The Hope Diamond

When I heard that the Hope Diamond is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, I was—excited. In fact, very excited. Why?

I love trivia. And intriguing stories.

It is believed that anyone who owned or wore the diamond would experience the bad curse that came with it. Legend says that this diamond was stolen from a statue of a god (plucked out from its eye or forehead) in India by jeweller named Tavernier. After he sold it to French King Louis XIV, the “Sun King” he was torn apart by wild dogs and died in Russia.

“When Louis XV died, his grandson, Louis XVI, became king with Marie Antoinette as his queen. According to the legend, Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were beheaded during the French Revolution because of the Hope Diamond’s Curse” 


From Marie Antoinette’s neck, the diamond was sold from one owner to another until it was in the possession of Henry Phillip Hope from which the name was taken. Since he acquired the diamond, a series of unfortunate events happened in his family–some died and they went bankrupt forcing the family to sell it to pay mortgage.

A New York jeweler, Harry Winston, bought the Hope Diamond and donated it to the Smithsonian. Today, every visitor at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History will be awed by the grand beauty of this diamond that’s believed to be cursed.

 Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem

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