The Precious Stone from India
The Hope diamond is a rare and deep blue colored diamond; that was mined from the Kollur region in Golconda. It was cut from a crystal that existed 1.1 billion years ago. It weighs a hefty 45.52 carats. Bad luck and mystery surrounds the Hope Diamond.
The French Blue Diamond
The Hope diamond landed in the hands of French traveller Jean-Baptiste Tavernier. Tavernier died from a mysterious fever and legends say that his body was shredded by wolves.
King Louis XIV bought the diamond; but his whole family, including several of his grandchildren died soon. When it came to King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette, they were guillotined in the French Revolution.
The Jewel is now called the Hope Diamond
The diamond was stolen but reappeared in London and was acquired by banker Thomas Hope. The diamond cursed all those who touched it and people kept selling it.
It was then bought by an American heiress Evalyn Walsh McLean. Would you believe that she too experienced terrible tragedies like the death of her 9 year old son in a car crash, suicide of her 25 year old daughter and her husband becoming insane?
Hope Diamond’s Present Location
The Hope Diamond was finally bought by jeweler Harry Winston; who simply put the diamond in an envelope and posted it to the Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. He felt it was the most secure and unnoticeable way of sending such an expensive item.
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