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Diamonds are said to be girl’s best friends but there have been some precious diamonds which have brought ill luck and misfortune to their owners. Here are three cursed diamonds from India and the myths associated with them:
The Cursed Kohinoor
Kohinoor diamond is perhaps one of the most famous diamonds in the world. The diamond was originally called Samantik Mani and its Persian name means Mountain of Light. It was extracted from the famous Kollur mine in Golconda (India) during 13th century. It weighed 793 carats when it was cut and the Kakatiya Dynasty was its first owner.
Emperor Babar of the Mughal Empire has written that the Kohinoor was stolen from the King of Malwah in 1306. Since then the diamond has had a lot of owners and all of them faced violence, treachery, murder or torture.
The Kohinoor ended in Queen Victoria’s possession in 1850 after the British conquered Punjab. Since the British Royal family was aware of its curse, the diamond has only been worn by the female members of the family. In 1852, Prince Albert ordered to cut it down as he was unhappy with its dull appearance. After the cut, the diamond emerged as 105.6 carats dazzling oval shaped stone and is set in the Queen Mother’s crown. It is on display in Tower of London. India has been trying unsuccessfully since years to get back the Kohinoor from the British. But the British Government refuses saying that the Kohinoor was obtained legally under the Treaty of Lahore.
The Cursed Black Orlov Diamond
The Black Orlov Diamond is also popularly known as Eye of Brahma diamond. The original weight of the diamond was 195 carats but now it weighs 67.50 carats.
The diamond was discovered in early 19th century in India and featured as one of the eyes in a statue of Lord Brahma in Pondicherry. A monk stole it and since then, it is said that anyone who possesses the diamond ends up committing suicide. The diamond dealer J.W. Paris acquired the diamond and brought it to USA in 1932 but soon thereafter he ended his life by jumping from a skyscraper in NewYork.
Next owners were two Russian Princesses Nadia Vyegin-Orlov (after whom the diamond is named) and Leonila Galistine-Bariatinsky. Both the women committed suicide by jumping from buildings in Rome separately few months apart in 1940.
The diamond was bought by Charles F. Winsosn in 1947 who cut it into a 67.5 carat stone so that the curse could be broken. The diamond was placed in a brooch of 108 diamonds and suspended in a necklace of 124 diamonds. It was purchased by Dennis Petimezas in 2004 who is pretty confident that the curse has been removed since no more stories of suicide have been reported afterwards.
The Cursed Hope Diamond
The Hope Diamond is famous for its remarkable color, size and beauty but at the same time infamous for bringing misfortune to its owners. This blue colored diamond weighs 45.52 carats and is set in a beautiful pendant which is encircled by 16 white diamonds.
It is said that a man named Tavernier during his travel to India stole this diamond from the forehead of the statue of Goddess Sita in a temple. He sold the diamond but couldn’t escape the wrath of the Goddess as he was torn apart by wild dogs while travelling in Russia. Later the diamond reached King Louis XVI of France and the pendant was also worn by Princess de Lamballie and Marie Antinette. During the French Revolution, both Marie and King Louis were beheaded by the revolutionaries and Princess Lamballie was beaten to death by the mob.
The diamond later reached Jacques Colet who committed suicide. Another owner Surbaya was stabbed to death by her royal lover who gifted her the Hope diamond. Another owner Simon Montharide met a tragic end in a carriage crash in which his entire family also died.
Later the diamond came in possession of Mrs. Evalyn McLean but she also couldn’t escape its curse as her son got killed in a car accident and her daughter died of a drug overdose. Her husband left her for another woman and she met a lonely death in a sanitarium.
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© 2017 Shaloo Walia
Shaloo Walia (author) from India on July 21, 2018:
My pleasure, Lawrence!! I will check out the story. Seems like an interesting one!
Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on July 21, 2018:
I remember a Sherlock Holmes story on one of these Diamonds (can't remember which one though) that followed the Diamond through the Indian Mutiny and how one group tried to recover the diamond.
Thank you for telling us about these incredible 'Rocks'
Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 03, 2017:
Thank you Scott!
Scott Andersen on October 03, 2017:
Really loved this - always fun to read about why things are the way they are!
Shaloo Walia (author) from India on September 30, 2017:
Thank you Jodah!
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 30, 2017:
A very interesting article, Shaloo. It is difficult to dismiss these curses as mere coincidence. Great writing.