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#1    Adam_666

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 06:56 PM

The famous blue Hope Diamond, weighing 44.52 carats, is reputed to be unlucky for its owner. It is named after a former owner, Henry Philip Hope. The Hope Diamond is on permanent display in the Smithsonian Institution.

The Legend Behind The Hope Diamond
This great blue diamond is perhaps the most notorious gem in history. It has left behind it a trail of so many unlucky owners that it has been popularly supposed to be cursed. The Hope was mined in India, and the 112-carat gem was brought to France in 1668. It was said that a curse rested on it, for a thief was reputed to have stolen the diamond from the eye of a statue of the Hindu goddess Sita, wife of Rama.

Tavernier, who brought the gem from India to France, sold it to Louis XIV, who had it cut into a 67-carat heart-shaped stone and named it the Blue Diamond of the Crown. Tavernier is said to have been killed by wild dogs on his next trip to India.

Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette inherited the French Blue, as it was popularly known. In 1792, about the time of their executions, the French Blue was stolen from the Garde-Meuble together with all of the French crown jewels. Some of the gems taken in this robbery were recovered, but not the Blue Diamond of the Crown.

It is intriguing to note that a gem resembling the Hope is worn by Queen Maria Louisa of Spain in a portrait painted by Goya in 1800. There are reports that the stolen French Blue was recut to its present size by Wilhelm Fals, a Dutch diamond cutter. Fals is said to have died of grief after his son, Hendrick stole the gem from him. Hendrick, in turn, committed suicide.

In 1830, there appeared in London a 44.5-carat deep blue oval-cut diamond the gem experts agree was the French Blue recut to conceal its identity. Henry Hope bought i, and since then it has been known as the Hope diamond.

The Hope moved on. An Eastern European prince gave it to an actress of the Folies Bergere and later shot her. A Greek owner and his family plunged to their death over a precipice in an automobile accident. The Turkish sultan Abdul-Hamid II had owned the gem only a few months when an army revolt toppled him from his throne in 1909.

Evalyn Walsh McLean, a wealthy and eccentric American social figure, bought the Hope diamond in 1911. Her son was killed in an automobile accident, her husband died in a mental hospital, and her daughter died in 1946 of an overdose of sleeping pills.

After Mrs. McLean’s death in 1947, New York jeweler Harry Winston purchased her jewels, including the Hope. He gave the gem to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in 1958, no doubt with a certain sense of relief.

Coincidence or not, the diamond seems to have brought enormous troubles in its train.

Source: The Great Book of Jewels, Ernst A. and Jean Heiniger, 1974, Printed in Italy

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 06:59 PM

i believe that there is a curse due to someone stole the Hope Diamond a long time ago

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 07:09 PM

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i believe that there is a curse due to someone stole the Hope Diamond a long time ago

According to the legend, a curse befell the large, blue diamond when it was plucked (i.e. stolen) from an idol in India - a curse that foretold bad luck and death not only for the owner of the diamond but for all who touched it.

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According to Smithsonian Curator, Jeffrey Post: "The curse is a fascinating part of the story of the Hope Diamond that has helped to make the diamond as famous as it is. But as a scientist, as a curator, I don't believe in curses.


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Posted 21 March 2006 - 07:12 PM

you may be right but who knows for sure

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Posted 24 March 2006 - 11:29 AM

Hmmm i have actaully read about this in an history book..


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Posted 28 March 2006 - 11:15 PM

I want to touch it to see if the curse is true. . . .

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 07:44 PM

My brother has seen the diamond is'nt it the largest blue diamond in the world?


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Posted 04 April 2006 - 11:18 PM

That last person owned it from 1911 to 1946... over a 35 year period, three closely related people dieing isn't that odd. I think that the stories about the diamond have been over blown a bit because of it's size. Now, if these coinsidences all happened with in a shorter period (a year or less,) I'd be more inclined to believe them.

You could create a similiar stories about any object that has been passed down. Take the White House for example. Harrison, Taylor, Lincoln, Garfield, McKinney, Harding, Rooselvelt, Kennedy all died while living in the White House. Reagan almost did but barely survived, therefore the White House is Cursed!


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Posted 20 April 2006 - 03:45 PM

I think I will stay far away from this diamond just to be on the safe side

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Posted 20 April 2006 - 07:45 PM

I have been to the smithsonia museam of natral history and saw that famous blue diamond.
I really doubt it if its cursed. Uncannily ive been having wonderful luck.
Am i cursed for just seeing it?
Probably not.


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Posted 20 April 2006 - 08:20 PM

I think your only curesed if you  own the diamond.


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Posted 19 October 2006 - 07:24 AM

I've never touched the Hope Diamond but I HAVE seen tt.

    One does not have to be anti-Science to accept at least the possibility of curses. If curses truly exist they are real, and reality is what Science investigates.

    It has been suggested that perhaps the crystalline structure of diamonds (not only the Hope, many others have baleful histories too) captures and stores human emotions (including rage and hatred) and then releases them again, perhaps concentrated and directed by the facets cut into the gem.


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Posted 19 October 2006 - 07:29 AM

It is a frigin diamond, yes.
Is it going to kill you... no.

Do people want it,... yes.

Anyone with a diamond that is big enough, is going to have some trouble.

I really don't feel the need to say anymore.

Edited by Withoutnight, 19 October 2006 - 07:40 AM.


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Posted 19 October 2006 - 03:03 PM

I believe it has a curse to it. I mean everyone who owned it died. I believe Queen Victoria owned it once, not sure. But the Hope Diamond was cut into two, one's here in the States. While the other one is in England. ^^;


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Posted 19 October 2006 - 05:33 PM

I would believe it more if everyone that owned it didn't do the inevitable thing like dying.  If they were like 150 years old or something.  That'd make me a believer.





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