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Can Jewelry be Cursed?

Can jewelry be cursed?

Obviously this question can’t be easily answered, but there has been speculation for centuries that objects, particularly jewelry, have the ability to be cursed. According to there are a few famous cases that have permeated popular culture.

Remember the movie Titanic and The Heart of the Ocean? It was the large blue heart-shaped diamond necklace that Kate Winslet’s character Rose wears in the film. Well that necklace was inspired by the Hope Diamond. A diamond that was cursed after it was allegedly stolen from the far East.

According to Gizmodo, the Hope Diamond has brought bad luck to anyone who possesses it. The most famous example of the curse is the beheading of the Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. The Smithsonian Institute confirms that Antoinette’s husband, King Louis XIV purchased the diamond from French merchant traveller, Jean Baptiste Tavernier. The diamond was almost 113 carats and was thought to have originated from India.

The Hope Diamond would continue to make its way through the world after it was stolen from the French queen after she tried to flee France at the start of the French Revolution. The blog, The Curious Collections of Barnabas Dire shares the fates of people who also were in possession of the Hope Diamond. Princess de Lamballe was beaten by a Parisian mob, Jacques Colet committed suicide, and Simon Montharides died in a carriage crash along with his entire family.

There are many more examples and I encourage you to explore this more.

Another famous cursed stone is the Black Orlov Diamond. The same Gizmodo article cites this diamond as being cursed. Known as "The Eye Of Brahma Diamond," because it was allegedly stolen from the eyes in a statue of the Hindu god Brahma. This act is also what allegedly cast the curse on the diamond.

J.W. Paris, the man responsible for bringing the diamond to the United States, died by suicide when he jumped off of a building in New York. Two Russian princesses, Nadia Vyegin-Orlov and Leonila Galitsine-Bariatinsky who would then be in possession of the diamond also committed suicide by jumping to their deaths.

After these eerily similar instances of suicide, the diamond was cut into three different pieces by a jeweler who thought that the curse would be broken if the diamond was cut apart. We can’t be sure if it worked, but no other such cases have been reported by anyone who owns one of the three pieces.

However, one of the most mysterious pieces that actually came with a warning is the Delhi Purple Sapphire which was discovered by Peter Tandy, a curator with the Natural History Museum of London. According to Tandy, he found the piece in a gem cabinet and it came 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.”

No one can be sure who wrote the message or where the sapphire originated from, but what is known is that it was sealed and kept away from anyone after people who were in possession of it claimed they experienced extraordinary bad luck.

So, you be the judge, can jewelry be cursed?


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