The Hope Diamond Curse

The Hope Diamond, described as ‘the most famous diamond in the world’ has ownership records dating back almost four centuries…its much-admired rare blue color is attributed to trace amounts of boron atoms...weighing 45.52 carats, it was last reported to be insured for $250 million…the Hope Diamond has long been rumored to carry with it a curse...at times…the diamond has been subject to theft and there are a few years where the diamond was actually unaccounted for…a New York Times article from 1911 gave a list of supposed cases of ill-fortune…here are some of the unfortunate…Jacques Colet bought the Hope Diamond and later committed suicide…a Russian Prince, Prince Ivan Kanitovski bought it but later was killed by revolutionists…it was once loaned to a woman who later was murdered by her lover…Sultan Hamid gave it to a person to "polish" but later the man had the misfortune to be imprisoned and tortured…a guardian who was put in charge of protecting the stone was hanged by a mob…later a Turkish attendant was hanged for simply having it in his possession…another unfortunate owner who brought the stone from India to Paris was said to have been "torn to pieces by wild dogs in Constantinople."…there have been others who have committed suicide or have died broken…the popular view among skeptics is that these accounts are speculative since there are supposedly few, if any, hard facts to back them up...personally, I saw the Hope Diamond at a Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C…it was quite impressive, but given its record of ownership misfortune, I’m not sure I would have taken it if it was offered to me…of course, given its value, I may have taken a chance.

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