The Curse Of The Black Diamond

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Once called The Eye of Brahma, the story of the Black Orlov Diamond is shrouded in mystery, drama and death.

Dark Past

Man has long been fascinated by stories surrounding famous gemstones especially those that carry a curse. One such stone is the famous Black Orlov Diamond. Also known as The Eye of Brahma, The Black Orlov Diamond weights 67.50 carats and was once part of a much larger uncut 195 carat diamond which can be traced back to 19th century India.

Not really black in color but more of a deep gun-metal tone, this legendary black diamond struggles to hide the reflections of a very dark past, starting with a theft from a Hindu idol and resulting in no less than 3 mysterious suicides.

A Diamond Legend

Legend has it that the uncut stone was originally set as one of the eyes in a statue of Brahma, the Hindu God of creation, which stood in a shrine in the southern city of Pondicherry, India. Hindus believe in three eyes, one being the sun representing light, the other being the moon representing darkness, located on the opposite side of the head, and the third eye being located deep in the center of the forehead, which perceives knowledge that is not physically discernible. This black diamond probably represented the moon or dark eye of the idol. It is believed that a traveling monk stole the diamond from the statue, and this act caused the stone to become cursed.

The Curse

The journey of the diamond from here on is shrouded in mystery, drama and death. In 1932, diamond dealer J. W. Paris is said to have taken the diamond to the United States and soon after, suffering from extreme anxiety due to business worries, committed suicide by jumping from a skyscraper in New York City.

Later owners included two Russian princesses called Leonila Galitsine-Bariatinsky and Nadia Vygin-Orlov (after whom the diamond is named). Both women allegedly jumped to their deaths in the 1940s. The diamond was later bought by Charles F. Winson and cut into three pieces in an attempt to break the curse. The 67.5-carat Black Orlov was set into a brooch of 108 diamonds, suspended from a necklace of 124 diamonds (pictured). Confident that the curse is broken, diamond dealer Dennis Petimezas purchased the diamond in 2004.

"Cursed" Black Diamond on Display

On October 11th, 2006, the necklace containing the stone figured as lot #433 in a Christie's Magnificent Jewels sale where it sold for $352,000.

The Black Orlov has been displayed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Natural History Museum in London. It has even made an appearance at the Oscars, when it was worn by actresses Felicity Huffman, star of the hit TV series and movie Desperate Housewives.

Source: Wikipedia and GemSelect. Images courtesy of GemSelect. Thank you!


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author avatar GenkiWorld
18th Jan 2015 (#)

wow this is fassinating, i had heard of this one before, but did not know much about the kurse of it.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
18th Jan 2015 (#)

Planet Earth is possessive of who wears the jewels produced within as it knows the real neck of the Sun that shows the glow like no other.
The truth of the curse is best known to Planet Earth and the Sun alone as they are the only two who are that of Creator and Creation.
The Eye of God is only with God from this day forward....

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author avatar viewgreen
19th Jan 2015 (#)

I'm not too sure with the curse upon some object that is used by humans, especially regarding gemstones, but in my home town village there is an incident and it's still going on, because of when a man wearing a ring with a red colored gemstones such as blood, then he always dealing with matters relating to criminal. Is it a curse or just a coincidence? Honestly I do not get into my logic.
Awesome describe for this unique issue. Thank you. :)

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author avatar Utah Jay
25th Jan 2015 (#)

I just love stories like this, thank you so much for bringing it to wikinut.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
6th Mar 2015 (#)

a good read worthy for bed time story and spooky mystery tale during Halloween..

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