many previous owners but have you thought of the stories that a jewel could have? Click To Tweet How many hands have passed? What if it brings with it some creepy legends? Here we list you five supposedly damn jewels, with captivating stories that will give you the chills:
This is the most famous jewel in terms of curses, according to the history, everyone who has acquired it has ended in tragic and suspicious deaths. Some say that this famous blue diamond began its trajectory since it was stolen from a Hindu temple of the eye of the goddess Sītā by a priest, who would then be tortured and condemned to death by sacrilege.
It arrived in Europe as a contraband, by the hand of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a French jeweler, who then died when he was attacked by a herd of wild dogs in Russia. The jewel came to King Louis XIV. Who reduced its size from 112.5 to 67.5 carats, but this did not serve to end the bad reputation of the stone. In 1715, when the ambassador of the shah of Persia was visiting and his curiosity, the French king showed the piece declaring that they were only rumors and that the diamond could do no harm. That same year, he passed away.
After that, the still-called “blue diamond” was kept in a chest until the wife of King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette decided to wear the diamond in 1774 and often lent it to another stone fan, the Princess of Lamballe. When the king and queen died in the guillotine and the princess beaten by a multitude, the legend only continued to grow.
During the revolution, thieves took the jewel and sold it to Wilhelm Fals. This Dutch jeweler cut the diamond in two, one half sold it to the Duke of Brunswick, which shortly afterwards went bankrupt, and the other half kept it for him. It was learned that his son stole the diamond and sold it. Soon Fals died and his son committed suicide.
Then many owners, and misfortunes, the most recent story is Evalyn McLean, an American socialite, who bought the jewel in 1911 and wore it at social gatherings and private parties. Unfortunately, his first son was killed by car and his daughter years later by an overdose, her husband separated from her for another woman and she died alone after being hospitalized in a sanatorium.
Harry Winston, the famous jeweler, was his last buyer, and after giving him a couple of retouching to increase his brilliance, he sent it in regular mail in a brown paper envelope to the Smithsonian Institution as a donation. Where it is still exposed today.
Orlov black diamond
According to historians, 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 afterwards he died tragically and the diamond went to Russian royalty, when bought by Tsar Orlov as a gift for Tsarina Catherine II.
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 industral New Yorker jeweler J.W. Paris bought the gem and took it with him to the United States, where shortly after he committed suicide by throwing himself from a skyscraper of the city.
The last owners, the Russian princesses Nadia Vygein-Orlov and Leonila Galitsine-Bariatinsky, 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.
It means “Mountain of Light” in Persian, currently a diamond of about 108 carats, was once one of the largest diamonds in the world with 186 carats. It has its origins in India, passing through numerous hands and monarchs until in 1850 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.
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. As this Hindu text dating from 1306 relates:
“Whoever possesses this diamond will dominate the world, but he will also know all his misfortunes. Only God, or a woman, can carry him with impunity”
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, Countess of Castiglione, being corresponded by her. Despite their great love, at the last moment he decided to break his relationship and marry his cousin Maria Mercedes of Orleans, probably for the sake of the crown.
Doini, heartbroken, 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 used it frequently. Maria Mercedes died only five months after the wedding, of a mysterious evil 26 of June of 1878.
The second death caused by the ring was the grandmother of King Alfonso, Maria Cristina de Borbon-Napoles, who was given after the funeral of his wife. She died shortly after, on August 22. The ring passed to the infanta Maria del Pilar, 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, Maria Cristina, 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, Queen Maria Cristina of Habsburg-Lorraine 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.
Delhi Purple Sapphire
It should be clarified that the Delhi Purple Sapphire is not really a sapphire, but 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. The intriguing thing was that it was inside several boxes with a note that said “triple damn and stained with the blood and dishonor of all who have possessed it.” It was written by Edward Heron-Allen, a writer, important figure of the time and last holder of the stone.
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. The jewel is in a silver frame, with engravings of symbols and two small stones carved in the form of small Egyptian beetles. From the day he possessed the jewel to the day he died according to his words “he became a wretch, he lost health and money,” the same fate ran his son after he inherited it and a friend of the family committed suicide shortly after borrowing .
In 1890 the jewel came into the hands of Edward Heron-Allen, who immediately began to suffer the consequences of the supposed curse. 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, who soon lost his voice and never recovered it again. As a last resort and utterly desperate, Heron-Allen threw the jewel into a channel and believed himself safe from the curse. 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, overwhelmed and worried that the purple amethyst was affecting his newborn daughter, he locked it inside 7 boxes in a bank with the warning letter of the terrible curse. Edward Heron-Allen died in 1943, and his daughter, fulfilling one of her last wishes, got rid of the jewel by donating it to the museum. He concluded in his letter “Anyone who opens the boxes will read this warning, and then he will do with the gem what he considers appropriate. My advice is to throw it into the sea”. The grandson of Heron-Allen, Ivor Jones. 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.
What do you think? If you believe in the supernatural or not, what can’t be denied is that they are all totally impressive and with very entertaining stories Do you know any other?