Posted on October 28, 2014 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments
During the month of ghosts and goblins, it’s tradition to entertain superstitions—and what’s better than a scary stories about beautiful yet cursed gems and trinkets?
The following tales of cursed jewelry may make you laugh or send shivers down your spine. Grab the candy corn, light a pillar candle, and read on—if you dare…
A businessman boards a flight and takes a seat next to a glamorous woman. He notices her stunning, nearly blinding diamond and inquires about it.
“This is the Klopman diamond,” she explains. “Yes, it’s quite lovely, but it comes with an unfortunate curse.”
“A curse?” he asks, his curiosity mounting. “What’s the curse?”
The following tales of another “cursed” stone, the Hope Diamond, are far darker. The Hope Diamond, a 45.52 carat stone, was originally part of a 116.16 carat stone known as the Tavernier Blue. This gem was served as one of the eyes on a Hindu statue before Jean Baptiste Tavernier stole it. Hindu priests placed a curse on the stone—and anyone who managed to get their hands on it.
J. W. Paris, who brought the stone to the U.S. in 1932, committed suicide by jumping off a skyscraper shortly after selling the stone.
Russian princesses Nadia Vyegin-Orlov and Leonila Galitsine-Bariatinsky, also owners of the Black Orlov Diamond, both killed themselves by jumping from buildings in Rome (some months apart from one another.)
Last on our list of dazzling terrors, the Delhi Purple Sapphire. Peter Tandy, curator at the Natural History Museum in London, discovered this stone roughly 30 years ago. The stone was packed in boxes packed in yet more boxes and was accompanied by this message:
“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.”
Most likely, the stone was looted from the Temple of Indra in Cawpore during a mutiny in 1857. It was eventually purchased by Edward Heron-Allen who found that it only brought him rotten luck. He gave it to friends, only to have it promptly returned. Apparently, one of these friends was a singer, who permanently lost her singing voice after possessing the stone.
Heron-Allen chucked the stone in to the Regent’s Canal, but the gem wasn’t through with him yet. A jeweler purchased the stone from the canal dreger and returned it to Heron-Allen. Determined to rid himself of the stone, Heron-Allen put the stone in a bank vault, where it was to remain for the rest of his life and at least three years after his death. His daughter was not even allowed to touch the stone.
What do you think? Curses or coincidences?
Photos: R. E. Barber via Flicker, Brent Moore via Flickr, Christina Saint Marche via Flickr, Gemselect