Riches Aren’t Everything

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Ira Tandon writes, I am sure you have heard of the Hope Diamond that is now in the Natural History Museum in Washington DC and this is its …

I am sure you have heard of the Hope Diamond that is now in the Natural History Museum in Washington DC and this is its history: Found (stolen?)in Golconda, India was a 112 3/16 carat diamond that was sold to a French diamond merchant, Jean Tavernier, who sold the diamond to King Louis XIV in 1668. The diamond was cut by the court jeweler, Sieur Pitau in 1673. The diamond was now 67 1/8 carats. The diamond was put in a necklace, which the king wore during ceremonies. In 1749, King Louis XV had the diamond reset by court jeweler, Andre Jacquemir for the Order of the Golden Fleece, and in September 1792, the Hope Diamond was stolen! In 1812, a man named John described a deep blue diamond that weighed around 44.25 carats that was with Daniel Eliason, a London diamond merchant. The diamond was bought by King George IV. After his death, the Hope Diamond was passed onto 12 others who also died mysteriously. Even Henry Hope, where the Hope Diamond got its name.When I saw the diamond, I wondered, was the diamond really cursed or were the deaths just coincidences?

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