The Hope Diamond

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Have you heard about the Hope Diamond?

The Hope Diamond is a blue coloured jewel that is known as one of the cursed gems in the world. 

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Outline of the Hope Diamond

The diamond was extracted from Kollur mine situated in Andhra Pradesh, India. According to myths, the gem was lodged on the forehead of Hindu Goddess Sita.

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Hindu Goddess Sita

In 1666, the diamond was stolen or purchased by a French merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, the diamond was named as the Tavernier Blue. 

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Jean-Baptiste Tavernier

In 1668, Tavernier sold the Tavernier Blue to King Louis XIV, the Sun King. Then, he moved to Russia where he lived till his old age. The Tavernier Blue has renamed it to the French Blue Diamond. Louis XIV died of gangrene at the age of 76 and his children died of natural causes in childhood, excluding one. After the death of King Louis XIV, the diamond was inherited by King Louis XV. 

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King Louis XIV

Nicholas Fouquet worked for King Louis XIV. He had an occasional association with the diamond. The curse caused him to fall out of favour with the king, thus, sentencing him to 15 years in the Pignerol fortress.

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Nicholas Fouquet

In 1793, Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI were guillotined and the curse of the Hope Diamond was blamed for their ill-fated. However, they were not the only monarchy to be executed during the French Revolution, instead, it was because of their greed and indulgence. 

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Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI

For example, Marie-Louise was part of Marie Antoinette’s court. During the French Revolution, she was attacked with a hammer, amputated, disrobed and gutted by a mob after she declined to cooperate with the revolutionary movement.

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Death of Marie Louise

The French Blue Diamond stayed within the French royal family until it was stolen and smuggled to London during the French Revolution. No records of any ill-fated events befalling the robbers. Daniel Eliason sold the diamond to King George IV of England and after he passed away the diamond was used to pay off his debts. 

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Britain’s King George IV

Wilhelm Fals, a Dutch jeweller, recut the diamond and murdered by his own son, Hendrik, in order to steal the diamond and later committed suicide because of the guilt. Also, a Greek merchant named Simon Maoncharides, his wife and child perished after possessing the diamond.

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Murder !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Henry Philip Hope was the former heir of the Hope & Co, a banking firm. Henry Philip Hope purchased the blue diamond that was later known after his family’s name. In 1839, he died and the diamond was passed to Henry Thomas Hope. When Henry Thomas Hope died in 1862 at the age of 54, the diamond was later inherited by Lord Francis Hope. Francis Hope had to sell the Hope Diamond to settle his debts resulting from gambling. His wife, Mary Yohe eloped with his rival and died of poverty at the age of 72. 

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Henry Philip Hope

In 1901, Simon Frankel, an American jeweller, who bought the Hope Diamond and handed it to Pierre Cartier. Evidence shows that Cartier amplified the element of curse stories to arouse the interest of an American heiress of a mining company named Evalyn Walsh McLean. 

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Pierre Cartier 
In 1911, Evalyn Walsh McLean purchased the Hope Diamond from Pierre Cartier. The assumed curse and looming danger linked with the diamond was famous and intrigued McLean. She wore the diamond all the time as a good luck charm. Tragic events that would follow, her mother-in-law died, Vinson, her young son died at the age of 9 in a car crash, her daughter committed suicide by overdosing on drugs at the age of 25 and her husband left her for another woman and in 1941, he died in a mental asylum  and eventually she had to sell The Washington Post and died owing large sums of money. It was hard to confirm that these tragedies were attributed to the supposed curse but it seemed like it was too much just for one person to endure.
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Evalyn Walsh McLean
Harry Winston was the last owner of the jewel who broke the curse of the Hope diamond by donating it to the Smithsonian Institution in 1958. However, the postman, James Todd was hit by a truck while delivering the Hope Diamond but he survived. Shortly afterwards in a separate accident, he also suffered a head injury, lost his wife and dog, and his house burned down. 
 
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Harry Winston
What do you think, is the Hope Diamond really cursed?
Thank you for reading, fellow humans ❤ 
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45 thoughts on “The Hope Diamond

  1. I have never heard of the Hope Diamond. It sounds like it is the opposite of its name. I wouldn’t want anything to do with the diamond based on the history. As sad as the history of it is, I did like reading about the history of this cursed diamond. Very educational. My husband works at Kay Jewelers so I will share this with him since he loves anything diamond related. I will stick with plain diamonds and emeralds (my birthday is in May).

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  2. What a cool post! This blog is really starting to grow on me, you always have so much history impact into your post, and they are NEVER boring! This post was so interesting, I haven’t heard of this diamond before. I’d love to get to see it in person! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  3. I actually have never heard of the Hope Diamond. The history was very interesting to read. I don’t really believe in curses but this story has given me a reason to change my mind! :-0

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  4. Wow! I am an Indian and I have never heard about the hope diamond. Hindus all over the world, worship goddess Sita. But this diamond seems to be faulty.. maybe be because it was originally stolen from the place where it was supposed to be.. Sita’s forehead or some temple worshipping Sita..

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  5. What a misfortune it will be to come across such beauty, which has left such a long trail of disaster and misfortune. I don’t really believe in such superstition but this one creeps me out!

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  6. I always find these tales fascinating. I don’t think the diamond is cursed per say. I think people did amplify some stories to get interest and increase the sales price or particular stones and jewelry.

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  7. Oh wow! I had no idea about its long history! I doubt that it cursed Marie Antoinette though because she was meant to go through what she did simply because she was ignorant. The French Monarchy sadly suffered for it.

    I was really hoping it would somehow be connected to the Titanic because of the movie. I was kinda waiting for that in the end. If it really did end up in the ocean and it’s really got bad luck then maybe we really are doomed for Global Warming! lol! Just a weird thought.

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  8. Stories of curses are so appealing to the general public, but if you really think about it, bad things happen anywhere, anytime and to anyone. Give me that diamond and let me worry about that curse, haha!

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  9. When I saw your title, I thought of the Titanic – Is that just the movie version that had the Hope Diamond? Or I am mixing that up? You make a very compelling argument, that I also would not want to own this beautiful jewelry myself either, I would be sad to think of all who owned it before and suffered.

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