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  • The Arrival Of The Diamond Preceded The Fall Of The French Monarchy on Random Facts About The Cursed Quarter-Billion Dollar Diamond That Brings Death Wherever It Goes

    (#2) The Arrival Of The Diamond Preceded The Fall Of The French Monarchy

    Tavernier sold the Tavernier Blue in 1668 to King Louis XIV, the French monarch of the time. He had it recut and dubbed it the Blue Diamond of the Crown of France, normally shortened to “French Blue.” While Louis XIV was a popular leader, known as the Sun King, the arrival of the diamond marked the beginning of the end for his dynasty. Louis XIV would go on to outlive all his children, making his successor a contentious issue - in fact, so many members of his family died that the next person to inherit the throne after him was his great-grandson. That was only the start of bad times to come for the French monarchy.

  • The Story Of The Hope Diamond Has Been Intentionally Exaggerated Over The Years on Random Facts About The Cursed Quarter-Billion Dollar Diamond That Brings Death Wherever It Goes

    (#10) The Story Of The Hope Diamond Has Been Intentionally Exaggerated Over The Years

    The man who sold the Hope Diamond to Evalyn Walsh McLean, jeweler Pierre Cartier, may be largely responsible for the rumors of its curse. The stories attached to the diamond became prominent in various publications right around the time he was attempting to sell the jewel, and many new individuals became attached to the legend, when in reality they had likely never encountered the Hope Diamond. In any case, McLean herself then played up the supposed curse, even as her personal life fell apart, and is also responsible for the story’s exaggeration.

  • It May Have Been Worn By The Man In The Iron Mask on Random Facts About The Cursed Quarter-Billion Dollar Diamond That Brings Death Wherever It Goes

    (#3) It May Have Been Worn By The Man In The Iron Mask

    The French Blue is alleged to have been worn at one point by Nicolas Fouquet, the superintendent of finances in France under Louis XIV. While it’s unclear whether or not Fouquet, who was in charge of protecting the crown jewels, ever actually wore the jewel in question, the downward spiral of his life is not in any doubt. Fouquet fell out of favor with the French monarchy and was eventually imprisoned for life. In fact, there is some speculation that Fouquet is the real identity of the infamous Man in the Iron Mask.

  • The Diamond Was Recut Again, And It Didn’t Go Well For The Man Who Did It on Random Facts About The Cursed Quarter-Billion Dollar Diamond That Brings Death Wherever It Goes

    (#7) The Diamond Was Recut Again, And It Didn’t Go Well For The Man Who Did It

    One of the most interesting and tragic stories about the curse of the Hope Diamond may not be entirely true, but if it is, it’s probably the most clear-cut example of the curse in action. Just before the Hope family got their hands on the diamond that would bear their name, it was supposedly recut by a Dutch jeweler named Wilhelm Fals. The story goes that Fals was murdered by his own son, Hendrik, who wanted to steal the diamond. Wracked with guilt, Hendrik later committed suicide.

  • The Final Resting Place Of Hope Is The Smithsonian, But It Didn’t Get There Without Causing More Misery on Random Facts About The Cursed Quarter-Billion Dollar Diamond That Brings Death Wherever It Goes

    (#11) The Final Resting Place Of Hope Is The Smithsonian, But It Didn’t Get There Without Causing More Misery

    The Hope Diamond’s curse may have been broken by Harry Winston, the last owner of the jewel who made a point of donating - not selling - the diamond to the Smithsonian, where it remains on display to this day. However, it didn’t make it there without claiming one last victim. James Todd, the postman who delivered the diamond to the Smithsonian was hit by a truck shortly thereafter, but survived. Unfortunately, Todd soon lost his wife and dog, and then his home burned. The Hope Diamond Curse appears to apply to the working class, too.

  • Marie Antoinette Was The Diamond’s Most Famous, Or Infamous, Owner on Random Facts About The Cursed Quarter-Billion Dollar Diamond That Brings Death Wherever It Goes

    (#4) Marie Antoinette Was The Diamond’s Most Famous, Or Infamous, Owner

    Marie Antoinette is one of the most famous figures in French history, even if she never really did say, “Let them eat cake.” Antoinette and her husband, Louis XVI, lost their lives during the course of the French Revolution, and some sources blame the curse of the Hope Diamond for their fate. Antoinette was reported to have worn the French Blue on multiple occasions, although other sources claim that the diamond was really more of a display piece in those days. In any case, Antoinette met with the guillotine in 1793.

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The Hope Diamond is the largest surviving blue diamond in the world, weighing 45.52 carats. According to legend, this diamond was a sacred object of an Indian temple and was later stolen by an adventurer named Tavernier. After the temple priest discovered it, he cursed the diamond, and everyone who owns the diamond will experience great tragedy. Coincidentally, almost everyone who owns this diamond has suffered accidents or family changes, or career failures.

Until 1949, when the jeweler Harry Winston bought the diamond, the curse seemed to cease. Is this diamond really so scary? Check this page, the random tool shares 11 incredible stories about this cursed blue diamond.

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