The cursed Stone. The Hope Diamond.

It’s a sure fire way to increase the price or interest in something up by making up stuff up about it. Or rather we should say embellishing the truth a bit. This is the case of the Hope Diamond. If you’re looking to buy diamond rings online, then it might be a better idea to try https://www.comparethediamond.com/ instead as this diamond is huge and currently sits on display in the Smithsonian Institute in New York City. It’s not for sale and even if it was ownership carries a price. Or at least that’s what the previous owners and sellers would have you think.

The diamond actually carries a curse that whosoever owns it will know nothing but misfortune.  Let’s have a look and see how they fared.

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The Hope Diamond is big. It measured in originally at 116 carats but it’s shrunk a bit since then having little ones cut from it or its been chopped up to fit into a pendant.  It’s now down to 45 carats and is displayed free standing but it was placed in a Cartier necklace for evening wear. The name comes not from the original owner but form Henry Hope who it was bequeathed to in the late nineteenth century. It’s a “fancy” so its price is already higher than a standard colourless one and it gives off a red glow even though it’s a bit dark blue in appearance. This red glow certainly helps fuel the curse idea. It’s been through a lot since it was discovered in 1653. It’s been stolen 3 times, bequeathed 5 times and generally shunted from pillar to post. It was used to pay off the debts of King George the fourth after his death. That was nothing to do with the curse he was a known philander and wastrel and is considered one of the worst Kings that Britain has ever had.

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The curse idea comes from its one-time owner May Yohe. She was married to Henry Francis Hope and he was the last Hope family member to own it. When he died she wanted to increase her standing especially as an actress so she created a myth about the untimely demise of its owners. They were generally killed in some gruesome way or another or someone who came into contact ended up coming to a sticky end. For example the original owner was purported to have stolen the diamond from a Hindu temple only to be savaged and eaten by a pack of wild wolves later on. Although it’s not totally clear how he came to own the diamond, he may have bought it or stole it, one thing is for sure he actually lived to a ripe old age and passed on peacefully of natural causes.

Never let facts get in the way of a good story!

Post Author: Clare Louise