The Hope Diamond


The story of The Hope Diamond.

Who would not love to own the large blue diamond known as the Hope Diamond? The problem is it comes with a curse or so the story goes.

The hope diamond resided in an idol in India where it was stolen. As the legend goes, a man by the name of Tavernier traveled to India, while there he stole the large blue diamond from the forehead of a statue of the Hindu goddess Sita. The legend states the Tavernier met his demise by being torn apart by wild dogs while on a trip to Russia, shortly after he sold the blue diamond. History however does not have this happening at all. Tavernier did however purchase a very large blue diamond, which was purchased by Louis XIV, and when he did died years later he was 84 years old living in Russia. There is no record of how he died. There is no proof that the blue diamond was stolen from the forehead of the statue of Sita.

As the legend goes on, the diamond was cut to enhance its brilliance by King Louis XIV in 1673. At this time, the blue diamond was 67 1/8 carats in size and was officially named the “Blue Diamond of the Crown”.

Many believe that King Louis XVI and his queen Marie Antoinette were beheaded because of the curse of the blue diamond during the French Revolution. However, King Louis XIV and XV had no ill effects from wearing the blue diamond.

The blue diamond along with all the crown jewels was taken from King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette during this time while trying to flee France. The jewels were not guarded well when they were placed in the Garde-Meuble.

Some time during September 12 to September 16, 1791, the Garde-Meuble was robbed. Many of the crown jewels were recovered, but not the exquisite blue diamond.

The blue diamond made its way into the hands of many including Philip Hope in 1939. This is where the diamond received its name of the Hope Diamond. The Hopes were inflicted with the curse and soon were bankrupt.

Whether the Hope Diamond was only cursed for a few while, others prospered under the curse no one knows. Today you can view this infamous large blue diamond on display as part of the National Gem and Mineral Collection in the National Museum of Natural History.

The Hope Diamond

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