The Story of the Hope Diamond Which Ruined Its Owners' Lives


the King's jewel

the blue of France these are some

nicknames for the most mysterious and

seemingly dangerous gem in history the

selected few who were lucky enough to

possess the famous Hope Diamond died

horrific deaths but in the beginning

nobody could foresee the trouble the

gemstone which is now called the Hope

Diamond was formed deep within the earth

more than 1 billion years ago according

to Carl Shakur British cryptozoologist

and author of the book the unexplained

the diamond was originally used as one

of the decorations of an Indian temple

Idol but one day a Hindu priests decided

it was far too beautiful and valuable to

leave there and plucked it out he was

severely punished of course but the Hope

Diamond was already out of the temple

and in the hands of a famous French

merchant Jean Baptiste Tavernier and

here's where the story becomes a little


some say that tavern EA stole the

diamond from the previous owner while

others are sure he bought it rumor also

has it that tavern EA had a serious

raging fever not long after he got the

marvellous oak diamond one thing is for

sure he quickly sold it to king louis

xiv of france along with a couple of

other goodies king louie xiv decided to

change the famous diamond a bit and

asked his jeweler to make it triangular

and set it in gold after two years of

work the Hope Diamond was ready the king

usually wore it on his neck for

ceremonial occasions the diamond quickly

caught everyone's attention and got

nicknamed the Blue Diamond of the crown

and French blue

however the Hope Diamond curse got to

king louis xiv as well he died suffering

of gangrene moreover all but one of his

children didn't make it past their

childhood though it wasn't that uncommon

those days the King's successor King

Louis the 15th ordered the court jeweler

to reset the diamond once again for

order of the Golden Fleece then came

louis xvi who according to some sources

often let his wife Marie Antoinette wear

the beautiful gem well we all know how

that went don't we both louis xvi and

marie antoinette were executed by

guillotine during the French Revolution

ow the Hope Diamond was stolen from the

Royal storehouse shortly thereafter a

couple of years passed and the diamond

was suddenly discovered in England well

how did it get there several sources

confirmed that it was actually owned by

King George the fourth of the United

Kingdom maybe it's just a coincidence

but this King's life story wasn't that

happy either

he decreased the prestige of the

monarchy and was one of the most

unpopular rulers in the history of the

UK eventually his unhealthy lifestyle

made him extremely obese and almost

completely blind from cataracts he

didn't leave any descendants and died

from gastrointestinal bleeding George

the fourth also left enormous debts so

after his death the Hope Diamond was

apparently sold through private channels

the next recorded owner of the

mysterious and terrifying diamond was

rich London banker Thomas Hope after his

death his brother Henry Philip hope got

the diamond and even put it in his gem

collection catalog in 1839 however Henry

died that same year that raised only one

question who gets his large and

spectacular gem collection now Andrews

nephews Thomas's sons and his wife spent

10 years in court battling for their

rights to own the collection but in the

end it got split up the happy owner was

Henry's oldest nephew Henry Thomas hope

surprisingly the diamond stayed in the

family for many years hence it's most

commonly used name but in 1902 it was

sold once again to a London jewel

merchant after that the Hope Diamond

changed owners many times one of them

with the last Turkish sultan abdul

hameed the second

shortly after he bought the diamond his

life was completely changed by the

military revolution of the young turks

he was deported and spent his last days

in captivity after this tragic story the

Hope Diamond was bought by none other

than Pierre Cartier he reset the diamond

and sold it to the McLean family if only

they knew what was going to happen next

at first everything was perfectly fine

Evalyn Walsh McLean absolutely adored

the Hope Diamond and wore it almost

every single day sometimes she even put

it in her dog's collar and allowed it to

wear it as long as it was in the

apartment what the happiness didn't last


first Evelyn's mother-in-law died then

her nine-year-old son was in a car

accident and didn't make it this broke

her and her husband so much that he

actually left for another woman and

later died in a mental hospital at the

same time their family business the

McLean family owned the famous

Washington Post by the way went bankrupt

but the misfortunes didn't stop there

Evelyn's daughter passed away when she

was just 25 nonetheless Evelyn didn't

believe in the Hope Diamond curse and

the jewel was still kept in the family

then Evelyn died and as the family was

carrying huge debts the rest of her

children had to sell the diamond to

improve their financial situation hmm

doesn't say here what finally happened

to the dog undaunted by rumors of the

curse famous American jeweler Harry

Winston was the next to buy the diamond

so for the next 10 years or so the Hope

Diamond was the hot new thing at many

exhibits and charity events held by

Harry Winston incorporated however it

didn't stay in the company for long

Harry Winston decided to donate the

diamond to the Smithsonian Institute's

National Museum of Natural History and

believe it or not it's still there to

this day

now the Hope Diamond weighs a bit over

45 carats still has its deep greenish

blue color and even produces a dangerous

red glow

if you decide to expose it to shortwave

ultraviolet light why would you do that

I don't know needless to say it's still

worth a crazy amount of money so if you

want to see this legendary gem with your

own two eyes the museum is always open

for visitors

despite the diamonds rich history there

are still heated debates as to whether

it's actually cursed or not some people

are sure that all the legends about the

jewels cursed origins were simply

created to boost its popularity I mean

the sales for the Hope Diamond were

always pretty high others say that the

diamond wasn't originally stolen from

India at all someone just bought it from

there and hold on to your seat its

natural color was white unless you hold

it to the light then you'll see

beautiful like blue rings in 1911 the

New York Times came out with a whole

list of the diamonds supposed victims

the list consisted of about fourteen

people who died tragic deaths

not long after possessing or even

holding the Hope Diamond still if the

curse does exist Jean Baptiste Tavernier

king Louis the 14th Pierre Cartier and

many others died at a pretty old age of

course nobody knows what the Hope

Diamond is all about for sure but one

thing is certain it remains one of the

most popular attractions in the

Smithsonian Institute's Museum and still

catches everyone's attention so do you

know any other items with long and

fascinating histories let me know down

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