6 damned jewelry
They are terribly beautiful. This is a collection of jewels that killed their owners or made them go crazy, at least according to legend, starting with the diamond “Nadezhda”, to the gemstone that they wore at the Oscar award ceremony.
1. Brilliant "Hope"
This is perhaps the most famous unfortunate decoration: everyone who once wore it, or went crazy, or was torn to pieces by wild dogs (as they say). According to rumors, the stone itself was stolen from the sacred idol of Hinduism, and Jean-Baptiste Tavernier took possession of it. (It is interesting that about all the unlucky stones they say that they were stolen somewhere in the Far East, this is either another proof of English imperialism or a lack of imagination of the storytellers). Tavernier later ate the dogs. Here is a list of some people who once owned a stone, and this is what happened to them: Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI (they were beheaded), Princess de Lamball (she was beaten to death by the crowd), Jacques Colet (suicide), Surbai ( stabbed her to death with a knife, the lover who gave her a stone) and Simon Montaride (died in a road accident with his family).
There is another interesting story.Mrs. Evalin Macklin, who bought the diamond from Cartier in 1911, said that she would save the gem from the curse. She organized parties with the element “Find Hope”, while she hid a stone somewhere in the house, and guests had to find its location. But unfortunately the diamond did harm to its owners here. Son Macklin died in an accident, his daughter died from an overdose, and her husband went to another, and then died in a boarding house.
2. Black diamond "Orlov"
It is beautiful, but we would not dare to take this diamond barehanded. The stone, which is also called the "Eye of Brahma", was allegedly stolen from the statue of the Hindu god Brahma in Pondicherry. This explains the curse, as well as the number of suicides committed by its owners.
J. Paris (he brought the diamond to the USA in 1932) jumped from a skyscraper in New York. The following diamonds were owned by the Russian princesses Nadezhda Orlova and Leonil Galitsyna-Bariatinski, both of whom committed suicide with a difference of several months, jumping from buildings in Rome. Since then, the stone has been divided into three parts, and the jeweler who did this, declared that in this way he would break the curse. Maybe it happened becauseafter this incident, we know little about these stones. Only in 2006, Hollywood actress Felicity Hoffman decided to wear a diamond at the Oscars, but nevertheless decided to remove it (at the end of the ceremony, she was seen without jewelry).
3. Brilliant "Kohinoor"
This 186 and 1/16 carat diamond can be seen in the Tower of London along with other royal jewels. He was brought from India in 1850 and presented to the royal family. Now he is on the royal crown of Elizabeth II (on the one you see in the photo). Fortunately for the queen, for her personally the diamond is harmless, as it can only harm the man who wears it. Each of the men who wore this stone, being a king, soon lost his crown.
4. The real ring that rules the world.
Perhaps this ring was the inspiration for Tolkien. This Roman ring, which is associated with the divine curse, is now exhibited in the English Vine Palace in Hampshire, where its possible influence on Tolkien’s work is also being studied.
In the Guardian newspaper, in an interview with Dave Green, they wrote about Vine’s manager, the ring and Tolkien.A gold ring weighing 12 grams was allegedly found in 1785 not far from Silchester, the location of the ancient Roman city of Calleva Atrebatum, and translated from Latin on the ring it says "Senician, live in peace with God."
This ring is also associated with Tolkien because of another archaeological find - the so-called “dwarf hill” in Glosestershire. There is a sign on which is written about the curse of the Senician ring: a man named Sylvianut tells a deity called Nodens that the Cenicians stole this ring. If you believe the inscriptions, each clerical will be cursed until the thief returns the ring to its place.
In 1929, Tolkien was a professor at Oxford University, when archaeologist Sir Mortimer Wheeler, who saw the connection between the ring and the plate, asked Tolkien to tell him about the deity mentioned. The ring languished for a long time in obscurity, until it was put up in the palace of Vain, thus also honoring the memory of Tolkien.
5. Purple Sapphire from Delhi
The stone was discovered only 30 years ago by Peter Thandy, curator of the National Historical Museum in London. For a long time the stone was in the vaults of museums protected by protective charms, and there was a warning in the box:
“Whoever opens this box, first read this warning, and then do what the stone wants. I would advise you to throw a stone in the sea. ”
Many suspect that the stone (in general, not a real sapphire) was part of the stolen jewels in the Indra temple in India during the bloody Indian uprising in 1857. The stone was brought to England by Colonel Ferris, who soon went bankrupt, like his son.
Then it was acquired by the writer Edward Heron-Allen, who later declared that the stone brought him misfortune. He gave it to his friends, who, after a series of setbacks, brought the stone back. His friend even reported that Heron – Allen threw a stone into the Regency Canal, but in a strange way the stone returned, and the next owner bought it from a local oyster catcher. Then the stone was sealed in a casket and given to the manager of the family with the mandate that the casket should not be opened until Heron-Allen dies. Only three years after his death, the manager was allowed to give the box. And the writer's daughter in no way could touch the stone.
6. Lydian treasures
Lydian treasures are a collection of jewels, dishes and gold.But some of the instances, namely the brooch and necklace, brought only misfortune to their owner. All these treasures originally belonged to King Cresus as far back as 547 BC. But in 1965 (when they were discovered) everything started. First, the grave of the princess, where they found wealth, was ransacked. They took about 150 relics. But almost everyone who took part in the looting died, fell ill, or misfortunes pursued them.