THE HOPE DIAMOND
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
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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