Friday, March 10, 2006

The Curse Of The Hope Diamond

It's the most famous, most notorious, and perhaps most valuable gem in the world. One billion years old, The Hope Diamond possesses a deep blue color extremely rare, a 300 year history stranger than fiction and some believe a legendary curse of violent deaths and disasters for those who wear it.

Was it plucked from the eye of a Hindu idol? Did Marie Antoinette wear it prior to her walk to the guillotine? Why did famed jeweler Pierre Cartier play up the curse to make a sale?

The Hope Diamond, the "Diamond of Disaster", claims no more victims from its high security vault at the Smithsonian Institution. But its dazzling beauty still casts a spell on more people every year than any other museum piece on earth.


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