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