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Precious Diamond

March 4th, 2010 . by admin

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Diamonds are thought to be a symbol of good luck and have been used in many cultures to bring good fortune. During the ancient Roman times, Roman officers donned amulets made of diamond on their left arms to emerge victorious in battles. For many centuries, women have been wearing diamond necklaces to keep the evil eye away. Today, diamonds represent good fortune for couples who are engaged to be married.

However, luck is a relative thing when it comes to diamonds. It is said that the size of the diamond is inversely related to the amount of luck it will bring. The bigger the stone, the lesser luck it brings. A diamond that is too big is more likely to bring bad fortune. Take for example the biggest blue diamond in the world. The 44.5-carat Hope diamond has brought a fair share of bad luck to its past owners. It was said that the diamond was brought to France after the being stolen from the forehead of an Indian Idol. In France, the diamond became one of King Louis XIV’s crown jewels. Although he was not considered an unlucky ruler, his mistress, Mme de Montespan died soon after she acquired the stone. The stone was then given to Marie Antoinette, who died under the guillotine. Thomas Hope, an English banker bought the diamond in 1830. His family fell into hardship soon after. Subsequent owners included Jacques Colet who committed suicide; Prince Ivan Kanitovitsky who was murdered; Sultan Abdul Hamed who was dethroned; and Simon Montharides whose entire family died in an unfortunate accident. Eventually, the Hope diamond was bought in 1907 by Texan Evalyn Walsh McLean, who paid $40,000 for the diamond.  Her husband, son, and daughter died soon after the diamond was brought to America. A mysterious death fell upon her only surviving heir in 1967. In the end, the stone was donated to the Smithsonian Institution. It is now on display at Washington’s Museum of Natural History.

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